Episode 006 — GCSAA President Darren J. Davis


In Ep 006, Nathan has a conversation with a very busy Darren J. Davis – President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).  Darren carved out some time in the two days he had at home between returning from Canada and flying to England as part of his GCSAA duties, helping support the 18,000+ members of the worldwide organization and promoting the game of golf.

They discuss the role of the GCSAA in a growing economy and a changing golf industry and how brand awareness is shaping the way golfers see superintendents.  Darren discusses his start in the industry when he used to work on the grounds crew at Augusta National GC and lived on the course!

They also discuss at length the importance of work/life balance for everyone (not just turf professionals), how physical fitness impacts mental health.  There’s an article from Forbes on the subject HERE.

Another important topic to Darren is the importance of communication at all levels of one’s career.  They also discuss screech owls and…unicorns? And that’s just the beginning. You’re sure to enjoy this episode.  See more links below to topics discussed in Ep 006.


The screech owl photo Nathan mentions from Darren’s Intagram page is HERE

The story Nathan wrote for GCI Magazine that he and Darren discussed entitled “Hunting for Unicorns” is HERE

Info on the Golf Industry Show (in San Diego this year) is HERE

During their discussion of work/life balance, Darren references Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Darren is the Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

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