Paul J. Roche, CID, CIC, CGIA, CLIA        

Paul entered the field of golf course irrigation more than 30 years ago after graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 1985 with a degree in Turfgrass Science. His interest in golf course irrigation grew as he held positions as Assistant Superintendent at Redding CC, in Redding CT, Fairview CC in Greenwich, CT and at Heritage Village in Southbury CC. At Heritage Village, Paul was responsible for the rehabilitation of the irrigation system on 27 holes including three pump stations.  His passion for golf course irrigation led him to his first irrigation position at I&E Supply Co. in Milford, CT where he held positions as Irrigation Systems Designer and Technical Services Manager. Over the next 20 years, Paul held various positions in irrigation distribution including Irrigation Division Manager for the S.V. Moffett Company in Rochester, NY a highly successful Golf irrigation distributor covering upstate New York and Vermont. During that time Paul had been involved with the design and management of over 300 golf course irrigation systems throughout New York and New England. Design packages consisted of detailed hydraulic and electrical plans, detail drawings, bidding documents and project specifications. Plans cooperated with industry and Code best practices and requirements for hydraulic and electrical design including system modeling and water distribution analysis.

Paul joined a major irrigation manufacturer as the National Specification Manager in 2007 and was the National Sales Manager (Golf) since 2009.

Paul is very enthusiastic about helping the golf industry save Water, Electricity and Labor through the implementation and use of technology and management practices.

Paul is a co-author of a textbook titled “Golf Course IrrigationEnvironmental Design and Management Practices” and a co-author of the Golf section of the Irrigation Associations book titled “Irrigation 6th Edition”. He is a frequent author and contributor on golf irrigation related topics for major industry trade journals.

Paul holds the following certifications from the Irrigation Association: Certified Golf Course Irrigation Designer (Golf 1991), Certified Irrigation Contractor, Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor and Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor. Paul served on the Irrigation Association Board of Governors from 1993-1997. During that time Paul Chaired the Golf Certification Committee that included a complete rework of the Golf Certification exam.

Paul has been a member of the American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC) since 1989 and served on the National Board.


Paul is an experienced trainer and educator. Paul has trained to the following audiences both at turfgrass schools as well as across the industry including:

GCSAA, ASGCA, EIGCA, ASIC, local and area superintendent associations, turfgrass associations, industry personnel, sales and marketing managers.

In addition, he has provided training at the following universities and colleges: University of Massachusetts, Rutgers University, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Delhi, Michigan State University, and Cornell University.

Golf-Water is deeply committed to the proper use of technology to reduce natural resource and labor use on golf courses.