GCSAA: Raise awareness of mental health and wellness

Lawrence, Kan. (January 24, 2023) Recognizing the critical importance of mental health and wellness for golf course management professionals, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has developed an inspiring and educational session for the 2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show titled “No One Is an Island : a guide to health and mental wellness at CTS” Open to all fair visitors at 1:15 p.m. on February 9 on the fair’s Interactive Grass Stage. The event will feature experts and GCSAA members providing valuable education, including:

  • Ways to identify when they may need help.
  • How to recognize when others on their team need help.
  • The triggers inherent in the behavior of sod professionals that affect others.

The panel will be led by Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA, who will talk about how this issue is impacting the turf industry. He will lead the panel in a round of questions and answers, which will conclude with an overview of GCSAA resources available to help members.

SAN DIEGO, CA – FEBRUARY 09: At the 2022 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show at the San Diego Convention Center on February 9, 2022 in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Hailey Garrett/GCSAA) The Peter Hay Short Course was one of the original short courses in the United States when it was designed for beginners and juniors in the 1950s. Following a complete reinvention and refurbishment of The Hay by Tiger Woods/TGR Design, it reopened in April 2021 and continues to provide an enjoyable golf experience for players of all ages and abilities. Learn about the short course redesign and how each hole has design features that coincide with a piece of Pebble Beach history. GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans will facilitate the panel discussion with GCSAA superintendent Bubba Wright, along with Tiger’s lead architect and builder involved in the project, Beau Welling and Jason Nau.

(Hailey Garrett/GCSAA)

The panel includes:

  • Jim Croxton, CEO British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), shares how the UK is dealing with similar challenges in the US
  • Lori A. Hoffner, mental health expert and president of Supporting ComUnity, offers a step-by-step guide to understanding the signs that indicate when to seek help and resources to help. She will focus on resilience, discuss resistance to seeking help and ignoring signs of stress, then provide resources to “take care of yourself.”
  • Miranda Robinson, a GCSAA member, operations manager of the British Columba Golf Superintendents Association and communications manager of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, will show you how to identify when someone on your team needs help and how to approach them. She will tell her story of helping herself and others.
  • GCSAA Former President Pete Grass, CGCS, superintendent at Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont., offers his experience identifying how superintendents’ perfectionist and detail-oriented work poses a mental health challenge.

“Mental health is a critical part of an overall wellness regimen, and this session is designed to provide insights you can apply to your own wellbeing and help others,” said Evans. “It’s important to be present, not just for yourself, but to learn to recognize when those around you are in need.”

To register to attend the 2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show and learn more about this added session, please visit www.GCSAAConference.com. This session is free for attendees and your entire facility team is encouraged to participate.


The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management and since 1926, GCSAA has been the premier professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the US and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to more than 19,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and improve communities through the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us Facebook or Twitter. Visit our leading magazine at GCMonline.com.

The GCSAA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to secure funding and support to strengthen advocacy, education and research that advances the work of golf course management professionals. Visit the Foundation www.gcsaa.org/foundation.

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GCSAA: Raise awareness of mental health and wellness

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