Matt Nelson

OWNER, MAGIC VALLEY BENTGRASS

OWNER, MATTHEW C. NELSON GOLF CONSULTING

CO-OWNER, ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOLF SERVICES

Education:

  • B.S., Willamette University, Salem, OR. Double Major in Biology and Environmental Science. 1989
  • M.S., Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Crop Science 1996

Professional experience:

Owner, Magic Valley Bentgrass. 2007 – Present

A commercial sod farm specializing in golf course putting green turf, golf course fairways, tees and sports field turf.  Produces creeping bentgrass, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, fine leaf fescue and native grass blends.

Owner, Matthew C. Nelson Golf Consulting. 2008 – Present

Complete agronomic and design planning services for golf courses. Has consulted at more than 1,000 golf facilities internationally.

Co-owner, Rocky Mountain Golf Services. 2009 – Present

Full service planning, construction, design, consulting, recruiting and sales company geared toward optimal solutions for golf course operations.

Agronomist, Grigg Brothers. 2008 – Present

Agronomist and technical representative for leading foliar fertilizer company.  Responsible for growing international markets, assisting with research and product development, working with distributors and end users, and developing marketing materials.

Senior Agronomist, USGA Green Section. 1996 – 2008

Providing on-site agronomic and planning assistance to golf courses across 6 U.S. time zones.  Worked with more than 1,000 different golf facilities. Responsible for the set-up and management of several national championships including the US Open, US Women’s Open, US Amateur, US Boys Jr., US Girls Jr., US Women’s Mid-Amateur, and US Sr. Open. Authored more than 120 articles internationally for golf course trade publications and turfgrass science journals. Delivered more than 250 golf related presentations internationally.

Research Associate, Washington State University. 1994 – 1996

 

Greenkeeper, Whitefish Lake Golf Club, Whitefish, MT   1985 – 1989, 92-93

All aspects of golf course maintenance and construction.

Biologist, US Forest Service. Tiller, OR.  1990 – 1991

Personal: Married (Nora), 3 children (Alex, Ruth, Lena)

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