Golf Course Management

AUG 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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46 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.18 AT THE TURN (profile) Dan Gleason Nancy Dickens has risen through the ranks of the golf course management industry to her current posi - tion as director of golf at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. Photos by Traci Edwards Room at the top Nancy Dickens followed her own path to become the golf boss at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. "is is a man's world," shouts James Brown in that popular song from the 1960s, echoing a sentiment that has cast a shadow over the golf course management profession for many decades. But don't try to sell that notion to Nancy Dickens, CGCS. anks to her diligence, dedica - tion and a true knack for innovation, Dickens has climbed the ranks from a $5-an-hour, part- time agronomist at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1992 to e Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she has served as director of agronomy and now helms the club as its director of golf. Dickens is one of only 30 women among 5,340 Class A GCSAA members — and one of only 10 to hold GCSAA certification — but she insists that isn't because the opportunity isn't there for women, or that women are being held back. "ere just aren't as many women in the agronomy field as perhaps other areas of the golf industry," the 24-year GCSAA member says, "though, like any field, there are great opportuni - ties for young women in the agronomy side of the business." Growing up in St. Joseph, Mo., Dickens had an athletic mother who taught her golf and ten - nis, "because Mom knew those were lifetime games I could always enjoy." Dickens enjoyed golf but took more to tennis early on. She was talented enough to earn a scholarship to play for Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she earned her bachelor's degree in business, and had hopes of

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