Course of the month: This time of year, the beauty of a golf course can be transformed . . . especially when your course is in the Cascade Mountains. Ivan Gibbs, the Superintendent at Leavenworth Golf Course, shares this picture of the 11th hole, taken from the forward tee, which plays as a 288-yard par 4. From the back tees, the 11th is 363 yards and runs alongside the Wenatchee River, as does a lot of the 5,781-yard, par-71 18-hole layout.

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If you would like to help sponsor the NW Hospitality Room, contact Paul Ramsdell.

On the Horizon

January 26, Thursday
WWGCSA Winter Chapter Meeting

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2017 Sponsors

Michael McNeil

Mike Korvas

Alex Little

Eric Bowen

Pete Trudeau

Sean Watts

Jeff Grossman

Scott Alsterberg

Ludwig Kaftan

Tom Walrath, Jr.

Jackie Klein

Kip Kalbrener

Bob Engle

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Top-Notch Supers at Chambers Bay

Two of the leading and most respected superintendents in the country will be presenting at the Winter Chapter Meeting of the Western Washington GCSA.

The meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 26, at the site of the 2015 U.S. Open.

Click here for the online registration. Cost for the meeting is $75 for those who plan to play golf and $40 for non-golfers.

The onsite registration will start at 7 a.m. at the Pierce Country Environmental Services Building, just adjacent to the parking lot at Chambers Bay.

The first speaker on the docket will be Paul Carter, the superintendent at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in Harrison, Tenn., who was named the TurfNet Superintendent of the Year in 2011. Mr. Carter’s talk is titled, “Tweets and Twitter: Using Environmental Stewardship and Social Media to Promote Your Golf Course.”

The second presentation will be by Kyle Hegland of Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Neb., who will present, “Architecture and the Role of the Superintendent.”

Carter, who was awarded the GCSAA President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship in 2015, will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of golf courses, including native grass areas, wildlife habitat creation and preservation. The use of electric maintenance equipment will be discussed, as well as using different types of social media to promote your golf course and yourself.

Carter’s Bear Trace at Harrison Bay course has been certified by Audubon International, The Groundwater Foundation, the Golf Environment Organization and was awarded the Golf Digest Green Star Award for Outstanding Environmental Practices in 2013. He is a graduate of Auburn University.

Hegland has been at Sand Hills the past 10 years. His presentation will consist of how knowledge of golf architecture will help you become a better superintendent. The emphasis will be on the fact that course improvements can cost little money and can be greatly enhanced by a working knowledge of golf architecture.

He considers himself a golf course architecture dork, as well as a big sports junkie of where he attended college, Michigan State.

More information is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, executive director of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360.

Sponsorship opportunities for 2017

For those of you who are interested in playing a supportive role with the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, various sponsorship opportunities are available for 2017.

Click here for a breakdown of ways to get your company name, logo and contact information out in front of the 320 members of the WWGCSA. Some options are available for as little as $100 for the year.

We’re trying to nail down all the year-long sponsorship before the Winter Chapter Meeting to give our affiliates the most access to the membership.

Contact Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the WWGCSA, for more information. He can be reached at or 253-219-8360.

Fun Run at GIS to benefit EIFG

A fun run will be held in Orlando during the Golf Industry Show with a portion of the proceeds to support the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG). The event, called the Health in Action 5K, will be held Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 a.m., starting at the Hyatt Regency.

You can register online or with the GIS registration form or on site Monday through Wednesday at the Golf Industry Show. The first 300 participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and a drawstring bag.

More information is available by clicking here and looking for the item on the HEALTH IN ACTION 5K after the Thursday, Feb 9 heading.

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 or 253-219-8360.

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.

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.

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, to be considered.