The Value Of A USGA CCS Visit

"The Course Consulting Service is a program of service. Its benefits to the individual club will be considerable. Countless times in the past one little bit of information from the Green Section has saved a club many times the cost of USGA service." 
--Richard Tufts, Chairman, USGA Green Section Committee 1953

The Green Section field agronomists:

  • Have more direct contact with golfers and course officials than any other department in the USGA. They are ambassadors and representatives of the USGA in the field.
  • Are the most knowledgeable, respected, and impartial golf-turf consultants in the world. Backed by the USGA, the Green Section's services provide dependable recommendations that course officials can count on.
  • Have lots of experience - they see many (100+) courses each year.
  • Know what to look for when observing the course and checking for problems.
  • Ask probing questions to identify symptoms or problems that the course personnel may not recognize.
  • Have seen symptoms countless times and can quickly identify problems and offer the best solutions.
  • Help establish long range plans and preventative maintenance programs to mitigate future problems.
  • Network frequently with other USGA agronomists for additional advice and suggestions.
  • Catch problems early, before they get out of hand, thereby preventing turf loss and/or large expenditures.
  • Serve as a sounding board for ideas.
  • Keep up with the latest in research, products and techniques. Information is backed up by the largest private turf research program in the world.
  • Serve as a key communications link between course officials and the golf course superintendent.
  • Write reports that serve as a planning guide and as a benchmark to compare with future evaluations.
  • Have only the club's interest in mind and have no financial interest in products or services recommended, unlike many private consultants.
  • Know good specialists to turn to for more detailed evaluation, if needed.
  • Have access to the cumulative knowledge of 18 USGA field agronomists who make nearly 2000 visits annually.
  • Know that one small suggestion can save many times the cost of the CCS visit.
  • Provide our clubs and courses with reports that deliver the only history of changes in maintenance practices and the actual physical design of the course over time.

 

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