Golf Course Management

FEB 2019

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

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56 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.19 AT THE TURN (career) Peter Gorman Create a buzz around your property A children's pollinator workshop can introduce members of your community — especially youngsters — to golf and highlight a course's environmental benefits. Pollinators have been a hot topic in the media and across social media outlets in recent years. While most of the reports and conversations focus on the role of pesticides in the demise of native pollinators, the focus throughout the golf industry has been finding ways to create and expand high-value pollinator habitats on golf courses and in our communities. Quite often, golf course superintendents find themselves in debates where they must coun - ter emotion-based arguments using science to defend their programs and profession. e time has come to take control of the message and promote the environmental benefits golf courses provide their communities, and, more importantly, to tout the role of superintendents as profes - sionals and stewards of the environment. Golf course superintendents can engage golfers and their families by hosting a children's pol - linator workshop. e workshop provides opportunities to introduce a new generation to golf courses, offers a unique educational experience and opens avenues for direct communication and interaction with members and the general public. ere are also opportunities to generate busi - ness at the restaurant or promote the event and your course in the local media. e workshop would include three main stages: • Introduction. e overall theme is introduced, followed by a description of the key compo - nents of the workshop. Children of all ages, along with their parents and grandparents, are invited to participate in all phases of the workshop. Golf course superintendents can engage golfers and their families by hosting a children's pollinator workshop. Class A superintendent Peter Gorman (center) works with youngsters to plant a pollinator garden during a children's workshop at Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club in Branford, Conn. Photo courtesy of Peter Gorman

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