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NZGCSA Environment Award supported by PGG Wrightson Turf

With the valuable support of PGG Wrightson Turf the NZGCSA is very happy to invite applications for the 2017 NZGCSA Environment Award supported by PGG Wrightson Turf.

This a great opportunity for you and your golf club to be rewarded for your efforts towards making the environment a better place now and for the future. At a time when many eyes are looking at our and associated industries on the use of fertilisers and chemicals this is an awesome chance to show that we act responsible and sustainable with our practices and with the environment that surrounds us.

Don’t feel that you have to have completely achieved the package environmentally to apply. It is an on- going and evolving process and you may be part way but well into your goals to improve your course environmentally.

The winning Golf Club will receive $3500 cash prize and the winning Superintendent a cash prize of $1500 used solely for continued education/study trip for environmental stewardship both courtesy of PGG Wrightson Turf.

Applications close Friday 23rd February 2018 and the award is open to NZGCSA Class A members working on NZ golf courses.  The Award is being presented and recognised at the Australasian Turfgrass Conference which is taking place in Wellington 25-29 June 2018.

See links below for Application Form and Guide

The NZGCSA is very appreciative for the support of PGG Wrightson Turf for this award.

2017 NZGCSA Environment Award Application Form

2017 NZGCSA Environment Award Guide

NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award sponsored by Parkland Products

The NZGCSA and Parkland Products are very excited and pleased to be able to announce that applications are now open for the 2017 NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award sponsored by Parkland Products. This is the premier award and recognition of excellence within the NZ golf course management.

The award will be judged in early 2018 by 2 NZGCSA Life members culminating with the presentation of the NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award to be made at the Australasian Turfgrass Conference being held in Wellington 25-29 June 2018.

The award is open to all Class A members of the NZGCSA so get your applications filled in and returned, to be recognised for your commitment to Excellence.  As well as a prize purse of $6000 for the winner Parkland are also generously giving $3000 for the runner up on the proviso that there are a minimum of 5 applicants.

Judging will have criteria focus on having consistently produced and outstanding playing surfaces, while managing relationships with staff and stakeholders in a highly professional manner. In other words, they are looking for the complete package in excellence.

So if you want to be judged amongst your peers for your efforts of excellence at your golf course we invite your application now.

Click on link below for a copy of the 2017 Application Form and Guide.

Applications need to returned by Friday 16 February 2018 to NZGCSA, 7a Lex Avenue, Green Bay, Auckland, 0604 or emailed to

The NZGCSA is extremely grateful to Chris Todd and the team at Parkland for their continued support.

2017 NZGCSA Parkland Excellence Award Application Form and Guide

Future Turf Managers Initiative 2018

The NZGCSA would like to announce that the Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI) will be held in early 2018.

Once again the FTMI will be held in conjunction with Jacobsen and the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA) and will be held from Sunday 25 March 2018 to Tuesday 27 March 2018 in Melbourne, Australia!

 Applications are open and will be accepted from 1 November 2017 with the closing date being Thursday 14 December 2017.

This is a awesome opportunity and NZ successful candidates will enjoy a mentoring programme with their Australian counterparts. Not only do candidates benefit from the invaluable FTMI course content but also have the chance to network and establish potential life time contacts and friendships with fellow green keepers from across the ditch.

There has always been so much positive feedback about the FTMI and the experience it offers, so don't delay, complete your application form, include a mentors supporting letter, ensure you meet the qualifying criteria and get your application to us by Thursday 14 December 2017 for a chance to attend.  Good luck to all.

As always we are very pleased to have and would like to say a big thank you to the ongoing support of Jacobsen to make the FTMI happen and give our NZGCSA members the chance to attend.

Please note, in addition to the FTMI application form a supporting letter from a mentor must also be included as part of your application for the 2018 FTMI.

Information about what is involved and how to apply is on the FTMI Guide and Application form - links below. 

2018 FTMI Application Form

2018 FTMI Application Guide

Australasian Turfgrass Conference - Wellington - 25-29 June 2018

We are very pleased to advise that the dates for the combined conference in Wellington next year have been set at 25-29 June 2018 with the venue being the TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6. The two working parties are currently looking at the logistics of everything including speakers, timetables and costs. As more details are finalised the information will be updated accordingly.

We urge all our members to earmark this event for next year as it will be an opportunity for upskilling in education and knowledge, hear world class speakers speak on a range of topics both trade related and management, and to network with not only your New Zealand peers but also your Australian peers. All this here in New Zealand without the additional costs of having to fly to another country to do so.

The NZGCSA will be looking at ways to assist members in attending the conference and again once formulated members will be advised.