Today's golf course superintendent must be a scientist, an economist, a business manager, a personnel manager and more. The challenge of the position requires a strong professional organization.
Two of these organizations are:
- Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), which serves all superintendents internationally, and
- Cactus & Pine Golf Course Superintendents Association which serves members in Arizona.
Cactus and Pine members are part of a combined effort with allied associations to address and lead the way on issues such as environmental concerns which include water conservation, ground water protection, pesticide use and safety and wet land protection.
- 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
*** IMPORTANT REGULATORY INFORMATION REGARDING THE CHANGEOVER FROM OPM TO AZ DEPT OF AG ***
Senate bill 1143, which passed during the last Arizona legislative session, transferred regulatory authority of pesticide use on golf courses from the Office of Pest Management (OPM) to the Environmental Services Division of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA). Custom applications (for hire) to golf still fall under the jurisdiction of the OPM. There are several things that are/may be needed for golf individuals to make the transition to Ag.
Below are several resources we hope will help you make the transition seamless.
www.azda.gov - Arizona Department of Agriculture website
www.azda.gov/ESD/esd.aspx - AZ Dept of Agriculture Environmental Services Division website
Golf and the ADA - Fact sheet by Dr. Mike Pfeiffer, Pesticide Training Resources
Golf Course Transition Update - Powerpoint with Audio by Jack Peterson, AZDA. 50 min. Large file. Courtesy of Kai Umeda. Requires powerpoint. Start Slide Show once downloaded to begin the presentation.
** Additional notes from Q&A session after Jack Peterson's talk at the 11/20/13 C&P Seminar are HERE.