Parker Anderson is founder and director of the Greener Golf Group, a consulting firm focusing on promoting golf as an integral part of community, environmental, and human wellness. He earned his bachelor’s in economics and environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Anderson also 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. The project provided innovative recommendations to guide the 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.
Anderson spent three years as a research scientist in the Turfgrass Science Lab in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Minnesota. He facilitated the Science of the Green Initiative, a research partnership between the USGA and the University of Minnesota focused on researching golf’s relationship to the environment and society and how to improve that relationship. Anderson was a team member in the construction of “The Loop” at Forest Dunes, an innovative Tom Doak-designed reversible 18-hole golf course located in Michigan.
Prior to graduate school, he 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. In addition, Anderson is an experienced beekeeper and pollinator advocate, teacher, and sustainability consultant. He is a member of both the PGA and GCSAA.