Attesting of your golf facility

To fulfill the attesting requirement, you must have your golf course operation evaluated by two certified golf course superintendents appointed by your chapter. This evaluation is conducted during your course's growing season and covers four major divisions:

  1. Course conditions. This area includes putting greens, golf course tees, fairways, roughs, bunkers, car or cart paths, ponds and waterways, driving range and general grounds.
  2. Maintenance facility. This section covers office areas, shop area, pesticide storage area, equipment storage area, fuel storage area, equipment wash area, safety equipment and employee areas.
  3. Recordkeeping. In this section, the attestors will review your financial records, employee records, chemical applications, employee training, storage tanks and wildlife inventory.
  4. Communication skills. This section will cover professionalism, management skill statements and communication with management, members/players, staff and the community.

The Attestor Guidelines Booklet instructs the attestors to rank the 29 areas listed in the four divisions as pass, pass with recommendations or needs improvement. (Some areas may be marked as not applicable to your course.) After GCSAA receives both completed reports, staff will tally the pass and pass with recommendations to determine an overall final score. An 85 percent is required for passing. Your evaluation results will be sent to you within 45 days of the attesting visit.

We offer the Attestor Guidelines Booklet in two formats.

Prior to the evaluation of your course, you'll be requested to submit a report to the attestors. GCSAA will provide the format of the report, which will ask you to include the following information:

  • Demographic information
  • Your involvement in GCSAA
  • Course characteristics, such as budget, annual rounds, number of employees and length of growing season.
  • Your résumé




Attestor Training Videos

All CGCSs selected to do a course visitation should view the Attestor Training Videos prior to their site visits.  Certification applicants may also find the videos helpful in learning about the attesting process and expectations. (These videos are in Windows Media Format, or .wmv)