New course manager loves going to work
“This is the most fun job I have ever had,” says the new manager of the Riverside Town and Country Golf Club, located between Blue Earth and Winnebago.
Janie Holliday was hired as the new manager the third week of June.
The Blue Earth resident was one of a pool of nine applicants. She had actually started employment there three weeks earlier as a waitress and cook.
“People encouraged me to apply for the top job and I am so happy to be selected.” she says. “It’s great to have a job you love to go to every day.”
Holliday was born and raised in Winnebago, but left for 12 years after high school. Now she has been back in the area for 13 years.
“I have had a lot of jobs in the past,” she says, “Everything from owning and operating a diesel repair business to managing a floral shop.”
Holliday loves her new job the best, she says. “Where else you can you come to work and see such beautiful scenery,” she asks. “This is an amazing setting.”
Her job entails managing the clubhouse, and that means she may be running the bar, cooking in the kitchen, or doing bookwork in her small office.
“You might also find me hopping on a golf cart and checking out the course, picking up trash or just visiting with the golfers,” she explained.
One reason she loves her job is that the course is kept in excellent shape by a groundskeeper who has been there 39 years – Jim Brooks.
“He does a fantastic job,” she says. “He treats the course like it is his own yard.”
The Riverside Town and Country Golf Club was started in 1921. In 1946 the clubhouse burned down, and the current one was built.
It is part of Holliday’s job to book parties and receptions for the clubhouse. “I love helping people plan parties,” she says. “It is much more fun than climbing under a truck to change oil.”
Golf club management takes a lot of time. They are open seven days a week, and from early morning until dark.
The slow economy has cut down on memberships and greens fee players, Holliday says. However, the club has been combating that with a low rate Holliday calls the best rate in the area for 18 holes and a cart rental – $15.
Information on the course can be found at their website, www.rtccgolf.com
A single mother of two boys- Alex a senior at BEA and Petey a freshman – Holliday is a student herself, attending college full time. She expects to graduate with an associates degree in Human Services next May.
Working full time, raising two sons, and going to college doesn’t leave her a lot of free time, but she does like to go camping with her boys. She also spends time entertaining family and friends.
But does she golf?
“I am learning,” she says. “It is something I always wanted to do, just never had the opportunity.”