Golf Course Management

JAN 2017

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

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18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 Did you know that GCSAA is the only national organization whose sole purpose is to advance the golf course superintendent profession and advocate on behalf of you and your facility? As your CEO, I can attest that GCSAA is working hard to elevate your profession and what you do for the game of golf. The annual Golf Industry Show and National Golf Day are easy examples of what we are doing to raise our game. GCSAA promotes your profession when we continually gain the full support of allied golf organizations for the good work we are doing. And we promote your profession to all golfers nationwide through the "Thank a Superinten - dent" campaign and weekly superintendent in- terviews on the SiriusXM's PGA Tour Radio, heard throughout North America. Together, we have a voice that is heard, and one that speaks to the expert golf course man - agement skills of our nearly 18,000 members and the role they play in ensuring the enjoy - ment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. In that regard, we have programs in place to help you reach the top of your game. Those include educational resources to assist in the management of both your golf course and your career. Education is the foundation of what we do at GCSAA — a point made abun - dantly clear by the more than 115 educational offerings at next month's Golf Industry Show in Orlando. There are also free educational materials, including live and on-demand webcasts, available throughout the year on our website. GCSAA also has a nationally recog - nized certification program. Currently, there are more than 1,300 among you who have achieved recognition as a Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS), and they proudly include that designation next to their name. "Becoming a Certified Golf Course Superintendent was important to me. It is re - warding, but also validates your professional- ism, assists in career growth, and strengthens you as a leader in your operations and indus - try," says Tim Carpenter, CGCS, at Gaston Country Club in Gastonia, N.C. GCSAA is also dedicated to improving the professionalism of your equipment man - ager through education that can lead to a turf equipment management certificate. Lance Nice, the equipment manager at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas, is among (from the CEO) J. Rhett Evans revans@gcsaa.org Twitter: @GCSAACEO those who have successfully completed all six exams in our Turf Equipment Technician Certificate Program. There is a wide range of scholarships of - fered through the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of GCSAA, whether for GCSAA members' chil - dren or for college students majoring in turf- grass studies. And the Melrose Leadership Academy provides opportunities for GCSAA members to attend GIS. (Don't forget: Even without a scholarship award, your GCSAA membership affords you free first-time GIS registration. That's a direct savings of more than $400 to help you start taking advantage of all that GCSAA offers.) There are case studies on hand on www. gcsaa.org, and an open door to a library of resources from Michigan State's Turfgrass Information File to help support your efforts for sustainable practices and effective manage - ment of your golf course. We know you have a big job in managing the largest asset of any golf facility, and con - stant regulatory pressures can be overwhelm- ing. GCSAA is not only advocating on your behalf with legislators, but is putting together a template to help you and your whole state establish verifiable best management practices (BMP) in collaboration with regulators. The result will elevate your profession even more, hopefully showing that you are an expert who can extend valuable advice to others in your community, from recommended water use and conservation practices to proper use of in - puts and ways to improve recycling programs. You will hear more about this important BMP program at GIS. Our ambitious goal is to have all 50 states on board with BMP pro - grams by 2020. We've received financial sup- port from all corners of the golf industry, and GCSAA is making grant money available to support your local chapter's efforts. We need all GCSAA members to adopt this program. Remember, GCSAA is here for you, our members. We are proud to serve you, and we work to benefit you and your career. Help us by reaching out to someone you know who is not yet a GCSAA member. Ask them to join so they can take advantage of everything GCSAA has available to help them in their career. J. Rhett Evans is GCSAA's chief executive officer. Membership has its privileges Education is the foundation of what we do at GCSAA — a point made abundantly clear by the more than 115 educational offerings at next month's Golf Industry Show in Orlando.

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