Don’t Miss Out On A Great Education Opportunity

By John H. Foy, director, Florida Region
March 7, 2013

The Florida winter golf season is in full swing and many courses around the region are reporting that rounds are up by 15 to 20 percent compared to the past couple of winters. While certainly good news, increased play can result in more wear and tear on the course and possibly more golfer complaints. During the week of March 11, a series of workshops are being offered to help educate course officials and golfers about the unique demands of golf course management in Florida. We call these meetings Green Committee University. There is still time to register for one of the three half-day seminars and we hope to see you there!

  • Tuesday, March 12 at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club, Tampa
  • Thursday, March 14 at Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton
  • Friday, March 15 at Audubon Country Club, Naples 

You can register by calling our office, 772-546-2620, or register online and pay by credit card.  

Online registration information: Please note that each event has its own registration code.

Tampa Palms – Event code 0312 - Register by Friday, March 8

Boca West – Event code 0314 - Register by Tuesday, March 12                 

Audubon Country Club – Event code 0315 - Register by Wednesday, March 13 


Registration, Continental Breakfast




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Questions And Answers



Continuing education credits are available through the CMAA, PGA and GCSAA. This is a great opportunity to bring the course official team and interested golfers from your golf course for constructive conversations about topics that affect every facility.

Source: Florida Green Section – John Foy, director and Todd Lowe, senior agronomist,

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