GCSAA and Turfgrass Education
28 April 2013
I recently visited the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas. I've been a GCSAA member for 19 years, and to have the chance to visit the association office and meet with their staff about a range of topics, especially turfgrass education, was a highlight of my trip to the United States.
For GCSAA members in Asia, the live webcasts with the associated library of recorded, on-demand webcasts are an immediately useful resource, provided as a free member benefit through support from Syngenta. On topics ranging from algae management on putting greens to bunker sand selection to ultradwarf bermudagrass greens, these webcasts are a valuable learning resource.
I recently taught a webcast about seashore paspalum, and that webcast was recorded and is now available on-demand.
GCSAA have also delivered their Turf Science Academy at the Asia Golf Show and offer a range of self study and in-person educational programs. The highlight of course is the annual Golf Industry Show with its associated GCSAA Education Conference where hundreds of educational seminars are delivered to thousands of conference delegates.
The association's monthly magazine (GCM) includes sections on topics sure to be of interest to golf course superintendents the world over. Last year, there was even an article about me and the work I do published in GCM and in its sister publication, GCM China.
There are extensive member benefits related to education, networking, and professional development, and Class A members even receive complimentary admission to The Masters Tournament. If you are interested in turfgrass management, education, and career development, but are not a member of GCSAA, you should investigate the membership benefits and consider how membership in GCSAA may help your career.
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