Worthington Country Club under new managementWORTHINGTON — He plans to work hard, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be fun and laughter along the way.
WORTHINGTON — He plans to work hard, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be fun and laughter along the way.
Greg Carroll has been the general manager at the Worthington Country Club for a week, and readily admits he is still acclimating to the weather. He grew up in Luverne, but after spending 15 years in Texas and three in Arizona, the chill in the air in southwest Minnesota will take a bit of getting used to, he said last week.
He’s been so busy with his new position at the club, however, that he only notices the cold when he takes a moment to hold still, which lately isn’t often.
Carroll has been involved in golf course management since 1995, but this is his first experience with a private establishment.
“I started (last) Monday,” he said. “I’ve met a lot of great people and the member base is very supportive.”
The club, he added, has prospered in the past, and he hopes to regain that stability. One way he hopes to do that is by engaging the juniors and families in the game of golf.
“Golf can last a long time in your life, and a golf course is a safe place to spend leisure time,” he said with a smile. “It’s hard to get into a lot of trouble on a golf course.”
He also wants to get women involved, hoping that “the girls” will get together and play. In some of the other clubs he has worked, there have been clinics and complimentary lessons for women.
“There are growth opportunities there,” he said.
Growth is part of what is needed at the country club, he believes, to keep the club moving forward.
“They’ve lost the social ambience here,” he said.
Earlier this year, the country club added the kitchen talents of Larry Lang, and Carroll is eager to work with the food and beverage team.
“I believe that we’re all teammates,” Carroll said. “We succeed as a team or fail as a team, and we rebound as a team. I just have to make tougher decisions sometimes, and deal with financial things. I think the food and beverage team is going to have a lot of fun with me.”
When it comes to management, he believes, you have to be able to do the things you expect the others to do.
“You do all those things and the business will take care of itself,” he stated.
There will be hard decisions ahead, Carroll knows, but there will be lots of fun and positive things also.
“Fun can breed excitement,” he said enthusiastically. “We are all in this together, and we’re going to win this. There are lots of good things here, we just have to figure out how to capitalize on them.”
There will be a meet and greet for Carroll at the Worthington Country Club from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.