Course of the month: The dawn of the golf season will be in full swing before the month of March is completed, and that means more golfers will be able to share in the natural visual delights of a golf course. Joshua Warren, the second assistant at Washington National Golf Club, captured this shot of the 12th hole, which is a 433-yard, par 4 from the back tees on the course that can play to 7,304 yards, par 72.

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Auction items? Anyone . . . anyone

Once again, we're in the process of putting together an attractive and entertaining lineup of auction items for our Fivesome Tournament/Auction, May 11 at Meridian Valley CC. Big-ticket items such as hunting trips, time-share condos, ski trips, or anything like that would be wonderful. Also, smaller items are welcome as well. Anything that you think will draw interest during either the live or silent auction.

Click here for an online donation form, and thanks for your consideration.

On the Horizon

Fivesome Tournament & Auction
Thur, May 11

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2017 Sponsors

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

Sean Watts

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WWGCSA all ready for Rounds 4 Research

The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association now is set up as part of the Rounds 4 Research program and is accepting donated rounds for the online auction that will be held nationwide May 1-7.

Rounds from a golf course can be donated by filling out this online form.

When filling out the form, when you reach the “Donation Proceeds” area, scroll down so your donation is registered to benefit Western Washington GCSA.

The WWGCSA proceeds from the auction will then be donated to the Northwest Turfgrass Association, which in the past two years has donated more than $100,000 to turfgrass research and education in the Northwest.

More information on the program is available by clicking here.

As we get closer to the auction dates, more information on that process will be made available, but for now, we’re trying to show off the great golf courses in Western Washington by getting as many donated rounds as possible.

Any questions can be directed to Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at

In search of items for Fivesome Auction

The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association once again is in search of unique and interesting items for the fund-raising Fivesome Tournament and Auction.

The event will be held this year at Meridian Valley Country Club, on Thursday, May 11.

We’re in the process of gathering auction items, so if you know of any unique opportunities, such as hunting trips, or time-share condos, or ski trips, or anything that you think will draw interest during the auction, please contact Paul Ramsdell, the WWGCSA Executive Director, at or 253-219-8360.

Click here for an online donation form.

WWGCSA GHIN Club seeking new members

As the golf season is about to begin in earnest (if the weather ever cooperates), members of the WWGCSA have an opportunity to join the WWGCSA GHIN Club to become a member of the Washington state Golf Association and establish an official handicap at a reduced rate.

The WWGCSA GHIN Club rate is $21, compared to the normal rate of $31.

Those already in the GHIN Club do not need to sign up again. You will soon be getting an invoice for the $21. If you do not want to be a part of the GHIN Club anymore, please let us know.

Any newcomers who want to sign up can contact Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the WWGCSA, at or 253-219-8360, and we’ll get you set up for the golf season.

Taylor promoted by Western Equipment

Western Equipment/Turf Star has announced the promotion of Carl Taylor to the position of Golf Irrigation Sales Manager.

In his new role, Taylor will oversee all irrigation activities in the Western Equipment territory. His extensive background as the Sales and Service rep, his time and tenure at Sahalee Country Club, as well as serving as past President of the Northwest Turfgrass Association and a past Board member of the WWGCSA, should serve him well in his new position.

“We are very excited for both Carl in his expanded role for the company, as well as the many customers Carl services throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Joe Guerra, the CEO of Western Equipment/Turf Star.

WWGCSA adds Green Classic to calendar

The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association has joined forces with Joint Base Lewis-McChord to put on the Green Classic golf tournament and sustainability seminar.

The unique outreach event for the WWGCSA will be held Thursday, June 15 at Eagles Pride Golf Course, which is just off Interstate 5 on JBLM.

Besides the educational session on sustainability research and practices at the two military golf courses, there will be lunch, and then a golf tournament in which the pairings will have two superintendents joining two members of the armed forces for a round of golf.

More details will be available in the coming weeks.

Mole Whisperer can help you out

arch 7, 2017

If you're having persistent problems with moles, Todd Davis, the "Mole Whisperer," is available to help you out. Davis, a member at the crew at Fairwood Golf & Country Club, can take his talents on the road as well. You can call him at 206-949-7157 to discuss his services.

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.