Sit-Down with the Operations Director
It takes a village to build a Championship. From coordinating parking, on course hospitality structures, catering and more, the Championship staff put countless hours to produce a topnotch U.S. Senior Open. Get to know the man behind the Championship operations in our sit-down with Mike Goggin. Mike Goggin is the Operations Director for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the upcoming event.
Question: You’ve worked over 70 events around the globe. Which event was your favorite?
Mike Goggin: It’s hard to pick only one, but I’d say last year’s Presidents Cup in South Korea. It was the biggest golf event to come to South Korea with many of the world’s top players. The fans were amazing, and the Cup winners were decided at the very end on Sunday. I worked with a great crew I hadn’t seen in many years and to be able to experience the amazing food and culture of South Korea with them was something I’ll remember forever.
Q: Operations covers a variety of different things. What’s your favorite part of your job?
MG: Exactly that, my job is different every single day. Operations of a significant special event such as the Senior Open entails so much that I’m rarely working on the same thing each day, even with eight months to go. I’m really looking forward to starting the build-out next Spring. It’s really great to see all of that planning become a reality.
Q: Salem Country Club is famous for the Donald Ross designed course. How does this design impact the operations for the championship?
MG: SCC is an old, traditional-style course. Very rarely are courses designed to accommodate 25,000 spectators and a live television broadcast. This course is no exception, with greens right next to the tees, and tight tree lined fairways. We’ve really worked hard to come up with creative locations for hospitality and grandstands, as well as allowing for the logistical needs of bringing fans to-and-from the event through our Main Entrance Village that we will build.
Q: Boston is known for excellence in sports. How is the U.S. Senior Open going to deliver a unique fan experience that stands out from other events?
MG: Growing up a local North Shore kid, I’ve been blessed like everyone else here to have lived and breathed Boston sports for my entire life. The Senior Open will only add to the rich history of world-class sporting events that occur here in Boston and the suburbs. The event in 2001 here at SCC was a resounding success for golf in New England, and we’re planning to continue in that tradition. The Senior Open will be a terrific and inexpensive alternative for families to come and see something that only travels through our region once in a generation. Kids seventeen and under will be admitted free with a ticketed adult, and parking is free, so the entire family can come here for less than it costs to park at some other events in town.
Q: After years traveling on the road, what you do you like most about being stationed back in the Bay State?
MG: I’ve been very fortunate to have seen a lot of the world while doing the job that I love. My wife Deanna has had to endure my long stints away from home for years so I’m most thankful that at the end of every day, I can go home to her and our pup Zeke.