About – Stephen Tucker

Stephen Tucker began his career in the golf industry at 15 years old playing competitive golf at Suwannee High School and in numerous U.S. Open and Nike tour qualifiers. Following graduation, he worked on golf course grounds crews in the local area before enrolling in Lake City Community College (now Florida Gateway College) in 1998, where he graduated with two scholarships in turf equipment management. Tucker started in his first equipment manager’s position at age 21, and over the years, he has continued to advance before reaching his current position managing the equipment operations at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, Fla.

During Tucker’s career, he has written and been featured in articles for Golf Course Management magazine, Golf Course Industry magazine and the USGA’s Green Section.  In 2006, he and a few of his colleagues around the world started the International Golf Course Equipment Manager’s Association (IGCEMA), where he served as president and chief executive officer. He has put on seminars at the Golf Industry Show and also in South Africa, Costa Rica, Canada and Europe over the last eight years and serves on the Florida Gateway College advisory committee. Beginning in 2010 Stephen started consulting at golf courses around the U.S and Canada. He as been married for 16 years and has two daughters, ages 10 and 7. In his spare time, he likes to work on website development projects, build computers and play golf. He also owns an industry e-commerce website Turf Addict.



  1. dion
    October 27, 09:06 Reply

    HI Mr. Tucker my name is Dino Cornello from Gleneagles Country Club in south Florida, I’ve been in the industry for over 30 plus years I agree with you 100% on grinding maintenance of cutting units, it is just like fine tuning trim tabs an airplane’s wings and fine tuning engine. What I do here out in the field of this industry is that time and cost is a factor.

    • admin
      October 28, 08:15 Reply

      Dion thanks for the comment and you are correct time and cost is always a factor on most everything. The one thing though is that despite the cost cutting units touch every acre of the course. So the quality they are maintained at has an impact on many people from the employees to the members and guests. Thanks again and have a great season!

  2. Steve
    October 10, 12:28 Reply

    I enjoyed the interview with you and Mr. Kriz on the importance of hiring a quality Equipment Manager that fits the needs of the club.Also having similar views on the direction of the maintenance programs as to appearance and playability of the course.

    Steven Finn

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