GSA Banner

16th Annual Green Start Academy

November 15-17, 2021

Green Start Academy – World-Class Training for Assistant Superintendents

Green Start Academy is a leadership and development program co-hosted by Bayer, John Deere and our brand-new partner as of 2021, Rain Bird! This year, we are excited to announce that the program will be taking place at the historic Pinehurst Resort – host to some of golf’s most prestigious tournaments.

Print page

Since 2006, the goal of this program has been to help assistant superintendents build a strong foundation for their careers as well as to support the future of golf courses and the entire golf industry by offering growth through networking, professional development courses and interactive peer groups.

This year’s program will feature educational and mentoring sessions from some of the most respected superintendents and leaders in the industry, including Carlos Arraya, Lukas Harvey, Matt Faurbach, Pat Finlen, Dan Meersman, Grant Murphy and more! Bob Farren, VP of Grounds and Golf Course Maintenance at Pinehurst, will also play a role in this year’s event.

Assistant Superintendent at Green Start Academy
Presenting at the Green Start Academy

We’re looking for the top 50 assistant superintendents. Are you one of them?

The application period for the 2021 Green Start Academy class opens July 1, 2021. To apply, please click the link below and complete the online questionnaire by August 1. Applications will be carefully reviewed, and selected applicants will be notified by Monday, August 16.

The program is open to assistant superintendents in the U.S. and Canada only. Please note that previous Green Start Academy participants are not eligible to apply for the academy program, with the exception of the 2020 virtual class who may reapply for consideration in this year’s or a future in-person program. (Note: Application does not guarantee acceptance.) Applications must be received by 5:00 PM EDT Sunday August 1, 2021.


Program Timeline

Application period: June 23 – August 1
Panelist evaluation period: August 2 – August 15
Selection notification: August 16
Registration: August 17 – 31
Program: November 15 - 17


Now Accepting Applications for Green Start Academy 2021
/// apply now