Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG, is the golf course superintendent of Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. First hired by the club in 2005, he helped CGC complete an ambitious 4-Phase Master Plan renovation that helped elevate the Donald Ross designed golf course and club to the lofty status it currently enjoys.
A native of Castlewood, Virginia, and it was there he received his introduction to golf course maintenance working at Lake Bonaventure Country Club, a 9-hole private course. Wharton earned his bachelors in Industrial and Systems Engineering and his masters in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech. Studying under David Chalmers, Ph.D., he focused all his energy in the turfgrass science disciplines and completed the defense of his thesis, “Overseeded Bermudagrass Fairway Performance and Post Dormancy Transition as Influenced by Winter Overseeding Practices and Trinexapac-ethyl”. Upon graduation, he accepted the position of assistant golf course superintendent at Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Va. He parlayed that experience into his first superintendent position at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club in Issue, MD.
Wharton has been a member of GCSAA since 1997 and is an active participant giving back to the superintendent profession. He was President of the North-South Turfgrass Association in 2013 and is Immediate Past President of the Carolinas GCSA. Wharton has also served on several GCSAA Task Groups and Committees. He achieved the CGCS designation in May 2014 and in 2016 earned the distinction of Master Greenkeeper through the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association.