Who Are These People?: Joel Simmons, EarthWorks

Joel Simmons | President/Owner of EarthWorks
Hometown: Flemington, New Jersey

What’s a day in the life for you in your job?
Hectic! Lots of traveling and lots of moving parts. Talking soil a lot, writing up soil reports, talking with turf managers, and thinking of how to create solutions for the issues that keep golf course superintendents up at night.

What should golf course superintendents know about your company that they don’t already know?
EarthWorks was started in a small back room on a big farm in Ringoes, New Jersey, by a couple of agronomists. Our first products, 5-4-5 and Kick, were made in 1988. We produce products that are very complex and hard to manufacture because we understand that the golf course environment is not an easy one and needs biological and agronomic support.

When you’re gone from the golf industry, how do you want to be remembered?
I don’t plan on ever leaving the industry! I hope I’ve helped at least a few supers understand how the soil works so that not only their professional lives, but also their personal lives, can be a little better.

If you were born 100 years ago, what would you do for a living?

That’s not that far back! Farming.
Who is your hero?
Roberto Clemente.

Best thing about the golf industry?
The superintendents.

Worst thing about the golf industry?
The politics.

What golf course can’t you wait to get on and why?
Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Nebraska. I love Architect Bill Coore’s work.

Describe golf course superintendents in one word?
(Two words) Work ethic.

Who would you rather play golf with –– Arnie or Jack? Why?
Arnie, he’s from western Pennsylvania where I grew up.

Beef, chicken or fish?
Yes, I love good food.

What do you like to do away from your job? 
Play guitar very badly.

What’s your favorite movie and why?
Too many to rank.

Speaking of movies, who’s your favorite character from“Caddyshack” and why?
It has to be Carl Spackler. Bill Murray gave just a brilliant and iconic performance.


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