About the Conference

About the GCSAA Education Conference

The GCSAA Education Conference is the largest education event in the industry and covers all aspects of golf course management, including agronomics, environmental management, communication and business management. With a faculty of university researchers, industry experts and leading superintendents, it’s the best way to sharpen your skills, learn the latest techniques, share best practices with your peers and meet thousands of golf course management professionals from around the world.

The annual conference is part of a full week of events at the Golf Industry Show. It's immediately preceded by GCSAA's popular members-only tournament: the GCSAA Golf Championships, and followed by two days of the industry's largest trade show. The National Golf Course Owners Association's annual conference is held concurrently.

GCSAA’s conference education offerings are divided into two primary types: seminars and sessions.


Led by the industry’s most renowned researchers, industry experts and superintendents, GCSAA seminars are sure to help you achieve your career goals as you learn techniques, strategies and solutions that you can apply immediately at your facility. There is a separate fee for seminars in addition to the full-conference registration fee. Enrollment is limited.

Seminar fees:

  • Two-hour seminar: member $60, nonmember $90
  • Half-day seminar: member $95, nonmember $145
  • Six-hour seminar: member $145, nonmember $220
  • Full-day seminar: member $170, nonmember $255

GCSAA education points are earned for completing GCSAA seminars.

Conference sessions

GCSAA conference education sessions are included in your full-conference registration. They may have an overarching theme, and usually include multiple, individual presentations or a panel. Sessions cover a broad range of subjects, from innovative golf course management practices, to current agronomic trends, up-to-date research results, and career and communication hot topics. Some sessions are intimate with about 50 attendees, while others will have audiences between 500 and 1,000 attendees.

GCSAA education points

The education conference is your best opportunity to earn education points. You'll automatically earn 1.5 education points with your full-pack registration, and additional points for each seminar completed. More than 80 seminars offer the educational choices you need to meet today’s challenges.

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