Superintendent Spotlight: Derek Draper of Crosswater Club | Oregon Golf Association

Superintendent Spotlight: Derek Draper of Crosswater Club

In this month's Superintendent Spotlight we feature Derek Draper who has been with Crosswater Club for the last 10 years.

Describe your facility in 10 words or less:
Situated on 600 magnificently scenic acres of woodlands and carefully preserved wetlands.

What is a little-known fact / fun fact about your facility?
Hole #13 is home to Bald Eagle nest. She has babies every year.

What’s the biggest challenge your facility presents to you as superintendent? 
Hiring Seasonal Staff.

What led you down the path of becoming a superintendent?
Initially wanted to do Sports Turf but found myself working GCM in college.

What's the biggest change that has occurred while you've been in the industry?
GPS Technology

What's your favorite hole at your facility?
Hole No. 9 – Little Deschutes River runs the entire right side, Mt. Bachelor in background and no bunkers!

What would you invent right now to make your professional life easier? 
A rule that only allows four-somes to play the first hour of tee times.

Excluding your current facility, what is the top golf course you've played?
Shout out to Trysting Tree!

Who joins you in a dream foursome?
Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan and Tiger

What’s your favorite tool in your tool box?
TDR Moisture Meter

On your last day, what is your meal of choice?
Slow smoked ribs.

What's your all-time favorite movie?
Blue Chips

Do you have a superintendent dog?
Yes - Bailey, an eight-year old chocolate lab.

Favorite sports teams?
Oregon State Beavers and Portland Trail Blazers

Let's say there's a three-day weekend coming up—what are you going to do?
Take the boys fishing.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to become a superintendent?
Make time for your family!

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