Politics of Water: Golf Industry Engagement Leads to Practical Public Policy

Tuesday, Feb. 5
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Room 3

Responsible stewardship of water resources is important to the golf industry, and GCSAA supports collaboration with all levels of government to address water use and quality issues. The golf industry should be involved in the construction of productive public policy related to water issues. In this session, panel members will provide case studies of regulator-superintendent collaboration in California, Texas and Connecticut, and talk about the high return on investment with such engagement. Attendees will leave the session armed with practical tools and ideas on how to help ensure that water remains affordable and available for golf course use. A complementary session on providing an overview of water issues in the U.S. including overall availability, potential restrictions and technical advances in irrigation equipment will be conducted in the Environmental Programs session on Monday afternoon.

Moderator: John J. O'Keefe, CGCS, Preakness Hills Country Club, New Jersey; GCSAA Director


  • Kenneth A. Gorzycki, CGCS, Director of Agronomy, Horseshoe Bay Resort
  • Craig Kessler, Director, Government Affairs, Southern California Golf Association
  • Scott Ramsay, Golf Course Superintendent, Yale Golf Course