Paul Carter, CGCS

Paul is a Certified Golf Course Superintendent at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in Tennessee. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Golf Couse Superintendents Association of America.

Paul has played an active role in many other associations throughout his career including being the Rounds 4 Research Chairman in Tennessee and past president of the Tennessee Turfgrass Association. 

Combining two great passions

Paul's career in the golf course industry began over 25 years ago as a summer intern at The Country Club of Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama. 

His passion for golf course maintenance and interest in environmental protection and promotion have combined to great effect with The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay being recognized for its environmental programs with many certifications and awards accumulated during Paul's time at the course. 

Paul's work as a golf course superintendent for the Tennessee State Parks, a division of the Department of Environment and Conservation, allows him to promote the benefits of golf courses not only as great places for exercise and entertainment but also as safe and suitable habitats for wildlife, insects, and birds.

The Harrison Bay Eagle Cam Project began in 2010 when a pair of American bald eagles, later named Elliott and Eloise, built their nest behind the 10th green.

After the first successful nesting season, a camera was installed above the nest and streamed online so all could see the nesting habits and feeding processes of these eagles. Since 2011, over 2 million unique viewers from 63 countries have viewed the nest, giving the world an up-close and personal view and showing that golf courses can be environmental sanctuaries. Eloise was replaced by Eliza in 2016 and there have been several new additions to the family since then.

The GEO team looks forward to the eagle updates from the course every year and a range of other sustainable golf highlights from Paul and the team.

Follow Paul on Twitter to see what's happening at this GEO Certified course which is home to so much wonderful wildlife.

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