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Green Start Academy
World-class training for assistant superintendents


Green Start Academy is a leadership and development program co-hosted by Bayer and John Deere. The event will be held at the Bayer and John Deere facilities in North Carolina, October 24 - 26, 2018.


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.

The application period ended at 5:00 pm ESTD Monday, June 25, 2018.

Applications for the 13th annual Green Start Academy closed on June 25, 2018. The 2018 advisory panel will evaluate and select the 50 highest-ranked applicants to attend the October event. We appreciate everyone’s interest in the program.

Program Timeline

Application period: May 21 – June 25, 2018
Panelist evaluation period: July 9 – July 27, 2018
Selection notification: Week of August 6, 2018
Registration/book travel: August 20 – Sept 21, 2018
Program: October 24 – 26, 2018
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn, Crabtree, 3912 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617

Academy Alumni

We're proud to say we have over 600 graduates from across the U.S. and Canada.

That's 12 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.

"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

See what people are saying about the Green Start Academy

Learn why the Green Start Academy is so important in helping assistant superintendents advance their professional development.

2018 Advisory Panel

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, Florida
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
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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