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John Deere Golf and Environmental Science, a business unit of the Crop Science division of Bayer, today announced the application process for the 12th Annual Green Start Academy (GSA) will open on May 22, 2017. Fifty assistant superintendents, from the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Employers of golf course superintendents continue to reinforce the value they place in golf course facility leaders as the average annual salary for the profession climbed to more than $89,000 in 2017. The average salary and additional data come from... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Nathan Wattier expected to be disappointed. Instead, he was thrilled when he opened the email response from TPC Sawgrass regarding his volunteer application to be a part of the grounds staff for the 2017 Players Championship. “We are happy to... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Joey Hulon “It’s a very easy hole when there is no money on it. Just hit a nine-iron and hit it straight,” says Joey Hulon, who probably knows the famed 137-yard 17th at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Vicki Martz, a Fellow of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), died April 13, 2017. She was 72. Martz was president of Victoria Martz Golf Design in Jacksonville, Fla., “a golf architecture firm dedicated to enhancing the environment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
It was five years ago that the Oregon GCSA took a leap of faith and decided to help fund a research assistant position at Oregon State University. Today, Brian McDonald (pictured here) is grateful for the chance to continue studying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Legendary greenkeeper and four-time British Open champion Tom Morris will join top players and celebrities in a 2017 advertising campaign to promote the work of golf course superintendents. David Joy of Scotland plays the role of Morris, who is considered... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Golf course superintendents seeking to enhance their business acumen can now apply for the 2017 Syngenta Business Institute (SBI). Through SBI, Syngenta partners with the nationally-ranked Wake Forest University School of Business to provide superintendents with heightened business and managerial... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Harrell’s, a leading distributor of customized agronomic products for turfgrass since 1941, has pledged $250,000 to GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), to support priority initiatives of advocacy, environmental programs and best management practices. “We are committed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Editor's note: The following was originally published today on GCSAA's government affairs website, President Donald Trump issued an executive order today directing the Environmental Protection Agency (and the Army Corps of Engineers to 1) “review” the Clean Water Rule... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Local GCSAA chapters are winning big with Cushman’s “Growing Greens” program. Since Aug. 1, Textron Specialized Vehicles has gifted more than $38,000 to date to local GCSAA chapters through the program, which turns every purchase of a new Cushman Hauler... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
A comprehensive national planning guide and template for best management practices (BMPs) in golf course management that states can easily adapt to their needs is now available online through GCSAA. The BMP program is funded through the Environmental Institute for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Slow and steady won the race for Michael Stieler, CGCS. On a day when many of the contenders for the GCSAA National Championship experienced the highs and lows of tournament golf, the superintendent at Spring Creek G&CC in Ripon, Calif.,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Seth Strickland stands 18 holes from becoming the second winningest competitor in GCSAA National Championship history. The superintendent at Miami Shores CC fired a 2-under-par 70 on the Panther Lake Course at Orange County National Sunday to take the first-round... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
GOlf 20/20, a collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the U.S. golf industry, including GCSAA, today announced details about the game’s $3.9 billion annual charitable impact with more golf facilities than ever (12,700) hosting an event in 2016.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has acquired TKVGPS, a provider of GPS-based fleet management solutions and GPS technologies to enhance the on-course experience for golfers. Going forward, TKVGPS’ business will operate as part of Textron Specialized Vehicles’... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
We Are Golf, a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners, today announces the 10th annual National Golf Day will be held Wednesday, April 26 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. National Golf Day celebrates the game’s nearly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
The Olympic Club, based in San Francisco, host of five U.S. Opens and one of America's oldest athletic clubs, released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report today, sharing its progress toward environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The report, developed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
As the Home of Golf, St Andrews Links is hallowed ground for players and golf fans around the world. Now, a long-term agreement just reached between St Andrews Links Trust and The Toro Co. ensures that Toro equipment and irrigation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at From the desk of GCM
Norman Hummel, Ph.D., has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 USGA Green Section Award. Presented annually since 1961, the USGA Green Section Award recognizes an individual’s distinguished service to the game of golf through their work with turfgrass.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
GT AirInject, creators of the Air2G2 aeration machine, have won the 2016 HSBC Golf Business Forum Innovation Award. The award was presented on November 29th during the forum’s annual gala, held this year at TPC Sawgrass, headquarters of the PGA... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
Bill Brown, CGCS, a longtime superintendent and former GCM columnist, is the new director of brand development at Aqua-Aid. "Aqua-Aid has grown dramatically in both the size and complexity of our business portfolio around the world over the past few... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
The first few weeks on a new job can be tough on anyone, regardless of industry. But it's a pretty safe bet to say that few have experienced as eventful a start to a new job as Scott Hamm, CGCS,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club today announced that Hanse Golf Design will redesign Pinehurst No. 4 and develop a short course as part of a master plan to further restore the original character and spirit to the Pinehurst golf experience.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at From the desk of GCM
The Toro Co. has entered into an agreement to acquire Regnerbau Calw GmbH, a privately held manufacturer of professional irrigation equipment. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and currently is expected to close during Toro’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at From the desk of GCM