The Cactus & Pine, GCSA is dedicated to enhancing the Professional Recognition of its Members through Education, Leadership, Collaboration, Government Relations and Environmental Stewardship.
To Represent, Advocate and Educate for the Environmental and Economic Well Being of the golf industry and to be a diverse alliance recognized as a unified voice for the business of the Turfgrass Industry in Arizona.
Today’s Golf Course Superintendent must be a Scientist, An Economist, a Business Manager, a Government Relations Liaison, a Personnel Manager and so much more! In today’s world, it’s a challenging professional with so many more entities that are part of their everyday agenda. To help meet these encounters, the Golf Superintendent needs a strong, knowledgeable, active and professional Association.
Beginning in the early 1950’s, the Cactus & Pine, GCSA was just a handful of individuals who met to exchange ideas. This small group has grown into a passionate Association with over 550 Members.
A Non Profit Association, we have a Board of Directors and Standing Committees direct the external and internal workings of the Association. We are affiliated with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), which serves Superintendents internationally.
Cactus & Pine Members are leading the way as Environmental Stewards and Governmental Advocates to address such timely issues as Water Conservation, Air Quality, Ground Water Protection, Pesticide Use & Safety and Environmental Protection. We work closely and are a combined effort in conjunction with the Southwest Section PGA and The Club Managers Association to promote the significant contributions of golf to Arizona’s way of life. To address and lead the way on key & current issues that may threaten the health, quality and prosperity of the golf industry in our state.
Cactus & Pine, GCSA seeks to effectively and significantly communicate the concerns, opinions and benefits of the Golf Industry to the Arizona Legislature, its Regulatory agencies, its communities and its citizens.
Why is the Golf Course Superintendent and Golf so important to our State:
The Arizona Golf Industry has an economic impact in excess of $3.4 billion dollars annually
Historic Golf Development has a recurring economic impact of $2 billion dollars through enhanced property values that are taxed annually
Approximately 96,500 Arizona households are located in golf communities
The Golf Industry employs over 21,942 Arizonans, earning over $302 million dollars in wages and benefits
Taxes generated directly from the Arizona golf industry come to $84,764,971 Annually
Arizona Golf Courses account for less than 3% of Arizona’s annual water consumption
Arizona Golf Courses use at least 45% Effluent water, hence utilizing excess waste water
Turfgrass on Arizona golf courses produces enough oxygen annually to support 2,143,082 people, helping to improve air quality
To convey how the Golf Industry has been working for many years to use water as effectively and competently as possible.
To acknowledge the responsibility turf managers have as good stewards of water and the environment, while continuing to support research on new ways to manage this valuable resource
To Highlight the Major economic impact the Turfgrass Industry has on Arizona’s economy, while only using approximately 3% of the water
Serve All Members and Increase Participation Statewide
Emphasize Education and Increase Quality of Topics and Speakers
Promote Golf in Public and Political Sectors
Enhance Professional Status and Image of Superintendent and Related Industries
Coordinate a National to Local Focus and Cooperation
Spearhead Collaborative Support for Research to Benefit the Arizona Golf Industry
Membership in Cactus & Pine, GCSA is invaluable for anyone actively involved in Golf Course Management or related fields. Our Association is here to help promote Golf Course Superintendents and their workforce! We’re here to acknowledge and address the issues that affect our golf course industry.
The rapidly increasing sophistication of the Turfgrass Industry and all of the components of a golf course makes membership an imperative option to join this Professional Association.
By Becoming a Member of Cactus & Pine, GCSA, you not only contribute to the future of the turfgrass industry, but demonstrate a serious commitment to increase your own professional expertise, while making Arizona a better place to call Home!
Education & Monthly Meetings
Camaraderie & Golf Events
Funding & Research Opportunities
Cactus & Pine, GCSA is continually offering fundraising opportunities to assist in raising awareness and funds for research in the state.
Recent Research Studies:
Minimum Water Requirements on Arizona grasses
Drought Tolerance on Fairway grasses
Air Quality Management Practices
Disease Recognition and Control
2016 Economic Impact Study for Turfgrass in Arizona
NEW in 2015: GCSAA's 'Thank a Golf Course Superintendent' Campaign
To support the vote, starting Friday, we sent an H.R. 5078 letter from our CEO Rhett Evans to the full House, 28 chapters sent individual letters to the House, and almost 300 individuals sent 400+ letters to the House through our action alert. THANK YOU for having your voice heard on this vote – it made a difference!
Action now turns to the Senate. I’ll be on a WAC call this afternoon to talk Senate strategy. This will be a much harder lift, plus President Obama issued a veto threat earlier this week on this bill. We’ll let you know how you can be helpful moving forward to get this to the finish line."
Monday, 9/8: From Andy Huber, Wickenburg Ranch, President of Cactus and Pine GCSA
On behalf of the Cactus & Pine Golf Course Superintendents Association, we are writing to urge your support for H.R. 5078, the “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act”.
The golf industry has a major impact in Arizona’s economy by supporting several different industry sectors. The Cactus & Pine GCSA represents 550 members and 352 golf courses within the state. READ MORE...