California Superintendents to Meet at Silverado

The California Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association will hold its 2011 conference at Silverado Resort & Spa. The educational conference and golf tournament is set for November 6-8 and is expected to attract more than 300 course superintendents, vendors and golf-industry leaders.

The keynote speaker will be golf course architect David McLay Kidd, named the "Hottest Architect in Golf" by Golf World and listed on Golfweek's "40 most influential people in golf" (under the age of 40). Kidd is known for his course designs at the Castle Course at St. Andrews, Bandon Dunes and TPC Stonebrae at San Francisco Bay.

Throughout the conference educational sessions will focus on topics of interest to turf-care professionals, from worker safety to regulatory and environmental issues affecting golf, plus valuable insight on ADA compliance, GCSAA H2B Program, GCSAA Sustainability, and Zero Waste Golf.

California GCSA president Rafael Barajas, CGCS, will present a state-of-the-state association report and industry lobbyist George Steffes will provide an informative legislative update. Bo Links with the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance will discuss environmental advocacy and the fate of Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica. The 18-hole, Alister MacKenzie design has a historical designation but is under threat of closure due to claims relating to habitat.

"We are extremely excited about our 2011 state conference, where attendees will gain knowledge on subject matter that directly relates to golf course maintenance and operations, especially in today's challenging economy," said Barajas. "We are confident that participants will leave this conference better informed about conservation and course design, legislative and regulatory issues, plus a heightened awareness on the latest advancements in technology, equipment, products and related services."

In addition to the educational component, attendees will experience an industry vendor/trade show as well as several social-related events throughout the two-day symposium. The final highlight will be an annual golf championship scheduled for Tuesday morning at Silverado's North Course, recently renovated by Johnny Miller. The World Golf Hall of Fame member and lead golf analyst for NBC Sports is a co-owner of the resort.

For golf course superintendents interested in products, golf outings, or other golf and turf care-related items, the conference is kicking off with an online auction at

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