About the Event
The 2023 Golf Summit presented by Donnelly Industries will be held on Thursday, March 23 from 9am-12pm at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, home of the New Jersey State Golf Association. The event is open to board and staff members of all N.J. golf courses, as well as the general public. Presentations by some of the industry's most respected leaders highlight the event.
The morning will begin with a networking breakfast, followed by this impressive lineup of speakers and presentations:
New Jersey PGA Section - Panel Discussion
Topics will include a review of the section's recently announced Health and Well-being Initiative; best practices for cultivating a strong partnership between a club's governance team and the golf staff, and strategies for attracting and retaining a talented golf professional staff.
12 Things your Club should know about its Golf Course Superintendent.
Chris Carson is a highly distinguished Golf Course Superintendent who recently retired from his role as superintendent of Echo Lake Country Club after 36 years of service. He has served as president of GCSANJ, NJ Turfgrass Association, and the TriState Turf Research Foundation, and has been teaching in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management Program since 2000.
Carson will outline the risks and challenges that Golf Course Superintendents manage on behalf of their clubs, the importance of clear and ongoing communication about expectations, as well as the important and critical science aspect of the job.
Celebrating Your History, Shaping Your Brand.
Rand Jerris is the founder of Purple Valley Consulting, offering historical consulting services to museums and golf clubs worldwide. Previously, he worked for more than thirty years for the United States Golf Association, including serving as the director of the USGA Golf Museum and Library from 2002 until 2012. Jerris holds both a BA and MA from Williams College and earned his Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology from Princeton University in 1999.
Jerris will elaborate on the important milestone anniversaries in the life of a golf club which offer myriad opportunities to preserve, collect and celebrate history. Many clubs chose to mark important milestones (a 25th, 50th, 75th or 100th anniversary) by publishing a club history or scheduling an evening of celebration for their members. In this session, we'll explore best practices for documenting a club's history, organizing a club archive, and, importantly, storytelling through traditional and non-traditional methods. We will also consider the rationale and justification for investing in history as means of shaping your band and strengthening engagement with your members.