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Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) 2015 Training

lictrIf you or know someone that is interesting in becoming a Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT), classes for training starts in early June! Registration is limited, so please sign up early. Any questions, please contact Madeleine Shaw at 597-0708 or

Turfgrass education available through the University of Hawaii, Windward Community College on Oahu


A few courses which may be of interest to the professional turf industry; Windward Community College has the only educational program on Oahu dedicated to helping develop turf professionals.

We have a 3 hole par 3 facility to enhance the learning experience.

AG 182 Turfgrass Management meets Wed. 1:30-3:45pm, 1/12-5/13, 3 credits
Identification, maintenance, and planting of turf grass for home, Park, and golf course areas. Discusses irrigation, fertilization, species, and pest control.

AG 40 Turfgrass Equipment meets TH 5-7:45pm 1/13-2/11 1 credit
Teaches the operation and maintenance of equipment used in turf grass operations.

AG 36 Pesticide Safety meets T 5-7:45pm, 2/14-3/18, 1 credit
Pesticide application, formulation, toxicity, transportation, storage, disposal, and rules and regulations governing their use.
This course is worth 17 DOA recertification credits

AG 235 Irrigation Principles and Design meets W 5-7:45pm 1/12-5/13 3 credits
Fundamentals of irrigation principles, plant, soil, water relationships,
soil moisture sensing devices, delivery systems, set up of drip,
sprinkler. Use of chemigation

Registration is now open. Here is a link to the on line application:

The cost is roughly $100 per credit.

Any questions call me at 236-9265 or email

A quick update from the chapter Delegate Meeting in Lawrence, Kansas on October 14-15, 2014


  • The Board of Directors were proposing to reduce the size of the Board from 9 to 8. The main reason being that the Past President did not want to travel as much. After hearing from the delegates, this motion was tabled.
  • The Equipment Managers have an association that has roughly 300-400 members worldwide. They have approached GCSAA to join GCSAA with an Equipment Managers Classification. This was not met with open arms. Cost to GCSAA was a big reason even with it being said that the equipment companies would likely have classes for them. This motion was tabled to dead with the membership standards.
  • Membership standards was the big talk. The PDI program has not worked out the way it was supposed to. To make it easy, the BOD is asking to go back to how the classifications were in 2000, which is A, B and C classes. A new Superintendent is a class B member until they have been a Superintendent for three years, then they become a Class A member. There was some opposition to this where some members felt that a pesticide license is needed. The BOD will go over this and come back next year with a recommendation to vote on in 2016.
  • The last thing that was brought to the delegates was a dues increase of $10.00 for A/Superintendent members and $5.00 for C members. These dues increases are brought forward every 2-3 years and are based on the CPI. This is done so as not to have a $50.00 raise every 5 years.

There were a few other items that were presented to us and I will post those later but I did want to tell everyone about GCSAA Government Relations. Chava McKeel and her staff have done some wonderful things for GCSAA in Washington. They were helpful in getting MSMA back as well as the extended use of Nemacur. Right now they are working on meeting with the EPA regarding the Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rulemaking.

Russ Dooge
GCSAA Hawaii Chapter Delegate

Photos of the 2014 HGCSA Golf Tournament and Seminar have been Published

CLICK HERE to view more GREAT pictures!

Extension of the Fenamiphos (Nemacur) End-Use Date has been Granted

Dear GCSAA members,

Often when I reach out to you, it is to give a status report on the association or to make you aware of a change at GCSAA. But, today I have the opportunity to share some significant news that has resulted from GCSAA’s dedication to advocating on your behalf.

unnamedYesterday afternoon we were contacted by the EPA to let us know that GCSAA’s request for the extension of the fenamiphos (Nemacur) end-use date has been granted until Oct. 6, 2017. We have been given a three-year extension of use of existing Nemacur stocks. Nemacur is used to control the major genera of nematodes attacking turfgrass. This includes root knot, root lesion, sting, lance and ring nematodes. The EPA plans to publish a notice in the Federal Register on the extension next week. We greatly appreciate the EPA’s understanding of the needs of our industry.

Our advocacy efforts are a team effort and are making a difference for superintendents and their facilities. A large part of GCSAA’s advocacy efforts take place behind the scenes, with meetings in Washington or in statehouses around the country or in countless phone calls to stakeholders and decision makers. But it is not just GCSAA staff or the Board or the Government Relations Committee who are championing the cause. Outcomes such as this one would be impossible without an engaged membership playing a vital role. Continue reading ‘Extension of the Fenamiphos (Nemacur) End-Use Date has been Granted’

From the August GCM-Derrick Watts and the Prince Golf Club

The scenery alone at Prince Golf Club on the Hawaiian island of Kauai makes for experiences usually seen in watercolor paintings or on the big screen.

There is a rain forest on the property. Jungle. Rivers. The waterfall that comes out of a lava tube behind the 13th green by itself is breathtaking. For director of agronomy Derrick Watts, being able to work at a location most others would call a vacation destination is quite the perk.

“It is unbelievably beautiful and an architectural marvel,” says Watts, a 14-year GCSAA member. “For those who play the course, it is more a journey than a round of golf.”

Prince GC, on Hanalei Bay in Princeville, may look familiar. More than 50 years ago, its beauty was amplifed in scenes shot on location for legendary duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s musical “South Pacifc.” If anything, the flm served as a launching point for the island being viewed as the place to be for romance and charm.

In his own way, Watts has helped make the golf experience a land of enchantment.

A player development program that was initiated 16 months ago at Prince by a combined effort from the management team has been a big hit. As of June, more than 600 people have tried the program, which consists of a six-hole pitch and putt. Each afternoon, the driving range is cleared to make way for the Mini Prince Par-3 that opens at 4 p.m. Holes on the family-friendly course range from 48 to 91 yards and include an 8-inch-diameter cup to try to increase playability and enjoyment. It takes about 30 minutes to play, allowing each guest a chance to play six, 12 or 18 holes.
Continue reading ‘From the August GCM-Derrick Watts and the Prince Golf Club’

If you have ponds on your golf course read ASAP!

If you have ponds on your golf course, please click below and read ASAP!

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States.


HGCSA Presents the 2014 Annual Seminar

Hawaii Golf Course Superintendents Association Presents the 2014 Annual Seminar At the Prince Hotel Waikiki October 3, 2014
08:00 A.M. (Check in time: 7:30 a.m.)


  • Turfgrass Nutrient Management
  • Invasive Pests Of Turfgrass and Landscape Plants
  • USGA Items Of Interest
Presented By: Dr.Micah Woods/Dr. Zhiqiang Cheng/Larry Gilhuly

Pre-registration required. Registration & Payment are due by September 15, 2014

Certification Points for: GCSAA CEUs and Pesticide

Please CLICK HERE to register online or to download the printable registration form.

2014 Golf Tournament Registration Page Published

The HGCSA Annual Golf Tournament will be held on October 2, 2014 at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course. Shotgun start is at 11:00 a.m. with a banquet and reception to follow. This year’s event will feature over $4,000 in prizes.

A low gross champion, as well as competitors in three flights will be crowned, so reserve your spot in this tournament early. Entry fee is $60, and is due NLT September 15, 2014. (This deadline is critical to ensure that a Gate pass can be mailed to you allowing you entrance to the Base).


Hilo Muni Improvements Topic of Meeting


Renovations to the Hilo Municipal Golf Course will be the subject of a public meeting later this month.

The county Department of Parks and Recreation said the meeting is being held to explain the project’s scope and gather public input.

It is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the Hawaii County Council chambers on Aupuni Street.

Aging buildings at the Hilo Muni suffer from termite damage and other problems. The back side of the restaurant is shown.

The proposed project includes replacement of the pro shop, restaurant and two on-course bathrooms, and reconstruction of four greens. It will also involve various maintenance and repair work, including replacement of water lines.

Jason Armstrong, spokesman for the Department of Parks and Recreation, said the work will also bring the golf course and adjacent driving range into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

He said work on the design phase, which is expected to cost $1.5 million, has already begun.

Armstrong said the department hopes to put the project out to bid early next year.

The renovations include replacement of two on-course restrooms. The one shown is located near Kawailani Street, near the tee area of the fourth hole.

He said the course, restaurant and pro shop will remain open during construction, which is expected to take 12 to 16 months to complete.

Pedestrian, vehicle and golf-cart traffic will likely be re-routed intermittently during construction, which will also require temporary modifications to play on the course.

At 165 acres, the Hilo Muni is the county’s largest developed recreational site. The course typically hosts about 80,000 rounds a year.

The county’s only golf course averages more than 200 rounds a day.

Hilo Muni Improvements Topic of Meeting on July 22 | Big Island Now