Best Management Practices
A guide for environmental sustainability
In the golf world, best management practices (BMPs) for facilities promote golf course sustainability. Performance goals can help get you there.
A cornerstone of sustainability in golf has been the examination of existing BMPs and development of these goals. Based on a high potential impact on operation of your facility and its bottom line, attention to performance goals in four distinct areas can provide a resource for self-evaluation and designing of a continuous improvement plan. These areas are:
- Water conservation
- Water quality protection
- Pollution prevention
- Energy conservation
Within these areas, performance goals are meant to be high-level performance or action-based statements, not technical instructions. Broad-based and encompassing the entire golf facility, the goals include management of turf grass, landscape, environmental resources, buildings, amenities and operations.
The performance goals are not all encompassing, so other issues like wildlife and habitat management, air quality, and noise, to name a few, should be integrated into any facility’s overall environmental plan.
Performance goals focus on continuous improvement and rely on and a “plan, do, check and act” model. Common elements are: establishment of policy, adoption of objectives, written action plans, tracking or monitoring, and reporting practices.