Patrick J. Gross is the director of the West Region, working in the Southern California office. He joined the Green Section staff in December, 1991. His primary responsibility is sharing practical information on golf course maintenance issues to courses in California and Mexico through the USGA Course Consulting Service. Gross has written articles for the Green Section Record and is a frequent speaker and contributor to golf industry conferences and publications.
Prior to joining the USGA, he was a golf course superintendent for five years in the Los Angeles area. It was there he gained practical experience in all aspects of golf course management, including the use of effluent water and the management of golf courses built on landfill sites.
Gross is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a B.S.degree in ornamental horticulture specializing in turfgrass management. He is an active volunteer with several golf industry groups including the California Turfgrass & Landscape Foundation, LADWP Golf Water Task Force, and the SCGA Governmental Affairs Committee.
Gross is an avid golfer who was born and raised in Southern California.