Sudhir Shivaji Sawant
Current Golf Course
Kharghar Valley Golf Course
Date of Birth
Years in Current Golf Course
SS. I din’t had any idea about Golf and had no experience in this field. I got a reference from one of my teacher mentioning that there is a vacancy in landscaping field. I was searching for jobs in landscaping field and explored the opportunity. I got interviewed in one of the top Golf Courses in India – Oxford Golf Resorts & got selected as Asst. Golf Course Superintendent. After joining, I got many opportunities in this field and pursued this as my career.
SS. I got on the job trainings in Machine Operations, Irrigation Operations & Supervisory role for field work in the course.
SS. I have been trained under Golf Course Superintendent Mr. Nagbhushan (India), Mr. Norman Carr (Australia), Mr. Trigon Tirawan (Thailand). I have attended Turf Grass seminars of Dr Micah Woods in 2011 (Eagleton Golf Course, Bengaluru), 2012 (Kodaikanal Golf Club Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu) & 2013 (Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Golf Course Mysore, Karnataka), 2018 (Seminar in Golf Expo 2018, Bengaluru).
SS. I have worked with different grasses in different climatic conditions. The biggest challenge is to maintain the warm season grass during heavy rainfalls specially during June-October, when the conditions are favorable for diseases and there is not much sunlight. Due to continuous raining, even the preventive sprays are not helpful to control the disease.
SS. Learning from my own experiences as well as from sharing experiences with other Superintendents. I also enhance my knowledge by reading different books.
SS. We take feedback from Golfers for their complaints and resolve them by giving technical reasons. This is a two way process where we keep on learning and resolving complaints.
SS. It is very important to the Environment. We have to understand the environment and ensure that there is no imbalance done to the nature due to wrong practices.
SS. We do not use effluent water.
SS. I am nature loving person and working with nature is the most rewarding aspect for my profession.
SS. Yes, It is a very interesting & challenging job everyday. We have to be very careful everyday to work with different challenges.
SS. Do the yearly planning and go as per plan. This will help to maintain good quality Golf Courses.