The benefits of GCSAA membership

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GCSAA is dedicated to serving its members, advancing their profession and enhancing the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. GCSAA membership affords you a multitude of benefits that foster your career success and that of your golf facility:

Resources to advance your career

  • State-of-the-art Job Board that allows you to search the best jobs and candidates by category, region and facility type.
  • One-on-one career counseling services to provide you with comprehensive resume assistance and interview preparation.
  • Extensive data on salary and benefit trends that give you the support you need to advocate for yourself and your staff
  • Comprehensive media and public relations consulting to help you communicate your value as a superintendent and the value of golf to a variety of constituents in your community
  • Competency-based education developed to enhance your knowledge in key areas of discipline relevant to your career – agronomy, business management, communication, environmental management and leadership
  • Professional certification program with the opportunity to earn the Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) designation, recognizing your achievements as a golf course management professional
  • Professional development and leadership opportunities through symposiums, workshops and sessions
  • A national marketing campaign targeting employers, golfers, the environmental community and others that positions members as professional managers that are key to the economic vitality of a golf facility and to the enjoyment of the game for golfers

Relevant information to help you stay ahead of the game

  • Industry-leading monthly publication – Golf Course Management magazine – featuring agronomic research, technical information, industry news, association news, marketplace, business management trends and more
  • GCSAA This Week and GCSAA Industry Spotlight, weekly e-newsletters highlighting the most up-to-date information on resources and tips for success
  • GCSAA TV, delivering information 24/7 that you can use to elevate the success of your career and that of your facility
  • Case studies, best management practices, technical information and educational items to support your efforts for the sustainable management of your facility through eifg.org 
  • The Turfgrass Information File (TGIF), a searchable database that provides access to the print and electronic literature of turf science, turf culture, and the management of turfgrass facilities
  • Resources and information to assist in your compliance with local, state and national laws and regulations that impact your facility
  • Golf Course Environmental Profiles providing an in-depth look at U.S. golf courses and how they are maintained
  • The Annual GCSAA Education Conference and the Golf Industry Show where you can discover new ways to save valuable time and money for you and your facility, compare products and visit face-to-face with suppliers, network with thousands of fellow golf course management professionals, and learn from superintendents, industry experts, top educators and industry leaders

Tools you can use to effectively manage your facility

  • Online tools and templates designed to assist you with daily tasks – budgeting, record keeping, calculations, conversions
  • Instant access to our online government activity tracking feature which provides quick and complete information on legislation and regulations that impact you and your facility
  • Search the products and providers that best meet the needs of your facility with the GCSAA Golf Course Suppliers Guide

Widespread community of peers in the industry to keep you connected

  • Online discussion forums where you can seek advice and connect with peers across the country and around the world
  • Local and national committee service opportunities
  • Comprehensive membership directory with contact information for more than 19,000 golf course management peers
  • Local chapters providing a community of peers throughout your region
  • Social media presence with Facebook groups and Twitter feeds
  • Chapter development and leadership opportunities through symposiums, workshops and sessions
  • Field staff representatives that enhance the connection between GCSAA and its chapters/members to enhance career and facility success

Platform where you can help industry meet your needs

  • Relevant market research that gives you a voice in the industry through the Superintendent Research Panel which is utilized by industry partners to provide the products that best meet your needs
  • An opportunity to have a voice in building your association by providing feedback on GCSAA programs and services through the Member Needs Assessment
  • Foster relationships with key industry partners who are dedicated to supporting your association and the programs and services it offers while providing you with products that effectively meet the needs of your facility

Resources that enhance your quality of life

Giving you a voice in industry-wide initiatives to sustain the future of golf

  • A comprehensive player development and retention program under the umbrella of Play Golf America, featuring a menu of options targeting youth, women, leagues, beginners, and more
  • The national advocacy program, We Are Golf, that seeks to strengthen the golf industry’s standing with our nation’s lawmakers and regulators
  • Image of the Game, a national public relations effort that seeks to communicate and market the benefits of the game and the golf course to golfers and non-golfers
  • Golf’s Drive Toward Sustainability, a national program aimed at fostering a sustainable approach to golf facility management – a collaborative effort to meet the needs of golfers today and those of future generations
  • Participation in Golf 20/20, a national consortium of golf industry leaders that seeks to grow the game and expand the industry