This week, GCSAA Class A member Dan Dinelli, CGCS, and his staff will host the Champions Tour Encompass Championship presented by careerbuilder at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill.
And while some of the world’s top golfers will be competing for prize money, Dinelli hopes the tournament also provides a platform to share the message about the positive relationship about golf and the environment. The environment has long been a passion for Dinelli, himself a licensed falconer and multi-award winner for his work.
“Golf course superintendents and golf facilities are doing some great work when it comes to environment,” Dinelli says. “I also think we are doing a better job communicating it as an industry. But it is not something we can rest on. We must continue to beat the drum.”
For Dinelli’s part, he has been promoting his stewardship activities and the efforts of GCSAA’s philanthropic arm, the Environmental Institute for Golf. His staff will have shirts adorned with the EIFG logo (pictured here), while information in tournament publications and signage throughout the course will be branded with the EIFG and highlight environmental practices on the course.
“The facility has embraced our programs and the Tour has supported our communicating what we are doing,” Dinelli says. “The media is picking up on it as well as I have done some interviews about our programs.”
Lest anyone think that quality golf and the environment do not go hand in hand, North Shore is receiving rave reviews from competitors. Ben Crenshaw discussed his affection for the course in the Chicago Tribune this week (read article).
North Shore C.C. is more than a place of employment for Dinelli. It has been his life. He began working on the course at age 15 for his father Joseph who was the superintendent. Upon graduation from Michigan State, the younger Dinelli joined is father as assistant superintendent from 1984-93. He was co-superintendent with his father for two years before taking over as superintendent in 1996.
In addition, Dinelli’s cousin Jerry works alongside him as superintendent at North Shore. Their grandfather Frank was the longtime superintendent at Northmoor Country Club, while Joe’s brothers were also superintendents.
If there are any regrets for Dinelli, it is that his father is not around to see the course he shepherded for so long perform on the big stage. Joe Dinelli passed away June 11 at the age of 82, including 61 years of marriage to Dan’s mother Marilyn. For Joe Dinelli, North Shore was heaven on earth.
By Jeff Bollig, GCSAA Senior Director Communications