Spotlight on Golf

Miccosukee Golf & Country Club superintendent Dan Hyland wonders when rain will stop

 

Special to The Miami Herald

Dan Hyland’s neck is starting to hurt. He has spent way too much time looking upward at the skies.

What he doesn’t want to see is wet stuff coming down out of the clouds, and Mother Nature might be cooperating at this point.

Hyland is the course superintendent at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club, and his whole being for some very, very long months has been to have the course in pristine shape for the Web.com Tour’s Miccosukee Championship that commences with its first round on Thursday and runs through Sunday.

There’s no question that Hyland has had his fill of the rain (if you like, you could call his wish one for a bucket list), and he’s hoping he might be getting a break from precipitation. It has been raining constantly for weeks upon weeks lately, but Hyland caught a break Tuesday. There was no substantial rain, and the rest of the week calls for less and less precipitation.

Things are looking good, but that doesn’t keep the ever-aware Hyland from worrying.

“I’m looking up at the skies constantly,” Hyland said. “The rains haven’t been cooperating very much. The course is very wet. Seems like we don’t have a day go by without rain.”

That’s why Tuesday’s lack thereof came as welcome relief.

Hyland is only cautiously optimistic. “They say the forecast is for there not to be much rain for the rest of the week — let’s hope that’s true. But when you don’t want rain, you get nothing but rain.”

Hyland admitted, “The course dries out pretty well, but we got 6.5 inches of rain two weeks ago. But we’re bouncing back.”

Hyland, 43, also has some other concerns.

Like the rest of the business world, he is doing double duty. In addition to being the superintendent at Miccosukee, he is also the course’s interim general manager.

In the golf world, that’s as difficult as making back-to-back eagles.

That GM-superintendent doubling up is taking away from what Hyland, who has a grounds-crew staff of 14 full-time employees and five part-timers, likes doing the most.

One of Hyland’s joys in life was getting to the course between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. and mowing the greens.

Being the GM has eliminated that joy.

“I haven’t been able to do that,” he said.

“Let’s put it this way,” he added. “I don’t know which way I’m going sometimes.”

In the course of a day, he might be fixing a Coke machine or a pock-marked green . He knows which one he would rather be doing.

“Mowing the greens is the one thing I really miss,” he said. “That was my thing.

“I really don’t want to be the GM. … I enjoy being the superintendent, not the GM. I walk in some days solving problems anywhere from the kitchen to machines breaking down — not the course itself.”

Despite the double duty of GM and superintendent, one thing Hyland will guarantee is that the course will be in as good shape as it can be for the tournament.

“I actually look forward to this,” he said of the Miccosukee Championship. “Yes, getting prepared for it is a lot of stress. But once the tournament gets started, it’s a big relief for me. And it’s fun.”

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