Golf Course Management

JUL 2013

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

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FIELD reports Northwest Southwest Central Plains Great Lakes South Central Southeast Florida Northeast Mid-Atlantic Editor's note: Field Reports highlights news, notes and information from the front lines of the golf course management industry. To submit items for Field Reports, send them to editor-in-chief Scott Hollister (shollister@ To learn more about GCSAA's efforts on the local and regional level through its affiliated chapters and field staff program, visit Southeast A recent economic impact study in California has revealed just how much of an impact the golf industry has on the state's economy. The report — commissioned by Golf 20/20 for the California Alliance for Golf, a trade industry group that includes the California GCSA — says the state's golf industry generated a total economic impact of $13.1 billion in 2013, supporting more than 128,000 jobs with $4.1 billion in wage income. Those figures represent an overall decline from 2006, when California's golf industry generated an economic impact of $15.1 billion, with close to 160,000 jobs with $4.8 billion in wage income. The decrease has been attributed to the nationwide contraction in golf residential real estate and golf facility capital investment, including new course construction. Golf in California generated $6.3 billion in revenue in 2011, which compares favorably to industries like movie theatres and drive-ins ($2.6 billion), greenhouse/nursery crops ($3.7 billion) and amusement/theme parks ($3.7 billion). Regarding the game's environmental impact on the state, the survey revealed that golf represents 3.5 percent of the total turfgrass in California, consumes 1.2 percent 28 GCM July 2013 of the total water used for irrigated crops and accounts for less than 1 percent of the total fresh water consumed in the state. For more information, visit relations/golf-economic-study.html. Florida One superintendent's contributions to an important project on his course have not gone unnoticed by his membership. In fact, Wayne Phillips' name will be remembered around Rocky Bayou Country Club in Niceville, Fla., long after he's hung up his boots. Following the completion of a new bridge across a creek that runs in front of the green on the ninth hole, the club's membership was so pleased with the results and Phillips' significant efforts in getting those results that they announced the bridge would be named after the GCSAA Class A superintendent. The honor was commemorated with a plaque that was placed on the bridge. "I'm really very grateful. It's a very nice gesture by the club," says the 13-year association member, who's been at Rocky Bayou since 2003. "The club president and grounds chairman came into our (Gulf Coast GCSA) chapter meeting that we were hosting to make the announcement, so the fact that they would take the time and go to that effort to announce it in front of my peers and colleagues made it very special for me." Northwest The Oregon GCSA has selected Randy Shults, CGCS at Tualatin Country Club, for inclusion in the chapter's hall of fame. The superintendent at Tualatin since 1984, the 33-year GCSAA member has served a vital role in the chapter's leadership since being elected to its board of directors as an assistant superintendent in 1978. He was the chapter's president from 1981 to 1984, and was the driving force behind its annual pesticide seminar from 1990 to 2008. Previously, Shults was selected as the Oregon GCSA's Superintendent of the Year and its Richard Malpass Distinguished Service Award winner. Additionally, the chapter named Bob Senseman, CGCS at Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego and a 32-year GCSAA member, as the winner of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award, while Rick Sullivan, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Summerfield Golf Course in Portland, was selected as the chapter's Superintendent of the Year. The Assistant Superintendent of the Year was Gabe Hughes, a nine-year member of GCSAA, from The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Beaverton, while Russell Vandehey, CGCS at The Oregon Golf Club in Oregon City and a 29-year GCSAA member, won the Michael S. Hindahl Environmental Award of Excellence.

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