The Golf Club Radio Show: Dan Husek, Superintendent at Hualalai Golf Course Talks about Hosting the First Green Program for the first time in Hawaii

Danielle Tucker, host of The Golf Club Radio Show, interviews Dan Husek, Superintendent from Hualalai Golf Course, regarding hosting the First Green STEM Program on the Big Island to provide keiki (kids) hands-on learning in math and science. First Green is an initiative of the Environmental Institute of Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

Hualalai Golf Course Hosts First Green "STEM" Program for Local Keiki

Hualalai Golf Course hosted a fun day of hands-on learning in math and science for kids from Makua Lani Christian Academy.

The course was the first to host a First Green program in Hawaii, an initiative of the Environmental Institute of Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

The event provided keiki an opportunity to learn about environmental aspects of the golf course including collecting soil samples, how to measure and minimize water use, how to apply geometry and math on the course, and of course time to practice putting and have fun. 

Mahalo to Dan Husek, Hualalai Golf Course Superintendent, for hosting the event and to the Big Island Golf Course Superintendents Association ‘ohana who volunteered their time to help. It’s a great example of the sense of community and stewardship that superintendents share in golf, and especially in Hawai’i.

Sean Bartlett, Brozie Ambrosio: "Putting Course" - Set up five holes for kids to practice putting and have fun. 

Mike Clifford, Ron Hall: "Water" - Water use on golf courses including weather station data and Evapotranspiration. 

Dan Husek, Chase Ivey: "Tools of a Superintendent" - Overall golf course maintenance and the tools that are used. 

Justin Campbell:  "Soils" - Discussion about soils in general and turfgrass as a filter. 

Scott Main, Kimo Meikle:  "Math" - How math is used daily while maintaining a golf course. 

HGCSA Annual Golf Tournament & Seminar on the Big Island

We were proud to share our Big Island aloha as the 2018 location for the Hawaii Golf Course Superintendents Association’s annual golf tournament and seminar.

The seminar took place September 13 at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and the golf tournament was held at Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf Kings´ Course. Presenters included Dr. Fred Yelverton discussing Pesticide Management and Dr. Reicher from Bayer Golf discussing root health and photosynthesis.

Mahalo to our host sites, including Scott (Kimo) Meikle and crew, the greens were outstanding. A special mahalo to the sponsors, especially platinum sponsors John Marshall and Simplot, and Bayer Crop.

Mauka to Makai: "Kokua" People & Partnerships on the Big Island

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Golf Course Industry Magazine (GCI) and John Deere conducted interviews and video tours to share the story of people, practices and partnerships on the Big Island in a series of GCI articles. The final installment “Kokua” highlights partnerships, service, and support for golf maintenance operations.

To read more, visit http://www.golfcourseindustry.com/article/mauka-to-makai-part-4/

Mauka to Makai: "Malama ‘aina" Caring for the Land on the Big Island

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Golf Course Industry Magazine (GCI) and John Deere conducted interviews and video tours to share the story of people, practices and partnerships on the Big Island in a series of GCI articles. The third installment “Malama ‘aina” highlights management practices and operations which encourage environmental sustainability.

To read more, visit http://www.golfcourseindustry.com/article/hawaii-nene-golf/

Mauka to Makai: "Ohana" Family & Loyalty on the Big Island

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Golf Course Industry Magazine (GCI) and John Deere conducted interviews and video tours to share the story of people, practices and partnerships on the Big Island in a series of GCI articles. The second in the series “Ohana” features interactions between Big Island superintendents and crews which contribute to their sense of family, loyalty, and brotherhood.

To read more, visit http://www.golfcourseindustry.com/article/hawaii-golf-family-maintenance/

Mauka to Makai: "Aloha" for Community & Environment on the Big Island

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Golf Course Industry Magazine (GCI) and John Deere conducted interviews and video tours to share the story of people, practices and partnerships on the Big Island in a series of GCI articles. In the first of the series “Aloha” Big Island superintendents and crews talked with GCI about teamwork, camaraderie, culture, community, management styles, and turf.

To read more, visit http://www.golfcourseindustry.com/article/mauka-to-makai-part-1/

2018 Dues Announcement

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March 27, 2018

Aloha Members of the BIGCSA,                                                                         

It is that time of year in which we ask for your continued support by renewing / possibly recruiting membership. We are hopeful that in 2018 we can continue coming together for networking, friendship and sharing of knowledge. Your Board wants to thank you for all your continued support during this past year.

The Board of Directors knows how fortunate we are to work and gather with each of you throughout the year, while providing the services and benefits of the association. We want to ensure that your continued support of the association is of value and welcome any feedback you would like to provide.

We are pleased with the creation of our website: www.bigcsa.org. On it you can find: our anticipated yearly schedule of events; you will be able to register for those events; and be able to pay your dues! 

Please visit the Registration & Dues section on our site for for both the BIGCSA and the HGCSA 2018 membership year; for individual memberships we will continue to offer the collection of one payment for the BIGCSA and HGCSA dues and will forward the state dues to HGCSA. Feel free to join the Big Island Association at any time; however if you miss the deadline of May 1, you will be required to pay the State dues separately. 

Please note for Affiliates: membership has been reduced to $75, and is available only as an individual. Additionally for Affiliates, the BIGCSA will NOT be collecting HGCSA dues.

Mahalo Nui Loa,

BIGCSA Board of Directors

Main Receives GCSAA-Golf Digest National Environmental Leaders in Golf Award

The Big Island Golf Course Superintendents Association is proud of our own Scott Main, CGCS, BIGCSA President, receiving the Golf Course Superintendents Association-Golf Digest National Environmental Leaders in Golf Award for a Resort. 

"Main’s Mauna Kea Resort is the oldest resort and oldest golf course on the Big Island of Hawaii. Its position right on the Pacific Ocean presents unique challenges, not only in capability with the marine ecosystem, but also because of soil that contains crushed lava and an average annual rainfall of 4.2 inches. Transitioning the course from bermudagrass to paspalum, which is salt-tolerant and requires less water, is just one aspect of the water conservation program.

In keeping with the Hawaiian culture’s dedication to wildlife, Main has partnered with the Department of Land and Natural Resources to rope off areas and display signage to protect nesting nene, Hawaii’s state bird and the world’s rarest goose. In the past three years, the course’s nene population has increased by 300 percent. Ocean wildlife is important too, and Mauna Kea participates in an ongoing study with the University of Hawai’i at Hilo to help gauge Mauna Kea’s water quality and its effect on coral reefs."

Congratulations to Scott, Mauna Kea Golf Course, and the other award recipients! Click here to read more.