BMP Planning Guide and Template

GCSAA’s BMP Planning Guide and Template is an online resource that provides for the development of golf course best management practices (BMP) programs at the state level. The need for state-level BMP programs and, ultimately, golf facility-written BMP plans for nutrient, drought, and water management and integrated pest management (IPM) is greater than ever. Golf courses, many of which are located in urban environments under the watchful eye of concerned citizens, face heightened scrutiny from the public, media and environmental activist special-interest groups regarding the use of inputs (that is, water, pesticides, etc.) and commonly held misconceptions about golf course management. It is critical that the golf industry demonstrate sustainable methods of land management. GCSAA’s BMP Planning Guide and Template makes it easy for you to follow the key steps in developing a golf course management state BMP program.

Download the BMP Planning Guide and Template

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Superintendents will be able to access their state BMP Manuals once their state BMPs are available. Please download the print version above until then.

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Developing a new and updating an existing BMP program for your state or facility can take time and cost money. Funding assistance is available through the GCSAA BMP Grant Program.

GCM articles

  • "Developing golf course Best Management Practices: 50 states by 2020"
  • "Beyond site-specific best management practices for water conservation: A statewide best management practices plan benefits all water users"
  • "Two case studies: State BMPs for water conservation on golf courses: GCSAA chapters in Arizona and Georgia have worked successfully with their state governments to define BMPs for water conservation on golf course turf"
  • Case studies

    Additional industry BMPs

  • BMPs for Golf Course Water Use
  • Florida
  • Best Management Practices for the Enhancement of Environmental Quality on Florida Golf Courses
  • Georgia
  • Best Management Practices for Turfgrass Water Conservation
  • Michigan
  • Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program
  • New York
  • Best Management Practices for New York State Golf Courses
  • Oregon
  • Oregon Environmental Stewardship Guidelines
  • Pennsylvania
  • Golf Course Water Resources Handbook of BMPs
  • Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Golf Course Green Certification
  • Vermont
  • Vermont Green Links Program
  • Virginia
  • Environmental Best Management Practices for Virginia's Golf Courses