Robert J. Costa, Principal
Pacific Golf Consultants
13625 Paseo Terrano
Salinas, California 93908
831-235-2576 Fax: 831-484-5631

  • GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent
  • Turfgrass Management Instructor
  • Diverse agronomic & management skills
  • Experience in golf course construction & renovation.
  • B.S. Degree in Ornamental Horticulture
  • Licensed Pest Control Advisor
  • Safety Coordinator
  • 1992 to Present
    Rancho Caņada Golf Club, Carmel, California
    Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, Monterey, California
    Vice President/Director of Golf Course Management

    Responsible for all administrative activities related to the management of the maintenance operations for the Lombardo Group. Establish long range & annual maintenance plans. Develop & administer employee training & safety programs. Provide agronomic support, including the development of pesticide & fertility programs. Manage & coordinate capital improvement projects including the design & construction of a practice facility with a natural grass hitting area, practice putting green, chipping green with practice bunkers, & private instruction area, recognized in 2002 as the #1 practice facility in Monterey County.

  • 1991 to Present
    Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California Instructor

    Teach a 16-week semester course on Turfgrass Management with an emphasis on the practical application of turfgrass principles & golf course management practices.

  • 1984 to Present
    Turfgrass Consultant

    Provide project management & agronomic consulting including; the development of a chemical use plan, renovation of a lawn bowling court, design & construction of practice greens & bunkers. Provide expert consultation, opinion & testimony on golf course cases involving construction defects, personal injury & liability.

  • 1989 to 1991
    Pajaro Valley Golf Club, Watsonville, California
    Laguna Seca Golf Club, Monterey, California
    Old Brockway Golf Club, Kings Beach, California
    Executive Superintendent

    Responsible for all aspects of the maintenance operation at each facility in conjunction with the on-site superintendents. Coordinated capital projects. Reviewed monthly expense reports & monitored maintenance budgets. Developed training, pesticide & fertility programs.

  • 1985 to 1989
    Pajaro Valley Golf Club, Watsonville, California
    Laguna Seca Golf Club, Monterey, California
    Golf Course Superintendent

    Managed two 18-hole golf courses on the Monterey Peninsula. Supervised the maintenance staff & developed the maintenance plan & daily schedules.
  • 1983 - Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

  • 1984 to Present - Regularly attend turfgrass management seminars offered by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America & the USGA
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California
  • Pest Control Advisor
  • Certified Pest Control Applicator
  • President, 2001, Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California
  • Chair, Water Use Task Group, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
  • Director, Carmel River Watershed Council
  • Superintendent of the Year - 1992, 2001
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California
  • "Greens Construction California Style"
    California Fairways, May/June 1999

  • "Family Ties - Balancing a Career & Family"
    California Fairways, Jan/Feb 2000

  • "Increasing Staff Productivity - Easy as 1,2,3,
    California Fairways, Mar/Apr 2000

  • "You Can't Always get What You Want"
    California Fairways, May/June 2000

  • "See No Evil, Hear No Evil"
    California Fairways, July/Aug 2000

  • "Until We Meet Again"
    California Fairways, Sept/Oct 2000

  • "The Art of Delegation"
    California Fairways, Nov/Dec 2000

  • "Appreciating Our History"
    NCGA News, October 1997

  • "Seeing is Believing"
    NCGA Golf, January 1998

  • "It Could Be Worse... It Could Be Raining"
    NCGA Golf, April 1998

  • "A Superintendent in Disguise"
    NCGA Golf, July 1998

  • "Expect the Unexpected - It's Winter"
    NCGA Golf, January 1999

  • "Superintendents Hope to Share Cinderella's Story"
    NCGA Golf, April 1999

  • "The Challenges of Designing a Hole"
    NCGA Golf, July 1999

  • "When Opportunity Knocks"
    NCGA Golf, October 1999

  • "Reflecting on Golf & the Environment"
    NCGA Golf, January 2000

  • "All Greens Weren't Created Equal"
    NCGA News, April 2000

  • "Getting To Know Your Golf Course Superintendent"
    NCGA Golf, Summer 2000

  • "Please Fix It - For the Good of the Game"
    NCGA Golf, Fall 2000

  • "The Changing Face of the Game"
    NCGA Golf, January 2001

  • "When Aerification Comes Knocking"
    NCGA News, Spring 2001

  • "Trees & Golf Courses-A Growing Love Affair"
    NCGA Golf, Summer 2001

  • "The Truth About Perfect Lies"
    NCGA Golf, Fall 2001

  • "Behold the Magic of Spring"
    NCGA Golf, Spring 2002

  • "Going Down Under"
    NCGA News, Summer 2002
  • "Golf Course Drainage"
    Golf Course Institute, November 2000

  • "Regulatory Compliance"
    Assistant Superintendent Boot Camp, October 2002

  • "Golf Course Safety Programs"
    Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California, July 2004

  • "Water Conservation Strategies"
    PAPA Seminar, August 2004

  • "Water Use Task Group Summary"
    California Golf Course Owners Association, November 2004

  • "Common Turfgrass Problems"
    PAPA Seminar, December 2004

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