Course of the month—As the fall and winter months creep back into our lives in Western Washington, golf courses that drain well sometimes take center stage. Thanks to the efforts of Superintendent Don Firestone, Capitol City Golf Course in Olympia is one of the driest courses in the region. This is the first hole, a 538-yard, par-5 that opens the 6,578-yard, par-72 layout that's part of the family of Access Golf properties.

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Welcome to newest members

Randy Moen, Superintendent
American Lake Veterans Golf Course

Mathew Ricco, Assistant
Seattle Golf Club

Dave McNeil
Lane Mountain/NW Tan Bunker Sand

William Wallace
Turf Commander

On the Horizon

Oct 30–Nov 1, Sun–Tue
NTA Conference


Dec 13–15, Tue–Thu

Participant Registration
Table-Top Registration

2016 Sponsors


Turf/Landscape Show registration open

Registration has opened for the Washington Turf and Landscape Show, set for Dec. 13-15 at the Lynnwood Convention Center, just north of Seattle.

The show will open with five different seminars on that Tuesday, Dec. 13. Then the trade show, two days of Pesticide Recertification seminars and two other seminars kick in on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Click here for the online registration form.

Returning this year for some of our eight different seminars will be some key speakers who weren’t able to join us last year—Dr. Gwen Stahnke from Walla Walla Community College; Clint Mattox from Oregon State University; Christina Pfeiffer, a horticultural consultant; and Linden Lampman and Ben Thompson, both urban forest specialists from the Department of Natural Resources. Also secured for this year are Dr. Tim Miller from Washington State University and Rusty Sauls from the Department of Agriculture.

Complete schedules and presentation topics will be finalized in the coming weeks.

Also available at this time is a chance to reserve space for our table-top trade show at just $300.

Click here for an online application form.

Any questions on the WTLS can be directed to Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, at or 253-219-8360.

Registration rolls on for NTA at Bandon

Registration is continuing for the Northwest Turfgrass Association’s annual conference, set for Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Southern Oregon coast.

The 70th edition of the annual conference will feature great golf at Bandon Dunes and great speakers in Dr. Cale Bigelow from Purdue University and Toronto-based golf-course architect Jeff Mingay. Dr. Alec Kowalewski from Oregon State University and other leading researchers from the Northwest also will be sharing their latest projects.

Best of all, the annual conference this year will have a low registration price of $595, which includes lodging for two nights, two rounds of golf, two educational sessions and all meals from Sunday night to Tuesday morning.

Click here for the online registration form.

The $595 rate is based on double occupancy, and the accommodations at Bandon Dunes are set up perfectly for double-occupancy for golf-buddy road trips. If you don’t have someone in mind to be your roommate, go ahead and fill out the registration form anyway and Paul Ramsdell (, the Executive Director of the NTA, will help set up your lodging arrangements.

Please register as soon as possible because if we reach the number of attendees we had in 2012, then the availability of rooms at the resort might become a bit tight again. And it would be better to know if we’re facing a room shortage four weeks before the conference rather than four days.

Western Equipment/TurfStar has agreed to be the leading corporate sponsor for the 2016 conference and the NTA would like to thank them for their support and friendship.

Other sponsorships are still available, and the breakdown of opportunities is available by clicking here.

Any questions on the conference or on sponsorship can be directed to Paul Ramsdell at or 253-219-8360.

Scott Phelps elected WWGCSA President

Scott Phelps, the superintendent of The Golf Club at Newcastle, a 36-hole resort-style public facility just south of Bellevue, was elected president of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association at its annual meeting.

Phelps has served on the Board of the WWGCSA the past three years, with one year each as vice president and secretary.

In December of 2008, Phelps took over the management of the Coal Creek and China Creek courses at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Prior to that, he was the Director of Grounds for the Teton Valley Golf Associates in Idaho, and oversaw a private golf course and a public one in that role. He has been in the turf management industry for nearly 35 years and earned a landscape horticulture degree from Colorado State University.

Phelps replaces Michael Goldsberry of Wing Point Golf & Country Club, who becomes the Past President on the WWGCSA Board.

In the WWGCSA elections at the annual meeting, Phelps also was elected to another three-year term on the Board, where he will be joined by new member Ryan Semtric of Willows Run, who was elected to a three-year term.

Josh Heersink of WinField Solutions was re-elected to the one-year Affiliate Position on the Board and Thaddeus Lalley of Everett Golf & Country Club was elected to the Assistant Position, a two-year term on the Board.

Aldarra offers sprayer for sale

Sean Reehoorn, the superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish, is offering a 2012 model sprayer for sale.

The unit has only 400 hours and there is a boomless nozzle option for sprayer fertilizer.

The asking price is $16,000, or best offer. Sean can be reached at

Goldsberry defends WWGCSA golf crown

Michael Goldsberry, the superintendent at Wing Point Golf & Country Club on Bainbridge Island and the outgoing president of the WWGCSA, defended his title as the association’s Champion Golfer of the Year at Aldarra Golf Club.

During the Annual Championship of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, Goldsberry fired an 80 from the difficult Championship tees (6,610 yards, slope 141) on a course filled with tricky hole locations.

He had birdies on the 503-yard, par-5 seventh hole and the 525-yard, par-5 11th hole and won by 10 strokes despite closing his round with a triple-bogey. Goldsberry also won the title last year at Sand Point Country Club.

Sean Reehoorn of the host club took second low gross with a 90, winning a tiebreaker against Greg Hall of Fairwood Golf & Country Club, who took low net for the Championship Flight.

Click here for full results.

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.