Golf Course Management

JAN 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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54 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 Want to peruse everything that's new in education at this year's Golf Industry Show in San Antonio? Go to . You can browse the entire educational lineup for the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio — complete with detailed descriptions and presenter information — at . New and noteworthy in GIS education If variety is indeed the spice, then GCSAA's educational offerings during the 2018 Golf Industry Show will be among the spiciest on San Antonio's menu come Febru - ary. (Step aside, Tex-Mex.) Whether you're looking to glean down-in- the-dirt turf know-how, discover impactful projects you can immediately implement at your facility, or explore innovative approaches to managing your team, your time or your finances, you'll find it all and more in the 430-plus hours of education awaiting in the Alamo City. Conference tracks tailored to assistant superintendents, equipment manag - ers, students and other attendee groups make mapping out your ideal itinerary and meeting your personal educational goals easier and more achievable than ever. The diversity of options extends to the style of the curriculum as well, with learning available in a classroom setting, out in the field, in interactive formats, and as lively "edu-tainment." Here's a look at a handful of highlights at this year's education conference. Remember: All sessions and trade show floor education are included with GIS registration. Seminars and field trips are an additional cost and require separate registration. For the lowest prices, register for GIS by Jan. 12. Freshly forged tracks Tracks are recommended GIS agendas for those in certain roles or with a specific area of interest, and 2018 features two newly estab - lished tracks: students and Spanish language. Another standout facet of the student-special - ized programming is the first-ever Student Pavilion on the trade show floor, which will host 30-minute talks on topics such as job interview strategies and connecting with a mentor. Higher heights Ever found yourself thinking, "This would be so much easier if I just had a bird's-eye view"? Drones, also known as UAVs (un - manned aerial vehicles), are immensely valuable in golf course maintenance, and a pair of new seminars focus on delivering the knowledge you need to take flight for im - proved operations. Check out "Closer to Real- ity: Drones and Site-Specific Management on Your Course" on Tuesday, and "High in the Sky Management: UAVs for Managing Water, Fertility and Disease" on Wednesday. Turf Equipment Technician Certificate Program For the first time, equipment managers can take the exams for GCSAA's recently devel - oped Turf Equipment Technician Certificate Program on-site at GIS. Those interested will have the opportunity to prep for Thursday's tests with a series of two-hour seminars on Wednesday, which will tackle a wide range of exam material, including points not covered in the study guides. Get all the details on the certificate program at . Presents of mind The philosophy of mindfulness — the awareness of your actions, thoughts and feel - ings in the present moment, without judgment of them, as a means of finding balance and reducing stress — may seem a bit abstract for the superintendent's toolbox, yet this simple approach affords benefits particularly perti - nent to turf managers. "Superintendent is a CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018

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