Programs

The VGCSA offers a variety of services to its members and to the industry. Each service has a committee charged with planning and overseeing these activities as follows:
  • Awards - The VGCSA recognizes exceptional performance in the field with a number of awards given annually, including the VGCSA Distinguished Service Award, and the Presidents Award for Lifetime Service.
     
  • Certification Assistance - The VGCSA assists members in their effort to gain GCSAA certification.
     
  • Education – The VGCSA coordinates educational seminars for the VGCSA members. Continuing Education Units (CEU’S) for certification can be earned by attending VGCSA seminars. In addition, the VGCSA local associations co-sponsor several GCSAA regional seminars. Pesticide safety seminars are offered throughout the state for Continuing Education Units for the Virginia Restricted Pesticide License. The VGCSA also works cooperatively with the Virginia Turfgrass Council to stage educational programs for the annual Virginia Turf Conference.
     
  • Fundraising – The VGCSA conducts fundraising activities for various programs benefiting the industry, including scholarships and research.
     
  • First Tee Support – The VGCSA serves as liaison to the First Tee program in Virginia and offers consultation services.
     
  • Golden Tee Program – The VGCSA coordinates with the GCSAA for all requirements needed to join the Golden Tee Club. The committee identifies benefits of the program to VGCSA members.
     
  • GCSAA Affiliation –The VGCSA’s affiliation with the GCSAA entitles VGCSA members access to a wide variety of services and programs including chapter relations, planning, communications, education, speakers bureau, information services (including web site), cooperative research funding and chapter representation on GCSAA issues. In accordance with the affiliation agreement, all VGCSA class A and class B members must be members of the GCSAA. The VGCSA also acts as the voting delegate for its members at the national conference.
     
  • Golf Events -The VGCSA stages an annual golf event for members and encourages local associations to conduct other events. The VGCSA also conducts the qualifying for team representation at the GCSAA Championship.
     
  • Golf Summit – The VGCSA participates in the Virginia Golf Summit, a collaborative meeting with the Virginia State Golf Association, the Middle Atlantic PGA and the Virginia Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America. The summit focuses on various issues relating to the game of golf in Virginia.
     
  • Historian Function –The VGCSA maintains records and establishes archives to preserve the history of the VGCSA.
     
  • Long Range Planning– The VGCSA conducts long range planning to identify member needs and to create new member services for the future.
     
  • Media/Public Relations –The VGCSA communicates with the media and engages in public relations activities to benefit members and the industry.
     
  • Political Action –The VGCSA monitors legislative issues that affect members and the industry, and appoints task forces to act when necessary.
     
  • Publications –The VGCSA publishes a quarterly newsletter and an annual directory to benefit members.
     
  • Research –The VGCSA monitors the need for turf research in Virginia and collaborates with Virginia universities engaged in turf education to plan and execute turf research projects.
     
  • Survey -The VGCSA conducts a biannual golf course maintenance survey to benefit members and the industry.
     
  • Virginia Turfgrass Council Liaison – The VGCSA recognizes the parallel work of the Virginia Turfgrass Council and seeks to maintain a positive relationship on behalf of its members.
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  • Web Site –The VGCSA maintains a web site as a resource to members and the industry.