Now Available! Tree Care Solutions for Your Common Tree Challenges

You can view the recording of the recent webinar Tree Care Solutions for Your Common Tree Challenges on April 26 by Lisa Smith (Registered Consulting Arborist, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, ISA Tree Risk Assessor Qualified).


We received great feedback on this webinar, including from Ed Smilow, Golf Course Law:

“I just had to reach out and say what an absolutely wonderful presentation it was. I only wished it had gone on for another hour as I was soaking it all in and wanted more… I counsel numerous golf courses throughout the State of California and will encourage them in the proactive measures you have suggested to enhance their facilities, properly maintain their tree populations and reduce the risk of tree failures.”

2023 GCSANC Scholarship Applications Available!

NEW: Our scholarship applications can now be submitted through online forms!

No more paper applications.

Access our new online applications here!

Please note: Scholarship applications will only be accepted through our online form. No applications will be accepted by email or mail.

GCSANC offers two scholarships:

Our Dr. M. Ali Harivandi Scholarship (formerly “Industry Scholarship”) is available to high school seniors, college students and current members of the industry pursuing continuing education through accredited institutions, who are seeking careers as golf course superintendents or in closely related fields of study within the golf industry.

Our Legacy Scholarship is available to immediate family members of GCSANC members in good standing who are pursuing education at a postsecondary school.

Access our new online applications here!

Please let potential candidates know about these opportunities for assistance!

Applications must be submitted online (no mailed or emailed applications accepted) by Friday, April 21, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (916) 485-6364 or email

USGA Collaboration a Positive Sign For the Business of Golf

The USGA has made a concerted effort in recent years to forge a closer relationship with GCSA chapters and Golf Course Owners Associations, and their outreach and collaboration is worthy of acknowledgment and appreciation. It is also a very positive sign for the business of golf, as the golf community is stronger when we are unified and collaborative.

Specifically, the USGA was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the Northern California and Southern California Water Summits that took place in 2022, and plans are already underway for additional conferences in the western states in 2023, including the possibility of a more public water focused event at the US Women’s Open at Pebble Beach in July.

Staying on the topic of water, and USGA’s commitment to educating course operators about waterwise practices, USGA Agronomist Brian Whitlark recently penned the following succinct and informative article advising the importance of being proactive in water conservation strategies: Get Out In Front of Water Regulations.

In addition to supporting the allied associations through the dedication of resources to association events such as the Water Summits, there has been a recognizable effort on the part of USGA to invite allied associations to participate in USGA networking events and meetings, including the upcoming USGA Annual Meeting in Napa and receptions at the GCSAA Annual Conference, and providing resources for use in allied association publications.

Thank you to USGA for their obvious efforts to support and bring the golf community closer together. We are appreciative, and golf stands to benefit from the collaboration!

Marc Connerly, Executive Director

In Memory of Mike Basile

We are saddened to inform you that Mike Basile, longtime GCSANC member and friend to many, passed away on Friday, February 10, after a long battle with cancer. Mike passed peacefully with family by his side in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

There will be a Celebration of Life at CordeValle Resort from 5 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, March 11.

We extend our sympathies and condolences to Mike’s many friends, family members and colleagues in the golf community.