Professional conduct guidelines
The following professional conduct guidelines are provided to
encourage the highest standards of conduct among the membership of
RMGCSA. These guidelines are a companion document to the GCSAA Code of Ethics.
While the professional conduct guidelines may not be enforced with
membership sanctions, these guidelines should nonetheless be promoted,
practiced and encouraged by RMGCSA members. Non-compliance of these
guidelines should be noted, publicized and self-policied by fellow
RMGCSA members, officials and affiliated chapters to discourage future
instances of such non-compliance. In assessing one's actions, all
superintendents should ask the question, "Would my actions meet with the
approval of other superintendents?"
- A member should always contact a fellow superintendent prior to visiting his/her course, regardless of the reason for the visit.
- Applications for employment should only be sent to an employer
if the applicant has contacted the current superintendent to determine
whether the position is available, or if the applicant is responding to
an Employment Referral Service announcement.
- A member should only accept an interview for a job currently
held by a fellow superintendent if the applicant has contacted the
current superintendent to verify the position is open, or of the
applicant has learned about the opening in an Employment Referral
- Members should always adhere to the complimentary golf policies
of other golf courses and always give as much advance notice as possible
when seeking play privileges at a fellow superintendent's golf
- Members should only accept a consulting assignment at a golf
facility if the current superintendent at that facility is aware of such
impending consulting activity.
- Consulting recommendations for a facility should be made in the
presence of the current superintendent or written recommendations should
be carbon copied to the current superintendent.
- Members should always conduct themselves in the highest
professional manner at all golf-related events and other public events
where the member is representing the golf course superintendent
- A member should not render negative opinions or comments about fellow members.
Members are encouraged to remind fellow superintendents about these
courtesies through phone calls, electronic messages and letters. Peer
reinforcement of these standards is encouraged.