Golf Course Management

OCT 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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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.18 achieve this. e certificate series currently has two portions available: the principles of golf course agronomy and the principles of golf course business. I have completed both of them and feel I gained excellent informa - tion from them. is program is a great way for assistants to test their knowledge and maybe help give them the confidence they need to think that, "Hey, I am actually ready for this." e certificate series is also a great learning tool. While I was taking the exams, I made notes of things I was not sure about, so I could go back and look at them later. From this, I have been able to build a checklist of things I believe I need to work on to help prepare for a superintendent position. I am a member of the GCSAA assistant superintendent task force, which has helped develop these certificates. I was not involved with the development of the agronomy and business certificates, but I was involved in discussions on how we would want to test the final two sections, the environmental manage - ment/best management practices certificate and the leadership and communication certif- icate. I think both of these certificates in con- junction with the two already available will make a well-rounded program that will help prove that an assistant is capable of becoming a golf course superintendent. I have some lofty goals for my career: I want to become a golf course superintendent before I turn 30 (I'm 25 now), and I want to be a mentor to others — like the assistants and superintendents who have mentored me. I think the certificate series now available through GCSAA will help me achieve these goals. I encourage fellow assistants to be a part of the program and try to get involved with GCSAA and their local chapters. For more information on the Assistant Su - perintendent Certificate Series, visit http://bit. ly/2NfKUrR . Conrad Pannkuk is first assistant golf course superinten- dent at The Club at Wynstone in North Barrington, Ill. He is a five-year member of GCSAA. The view of hole No. 18 at The Club at Wynstone in North Barrington, Ill. Photo by Conrad Pannkuk

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