Superintendents Association Eyes First Coast; World Golf Village Makes Final Cut for Possible Move

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Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has narrowed its choices for a possible move from Lawrence, Kan., to the World Golf Village or Orlando's Championsgate Golf Club.

The GCSAA, which has around 22,000 members and 116 employees, has been at its current home since 1972. Spokesman Jeff Bollig said the association is considering a move to a golf course resort in Florida to take advantage of the weather to expand research on grass and maintenance, plus facilities for conferences and seminars.

The World Golf Village and Orlando made the final cut from an initial list of eight cities.

"The feeling is to find some package of a golf-course affiliation for research and training and a conference center for our continuing education," Bollig said yesterday. "A golf-centered location, with a higher profile, is what we're looking for."

Representatives of SPL Associates of Chicago, a consulting firm hired by the GCSAA, visited the World Golf Village and Championsgate last week. SPL will make a report to the GCSAA executive board on Feb. 6.

Bollig said it's possible the board will decide to remain in Lawrence, or put the issue of where to move to its membership.

According to the association's bylaws, the members must approve a move. Bollig said the executive board may also amend the bylaws (with approval by the members) to shift the decision to the board.

If the board decides to move, Bollig said the final decision on the new GCSAA home could be made by late spring or summer. …