I’ve driven by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America headquarters, but I don't really know what it is. What is it?
Jeff Bolig, managing director of marketing and communications for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), said it is the professional organization for the men and women who manage and maintain golf courses. It has 20,000 members in 72 countries (including members at Alvamar Golf Club, Lawrence Country Club and Eagle Bend Golf Course).
Members go by various professional titles, including golf course superintendent, director of golf course operations and director of agronomy. Their education backgrounds are typically science-based in agronomy or horticulture, but management is a multi-discipline profession requiring expertise in personnel management, environmental stewardship, communications, business applications, regulatory compliance, etc. Approximately 100 two-and-four-year schools offer degrees that would support individuals pursuing a career in golf course management. These individuals might also pursue a position in sports turf management for parks and athletic fields. These professionals belong to the Sports Turf Managers Association, which is also headquartered in Lawrence.