Course of the month: Sometimes—besides stopping to smell the roses—golfers should also stop, turn around, and enjoy all that nature has for us to enjoy. That's particularly important on the ninth hole at Druids Glen Golf Club in Covington. Clint Goold is the General Manager/Superintendent of the public course, where the 375-yard, par-4 ninth hole is part of the 7,146-yard layout from the back tees.

Send your best course photos to mpsparks90@aol.com.

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Hotel room blocks to close December 2

On Dec. 2, the room blocks reserved at two hotels near the Lynnwood Convention Center for those needing overnight accommodations for the Washington Turf and Landscape Show will close and the discounted rates might not be available after that date.

The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association set up blocks at the Best Western Alderwood and the Embassy Suites Seattle North/Lynnwood for Dec. 12-13-14 while the Turf and Landscape Show is conducted at the nearby Lynnwood Convention Center.

For the Best Western Alderwood, where rooms are available for $85, call 425-775-7600 and ask for the room block reserved for the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association.

For the Embassy Suites, where rooms are $129, you can access the block of rooms for the Washington Turf and Landscape Show by clicking here.

The rooms at the Embassy Suites include two-room King Suites, daily hot buffet breakfast including a chef made-to-order omelet station, and a nightly two-hour reception with unlimited hard and soft drinks and appetizers.

More information on the room blocks is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the WWGCSA at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

Registration for the 10 different seminars of the Washington Turf and Landscape Show, Dec. 13-15, continues.

You can register online by clicking here or check the schedule of the seminars by clicking here.

USGA offers frost delay quiz for golfers

If you’re looking for yet another way to inform your golfers about the need and reasoning behind frost delays, the USGA has developed a quick quiz that should enlighten your golfers.

Have your golfers follow this link and it will help in dealing with misconceptions and misinformation.

Study booklets needed for Pre-License training

Attendees of the three-day Pre-License Training seminar at the Washington Turf and Landscape Show will need three booklets to study before the seminar kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Those booklets can be obtained online by following clicking here.

The booklets needed are:
Washington Pesticide Laws and Safety (EM012)—$13.50
Turf and Ornamental Weed Management Principles (EM035)—$11.50
Introduction to Insect and Weed Management (EM051)—$12

The prices do not include taxes or shipping and handling costs from the distributor.

You can also download an order form by clicking here.

Registration is still available to the nine different seminars during the Washington Turf and Landscape Show, which runs Dec. 13-15.

The show will open with five different seminars on that Tuesday, Dec. 13. Then the trade show and two days of Pesticide Recertification seminars kick in on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Click here for the online registration form.

Also available is a chance to reserve space for our table-top trade show at just $300.

Click here for an online application form.

Any questions on the WTLS can be directed to Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

NW Hospitality Room set for Orlando

During the GCSAA national convention in Orlando in February, the Chapters of the Northwest Hospitality Room is set for the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

The Northwest gathering will be Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

For information on being a sponsor of the Northwest Room, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

Dr. Shawn Askew to headline WTLS

Dr. Shawn Askew, an extension specialist and associate professor for the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, & Weed Science at Virginia Tech, will be the headline speaker for the Professional Development seminar at the Washington Turf and Landscape Show in December.

Dr. Askew will be talking about his area of expertise, New Methods for Annual Bluegrass Seedhead Suppression.

The Professional Development seminar will be Tuesday, Dec. 13, the first of the three days to seminars at the Lynnwood Convention Center, just north of Seattle.

The show will open with five different seminars on that Tuesday, Dec. 13. Then the trade show and two days of Pesticide Recertification seminars kick in on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Click here for the online registration form.

Also available at this time is a chance to reserve space for our table-top trade show at just $300.

Click here for an online application form.

Any questions on the WTLS can be directed to Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.

Report ready from Delegates Meeting

Jim Myers, the superintendent at The Plateau Club in Sammamish and the longtime Chapter Delegate for the WWGCSA, recently attended the Chapter Delegates Meeting at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan.

Among topics discussed by the chapter delegates, the GCSAA Board of Directors and the GCSAA staff were dues increases, political action committees, member engagement and membership growth.

Click here to read Jim’s entire report from the two days of meetings in Lawrence.

GCSAA asks for help on survey

Pete Grass, the President of the GCSAA and the Superintendent at the Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont., asks for assistance from GCSAA members on the Energy Use and Environmental Practice survey, that’s currently available by visiting gcsaa.org.

The deadline for completing the survey is fast approaching, and the GCSAA wants strong data and research to back up its ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of the golf turfgrass industry.

Click here to read the entire letter with more details from President Grass.

WWGCSA elects new officers

President Scott Phelps, during a recent Board meeting of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, conducted appointments of officers for the association for 2016-2017.

Greg Matz, the Superintendent at Inglewood Golf Club, was approved by the Board to be the Vice-President. Sean Reehoorn, the Superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club, was confirmed as the new Secretary/Treasurer.

Scott Phelps elected WWGCSA President

Scott Phelps, the superintendent of The Golf Club at Newcastle, a 36-hole resort-style public facility just south of Bellevue, was elected president of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association at its annual meeting.

Phelps has served on the Board of the WWGCSA the past three years, with one year each as vice president and secretary.

In December of 2008, Phelps took over the management of the Coal Creek and China Creek courses at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Prior to that, he was the Director of Grounds for the Teton Valley Golf Associates in Idaho, and oversaw a private golf course and a public one in that role. He has been in the turf management industry for nearly 35 years and earned a landscape horticulture degree from Colorado State University.

Phelps replaces Michael Goldsberry of Wing Point Golf & Country Club, who becomes the Past President on the WWGCSA Board.

In the WWGCSA elections at the annual meeting, Phelps also was elected to another three-year term on the Board, where he will be joined by new member Ryan Semtric of Willows Run, who was elected to a three-year term.

Josh Heersink of WinField Solutions was re-elected to the one-year Affiliate Position on the Board and Thaddeus Lalley of Everett Golf & Country Club was elected to the Assistant Position, a two-year term on the Board.

Submit photos of your golf course

We’re featuring a different golf course every month at the top of the home page of our new web site, so show off some recent photos of your work around your golf course.

Send in recent photos of your golf course to Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA at mpsparks90@aol.com, to be considered.