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Celebrating 12 years of success


Green Start Academy is a leadership and development program co-hosted by Bayer and John Deere. This event will be held at the Bayer and John Deere facilities in North Carolina, October 25 - 27, 2017.


Since 2006, the goal for this program has been to help assistant superintendents build a strong foundation for their careers, as well as to support the future of golf courses and the entire industry.


Attendees have the unique opportunity to network with peers and receive valuable insights from industry veterans. With topics from career development to budgeting to labor management, the Green Start Academy provides attendees with the education, networking and career insights they need to excel as superintendents  and lead our industry into the next decade and beyond.


We're looking for the top 50 assistant superintendents. Are you one of them?

2017 Green Start Academy applications open Monday, May 22, 2017. To apply, please submit an application, résumé, cover letter and an essay on the future of the golf industry. The 2017 advisory panel will evaluate and select the 50 highest-ranked applicants to attend the October event.

The program is open to assistant superintendents in the U.S. and Canada only. Although we'd love to see Academy alumni, previous Green Start Academy participants are not eligible for future academies. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm ESDT Monday, Jun 26, 2017.

Program Timeline

Application period: May 22 - June 26, 2017

Panelist evaluation period: July 10 - July 28, 2017

Selection notification: Week of August 7, 2017

Registration/book travel: August 21 - Sept 22, 2017

Program: October 25 - 27, 2017


Hilton Garden Inn, Crabtree, 3912 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617

Check back soon. Applications accepted starting May 22, 2017.

We’re proud to say we have over 550 graduates from across the U.S. and Canada.

That's 11 years of recruiting the best in the industry! If you’re an Academy alum and know of a great candidate, please share our page to get the word out about this exciting opportunity.

David Delsandro



"Attending the inaugural Green Start Academy in 2006 was a defining moment in my professional development. Interacting with and listening to the distinguished panel of contributors was a great opportunity. The ability to network with similar, driven assistant superintendents only provided greater motivation in my daily work. John Deere and Bayer provided a first-class, fantastic experience that proved to be very beneficial. I recommend applying to Green Start Academy to our current assistant superintendents on an annual basis.”


DAVID DELSANDRO, Grounds Superintendent,

Oakmont Country Club



Tyler J Otero



"I would recommend every assistant apply to be a part of Green Start Academy. The knowledge you gain from industry experts and your peers is invaluable to continued success in the turf industry. The first-class treatment provided by Bayer and John Deere is an added bonus as well. As a past participant, I can truly say that attending Green Start Academy was part of the jump start I needed to now be a superintendent.


TYLER J OTERO, Golf Course Superintendent,

North Jersey Country Club



Billy Weeks to speak at the 2017 Green Start Academy.
Billy Weeks
Golf Course Superintendent
Houston Country Club • Houston, Texas
Bob Farren, CGCS
Director of Golf Courses & Grounds
Pinehurst Resort • Pinehurst, North Carolina
Michael Stevens to speak at the 2017 Green Start Academy.
Michael Stevens
Regional Director of Agronomy • Southeast Region
Billy Casper Golf • St. Augustine, FL
Andy Morris, Country Club of Peoria
Andy Morris
Golf Course Superintendent
Country Club of Peoria • Peoria Heights, Illinois
Grant Murphy to speak at the 2017 Green Start Academy.
Grant Murphy
Associate Golf Course Superintendent
The National Golf Club of Canada
Woodbridge, Ontario
Tyler Otero to speak at the 2017 Green Start Academy.
Tyler Otero
Golf Course Superintendent
North Jersey Country Club
Lukus Harvey
Director of Agronomy
Atlanta Athletic Club • Johns Creek, Georgia
Pat Finlen
General Manager
The Olympic Club • San Francisco, California
David Delsandro to speak at the 2017 Green Start Academy.
David Delsandro
Grounds Superintendent
Oakmont Country Club • Oakmont, Pennsylvania

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