New Times: What are some of the main responsibilities of a course marshall?
Lauble: Pace of play, etiquette, and service for the customers. We want to help them out in any way. They are the eyes of the golf course.
New Times: How many rounds around the course does a marshal make on an average workday?
Lauble: That varies tremendously. It depends on the business and pace of play. Sometimes they go quite a bit and sometimes they will stay in one spot if they can see a lot of holes.
New Times: Do you ever catch people trying to sneak onto the course?
Lauble: Unfortunately, there are some people who do. It’s never too big of a deal. It depends on the golf course. Some are semi-impossible to sneak onto and others aren’t.
New Times: If play is slow, what do you do to pick up the pace?
Lauble: You try to assist people and let them know their position. They need to play ready golf, putt out if they’re not putting out, basic things. Paying attention to their surroundings and knowing that they have an obligation to keep pace with the people in front of them is important.
New Times: How do marshals get their job?
Lauble: At our facility, it’s a volunteer position and we have a head marshal who is kind of in charge of our Marshals and hiring them. We discuss the people that are looking to marshal and see if they’re a good fit.