ELGA applications are now open
The GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards recognize golf course superintendents and golf courses around the world for their commitment to environmental stewardship. Presented in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird, ELGA applications are due Sept. 30.

BMP grants now available
GCSAA can help chapters create or update BMP guides for their areas with the GCSAA BMP Grant Program funded by the EIFG. Apply by Sept. 30 and enhance the superintendent profession through supporting environmental best management practices.

IPM Planning Guide
A complete set of templates and reference materials to help you build a plan for your course.

Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards

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Sustainability may sound like the feel-good trend of today, but it means business. It's not just about the bottom line, it's about the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit. But is there a case for sustainability in the golf industry? You bet. Find out what it really means and how some facilities have made a big difference on all three fronts.

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GCSAA Environmental Profile

What is the Golf Course Environmental Profile?

In 2006, GCSAA and the EIFG began a series of surveys on the physical features and maintenance practices of golf courses in the U.S. Known as the Golf Course Environmental Profile, the results were released from 2007-2012 and provided a baseline of information for use in the management of golf facilities but also offered an opportunity to communicate golf’s environmental efforts to the public. In fall 2014, the second phase began, with a second series of surveys being conducted and reported from 2014-2017. The USGA will sponsor the profile in conjunction with the EIFG. Read more about the Golf Course Environmental Profile »

Results from the second phase nutrient survey

In 2015, conservation practices account for 90 percent of the reduction in nutrient use on U.S. golf courses. U.S. courses have seen an annual reduction in the usage of the three key nutrients found in fertilizer: nitrogen (33.6 percent), phosphate (53.1 percent), and potassium (42 percent) since 2006. This study displays the benefits of conservation and protection of natural resources within our golf course communities.


Results from the second phase Water Survey

In 2014, U.S. golf course superintendents are using 21.8 percent less water on average and just 1.44 percent of all irrigated water in the U.S. to maintain their courses. The survey results from more than 1900 golf course superintendents. This study shows us that the golf industry has been addressing water issues for an extended period of time and is realizing positive results.


GCEP first phase

Read about the first phase of the Golf Course Environmental Profile »

Get Started

Even small steps can make a very big difference. Find tips to help you get started today, learn about programs that can help set you on the right path, and take a look at the best management practices that have been established for the golf industry.

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GCSAA's environmentally focused seminars, webcasts, tools and research programs are made possible by donor contributions to the EIFG, GCSAA's philanthropic organization. Find out more about how the work EIFG does benefits superintendents and the profession.