Local golf courses are on par with water conservation efforts

GCSANC Secretary/Treasurer Gavin Dickson is featured in this article by KION 5/46 News,  along with GCSANC member Kyle Butler (The Preserve Golf Club) and reps from Pebble Beach Company.

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. (KION) With acres worth of greens to water, one may wonder how golf courses manage to stay green without making a divot in the local water supply.

According to a handful of golf course superintendents, a course’s irrigation system is at the forefront of all operations. Irrigation systems are comprised of several elements including the course’s water source, sprinkler system, and even weather stations. All of these elements play a part in determining how much water these facilities use on a daily basis.

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Member Denis Kerr featured in Golf Course Trades

Check out the below article in Golf Course Trades featuring GCSANC Member Denis Kerr, Quail Lodge Superintendent and winner of the 2017 GCSANC Excellence in Turfgrass Management Award (Public)!

The immaculate playing conditions of our 18-hole golf course is often what draws people to play at Quail. But our golf course doesn’t simply grow that way. Behind the scenes is a team of dedicated greenskeepers – scratch that – scientists, led by a man of whom deserves far greater recognition, yet asks for none. An unsung hero who commits his life to ensuring that our golf course is second to none. He is dedicated, passionate and handsome (albeit self-proclaimed) beyond compare. To those within the world of Golf Course Superintendents, he is referred to as “the man,” “the myth” and sometimes even “the legend.” But to us here at Quail Lodge & Golf Club, we simply refer to him as Denis. Our appreciation, admiration and respect, however, fall nothing short of in line with the aforementioned references.

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Gary Ingram and Jay Neunsinger Receive 2018 ELGA Honors

Congratulations to GCSANC Members Gary Ingram, CGCS (Metropolitan Golf Links, Oakland) and Jay Neunsinger (Boundary Oak Golf Course, Walnut Creek). Gary is the recipient of the 2018 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award (ELGA) for Communications and Outreach, and Jay is first runner-up!

See below for the write-up from GCM:

A golf course in an industrial area near the Oakland, Calif., airport may seem an unlikely place for an environmental leader, but Gary Ingram, director of agronomy at Metropolitan Golf Links, and his staff are making it happen.

The 18-hole golf course, which sits on a former landfill, opened in 2003 and was certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2005. Ingram keeps Metropolitan Golf Links in the public’s mind by collaborating with numerous community organizations, including the Police Athletics League, Spanish Unity Council, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Oakland City Council. Ingram, a 38-year GCSAA member, also serves on the Oakland High Environmental Academy board and participates on the local water district’s landscape advisory committee.

Outreach to the next generation of golfers comes through Metropolitan Golf Links’ nonprofit organization, the Oakland Turfgrass Educational Initiative, which provides STEAM field trips (science, technology, engineering, art and math) to 200 area students each year.

First runner-up in the Communications and Outreach category is Jay Neunsinger, superintendent at Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek, Calif., with second runner-up honors going to Jason Haines, superintendent at Pender Harbour Golf Club in Madeira Park, British Columbia.

View the full article featuring all of this year’s ELGA honors here.

Thank you Gary and Jay for all the work you do!

GCSANC Members Receive 2016 Environmental Leaders In Golf Awards

We are proud to announce that seven GCSANC Members are recipients of the 2016 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards!

We extend our congratulations to the following GCSANC Members for their exemplary efforts in the practice of environmental stewardship:

ELGA Chapter Winners

Gary Ingram, CGCS
Metropolitan Golf Links, Oakland

Jay Neunsinger
Boundary Oak Golf Course, Walnut Creek

ELGA Merit Winners

Darin Pakkala
Crystal Springs Golf Course, Burlingame

Dave Davies, CGCS
TPC Stonebrae, Hayward

Jeremy Payne
Napa Golf Course, Napa

Mark Condos
Las Positas Golf Course, Livermore

Robert Esposo
Pacific Grove Golf Links, Pacific Grove

The Renovation Report with Guest Thomas Bastis, CGCS

“Eight Years. It’s a blink of an eye. Thomas Bastis checks in with Dave Wilber 8 years after his world class renovation of The California Golf Club of San Francisco.

Thomas shares his experience in looking back as his old/new golf course matures. It hasn’t all been easy. But he’s candid about what worked and what didn’t work and what he might do again. He also gets firm and fast with some good stories and insights. And being the early adopting tech leader that he is, Thomas speaks about what he’s working on. Always keeping it new.

It’s an hour of deep conversation and insight with one of the industry greats.”