Welcome to the Arkansas GCSA

Member Spotlight

Donald Jones, GCSA Board Member

Name: Donald Jones

Course: Magellan Golf Course

Position at Course: Golf Course Superintendent Class A

How many holes: 18

Type of Greens: Bermuda

If you were not in the golf industry what would you be doing? I never have seen myself doing anything different than the golf industry but if I had to pick, I would be doing something in meteorology.

What is your favorite pizza topping?  Pepperoni

1st thing you do when you go home? Relax

Favorite adult beverage? Crown and Coke

Do you have a golf course dog? No

What college football team do you root for? None I am an avid Cowboys fan

What is one thing you can’t live without? My wife and kids

Pepsi or Coke? Coke

Favorite TV Show?  I don’t really have one

What do you find most challenging about working on a golf course? Member expectations

Favorite time to be on the course? Summertime in the late evening

Something you are NOT good at? Dealing with negative people

Keith Christner, GCSA of Arkansas Board Member

Name: Keith Christner

Course: Granada Golf Course

Position at Course: Golf Course Superintendent Class B

How many holes: 18

Type of Greens: Bentgrass

If you were not in the golf industry what would you be doing? Landscaping

What is your favorite pizza topping?  Sausage

What are you most proud of but never have an excuse to talk about? The hard working staffs I have been a part of over the years.

1st thing you do when you go home? Hug my family

Favorite adult beverage? Beer

Do you have a golf course dog? No

What college football team do you root for? Auburn Tigers

What is one thing you can’t live without? My wife and kids

Pepsi or Coke? Coke

Favorite TV Show?  Sports Center

What do you find most challenging about working on a golf course? Keeping Bentgrass alive during the heat of summer

Favorite time to be on the course? Sunrise

Member Spotlight

Rob Dressen, GCSA of Arkansas Board Member

Name: Rob Dreesen

Course: Bella Vista CC

Position: Golf Course Superintendent (Class A)

How many Holes: 18

What type of Greens: Bentgrass

What you would be doing if not in the golf industry: Farming back in Nebraska or South Dakota

Favorite pizza topping: Pepperoni and Jalapeno 

What are you most proud of but never have an excuse to talk about: Being a successful superintendent while battling ongoing health concerns and keeping a work/life balance

1st thing you do when you get home: spend time with my dogs, wife, couch, and Busch light

Favorite adult beverage: Busch Light

Golf course dog: Sammy and Hogan

College football team: Nebraska Cornhuskers

One thing you cannot live without: Family

Pepsi or Coke: Coke

Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad

What do you find most challenging about working on a golf course: Getting and keeping quality labor for undesirable wages

Favorite time to be on the course: Evenings

Something you are Not good at: talking on the phone

Member Spotlight

Chase Turpin, GSCA of Arkansas Board Member

Name: Chase Turpin

Course: Pinnacle Country Club

Position at Course: Golf Course Superintendent Class A

How many holes: 18

Type of Greens: Bentgrass

If you were not in the golf industry what would you be doing? I would probably be doing financial planning or banking of some kind, but I can not see me doing an office job either. So golf course it is for me!

What is your favorite pizza topping?  Pepperoni

What are you most proud of but never have an excuse to talk about? My 6 month old son, who is my first child

1st thing you do when you go home? Spend time with my son

Favorite adult beverage? Coors Light

Do you have a golf course dog? No

What college football team do you root for? Arkansas Razorbacks

What is one thing you can’t live without? My wife

Pepsi or Coke? Coke

Favorite TV Show?  Currently its Yellowstone

What do you find most challenging about working on a golf course? Managing expectations from members for tournament conditions while still keeping the turf grass healthy

Favorite time to be on the course? Early Morning

Something you are NOT good at? Sitting still

 

Member Spotlight

Dade Wilson, Past President GCSA of Arkansas

Name: Dade Wilson
Course: Chenal Country Club, Past President GCSA of AR
Position at Course: Founders Golf Course Superintendent
How many holes: 18
Type of Greens: Bermuda
If you were not in the golf industry what would you be doing? Probably teaching or construction
What is your favorite pizza topping? Sausage
What are you most proud of but never have an excuse to talk about?.....???

1st thing you do when you go home? Change Clothes
Favorite adult beverage? Corona

Do you have a golf course dog? No
What college football team do you root for? Iowa Hawkeyes
What is one thing you can’t live without? Steak
Pepsi or Coke? Coke
Favorite TV Show? The Office
What do you find most challenging about working on a golf course? Battling mother nature
Favorite time to be on the course? Late afternoon

 

Member Spotlight
Jeff Haskins, President GCSA of Arkansas

Name: Jeff Haskins

Course: Paragould Country Club

Position at Course: Golf Course Superintendent Class A

How many holes: 18

Type of Greens: Bentgrass

If you were not in the golf industry what would you be doing? I would be farming or ranching

What is your favorite pizza topping?  Greek or Margherita

What are you most proud of but never have an excuse to talk about? I’m proud of the reputation I have cultivated over the last 25 years in the business. My employers and co-workers know I am a person of integrity and will do what is right.

1st thing you do when you go home? Shower up and say hi to Daisy, our feisty little Shih Tzu

Favorite adult beverage? Probably a beer. Tight race between Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite and Shiner Bock

Do you have a golf course dog? No, but I would if I could

What college football team do you root for? The Sooners

What is one thing you can’t live without? I’m going with self-preservation here, My wife

Pepsi or Coke? Coke

Favorite TV Show?  Seinfeld or Parks and Recreation. I seem to identify with Rob Swanson pretty closely

What do you find most challenging about working on a golf course? Giving in to the time demands of the job. It weeds out a lot of good people.

Favorite time to be on the course? Dusk

Something you are NOT good at? Carpentry. I just can’t like it…

 

2020 Calendar of Events
Mark your calendar for the following:

October 11-12 - The Ridges at Village Creek - Annual Meeting
November 1-2 - TBA - Border Battle
December 7th - Roundtable

 

 


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