Earth Shaping News 3rd Quarter 2016

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Published Quarterly by the Golf Course Builders Association of America

3rd Quarter 2016

Jersey City Welcomes GCBAA for Summer Meeting Invoices, thank you’s, checks, and surveys have been filling the GCBAA In-and-Outboxes all while we get back to business at GCBAA headquarters. While we shift gears and tackle what’s next on our plate, we can’t dismiss the overwhelming success that was the GCBAA Summer Meeting. Success of a meeting can be measured by so many variables. The survey results have been our go-to resource to not only see what we did well, but more importantly the areas we can improve upon. For the GCBAA staff and Meetings Committee, we gauge the success of an event based on the criticism and suggestions of the surveys. Whether a speaker ran off topic, a meal was cold, or a room wasn’t ready; we look at each and every comment and implement ways to improve. On each site visit we stress to the hotel that it will be difficult to impress our membership on the facility alone as so many of you travel well over 100 days a year and have had various hotel experiences. What sets a hotel apart is the people. There is a direct correlation between our most successful meetings and how surveys ranked the hotel staff. There is something to be said for a hotel staff that says hello when you pass them in a hallway or opens the car door when they pull around your vehicle. Everyone likes to feel at home when traveling and it is our goal to provide the best environment for you to relax, learn, network, and enjoy yourself.

(Left to Right) Chris Daigle, Matt Faherty, Dan Hildebrand, & Paul Granger enjoying the views.

STICKS FOR KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT GCBAA staff is often asked how the golf course gets selected for the annual Sticks for Kids Golf Tournament. While we would like to say it’s as easy as looking into our crystal ball, a peak behind the curtain would show you that we reach out to our local members in the area as well as allied association members to identify the best fit for our event. Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, NJ exceeded our expectations and went above and beyond to host our event. This county owned course is managed by a team from KemperSports who understand the business of hospitality. While the course hosts hundreds of tournaments and thousands of rounds each year, they make you feel as if you’re the only group planning an event. Our friend and recent course renovation architect Rees Jones as well as his team at Rees Jones Golf Course Design were an enormous help in planning the event. GCBAA members were also involved in their course’s recent renovations, including GCBAA Certified Builder Total Turf Services, Better Billy Bunker, and Winterberry Irrigation. Early Monday morning with rain clouds above, nearly 80 golfers tee’d off for the annual outing. The rain held off and allowed teams to enjoy a great course with lots of GCBAA members staged on sponsored holes as well as plenty to eat and drink. Some impressive team scores were recorded and several tie breakers were needed. Many groups walked away with prizes donated by our hole sponsors along with trophies awarded by Eagle Golf & Landscape Products and the infamous Caterpillar Earthmover Award for the last place team…a true keepsake!

INSIDE 2 President’s Perspective 3 Executive Director Notes 4 Foundation Update 8 Summer Meeting Sponsors 10 2016 Auction & Raffle 14 Anniversaries 16 Human Resources 17 Developer’s Guide 21 Allied Associations 27 New Members 29 Movers & Shapers 36 Advertisers



President’s Perspective



Immediately following the GCBAA Summer Meeting, I made a point to start this article, knowing I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to cover a few keys items. The GCBAA Meetings Committee and Staff continue to outdo themselves in the planning and execution of these events. We are sure you noticed the new format kicking off our meeting at the end of the PGA Championship rather than hosting in conjunction with the tournament. We appreciate attendees’ flexibility regarding the schedule. We thank you for coming early to play in the Sticks for Kids Annual Golf Tournament; while rain clouds followed our groups around the course the entire day, we were fortunate that the rain held off, giving us another successful and fun round. This is one of the most laid back and relaxed golf tournaments that I get to participate in. The diverse pairings allow us to meet new friends in our industry as well as our allied guests. While the tournament normally is at the conclusion of the week, having it kick off our meeting was a great way to catch up with our guests and set the stage for the rest of the week.


Maybe the most memorable part of the entire week was the spectacular view of New York City from the hotel across the Hudson River. While the weather did not cooperate at first, when the clouds finally lifted it allowed for some spectacular views. Certainly the skyline looks much different than it did 15 years ago. It has also changed since the last time GCBAA held their Summer Meeting in Jersey City. There are obvious signs of rebuilding and recovery with numerous sky cranes and the World Trade Buildings towering above lower Manhattan. There are similarities in this recovery much like the golf industry. We all know first-hand the challenges the industry and our businesses faced the past decade. We have all had ups and downs as the industry recovered and today, while golf’s skyline looks much different than it did before, it has rebuilt in many ways. More than ever before, I am encouraged by the relationships our association has today. I have traveled with our Executive Director Justin Apel to a few allied events this year and appreciate the willingness and open door attitude we’ve been greeted with by all of our allies in golf. Whether giving us updates on their organization’s activities or talking specifically about their association initiatives, each group highlighted collaboration with one another.


Pay attention in this issue to some important information on GCBAA’s activities this year and what lies ahead. We are very excited to continue the Regional Meetings that have proven beneficial to our membership and allied relationships. We are also excited as we make plans for the 2017 Golf Industry Show. Not only will the show floor feature a builder pavilion gathering GCBAA member exhibitors, but it will also feature the successful Electric Avenue area that allows participants to showcase their equipment and products.


I hope you have a successful fall and look forward to 2017. Keep in touch with the staff and don’t hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance. I once again want to thank the GCBAA team in Lincoln, welcome our new hire Stephanie Bruss to the family, and thank the board and committees for all of their help!



Scott Veazey

Executive Director Notes Last issue I shared some personal news where my family and I were moving back to our hometown. We were excited because our house sold quickly and we had started our move. The kids were already enrolled in school for the Fall and participating in summer sports. Everything had been looking great until that dreaded phone call from the Title Company that started with “we have a problem.” That was an understatement! In the process of ensuring the selling documents were in order it was discovered that not only did our property boundaries not match our deed documents, we also had utility easements running underneath what once was our kitchen table. In the beginning we wasted time trying to figure out who to blame. Was the original surveyor wrong, was the underwriter mistaken, did the engineers who signed off on the original development make a mistake? All valid questions but the focus was wrong because it didn’t matter who might have made the error, we still needed to solve the problem! Melissa and I have always made a good team because we both believe in sitting down and talking through the issue as well as realizing where your limitations can be. We surrounded ourselves with some extremely talented and intelligent people and started group conversations with the interested parties on a plan and timeline to solve the issue. Early on we realized that we needed to be grateful that for many years we were able to enjoy this home with minimal maintenance expenses and that we might need to make some financial investment to solve these issues as well as be ready to be flexible to solve the problem. All of this while keeping our potential buyers informed and part of the decisions we would be making. Once all steps were identified and responsibilities and timelines assigned, we had a massive undertaking ahead of us. The first step was to compromise the home’s property boundary with an adjoining neighbor. The two of us were able to find a solution that minimized adjusting our property line to allow for future development. After we were able to come to terms, we researched and hired an experienced surveyor with a solid reputation to draw up the legal descriptions and maps. We made appointments with the local Planning Commission and Village Board members to describe the problem, outline the solution and plan, and prepare them through education what we would be asking them to ultimately approve. Now our buyers were not as patient as we had hoped so we were able to mutually separate their offer to purchase and continued to solve the problem. After several long months, today we have filed all of the necessary changes with the appropriate parties and are awaiting their response. Additionally, we have been fortunate to accept another offer on the home and have a closing date scheduled at a time where we expect all changes to be adopted allowing for a clean Title. I’m sharing this story because I’d like to think it is probably how many of you have operated your businesses. I have had a lot of humbling experiences in my professional career but have to say this is one that has assembled all of the lessons I have learned from the past. When what seem to be monumental challenges present themselves you can either roll-up into a ball and hope someone else solves them or you can take control. You need to be ready that sometimes you cannot be in complete control and that is instinctively an issue for many people, myself included. Melissa and I realized we needed to assemble a talented team and most important, create opportunities for open communication for the parties involved. We knew we needed to be flexible and ready to compromise. We even had to prepare



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Foundation Update Our Summer Meeting in Jersey City was a rousing testimonial to the current health of the golf construction business and the camaraderie we enjoy within our industry. The participation of new contractors and vendors in our events and educational seminars made for a very vibrant occasion, and the attendance of old-timers (Christman, Sasser, Glase‌) made for a very comfortable one. It was a very special blend.



The combination of generous donations to the auction and the competitive nature of people in the construction industry led to a banner year in fundraising for the Foundation. Over $80,000 was raised—enough to support our existing programs, start new programs and explore new initiatives to grow our game. The tireless effort of our Fundraising Committee, led by Dennis Wagner and Ellen Davis, was not only instrumental in the success this year, but has been instrumental in the success of the Foundation for many years. The Foundation and I are grateful to Dennis and Ellen. So what are we doing with all that cash? Currently we supply and update equipment to 308 Sticks for Kids Programs along with providing promotional and instructional materials. We have also started 16 new programs this year that require a substantial investment on our part. As a result, more than 52,000 children and disabled adults use our equipment each year. We are also beginning to investigate other possibilities that are consistent with the Sticks for Kids mission, such as supporting middle school and high school golf programs in underprivileged sectors of the country. We welcome any other suggestions that you may have to help us with our mission. The Association and the Foundation have had the good fortune to add Stephanie Bruss to the GCBAA team. She will split time between both entities and her enthusiasm and skills will undoubtedly add to the growth and ultimate success of the Foundation. If you have any questions or concerns about what we are doing, call her and she will be glad to listen or help. The big Foundation news in the early summer was that Greg Norman has volunteered to assist us in our efforts to support and grow the game. Plans are being finalized to take advantage of this very significant offer so please read the messages sent to you from Stephanie and Justin regarding this development. Finally, we look forward to seeing you in Orlando for the Golf Industry Show. I hope you all have an enjoyable, stress-free, and very profitable remaining construction season. Tom Shapland



Executive Director Notes ourselves for the financial investment it would take to solve the issue but keep our eyes to the future on the return on that investment. We also needed to appreciate the past and the equity built that would become our rainy day fund for this monsoon. Patience, communication, and teamwork got us to this point today. We are thrilled that the people who looked to be our adversaries in the beginning are all anxiously waiting for the news that we have cleared the issue. As you can see on the personal side this summer has been extremely busy all while having one of the busiest summers for GCBAA! We support our allied associations by attending their annual meetings. With several new formats by our allieds each meeting has been a pleasure to be asked to participate in. What started out to be a casual conversation with some friends lead to an interview with our newest addition to the GCBAA team, Stephanie Bruss. If you have had the pleasure to hear Henry DeLozier’s presentation at one of our recent meetings, you would have heard him remind our membership to keep an open mind and sharp focus on opportunities that might present themselves. I like to think finding Stephanie was a result of that advice. As easy as it could have been to hang up association business at the end of the day we used a network of local friends in Lincoln to find Stephanie (or where Stephanie found GCBAA). Regardless the match making has added a valuable asset to the office and we look forward to welcoming in her fresh perspective and ambitious approach to work. Thank you for allowing me to share with you some life lessons. Hopefully by reading this you are reminded of a few key lessons on being patient, always looking for opportunity, and to staying positive because you never know what kinds of challenges life and business might throw your way! Justin Apel



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Jersey City Welcomes GCBAA for Summer Meeting wrapping up the Championship at Baltustrol Golf Club and while Jimmy Walker was still celebrating his win, PGA Senior Director of Global & Corporate Strategy Arjun Chowdri updated the group on association activities.

(Left to Right) Glen Olson, Patrick Couri, Jeff Davis, Kimberly Erusha, Jon Truttmann, Rick Boylan, and Chris Caccavale.

EDUCATION Maybe one of the most challenging tasks of planning a Summer Meeting is creating the education schedule. Luckily the GCBAA has a diverse committee who is able to help us with this task. GCBAA members Terry Gwinn, Allan MacCurrach III, and Jason Sloan have helped staff identify trending topics as well review suggestions received by the office throughout the year. When in doubt the GCBAA has always had success having our good friend Henry DeLozier on stage. Henry does a great job in researching his comments and providing positive influence to our membership by offering sound and proven advice. He reminds the group to be a resource to their customers and work to provide solutions. To keep the theme of helping our members with operations, we kept the day rolling with Karen Reutter as she shared her experience on minimizing your companies’ risk and protecting your business. Offering what certainly will be an ongoing trend was Anthony Slendorio sharing his companies work on creating sustainable developments. The current market has created a small problem for many businesses and that is finding a strong workforce. Dr. Crystal Steen shared tips on finding and keeping quality employees, along with ways to facilitate a positive work environment. Finally, we had a record setting year with our allied association updates. We appreciate the support and attendance by the allied organizations of golf who attended and supported our meeting. Hunki Yun with the United States Golf Association shared some of the tools the USGA is utilizing to help golf courses make plans and modifications for the future. With player tracking devices, the USGA has helped golf courses understand areas of their facilities that might not need as much maintenance as others. The PGA of America was busy Matt Brown and Darren Davis, GCSAA


A new face to the GCBAA and the industry is our friend Henry Wallmeyer, CEO of the National Club Association. Having less than a year with the NCA under his belt, Henry has already shown the industry his fresh perspective. While the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has a number of projects benefiting the golf industry and their membership, the focus of their presentation included plans for the upcoming Golf Industry Show in Orlando. Glenn Gray, Vice President with Buffalo. Agency was able to share activities of the World Golf Foundation as well as the Sports Turf Managers Association. The American Society of Golf Course Pam and Robert Fleetwood Architects President Greg Martin reported on their group’s activities as well as the new education offerings for the Irrigation Association provided by their CEO Deborah Hamlin.

SPOUSE EVENT We were thrilled with the turnout of wives, husbands and children that joined us in Jersey City. It’s always great seeing the families of our members, and this summer was no different. And while we strive to provide a unique experience each year, this one was truly special. The morning began with breakfast at the hotel, and before long the group of nearly 20 ladies were on a ferry across the Hudson River. Jumping off at the World Financial Center terminal, the group made the short walk to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where they were treated to a historic, behind-the-scenes tour examining artifacts to understand what happened on 9/11, how people responded in the aftermath of the attacks, and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. After the tour, the group was treated to lunch at Trinity Place, which at one point was an original bank vault. And while lunch served as the formal conclusion of the Spouse Event, many of the ladies stuck around the City to “window shop” before returning to the Hotel for the evening events.

BUY FROM WITHIN RECEPTION After a full day of presentations and continuing ed, it was nice to switch gears and shake a few hands at the Buy From Within Reception held at the Hotel. Throughout the year we stress the importance of doing business with fellow GCBAA members whenever possible, and the reception was a reflection of just that!

(Left to Right) Ian Williams, Paul Granger, Bob Bryant, and Bryan Juwig.

DINNER & FOUNDATION AUCTION More than 150 members and guests gathered together Tuesday evening for dinner and the annual Foundation Auction. In the weeks leading up to the Summer Meeting, there was an outpouring of support from generous donors and sponsors. Combined, the Silent Auction, Live Auction, and Raffle raised more than $80,000 for the Foundation and Sticks for Kids Program. We would like to thank the Fundraising Committee and our auctioneer, Dennis Wagner, for their tireless efforts to make this year’s event the best to date!

GCBAA auctioneer Dennis Wagner catching bids.

For a list of auction donors and winners, see page 11.

Henry DeLozier getting a pep talk from Tommy Sasser before going on stage.

Karen Reutter addresses GCBAA members during the education.

(Left to Right) GCBAA Staff Samantha Huff, Courtney Barr, Justin Apel, and Stephanie Bruss.


GCBAA Recognizes 2016 Summer Meeting Sponsors The success of the 2016 Summer Meeting was not only due to those who attended and our generous donors, but also to our great sponsors. Working together, we continue to build a stronger Association and support for the golf industry as a whole. We would like to extend our gratitude to those who attended the Summer Meeting, and especially those companies that took part in sponsoring the event. THANK YOU!

EDUCATION SPONSORS Caterpillar Inc. HARCO Fittings Hydrema U.S. Inc. Jacobsen, A Textron Company Leemco, Inc. Rain Bird Corporation The Toro Company Watertronics, Inc.

IRRIGATION EDUCATION SPONSORS Atlantic Irrigation Specialties, Inc. Caterpillar Inc. Dura Plastic Products, Inc. HARCO Fittings Jacobsen, A Textron Company Rain Bird Corporation Southeastern Golf, Inc. The Toro Company Watertronics, Inc.

MEETING SPONSORS Ewing Irrigation Jacobsen, A Textron Company Hunter Industries LASCO Fittings, Inc. Peat, Inc. Profile Products, LLC Sunbelt Rentals

BANNER ADVERTISERS ADS/Hancor, Inc. Bridge Builders USA Inc. Capillary Concrete Caterpillar Inc. CMF Global, Inc. Colorado Lining International Inc. Doosan/Bobcat Ewing Irrigation Flowtronex HARCO Fittings Horizon


Hunter Industries Hydrema U.S. Inc. ISCO Industries, Inc. Jacobsen, A Textron Company John Deere LASCO Fittings, Inc. Leemco, Inc. Paige Electric Peat Inc. Rain Bird Corporation Regency Wire & Cable Sandtrapper Southeastern Golf Inc. SportZmix Solutions – Waupaca Sand & Solutions Sunbelt Rentals The Toro Company Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation Watertronics, Inc.

ISCO Industries, Inc. Murray Sod Farm Leemco, Inc. Jacobsen, A Textron Company ACC Golf (2) GCBAA Foundation

GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORS ADS/Hancor, Inc. Beverages Caterpillar Inc. Earthmover Team Awards Eagle Golf & Landscape Products Trophies Forward Management Group Golf Polos Mid-America Golf & Landscape Player Breakfast & On-Course Food Prestwick Golf Group Golf Flags

TRADE SHOW EXHIBITORS Caterpillar Inc. Dura Plastic Products, Inc. HARCO Fittings LASCO Fittings, Inc. Leemco, Inc. Sunbelt Rentals Watertronics, Inc.

GOLF HOLE SPONSORS Eagle Golf & Landscape Products SportZmix Solutions – Waupaca Sand & Solutions Watertronics, Inc. The Toro Company Dura Plastic Products, Inc. Caterpillar Inc. Rain Bird Corporation HARCO Fittings Glase Golf, Inc. Sunbelt Rentals Hydrema U.S. Inc

New GCBAA Member Joe Lobb manning the booth while Kevin Grieder takes an important phone call

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Generous Donations Help Make 2016 Auction & Raffle a Success As a child from Port-au-Prince, Haiti and growing up in Iselin, New Jersey, GCBAA Information & Education Coordinator Stephanie Bruss depended heavily on her family values of honor, courage and self-respect to be a model citizen in her community. However, it is not the case for so many young adults and youth in our nation. The GCBAA Foundation is committed to providing the tools to learn the game of golf through the Sticks for Kids Program. In addition to being introduced to the game, Sticks for Kids teaches intangible life lessons such as decisiveness, integrity, dependability, unselfishness and sportsmanship. The 2016 GCBAA Summer Meeting Foundation Auction and Raffle raised more than $80,000 for the Sticks for Kids Program and GCBAA Scholarship program. All proceeds will continue to benefit existing programs while helping new communities bring Sticks for Kids to their area. The Executive Staff and Fundraising Committee would like to thank all the generous donors and meeting attendees who helped us enjoy a very successful year.

Raffle $500 Home Depot Gift Card Fleetwood Services

Stihl Weedeater Greenville Turf & Tractor

GoPro Camera ACC

Basket of ISCO Goodies ISCO Industries, Inc.

GolfBuddy WT5 GPS Watch Profile Products

PGA Championship Shirt & Hat ADS/Hancor, Inc.

Amazon Echo Speaker Turf and Soil Diagnostics


Wags Grillin’ Rub Basket Dennis Wagner

Hand Blown Oil Lamp Sun Gro Horticulture

Special thanks to Paul Granger for sharing the story of his grandson’s love of golf. He helped Sticks for Kids secure additional contributions from the indivduals listed below: Rick Benson

Bryan Juwig

Rick Boylan

Mike Perez

Shannon Christman

Manny Pina

Mark Creighton

Boyd Rose

Fidel Garcia

Rick Shriver

Chris Harz

Frank Warden GCBAA Foundation Auction in full swing.

Guests filling out last minute raffle tickets.


Please help us recognize the following donors and buyers of the live and silent auctions: Auction Item

Donated By

Purchased By

Sticks for Kids bag Autographed by Greg Norman

Great White Shark Enterprises, LLC

Jon O’Donnell

Ryder Cup Tickets

Duininck Golf

Jon Truttmann

Napa Valley Vacation Package

Mid-America Golf Landscape

Les Hill

Custom Jewelry

SportZmix Solutions

Angela Grego

Steel Wings Duck Club

Heritage Links

Doug York

Skid Loader 1 Month Rental

Sunbelt Rentals

Robert Fleetwood

(2) Tickets to the Barclays

Caterpillar Inc.

Barry Ferrell

Full Page Advertisement

Golf Course Industry

Jason Sloan

YETI Cooler with Maccallan 18

Course Crafters LLC

Chris Hill

$5,000 in Fumigation Services

TriEst Ag

Jim Glase

Bandon Dunes Golf Getaway

Bandon Dunes

Daniel Ramos

(2) Tree Cameras


Fidel Garcia

Disney World Vacation Package

The Toro Company

Mark Arrimour

Pump Station Discount

Motor Controls Inc.

Tom Works

Scotty Cameron X7M Putter

Profile Products LLC

Jon O’Donnell

Chicago Golf Club Outing

Shapland Golf Consultants

Rick Elyea

Browning Maxus 12 Gauge Shot Gun

Southeastern Golf, Inc.

Bob Bryant

Moselem Springs Golf Club Outing

Aqua Agronomic Solutions, Inc.

Kurt Huseman

Fisherman’s Basket


Robert Fleetwood

Dismal River Trip, Mullen NE

Ewing Irrigation

Robert Fleetwood

(2) Day Napa Trip

DHR Construction

Chris Daigle

Mini Excavator 30 Day Rental

Ohio Cat

Jason Sloan

Scotty Cameron Putter

Total Turf Services, Inc.

Scott Veazey

Autographed Tiger Woods pin flag

Landscapes Unlimited, LLC

Pam Fleetwood

Banana Republic Sunglasses

Stahlman England

Stephanie Zimmerman

Case of Rain Bird 751 E Sprinklers

Atlantic Irrigation Specialties, Inc.

Peter Grass

Cohiba Cuban Cigars

ISTRC New Mix Labs

Fidel Garcia

Custom Jewelry

Kempker Greens Mix Blending, Inc.

Rosa Adkins

Fitbit Blaze

Helac Corporation

John Holmes

Garmin Approach S6

Sunbelt Rentals

Rick Elyea

Greg Norman Collection Straw Hat Autographed by Greg Norman

Great White Shark Enterprises

Matt Faherty

Greg Norman Collection Ball Cap Autographed by Greg Norman

Great White Shark Enterprises

Kurt Huseman

Greg Norman Autographed Photo

Great White Shark Enterprises

John Holmes

Great White Shark Polo

Great White Shark Enterprises

Pam Fleetwood

JBL Flip 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Benson Construction Company, Inc.

Mike Garbs

Knob Creek Bourbon

Green Tee Golf, Inc.

Heather Elyea

Michael Kors Handbag

DHR Construction

Barry Ferrell

Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon

Hunter Industries

Steve Christman

Scratch Lottery Tickets

Capillary Concrete

Ian Williams

The Black Course Painting

Southeastern Golf

Dan Hilderbrand

Vintage Purse

SportZmix Solutions

Rosa Adkins

YETI Cooler

Murray Sod Farm

Greg Hufner

Makita Saw

TW Ries

Christopher Caccavale




2017 Augusta National Augusta, GA April 6-9 2018 Augusta National Augusta, GA April 5-8

U.S. Open 2017 Erin Hills Erin, WI June 12-18

2018 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Southampton, NY June 14-17

British Open

2017 Royal Birkdale Golf Club July 20-23 England 2018 Carnoustie Golf Links July 19-22 Scotland

PGA Championship 2017 Quail Hollow Charlotte, NC August 10-13

2018 Bellerive Country Club St. Louis, MO August – TBA


Orlando Set to Host 2017 Golf Industry Show The Golf Industry Show once again returns to Orlando in 2017. The schedule begins Saturday, February 4 with the GCSAA Golf Championship and continues Monday and Tuesday with education. The GCSAA Education Conference is the largest education event in the industry and covers all aspects of golf course management, including agronomics, environmental management, communication and business management. We encourage you to use this platform not only to earn GCBAA continuing education hours, but to stay ahead of the latest industry trends and technologies. The trade show wraps up the week on Wednesday and Thursday concluding at 5pm. While the show schedule and trade show are similar to prior years, the show floor will have a much different look than what anyone has experienced before. For 2017, the show floor features front and center Electric Avenue. Surrounding Electric Avenue are members of the GCBAA and supporters of the project. Electric Avenue is an area that allows show exhibitors to move away from their booth carpet onto real turf and golf hole terrain to give participants and potential customers a more lifelike opportunity to test products. If you are interested in supporting Electric Avenue contact the GCBAA or GCSAA Show Staff. The Golf Course Builders Association of America is busy making plans for the show. Tuesday the GCBAA Board of Directors will hold their annual Winter Meeting as well as various committee meetings. For those GCBAA Members seeking upgrades, the Membership Committee will hold interviews as well as the GCBAA Board of Governors. Irrigation education will once again be featured and finally the General Membership Meeting. All of this is held prior to the can’t miss GCBAA Opening Reception featuring our 2017 Don Rossi Award Recipient. Be sure to visit the GCBAA and GCBAA Foundation Booths #2134 & #2132 throughout the week! GCBAA Headquarter Hotel Hyatt Regency Orlando 9801 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819

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in Orlando! February 4-9, 2017


The Golf Course Builders Association of America and Foundation will be located in Booth #2134 & #2132



GCBAA Members Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) members represent the Association around the world with exceptional projects, amazing business acumen and standards, and ‘must-have’ products and employees. The Association is proud of our members’ accomplishments and the key role they play within the group. Please take a moment to recognize the following companies and individuals for their many dedicated years to GCBAA.

Individual Anniversaries 5 YEARS Mike Perez, VM Golf Services Lee Jordheim, Bobcat Company/Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment Paul Qiu, Flagstick Golf Course Construction Mgmt., Int. Michael Rhyne, King Ranch Turfgrass 10 YEARS Mike Thompson, Ewing Irrigation Greg Korneta, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company Steve Johnson, Colorado Lining International, Inc. Randal Pichan, Eagle Golf Construction, Inc. Dave Teed, Paige Electric Co., LP Eric Padgett, Shapemasters, Inc. Carlos Perez, Shapemasters, Inc. T.J. Swaford, TriEst Ag Group, Inc. Kerry Glader, Peat Inc. Todd Plaisted, Peat Inc. Brent Harvey, Brent Harvey Consulting

Maris Gulans, MODO GOLF Jake Burnside, Burnside Services, Inc. Roger Downing, Earth Sculptures Inc. Chaoxing Chen, Forward Group Xiaodong Jia, Forward Group Kun Li, Forward Group Mark Hughes, TDI International, Inc. Bruce Sheldon, TDI International, Inc. Martin Sternberg, Capillary Concrete, LLC Richard Hagy, Aspen Corporation Kresten Binder, Hydrema U.S. Inc. John Lawrence, The Toro Company Trip Weck, ISCO Industries, LLC Taylor Zimbelman, Dye Designs International

Harvey Lundershausen, Continental Golf, Inc. John Holmes III, Atlas Turf International Limited Ted Nelson, McDonald & Sons, Inc.

15 YEARS Ahren Habicht, Duininck Golf Tom Rose, Creative Blending LLC Jimmy Fox, Evergreen Turf Terry Gwinn, Best Sand Corp. Oscar Rodriguez, Heritage Links

25 YEARS John Heap, Colorado Lining International, Inc. Michael Harrington, HARCO Fittings Roger Hruby, TriEst Ag Group, Inc.

20 YEARS Paul McMahon, Hydro Designs, Inc. Robert Brewster, Total Golf Construction Inc. Mick Jones, The Toro Company Fidel Garcia, Ryangolf Corporation William Ryan, Ryangolf Corporation Steve Young, Peat Inc. Homer Greene, South Florida Grassing Rick Lohman, The Toro Company Jon Truttmann, Hunter Industries

Company Anniversaries 5 YEARS Atlas Turf International Limited Bobcat Company/Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment CMF Global, Inc. International ECOGOLF Design Group Florida Coast Equipment Gary Peterson Hunter Golf Irrigation International Nutt Construction LLC PRO-TURF International, Inc. Riverwalls LTD Shapemasters International, LLC Signet Golf Associates VM Golf Services

Kempker Greens Mix Blending, Inc. MATCO-NORCA MODO GOLF Sanders Golf, LLC Tanto Irrigation

10 YEARS Brent Harvey Consulting Capillary Concrete, LLC Country Club Services, Inc. DAF Services, Inc. Eagle Golf Construction, Inc. Earth Sculptures Inc. Forward Group Hydrema U.S. Inc.

20 YEARS ADS/Hancor, Inc. Beaver Excavating Company Fox Contractors Corp. Hydro Designs, Inc. Peat Inc. Ryangolf Corporation South Florida Grassing Total Golf Construction Inc.


15 YEARS Continental Golf, Inc. Double Eagle Golf, LLC Evergreen Turf Florida Superior Sand, Inc. MAT, Inc. Neff Rental Northern Clearing, Inc. Sandtrapper

25 YEARS Bridge Builders USA Inc. Brown Sand, Inc. Colorado Lining International, Inc. Flowtronex HARCO Fittings Jacobsen, a Textron Company Prince Wadsworth Golf Construction Company 30 YEARS Dye Designs International The Toro Company

GCBAA Welcomes United Golf, LLC as Newest Charter Member The GCBAA is pleased to welcome United Golf, LLC as the association’s newest Charter Member. United Golf is a Certified Builder and Certified Renovation Builder; and has been a GCBAA member since 2002. In 1997, Mike Webb and Dale Forrest formed United Golf, a golf course and renovation company based in Tulsa, OK. The companies’ scope of service includes all areas of construction, mass earthwork, feature shaping, drainage systems, irrigation systems, grassing and water features. Additionally, United Golf constructs athletic and sports complexes, including baseball, football and soccer fields. They have constructed NCAA fields as well as minor league baseball fields, both synthetic turf and root zone mix playing surfaces. United Golf’s mission is to construct and renovate golf properties with the highest degree of quality, attention to detail and cost effectiveness, providing their client with superior value while maintaining critical schedules and budget constraints. While many of their projects have centered around Oklahoma, the company has completed jobs all over the country. Their crews are currently working on the following projects: Shangri-La Golf Course Monkey Island, OK Firelake Golf Course Shawnee, OK Pinnacle Country Club Rogers, AR Please join us in welcoming United Golf, LLC as GCBAA’s newest Charter Member.



Is There a “Reasonable Possibility” That Your Drug Testing Policy is Retaliatory? BY JACK L. SHULTZ & BRITTNEY M. MORIARTY, LAW CLERK O’NEILL, HEINRICH, DAMKROGER, BREGMEYER & SHULTZ, P.C., L.L.O.

On November 1, 2016, a new anti-retaliation regulation established by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) will go into effect. While the rule does not specifically address an employer’s use of post-injury drug testing, OSHA has stated that in an effort to improve the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses, post-injury drug testing policies will be under scrutiny. The final rule, affecting drug testing policies, is an amendment to 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35(b)(1)(iv). The relevant changes read “(iv) You must not discourage or in any manner discriminate against an employee for reporting a work-related injury or illness.” While the previous version of the rule required only that a business not discriminate against reporting employees, the revised version adds a prohibition of policies which may discourage reporting. OSHA contends that the perceived invasion of privacy associated with certain post-injury drug testing policies dissuades employees from reporting work-place injuries. The new rule does not act as a complete ban on drug testing policies; rather, it stops employers from using such policies as retaliation against employees who report an injury or illness. OSHA helps to define which policies may be at risk for violating the new rule. A blanket post-injury drug testing policy will almost always be deemed to deter reporting and violate the rule. Examples of such a policy may be a drug testing requirement for any reported injury which requires outside treatment or a policy which requires a drug test for any on-the-job vehicle accident resulting in greater than $1,000.00 in damages. In these examples, the post-injury drug testing requirement is applied to a broad category of injuries with no emphasis put on the employee’s actual contribution, or lack thereof. For example, under the first policy, an employee who receives outside treatment for a bee sting would be drug tested even though he in no way had control over or contributed to the situation. Under the second policy, an employee involved in an accident which significantly damages a vehicle would be subject to a drug test even if the cause of the accident was a malfunction of the vehicle. What these policies have in common is drug testing which results from events in which it is very unlikely, or impossible, that the employee’s drug use contributed to or caused the injury or illness.


To avoid this unnecessary testing, which may deter reporting, OSHA will view post-injury drug testing policies under a “reasonable possibility” standard. Thus, a policy is in violation of the new rule if it requires a drug test even though the circumstances of the injury do not present a “reasonable possibility” that drug use of the reporting employee was a contributing factor to the reported injury. Such a standard does not require suspicion of drug use. Thus, while the “reasonable possibility” standard may affect current blanket postinjury drug testing policies, policies which are more specific and fact oriented in nature may pass scrutiny. Additionally, OSHA provides that “if an employer conducts drug testing to comply with the requirements of state or federal law or regulation, the employer’s motive would not be retaliatory and the final rule would not prohibit such testing.” For example, if an employer’s post-injury drug testing policy has been established to comply with its state’s Drug Free Workplace statute or mandated federal testing (DOT), the goal of the policy is clearly to adhere to state or federal law and not to act as deterrence to reporting an injury. Thus, drug testing policy established to comply with state and federal law are not of the kind which the new rule sets out to eliminate. If OSHA finds that an employer’s post-injury drug testing policy is in violation of the new rule they may issue a citation to the employer for retaliating against employees who report work-related injuries and illnesses. OSHA holds the right to issue a citation even if no employee has filed a complaint under section 11(c) of the OSH Act. If an employee is terminated as a result of a retaliatory drug testing policy, OSHA may require abatement including the reinstatement of the employee and payment of back pay. In an effort to improve the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses OSHA has taken a stance against policies which may function as a deterrent to reporting. Post-injury drug testing policies have come under this scrutiny. Under the new rule, OSHA requires that there be a “reasonable possibility” that drug use by an employee was a contributing factor to the reported injury before an employer requires the employee to undergo a drug test. Employers with drug testing policies established in compliance with state and federal laws and CONTINUED ON PAGE 18



“When you’re going through Hell…keep going!” This earnest exhortation is sometimes attributed to Sir Winston Churchill and sometimes to a piece that ran in the Christian Science Monitor which told the story of a man who cried out from his difficulties, “I am going through Hell!” to which a friend responded, “Keep going that is no place to be.” Regardless of the source, the truth is that most golf course builders have been there and did not remain. The question now is, “How does one successfully re-start a business?” Most GCBAA members and friends can draw on five reliable steps to get going with greater force than before. 1. Evaluate your brand. Determine whether or not your brand was damaged in some way during the recessionary cycle. Ask yourself three questions: a. Do people respond favorably when the name of my company is announced? b. Do previous customers endorse me enthusiastically? c. Is our name and brand easy to locate and research? Obviously, a “No.” response says you have serious brand-building or relaunch needs. Be realistic and do your homework. 2. Think like a start-up again. Remember how hungry, energetic and aspirational you were when you began? Consider the attributes of successful entrepreneurs these days: a. Innovative – The winners in the game have new and fresh ideas that improve cycle time, funding needs, and final results; b. Communicative – Start-ups now invest substantial resources–human, financial and time–to making it known that they are active, succeeding and available. c. Contemplative – Think about your company and see that it is a problem-solving business that attracts customers who need help. d. Precise – Successful start-ups target their market segments accurately and pursue the segments vigorously. This is no time to wait for the customers to find you. e. Collaborative – Work well with prospective clients. Show them how your team works hard and that you have the experience needed to protect them and their projects. 3. Re-engage old customers. Restore your network of past customers—many of whom will now be in new jobs.

Sometimes it is difficult to renew communications that fell dormant for years. Be honest and let your old customers know that you are coming out of the recession working hard. People understand far more than you may guess. Give them a chance to re-engage with you. This same advice applies to your supplier network. Expand your reach through trusted allies who have a shared benefit in your success. 4. Rewrite your business plan. Things have changed substantially. Refresh your description of your company and its capabilities. Align your self-description to today’s needs for experience and reliable solutions. Many golf course builders lack a bona fide plan. It is a must that you have a clear and concise business plan. Potential lenders, investors and employees want to see that the company knows what it is doing and has a plan for success 5. Eliminate silly rules and procedures. Start-up companies cannot afford—in money or time—wasted energy. Discard all of the old methods used by your company and replace them with technologies, practices and procedures that make your company agile and highly competitive. Want to know how to identify bad past ideas? Ask your employees. The people who have found ways to work around silly practices and procedures can make your company more effective…if you let them. Launch a week-long program aimed at eliminating bad ideas and replacing them with better solutions. In a highly competitive market segment, information, innovation and efficiency become competitive advantages. The last word on restarting and reinvention comes from a time-honored expert at starting over. Mark Twain, who had tried his hand as a steamboat pilot, gold-digger, newspaperman, finally came around to “being who he was”—a storyteller. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started,” he said and the same is true for golf course builders. With a rising tide of new work and different opportunities, it is time GCBAA members to re-start. Henry DeLozier is a partner at Global Golf Advisors, the largest consulting firm in the world that specializes in golfrelated businesses from offices in Dublin (Ireland), Phoenix (Arizona) and Toronto (Canada).


GEO Introduces New Standards for Sustainable Golf Development Several years ago the GCBAA was approached by Jonathan Smith, Chief Executive of the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) to discuss the creation of a voluntary sustainability standard for sustainable golf developments. GEO is a sustainability group founded to support the industry, helping golf be recognized for a positive impact on the people and nature it touches. GEO provides three programs and administers golf’s sustainability assurance, GEO Certified® available for Club and Course Operations, for Developments, and for Renovations. Over time and through continued conversations the GCBAA along with a working group developed the guide. Those involved included: Sara Beavis, Senior Lecturer, Australian National University College of Medicine, Biology and Environment; Ziyun Dai, Beijing Forestry University; Robert Donkers, Former Coordinator for Urban Policy, DG Environment for the European Commission; Richard Holland, Director of Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund; Tom Mackenzie, representing the European Institute of Golf Course Architects, Ross Perrett, representing the Society of Australian Golf Course Architects, and Jason Straka, representing the American Society of Golf Course Architects. The American Society of Golf Course Architects and the Golf Course Builders Association of America congratulate the Golf Environmental Organization on the release of the Voluntary Sustainability Standard for Golf Developments. As members of the International Sustainable Golf Development Working Group who provided guidance through the creation of the guidelines, our respective organizations were able to provide feedback and critique of the document. ASGCA and GCBAA members thank GEO for providing a tool to promote sustainable golf course development and maintenance, and for helping the golf industry to raise its profile as an entity dedicated to good stewardship of the environment. For more information, visit


HSBC Golf Business Forum set for Florida The 2016 HSBC Golf Business Forum will be held November 28– December 1 at the Marriott Resort Sawgrass, Florida. Known for being one of the largest and most significant meetings of golf industry executives and decision makers, it provides its attendees with education, networking opportunities and social interaction. The primary objective is to help attendees meet new contacts and do business, with the event enjoying a diverse representation of stakeholders from across the industry. GCBAA is excited to support this event and the global audience it attracts. For the past several years the GCBAA has been involved in events throughout Asia and has had the pleasure to meet a number of friends in the industry. This event allows the GCBAA to continue that network and support our members we gained along the way. As show partners the GCBAA membership receives a $400 discount on the Executive Package registration fee. Use code GCBAA16GBF. To register, visit and click on the HSBC banner.


Is There a “Reasonable Possibility” That Your Drug Testing Policy is Retaliatory? regulations will not be affected by the rule change. However, employers with blanket post-injury drug testing policies, or any policy established outside of compliance with state and federal laws, should revise their policies to adhere to the “reasonable possibility” standard.

Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to provide legal advice to our readers. Rather, this article is intended to alert our readers to new and developing issues and to provide some common sense answers to complex legal questions. Readers are urged to consult their own legal counsel or the authors of this article if the reader wishes to obtain a specific legal opinion regarding how these legal standards may apply to their particular circumstances. The authors of this article, Jack L. Shultz and Brittney M. Moriarty, Law Clerk, can be contacted at 402/434-3000, or at O’Neill, Heinrich, Damkroger, Bergmeyer & Shultz, P.C., L.L.O., P.O. Box 82028, Lincoln, NE 68501-2028,

GCBAA Represented at Connect Marketplace GCBAA Executive Director Justin Apel along with Program & Planning Manager Samantha Huff recently attended Connect Marketplace in Grapevine, Texas. Held the weekend of August 25, Connect Marketplace is a highly respected annual education conference that brings together the most active meeting planners and suppliers for three days of general sessions, boot camps, round-tables, workshops, pre-set appointments and networking. The appointment-only trade show is the business marketplace, where RFPs are placed, dates are secured and relationships are developed for future business.

Samantha Huff and Justin Apel working the reverse trade show at Connect Marketplace.

GCBAA staff has attended Connect Marketplace the last five years and uses the meeting as a resource for future planning of events. Without question, the reverse trade show format is the most beneficial platform as it aligns GCBAA staff with potential meeting destinations. Each of GCBAA’s combined 92 pre-scheduled, one-on-one appointments were a legitimate opportunity for GCBAA. Connect Marketplace is known for bringing in prominent keynote speakers and 2016 was no exception. Years past have featured the likes of NBA legend Magic Johnson, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and President Bill Clinton. This year’s lineup may have been the best to date, which highlighted Shaquille O’Neal, Rob Lowe and President George W. Bush. Truly a fantastic event and opportunity for anyone in the meeting planning business! The 2017 Connect Marketplace is scheduled for next August in New Orleans, LA. President George W. Bush thanking attendees after his keynote session.

NBA hall of famer Shaquille O’Neal answering questions from the audience.


News from the GCBAA Board of Governors

Date Set for National Golf Day 2017

The GCBAA created the Board of Governors to serve the golf profession through the determination, establishment, maintenance, and implementation of policy, eligibility criteria, and the requirements, process, and procedures for certification including the determination as to whether applicants and candidates for certification comply with the GCBAA Certification Program Guide. The Board of Governors consists of GCBAA Past President Tommy Sasser (Chairman), Bob Bryant, Fidel Garcia, Michael Harrington, and retiring member GCBAA Past President David Munkvold. This group of individuals has kept extremely busy in recent years with the creation of the GCBAA Continuing Education Program as well as creation of the GCBAA Certified Renovation Builder and Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractor programs. This is no small undertaking and all of the GCBAA members appreciate this groups volunteer hours put towards these important initiatives. Most recently the Board of Governors along with volunteers from the Association finalized exam questions that will serve as the final determination for members seeking Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractor status. The creation of the exam as well as reference materials assembled Irrigation Contractors, designers, suppliers and manufactures, and members of the Board of Governors. The exam will be given at upcoming GCBAA events over the next several months. Thank you to all involved in supporting the GCBAA Certification Program.

Plans are well underway for the 10th annual National Golf Day 2017 in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, April 26 is the scheduled date with more details becoming available in the coming months. National Golf Day has grown over the past several years along the collective voice of golf to share the importance of the industry on Capitol Hill. Support from the entire golf industry has allowed for data collection at state levels to be shared with representatives as well as the collective national data showing the importance of the game as a contributor to the nation’s economy. In 2016, the National Golf Day Twitter campaign exceeded more than 52 million impressions. Be sure to mark your calendars and let the Executive Office know if you are interested. Despite the tremendous strides of progress National Golf Day has seen, legislative and regulatory issues still affect golf and we must continue our efforts of communicating the positive role golf plays in communities.

Special Thanks to Dave Munkvold for his years of service to the Board of Governors. We appreciate his efforts in working with GCBAA to grow the certification program.

Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation, kicks off 2016 National Golf Day in the Rayburn House Office Building





High-Quality Hazards: Tips for Bunker Construction Bunkers come in all shapes and sizes. No matter which style is chosen for a particular golf course, it is important that architects, builders and superintendents keep playability and long-term maintenance costs in mind when building or renovating bunkers. The most important factor in bunker construction is drainage. Poor drainage in and around bunkers causes a variety of maintenance and playability issues including puddling, washouts and sand contamination. Trenched drainage systems with 4-inch diameter, perforated pipe surrounded by gravel are the most common method of internal bunker drainage. The arrangement of these pipes can vary; but, for optimal performance, internal drainage should capture water flowing down bunker slopes as well as any water that gathers on bunker floors. Capturing water as it flows down bunker slopes reduces washouts and improves long-term sand performance. Along with internal drainage, it is also essential to divert surface runoff away from bunkers. Bunkers that receive runoff from surrounding areas are prone to washouts during rain events, making them highly labor intensive and vulnerable to sand contamination. Mounding, swales or interceptor drains can be installed to divert water around bunkers. Often, liners are installed in bunkers between the underlying soil and bunker sand to prevent contamination from soil or stones and reduce the potential for washouts. There are a variety of bunker liners available; deciding between them is a matter of cost, performance goals and local conditions. In general, liners can be divided into two categories: soft liners and durable liners. Soft liners typically consist of a permeable fabric that is stapled onto bunker floors. These liners can reduce erosion and prevent the migration of stones, but they are also subject to tearing, heaving, and diminished permeability due to silt contamination. Durable bunker liners are gaining popularity, in part because of the issues associated with soft liners. Durable liners are made from a variety of porous aggregate materials including gravel, asphalt, crumb rubber or concrete. Most durable liners use a binding agent that locks the material together, forming a rigid surface for maximum strength and preventing the material from contaminating bunker sand. Durable liners can effectively prevent sand contamination and washouts, but they are also more expensive than soft liners. Additionally, there are concerns about the long-term performance of some durable liners and their effects on bunker sand moisture levels. Bunker design and construction will have a significant influence on long-term maintenance costs. Ensuring proper drainage within and around bunkers will reduce maintenance costs, control washouts, improve sand performance and increase the number of playable days. Bunker liners may be appropriate in some situations, but adequate drainage is of greater importance. For more information on bunker construction, refer to the USGA Green Section Digital Collection “Managing Bunkers.� Additional resources on bunker construction and other topics can be found on the Course Care section of



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Lawrence, Kan. (Sept. 13, 2016) – The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), which was formed in 1926 by Englishman John Morley to further greenkeeping ideas among middle America golf courses, is celebrating 90 years as one of the most important organizations in the game. Morley, who was a vegetable grower and greenkeeper at Youngstown (Ohio) Country Club, would hardly recognize the organization he formed. First known as the National Association of Greenkeepers of America, the group started with 60 greenkeepers coming together on Sept. 13, 1926, at Sylvania Country Club in Toledo, Ohio, to share ideas. Today, GCSAA has 17,500 members from 72 countries, and its members are science-based college graduates who manage all aspects of golf course management, from agronomics to environmental sciences. Its members have often been called the game’s unsung heroes, but Arnold Palmer recognized their true significance to the game.

first president. He was dedicated to advancing the profession, visiting more than 200 golf courses to help build support for the new organization. He was recognized by famed architect Donald Ross, who wrote to congratulate Morley on his efforts. “I congratulate you on your work as a greenkeeper of outstanding ability, and with leaders of your type, an association would unquestionably be a great success, not only from the standpoint of the members, but also from the clubs who employ them,” wrote Ross in October 1926. The modern American golf industry has grown to include roughly 15,000 golf courses and two million employees, who annually are responsible for $69 billion in economic impact and contribute $4 billion to charitable causes. “Golf course superintendents manage the largest and most important asset at any golf facility,” said current GCSAA President Peter Grass, the certified golf course superintendent at Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont. “The profession has come a long way. We can be pleased with the playing conditions we deliver for today’s golfers. But we are even more pleased with the environmental stewardship of our members, and how they care for the land and our natural resources.”

“The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and all golf course superintendents are probably the most important entity that we have in golf… The conditions and the golf course’s beauty, the environment, the wetlands, everything depends on their perseverance and their knowledge and the work they do to maintain the golf courses,” said Palmer, whose father, Deacon, and younger brother, Jerry, were both superintendents at Latrobe (Pa.) Country Club. Morley, who was commissioned as an honorary Colonel by the governor of Kentucky, served as the association’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 25




Top Legal and Workforce Issues The legislative, regulatory and judicial environment has never posed more challenges to businesses. From the proposed Overtime Rule to the longstanding Affordable Care Act (ACA), among other legal issues, businesses should be mindful of the direct impact these matters have on their operations. Effective ways to navigate through these challenges are not always readily available to club and golf course leaders, nor are the means to stop them at their source—by lobbying against the implementation of harmful legislation and regulations in Congress, courts, state houses and regulatory agencies. The National Club Association (NCA) has compiled a list of the most impactful issues for clubs to watch in 2016. Here is the top three on NCA’s advocacy list.

1. T he New Overtime Exemption Rule Employee-related lawsuits are receiving more visibility in the public sphere. One of the most prominent areas for these lawsuits is overtime compensation. In fact, overtime lawsuits rose 7.6 percent in 2015 to an all-time high of 8,781 cases. In 2016 that number is expected to grow even more. Currently, a South Florida club is in the midst of a lawsuit filed by a former sous chef who believes he was entitled to overtime pay. This case hinges on whether the plaintiff was exempt from overtime pay or not. It is likely to be one of many overtime cases from employees brought against clubs. The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime exemption rule will increase from $455 ($23,660 per year) to $913 ($47,476 per year), and goes into effect December 1. This means that any salaried employee must make at least $913 per week before he could be considered exempt from overtime pay. The rule allows up to 10 percent of that minimum weekly salary amount to be satisfied by commission income. Thus, a club’s head golf pro could be paid $822 per week ($42,744 per year) and the remaining $91 could be made up through lesson income. This would allow him to reach the $913 threshold and, as long as he meets the primary duties test, he would be exempt from overtime pay.


Impact: As the overtime exemption threshold is set to increase, the number of nonexempt employees will rise sharply and will increase clubs’ vulnerability to overtime pay and potential litigation if clubs fail to comply with the new rule appropriately. In response, clubs should reevaluate their relationships with their exempt employees and clearly define employees’ roles and duties to comply with the regulation. The proposed rule will also pose significant financial and administrative challenges to clubs. It may force clubs and all golf course leaders to re-evaluate their current staffing plans, change employees’ hours and shifts, and alter employee compensation packages to minimize potential increases in overtime obligations. NCA will continue to work with DOL and lawmakers to find reasonable ways to modify the rule before its implementation on December 1.

2. Independent Contractor Classification In an effort to minimize worker misclassification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), DOL has issued new guidelines for defining who is considered an independent contractor (IC) or an employee. Businesses must now look at an “economic realities” test to help them classify their staff correctly. Failure to do so, and thus failure to classify a worker correctly, could lead to significant financial penalties under the FLSA. The factors a club must now look at include: • Is the work performed integral to the club’s business? • Does the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss depend on his own managerial skills? • What is the extent of relative investment in each business by the club and worker? • Does the work require special skills or initiative? • How permanent has the relationship been between the worker and the club? • What is the club’s degree of control over the worker? Impact: DOL has broadened the definition of an IC, and coupled with the expansion of the term “joint employer,” clubs that have caddies, golf and tennis pros, fitness instructors, even cleaning crews and landscapers now have new concerns. Clubs will be required to show more to ensure they comply with these rules to avoid

Nca unnecessary litigation. NCA will continue to review this guidance and let you know when additional information regarding enforcement is provided. Until then, NCA strongly urges all clubs currently using independent contractors to review this new DOL interpretation with their club counsel.

3. W aters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule The WOTUS Rule now in effect will cause golf clubs’ ponds, creeks and streams to fall under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Under this new regulation, clubs will be subject to the Environmental Protection Agency’s requirements that regulate the use of certain chemicals and fertilizers that may runoff into these newly protected bodies of water. Fortunately for clubs, the rule has been put on hold for all 50 states until a lawsuit against the regulation is resolved. While the rule does not present an immediate concern, circumstances could change quickly. Impact: If the courts decide to allow the WOTUS Rule to go forward, clubs will be hit with significant financial and administrative burdens. To prepare for this possibility, clubs should begin an audit of their course water to determine whether it falls under the law. If it does, clubs must ensure they meet the necessary requirements to avoid violating the CWA.

Advocating for Clubs NCA is the only organization charged with the task of advocating for the private club industry on Capitol Hill. As the preeminent source for legal, regulatory and legislative news for the private club industry, NCA provides club leaders with vital information on the latest government rulings and regulations and how they impact clubs, as well as best practices to comply with new changes. Currently, NCA is fighting on the behalf of clubs, and educating club leaders, on these and other issues. For more information, visit


Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Celebrates 90th Anniversary A recent national study showed that golf course superintendents are using 21.8 percent less water than eight years ago. The study showed another positive trend in that the use of reclaimed and recycled water for irrigation has increased. Superintendents also continue to use the latest research findings and equipment, such as moisture meters, to help them conserve water. Morley might also applaud GCSAA’s alliance with other golf organizations, including the PGA Tour, the PGA of America, the U.S. Golf Association, the National Golf Course Owners Association, the American Society of Golf Course Architects and the Golf Course Builders Association of America. He served seven years as GCSAA president and was keen on public service and the sharing of knowledge among members. At the 1940 annual association conference in New York, legendary New York Times golf writer William Richardson presented him with the “Man of the Year” award. In its 90 years, GCSAA has elected 76 presidents, who each serve one-year terms, and appointed eight chief executive officers. Current CEO Rhett Evans oversees a staff of 87 from association headquarters in Lawrence, Kan. Among the employees are nine field staff representative who are heavily engaged with 99 local chapters nationwide. The association also presents the Golf Industry Show each year, designed for owners and operators of golf facilities and the professional members of the golf course and club management industries. The show welcomes nearly 14,000 attendees and includes the GCSAA Golf Championships, four days of educational seminars and sessions, and an unparalleled trade show experience. Among the many awards presented annually at the Golf Industry Show is GCSAA’s highest honor, the Old Tom Morris award, which recognizes an individual who has helped mold the welfare of the game, through a lifetime commitment, in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris. Past winners have included Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Byron Nelson, Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Ken Venturi, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam and Col. John Morley. 25


A View from the C-Suite— Industry Execs Weigh-in on the State of the Game Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but they’re not all worth a listen. That truism applies to everything from politics to business. And it’s certainly true in the golf industry, where there seem to be as many viewpoints on the state of the game as there are missed three-footers. To bring some perspective and expertise to the discussion about golf’s future, the NGF went to those who know best, top executives across the industry’s many business categories, and asked for their perceptions and sentiments on the health of the game. Their responses were both enlightening and encouraging. A total of 72 executives from some of golf’s leading companies were interviewed, some on-line and some by phone. Half of the respondents were from businesses who sell to consumers/golfers (B2C), 40% were from businesses that sell to facilities (B2F), the rest from associations and “other” concerns. They were asked to view golf through two lenses: overall perceptions about the state of the game, and perceptions about the state of the business. First, the game. Industry insiders believe that golf is seen in a positive light by the general public: 61% said golf’s image is either “somewhat” or “very” positive. Only 10% thought golf has either a “somewhat” or “very” negative image. A few respondents made the point that golf’s image is somewhat polarized, divided between players and fans who “can’t get enough” and non-players who don’t think much about

golf or just don’t get it. But the number who think golf’s image is “very negative” is tiny (1%). Asked if golf will become more popular in the next three-to-five years, sentiment was a little less optimistic. Eliminating the extremes, no one thought golf would be “much more” or “much less” popular. Slightly more than half said the game’s repute would remain “about the same,” while slightly less than half said it would become “more popular.” A generally optimistic outlook, but with no assurance of improvement. When pressed for examples of what could hurt or temper golf’s popularity, the executives pulled no punches, with many responses echoing key issues in society today: “If the game wants to appeal to younger people, golf must be more accepting.” “Meaningful progress is long overdue in creating ethnic and gender diversity.” “Elitism [in golf] is undeniable.” Will a slightly more favorable opinion of golf help the game grow? Most of the executives were conservative in their expectations for growth over the coming three-tofive years. About half think both the number of players and rounds will stay about the same. The other half is biased towards growth, with those predicting growth in both players and rounds outnumbering the pessimists three to one. Those who anticipate growth offered a number of reasons: • More rounds from Baby Boomers • The influence of more young players on Tour • Success attracting Millennials to the game • More women golfers • Positive reinforcement from big-stage events such as the Ryder Cup and the Olympics Popularity and image are somewhat ephemeral, but budgets are real. And when asked about delivering on their financial projections, golf’s executives have a very positive outlook.



Bob Steele This year, three out of four budgeted for growth. And one out of four budgeted for significant growth. Even more telling, 90% are “somewhat” or “very” confident that they’ll deliver against their plans. Over a longer horizon, expectations for growth remain generally optimistic. Again, three out of four executives are looking for growth, with “slight growth” slightly outweighing the chance for “moderate” or “significant” growth. (“Slight” is defined as 1–3%; “moderate” as 4-6%; and “significant” as greater than 6%.) Worth noting is that sentiment among B2F companies is marginally more positive than among B2C concerns, which could mean more health on the course/club side, a welcome sign for the entire industry. The final questions asked of the executives were about their plans for future investment, both for Fiscal Year 2016 and over the next three-to-five years. In both cases, overall sentiment was optimistic, with 62% having increased investment this year and 76% expecting to increase their investment in the near future. Since investments are tied closely to business growth, this indicates a positive outlook for both the near and longer terms. Again, some of the executives’ comments expose challenges in the industry and are food for thought for anyone concerned with the game’s future. For instance: “We do indeed have a customer-service problem in golf.” “The industry is not getting aggressive in embracing the 2016 lifestyle—it’s too scared to be bold, fun, casual.” “Society and technology have changed exponentially in the last 10 years…and those trends are linked to the decline in participation in golf and other sports.” “All organizations must commit to growing the game as priority #1, not #17.” It’s only natural that golf’s business leaders are an optimistic group, as they must plot a positive path for their brands and employees. But, from reading the verbatim quotes above, they’re not the type to duck golf’s challenges either.

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Unscramble Your Business Times have changed. Business is different. And golf is, too. Increasing small business regulation. Fewer, more demanding golfers. Big company entrants. Diminishing margins. Less time for you and your staff to simply stop and think. All of it makes for a tricky business these days, no doubt. But it doesn’t have to be. The 2017 Golf Business Conference will offer you the opportunity to find out how your colleagues—partners in the business of golf experiencing your exact same challenges—and other industry experts are piecing together the puzzle and finding new, innovative ways to succeed. Early registration for next year’s event will come on-line by the beginning of October. So golf course owners and operators should start preparing now for three enlightening, empowering and just plain fun days of education and networking. The jam-packed week will begin on Tuesday, February 7, with a golf outing at the International Course at Omni Champions Gate Golf Club. While golfers battle Greg Norman’s high-side dunes, planted with swirling grasses grown down into the banks of the hazards and paces off the fairway, others can take part in the conference’s first-ever technology event, where the NGCOA will give you the tools to approach golf’s rapidly-changing tech scene. Both the golf outing and tech conference—which will be the held at the NGCOA host hotel, the Rosen Centre—include a welcome Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the night before. On Wednesday and Thursday, February 8 and 9, attendees can choose from 30 educational sessions, each carefully crafted to help participants absorb the numerous ways they can positively impact their golf course business. These offerings are designed for much more than just teaching the tools course owners and operators need to better their business, instead, they’re here to challenge the way these industry leaders think when they go about their work. The Celebration and Awards dinner will conclude Thursday’s events, where the NGCOA will honor the best the golf industry has to offer. Whether it be through new approaches to food and beverage, golfer recruitment and retention strategies, alternative uses of your facility or creatively mitigating regulatory and market-driven strains on your business, the 2017 Golf Business Conference is for you. The NGCOA is here to help. So join us at the industry’s largest gathering of course owners and operators!


MOVERS & SHAPERS Stephanie Bruss Joins GCBAA Team

Toro Elects Richard Olson as CEO The Toro Company announced that its board of directors has elected Richard M. Olson to the position of president and chief executive officer effective Nov. 1, 2016. Olson, a 30-year veteran of the company, has served as Toro’s president and chief operating officer since September 2015 and was elected to the company’s board of directors in January of this year. Toro’s current chairman and chief executive officer, Michael J. Hoffman, will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

GCBAA is pleased to introduce Stephanie Bruss to the GCBAA team, where she will serve as the Information & Education Coordinator. Steph is a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but was raised in Iselin, New Jersey. She graduated from John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in 2000 and went on to join the United States Marine Corps in March 2001. In her 15 years with the Marine Corps, she was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant (E-7), earned a brown belt in Marine Corps Mixed Martial Arts, went on three tours to Iraq, and traveled to places such as Qatar, Thailand and Australia. She also lived in California, Japan, Hawaii, and now calls Nebraska her home. In January 2012 she began a professional career as a Marine Corps Recruiter and Human Resource Assistant for the 9th Marine Corps District, Recruiting Station Des Moines, Officer Selection Office at Lincoln Nebraska. During her time with OSO Lincoln she was responsible for prospecting, screening, and interviewing applicants, coordinating departmental travel and submitting security clearance investigations, amongst other things. Steph is a passionate San Diego Charger fan and while not working, enjoys shooting, hunting, fishing, crocheting and spending time with her husband Luke, two kids: Skylar and Alyssa, family, and friends. She can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (402) 476-4444.

Olson joined Toro in 1986 as a manufacturing process engineer. He has held various positions in operations and engineering including manager of advanced manufacturing, commercial engineering program manager, director of Shakopee plant operations and managing director of northern manufacturing operations. In 2010, he was named general manager of Exmark and was appointed vice president, Exmark in 2012. The following year Olson was named vice president, international business before being elected group vice president, international business, micro-irrigation business and distributor development in June 2014. “I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the storied legacy of our great company that Mike and leaders before him like Ken Melrose and David Lilly helped build through the decades, making Toro all that it is today,” said Olson. “Like my predecessors, I will rely on the dedication and hard work of the entire Toro family. I look forward to working closely with our talented employees and channel partners to keep our company growing by delivering superior innovation and superior customer care.”


MOVERS & SHAPERS Jacobsen Celebrates 95th Anniversary (Charlotte, N.C. August 11, 2016) – Jacobsen,® a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that 2016 marks the 95th year Jacobsen has been in business. Founded in 1921 by Oscar Jacobsen, the company has been committed to helping turf managers present worldclass conditions every day. During the company’s 95-year history, Jacobsen developed many revolutionary products that helped to advance the turf management industry. A few notable milestones include: 1921 – Oscar Jacobsen founds the company and releases the 4-Acre mower. Intended for use on “the vast estates of millionaires,” the mower boasted a cutting capacity of four acres a day, a huge feat at the time. 1923 – Just two years later, Jacobsen again makes history with the introduction of the world’s first cast aluminum professional greens mower (PGM). The Jacobsen PGM can still be found on courses like Oakmont Country Club, host of this year’s U.S. Open. Oscar Jacobsen founds the company in 1921 and releases the 4-Acre Mower.

1955 – Jacobsen unveils another major breakthrough with the introduction of the first rotary mower for home use that uses four reversible rotary cutting blades. 1968 – Jacobsen leads the way by producing the world’s first riding greens mower, the Greens King ™, which becomes the standard of the turf maintenance industry. 1986 – The industry’s first Turf Groomer ™ is introduced by Jacobsen and serves as a major advancement in greens care by increasing green speed without lowering the height-of-cut.

Jacobsen leads the way by producing the world’s first riding greens mower in 1968, the Greens King™, which becomes the standard of the turf maintenance industry.


1989 – The legendary LF-100™ light fairway mower is introduced, specifically designed from the ground up to be as light as possible, providing less compaction and healthier turf. 1998 – Textron buys Ransomes, a British company with a 200-year history manufacturing agriculture and turf maintenance tractors, mowers and accessories.

In 1989, the legendary LF-100™ light fairway mower is introduced, specifically designed to be as light as possible, providing less compaction and healthier turf.

2009 – Jacobsen unveils the revolutionary ECLIPSE ® 322 riding greens mower, the industry’s first triplex without any hydraulics. 2014 – Textron acquires Dixie Chopper, an Indianabased manufacturer of zero-turn radius mowers for commercial and residential markets. 2016 – Jacobsen introduces the HR Series of widearea rotaries, which offer industry-leading productivity, serviceability and comfort. “Since Oscar Jacobsen founded the company 95 years ago, his original vision really hasn’t changed much over the years,” said David Withers, president & CEO of Jacobsen. “He set out to provide equipment that helped turf managers provide superior conditions, maximize productivity and reduce costs. From his original putting greens mower to today’s HR Series of wide-area rotary mowers, we’ve delivered on that vision for 95 years. And now it’s the countdown to our centennial in 2021 when we will celebrate our 100-year anniversary.”

In its 95th year, Jacobsen introduces the HR Series of wide-area rotaries, which includes the HR600, HR700 (pictured here) and HR800. The mowers offer industry leading productivity, serviceability and comfort.

MOVERS & SHAPERS CLI Opens Geomembrane Fabrication Facility in California Allowing us to serve our western region customers even more efficiently. (November 2015: Parker, CO) Colorado Lining International, one of the world’s most experience fabricators, contractors, and installers of geosynthetics, has opened a new geomembrane fabrication facility and construction office in Colton, California. Strategically located east of Los Angeles, the new facility is less than two hours from four major ports: Long Beach, Hueneme, Los Angeles, and San Diego. This allows CLI to serve customers in the western region even more efficiently. “The additional fabrication operation will offer faster service of stock materials for current and future customers based in the western United States,” says John Heap, President of CLI. “It will also bring CLI’s Hydro-Cap™ cover technology to the region-which is a growing market with a high demand for floating cover solutions. We are excited about the opportunity to grow our presence in this critical economy and offer water protection and storage options to a variety of industries and agencies.” Colorado Lining International operates two other fabrication and distribution centers in Parker, Colorado and just outside Houston, Texas. Since 1978, CLI has provided contracting, fabrication, and installation services to the containment industry in the United States and internationally in waste management, water resources, oil and gas, and industrial processing. CLI has been particularly involved in complex and critical water infrastructure projects utilizing fabricated materials that are custom built for the application. The new fabrication and construction office is located at: Colorado Lining International – California 330 West Citrus, Unit 200 Colton, CA 92324 USA

Hydrema U.S., Inc. Opens New North American Headquarters As of June 27, 2016 Hydrema U.S. Inc. is headquartered out of: 4515 Hemingway Trail Cumming, GA 30041

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MOVERS & SHAPERS 2017 Induction Ceremony is Heading to NYC St. Augustine, Fla. (August 2, 2016) – The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum announced today it will stage its 2017 Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in New York City in conjunction with the Presidents Cup to be played at nearby Liberty National Golf Club. Venue details as well as the Induction Class of 2017 will be announced later this fall. “The addition of the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony enhances what will already be an exciting Presidents Cup week,” said Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR Commissioner and Chairman of the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors. “The opportunity to align the biennial Induction Ceremony with the Presidents Cup in one of the most vibrant cities in the world is thoroughly in line with our objective to raise the profile of the institution,” said Jack Peter, President of the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. “The Presidents Cup captures a robust international audience, and we look forward to kicking off the week’s celebrations with the enshrinement of another deserving Induction Class.” Last summer the Induction Ceremony was staged the week of the 144th Open Championship in historic St Andrews, Scotland, where Dame Laura Davies, David Graham, Mark O’Meara and the late A.W. Tillinghast were enshrined. For more information on the Induction Ceremony or to learn more about the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, visit

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in Memorium Bob Cupp Bob Cupp, a Past President and Fellow of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), died Aug. 19, 2016. He was 76. ASGCA members and the golf industry will remember Cupp’s design work around the world, as well as his service to ASGCA and the game of golf.

An artist (Cupp illustrated Ted Williams’ instructional book, The Science of Hitting), blacksmith, writer and musician, Cupp himself wrote that in recent years he continued, “to draw and paint, play golf, build furniture, sing, play the guitar and torture a cello.”

“Golf is a fun game; it is why 99% of us continue to play. I hope to lead more people—especially families—to play more golf, more often, for the sheer fun of the game.” –Bob Cupp, ASGCA Fellow

“Bob Cupp was a renaissance man,” said ASGCA President Greg Martin. “He was a poet and author, golf course architect and musician, he loved to tell tales and offer opinions. Bob was a famed golf course architect, mentor to many and friend to all. As a member and as ASGCA President, he provided lyrical perspective during some deeply challenging years.

Cupp headed Bob Cupp, Inc. in Atlanta. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami and a Masters in Fine Arts from the U.S. Army Extension Service. After a brief career as a professional golfer, Cupp began designing golf courses. He worked with Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA Fellow, as a senior designer for more than 15 years before forming his own firm. His courses have hosted more than 50 national and international championships and in 1992 Golf World Magazine recognized Cupp as it’s firstever Golf Architect of the Year. His work over the years included joint projects with his son, Bobby, a golf course architect and builder. A published author, Cupp wrote The Edict; a novel from the beginnings of golf, for Random House. He also co-authored Golf ’s Grand Design, a conversation on the history and evolution of golf course architecture and companion book to the PBS television show of the same name, with Golf Digest Architecture Senior Editor Ron Whitten.

“On behalf of the ASGCA, we offer our deepest condolences to Bob’s family—know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob was an important part of this organization, and more importantly, he was a cherished member of the ASGCA family.” With more than 40 years as a golf course architect, Cupp’s course list included: Liberty National Golf Course, Jersey City, New Jersey; Beacon Hall, Ontario, Canada; Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Portland, Oregon; Crosswater Golf Club, Sunriver, Oregon; Old Waverly Country Club, West Point, Mississippi (with Jerry Pate); and Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground, Georgia. Cupp became an ASGCA member in 1990 and served as President in 2012–13.

Leon M. McNair Leon M. McNair, Jr., age 75, of Oswego, IL died Sunday, July 3, 2016 at his residence. He was born May 15, 1941 in Amsterdam, NY the son of the late Leon M. and May nee Gade McNair. Leon moved to Illinois and played on the golf team at both Glenbard West High School and Southern Illinois University where the team won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1964. He earned a degree in advertising and public relations.

Leon went on to become the director of golf and manager of Fox Bend Golf Course in Oswego, IL for 38 years. He was a member of the Illinois PGA Board for 31 years serving as President 1991–1992 and received the Professional of the Year Award in 1992. Leon was inducted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. And, finally he has been President of the Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation for the past 11 years.


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