Designer, Director, Coach
Parker Anderson loves golf; the game, but also the lessons and the impact that the game provides. He currently acts as lead consultant for the Greener Golf Group. Formerly, Parker was a research scientist in the Turfgrass Science Lab in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Minnesota facilitating research focused on developing strategies to address sustainability challenges facing the golf industry and promote and implement best practices leading to a sustainable future for the industry.
Parker is a member of the PGA and GCSAA, and holds master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture (MLA) and Sustainable Systems (MS) from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. His master’s project, “Greener Golf: An Ecological, Behavioral, and Communal Study of the University of Michigan Golf Courses” explored the position of the two university golf courses with regard to environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
In addition to the study, the project provided innovative recommendations to guide the golf courses towards sustainable management practices as well as created a design for a 19-acre nine-hole sustainable golf living learning laboratory adjacent to one of the university golf courses.
Parker was a team member in the construction of “The Loop” at Forest Dunes with Renaissance Golf Design, an innovative Tom Doak-designed reversible 18-hole golf course located in Michigan. Additionally, Parker is an experienced beekeeper and pollinator advocate, teacher, and consultant.
Previous to his graduate school work, Parker served as director for the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association; worked as a PGA professional certified in instruction and golf operations in Palm Desert, the Twin Cities, and Chicago; and competed on various professional golf tours.
Parker earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was a founding member of the band Iration. Parker has lived and worked in Santa Barbara, Waimea, Kauai, Aspen, Palm Springs, Minneapolis, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Saint Paul, and Santa Cruz.
On Frankly Speaking TurfNet Podcast:
Article in the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendent’s Association (MGCSA) “Hole Notes” Journal:
SCAPE Article in the Minnesota Association of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Journal:
Greener Golf Advisory Council
Golf facilities are complex entities with many interactions and impacts. In order to best understand these systems and provide the best and most innovative solutions, a network of specialists has been created in order to advise and support the mission and goals of the Greener Golf Group.