Professional conduct guidelines
These guidelines are a companion document to the Code of Ethics. While the professional
conduct guidelines may not be enforced with membership sanctions, these guidelines
should nonetheless be promoted, practiced and encouraged by GCSAA members.
Non-compliance of these guidelines should be noted, publicized and self-policed
by fellow GCSAA members, officials and affiliated chapters to discourage future
instances of such noncompliance. In assessing one's actions, all superintendents
should ask the question, "Would my actions meet with the approval of other superintendents?"
- A member should always contact a fellow superintendent prior to visiting
his/her course, regardless of the reason for the visit.
- Applications for employment should only be sent to an employer if the applicant
has contacted the current superintendent to determine whether the
position is available, or if the applicant is responding to a job posting announcement.
- A member should only accept an interview for a job currently held by a fellow superintendent
if the applicant has contacted the current superintendent to verify
the position is open, or if the applicant has learned about the opening in an
job posting announcement.
- Members should always adhere to the complimentary golf policies of other
golf courses and always give as much advance notice as possible
when seeking playing privileges at a fellow superintendent's golf facility.
- Members should only accept a consulting assignment at a golf facility if the current
superintendent at that facility is aware of such impending consulting
- Consulting recommendations for a facility should be made in the presence
of the current superintendent or written recommendations should be carbon
copied to the current superintendent.
- Members should always conduct themselves in the highest professional manner
at all golf-related events and other public events where the member is
representing the golf course superintendent profession.
- A member should not render negative opinions or comments about
Members are encouraged to remind fellow superintendents about these courtesies through
phone calls, electronic messages and letters. Peer reinforcement of these standards