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/// October 24-26, 2018

13th Annual Green Start Academy

Green Start Academy

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.


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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.

Click here for successful applicants.

Program Timeline
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn, Crabtree, 3912 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617

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

2018 Green Start Academy

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


2018 Advisory Panel

Carlos Arraya
Director of Grounds & Agronomny
Bellerive Country Club • St. Louis, Missouri

Billy Weeks
Golf Course Superintendent
Houston Country Club • Houston, Texas

Bob Farren, CGCS
Director of Golf Courses & Grounds
Pinehurst Resort • Pinehurst, North Carolina

Lukus Harvey
Director of Agronomy
Atlanta Athletic Club • Johns Creek, Georgia

Michael Stevens
Regional Director of Agronomy • Southeast Region
Billy Casper Golf • St. Augustine, Florida

Grant Murphy
Associate Golf Course Superintendent
The National Golf Club of Canada
Woodbridge, Ontario

David Delsandro
Grounds Superintendent
Oakmont Country Club • Oakmont, Pennsylvania

Pat Finlen
General Manager
The Olympic Club • San Francisco, California