Hence, the hectic nature of the job.
Anderson oversees all aspects of the operations at Montreux, with the exception of real estate. That includes the golf course, membership, clubhouse, fitness center, catering and whatever else rears its head.
“I love it,” she said. “It’s different every day. This week is unique. You’re taking a professional sporting event and dropping it into a gated, private community, golf and country club. It takes a lot of organization in logistics. We work closely with the RTO to get it all set up.”
Anderson’s job may not be a walk in the park on a normal day. There are tough decisions to make that affect many people, but this week, those decisions have to be made as well as many more. And while the RTO is important this week, Anderson has a membership to answer to 51 other weeks of the year.
“I wouldn’t say the RTO is my primary focus. That’s to our membership. I really try to make that the focus, but this puts us in the national if not international spotlight by being on the Golf Channel. We are so proud to have this event. There are only 33 other courses in the world that can say they host a PGA Tour event. The members have embraced it, but it has an impact on them for sure.”
Anderson said the biggest aspect of her job this week is to try and manage the impact on the Montreux community, to try and make sure the members and the facility are affected as little as possible.
On Friday morning, she was trying to line up an area for members to park their private carts. She cited that the PGA does not like golf carts in view of TV cameras so she was doing her best to get creative in finding a designated area for member carts while keeping the PGA happy.
Montreux just put a new sport court surface down on its tennis courts and that needs to hold up under the barrage of activity it gets this week as that area is home to the RTO’s media tent. Those are just a couple of the proverbial fires she has to put out.
Anderson is constantly walking the grounds this week monitoring the action.
“It’s a delicate dance,” quipped Anderson, a former University of Nevada volleyball standout.
It’s a dance she does for some long hours during tournament week.
“This is probably the busiest week of the year for her,” said Scott Anderson, Lisa’s husband, who is a former University of Nevada baseball player. “It definitely is with the hours she has to put in and everything going on. She has to make sure everything is covered.”
Since the RTO’s inception, Montreux members have voted three times to allow their club facility to keep hosting the annual summer event. The first time the vote was approved by more than 80 percent. That percentage has fallen into the 60s but the RTO is still wildly popular among Montreux members.
Northern Nevada’s most prestigious golf community is getting a little more exposure this time around. All of the signage this week says “Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux. Anderson says getting the club’s brand in the official tournament name is a huge benefit.
“That helps market our region. Our logo is everywhere,” she said.
The local professional enjoys the RTO’s exposure and the glamour of this week’s festivities but she admitted there’s also a sigh of relief for her and her staff when the event comes to a close Sunday night.
“Like anything, it’s a labor of love,” Anderson said. “Who doesn’t enjoy having the best athletes in a given sport use their venue. But it is a lot of effort for our staff. Come Tuesday morning, it’s a change of gears. Everything has to be put back in place like nothing happened.”
After competing on the volleyball court and getting a degree from Nevada, Anderson got a job in the university’s athletic department. She worked her way up to assistant athletic director before taking the GM job at Montreux in March 2001. The inaugural RTO went off in 1999. So, this mark’s Anderson’s 11th tournament while she’s been in charge at Montreux. She has seen it grow in leaps and bounds during her decade plus.
“I think they have made it a more community friendly event,” she said. “The organizers have involved the Air Races, the Balloon Races, Hot August Nights, the Rib Cook-off. They’ve done a great job connecting with the community and trying to get fans of those events involved.
“They have also really worked to improve the field. It’s as good as it’s ever been. They’ve worked hard on player recruitment.”
Anderson said she gets rave reviews from PGA players on Montreux’s facilities and service as well as the Reno-Sparks community in general.
“I hear it from the guys. They love the course, love the weather. They say it’s a great place to bring their families. We’re proud of that. I think Montreux is world class.”