Lawrence, Kansas, United States: When the We Are Golf Coalition converges on the National Mall for beautification and renovation work ahead of National Golf Day, members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) will be taking on key roles for the second annual Community Service Project.
The event, staged in co-ordination with 26-year GCSAA member Michael Stachowicz, Turf Management Specialist for the National Park Service, will focus on the projects from the US Capitol Building to 14th Street in Washington, DC.
Teams will be involved in activities such as laying sod, raking, edging, overseeding, aerating and more.
Chris Harriman, a 19-year GCSAA member and superintendent at Cattail Creek Country Club, will serve as one of the team captains. Harriman had been to National Golf Day before as part of the local GCSAA chapter, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents, but saw a special opportunity in taking part in the inaugural Community Service Project in 2017.
“It’s a way to give back to community and really get in front of the public,” Harriman said. “It’s fun and inspiring being out on the Mall and working on the grounds as part of a team with the public walking by. I have heard many say that this is a highlight of their career.”
The 180 volunteers will be out on the National Mall from 8 am to noon on April 24 before joining an even larger contingency for National Golf Day on April 25.
National Golf Day celebrates the game’s nearly US$70 billion economy, nearly US$4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits.
Industry leaders will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, two million jobs impacted, tax revenue creation and tourism value.
“It’s incredible how many politicians know so little about what we do for the environment and the economy,” Harriman said about the importance of National Golf Day for golf course superintendents. “We get the chance to show them what we are doing on a proactive basis to care for the environment.”
In addition to the GCSAA, other organisations that will be taking part in National Golf Day as part of the We are Golf Coalition include the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Builders Association of America, Ladies Professional Golf Association, Links to Freedom, National Alliance for Accessible Golf, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America, PGA Tour, Salute Military Golf Association, The First Tee, US Golf Manufacturers Council, United States Golf Association and World Golf Foundation.