Course of the month: Some of the greatest skyline vistas of Seattle are available at The Golf Club at Newcastle, a 36-hole facility overseen by superintendent Scott Phelps, the president of the WWGCSA. This photo shows the Coal Creek course, with the 18th hole, a 409-yard, par-4 on the right, and the 415-yard, par-4 ninth on the left, with the two holes sharing the same large green. The course plays as a 7,024-yard, par-72 from the back tees.

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Membership numbers up slightly

With all the invoices for membership in the WWGCSA now delivered for 2017, we can report an increase in our numbers compared to 2016. For superintendents, we're tracking 119 this year compared to 116 last year. We're tracking 68 assistants and 57 affiliates compared to 62 and 50 last year. All told, in the major membership categories, we're tracking 244 this year compared to 228 last year.

Thanks for all your support and participation.

On the Horizon

WWGCSA Spring Meeting
Thur–Fri, March 23–24

White Horse Golf Club
Clearwater Casino Resort

Online registration

2017 Sponsors

Sean Watts

Jeff Grossman

Scott Alsterberg

Ludwig Kaftan

Tom Walrath, Jr.

Jackie Klein

Kip Kalbrener

Bob Engle

Bob Brunjes

Shawn Frisbee

Scott McDonald

Carl Taylor

Daniel Soushek

Michael McNeil

Mike Korvas

Alex Little

Eric Bowen

Pete Trudeau

Sponsorship Opportunities


Educational topics set for White Horse

“Managing abiotic stress and using the Greenkeeper app” will be among the featured educational topics during the two-day Spring Chapter Meeting the WWGCSA will hold at White Horse Golf Club.

The meeting is set for Thursday, March 23, with golf and dinner at White Horse in Kingston and an overnight stay at the nearby Clearwater Casino Resort, then back at White Horse Friday morning, March 24, for the educational session.

Click here to register online.

At that educational session, Dean Piller, the Superintendent at Cordova Bay Golf Course near Victoria, B.C., will have a presentation titled, “Managing Abiotic Stress in the Pacific Northwest and Innovative Solutions to Maintenance Challenges.” Part of the presentation will include information on dollar spot research, water use reduction through fertility and thatch reduction.

The other main topic will be presented by Kevin Hauchsel from the Meadow Club in San Rafeal, Calif., who will discuss all the benefits and uses of the Greenkeeper app.

Following the golf Thursday at White Horse, we’ll have a dinner/reception with plenty of TVs set up to watch the NCAA tournament. We’re making arrangements for shuttle service from the resort to the golf course and back for those who want to just park the car once and forget about driving.

Registration will be $260 for single occupancy and $190 for double occupancy, and that includes golf, cart, range balls, dinner, beer, wine, shuttle service, lodging, breakfast and the educational session. If you need a roommate to take advantage of the double occupancy discount, the WWGCSA can help with that.

More information on the Spring Meeting is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360.

Membership roster updated on website

The membership roster for the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association has been updated on our website.

The member roster can be found under the “About” tab in the menu on the web site.

Please take a moment to check to make sure we have all your current contact information correct and all the WWGCSA members from your facility listed properly.

If any changes need to be made, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360.

New date, site for Fivesome Tournament

There is a new date and site for the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendent Association’s annual Fivesome Tournament/Auction.

Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent stepped up on short notice and will be the site of the event on Thursday, May 11. The Fivesome previously was set for May 4, but then a conflict arose with the Western Washington PGA’s Pro-President event on the same day.

So, it’s time to start getting your team together. An ideal team is the superintendent, president, general manager, green committee chair and club pro. However, if that’s not possible, other members of the Board of Directors or the Green Committee, or just supporters of your efforts on the golf course would be welcomed.

The event will include a box lunch and golf in the afternoon, then a cocktail reception before dinner and the auction.

Also, we’re always looking for new items and ideas for our auction. If you have anything in mind, please let Paul Ramsdell, the executive director of the WWGCSA, know about it and he can take it from there. He can be reached 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.

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.

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.