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 »