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January 2021

Best Advice

A Word From Leaders and Peers Around the Golf Industry

David Pollard
President and Owner
Spring Meadows Golf Course, Gray, Maine

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

“My parents were hard workers – they taught me to have respect and compassion for others, they taught me responsibility. They were understanding and fair to me and my siblings. My parents modeled these values day in and day out. Projecting these values as I manage our family golf business goes a long way with our employees and customers as well.”

What was your first job in golf?
My first job in golf was as owner/operator. After retiring from teaching 28 years ago, my brothers and I made the decision to transform our once-working family dairy farm into an 18-hole championship golf course. We broke ground in ’98 and opened for business in 2000.

What’s the best advice you could give?
Don’t be afraid to be the face of your operation/business. In fact, I look forward to the few hours away from the desk each week, where I personally can check in on my golfers and engage. Asking them where they're from, if it’s their first time here, be sure to check out our lounge, and saying thanks for coming in. A little bit goes a long way.

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