BMP Planning Guide and Template

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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.

Get started on Facility BMP Manuals

Once your state BMP manual is available through GCSAA’s BMP Planning Guide and Template you can easily create a facility BMP manual for your facility. Access is easy with your GCSAA website member log-in using the link immediately below, then select the facility BMP icon and go. Webinars are available below to assist you with this easy to use tool.

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State BMP Steering Committees get started

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BMP Planning Guide and Template – print version

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Logging In
See how to get started and log in to the online BMP builder.

Create a New Guide
See how to clone and create a new BMP Guide.

Steps Overview
See how to navigate the online tool and what to do in each step.

Categories and Subcategories
See how to add, delete, edit, and rearrange categories and subcategories in your guide.

Basic Edits

Upload an Image
See how to upload and size a new image into your guide.

Adding a Table

Using the Cover-Builder

Publishing your Guide

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.

More BMP references from across the industry:

Alabama

  • BMP for the Continued Enhancement of Environmental Quality of Alabama Golf Courses
  • Alaska

  • Best Management Practices for Alaska Golf Courses
  • Arizona

  • Arizona Golf Industry Best Management Practices Guide
  • Arkansas

  • Best Management Practices for Arkansas Golf Courses
  • California

  • California BMPs
  • Mejores Prácticas de Gestión CGCSA Guía Oficial
  • Colorado

  • Colorado Golf Industry Best Management Practices Guide
  • Connecticut

  • Connecticut Golf Industry Best Management Practices
  • Delaware

  • Best Management Practices for Delaware Golf Courses
  • Florida

  • Best Management Practices for the Enhancement of Environmental Quality on Florida Golf Courses
  • Georgia

  • Best Management Practices for Georgia Golf Courses
  • Best Management Practices for Turfgrass Water Conservation
  • Hawaii

  • Handbook of Hawai’i Golf Maintenance Best Management Practices
  • Idaho

  • Best Management Practices for Idaho Golf Courses
  • Illinois

  • Best Management Practices for Golf in Illinois
  • Indiana

  • Best Management Practices for Indiana Golf Courses
  • Iowa

  • Best Management Practices for Iowa Golf Courses
  • Kansas

  • Kansas Best Management Practices
  • Kentucky

  • Best Management Practices for Kentucky Golf Courses
  • Louisiana

  • Nutrient BMPs for Golf Courses in Louisiana and Mississippi
  • Water Resource Management BMPs for Golf Courses in Louisiana and Mississippi
  • Maine

  • Best Management Practices for Maine Golf Courses
  • Maryland

  • Maryland’s Golf Course Best Management Practices
  • Massachusetts

  • Best Management Practices for Massachusetts Golf Courses
  • Michigan

  • Best Management Practices for Michigan Golf Courses
  • Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program
  • Minnesota

    Mississippi

  • Nutrient BMPs for Golf Courses in Louisiana and Mississippi
  • Water Resource Management BMPs for Golf Courses in Louisiana and Mississippi
  • Missouri

  • Best Management Practices
  • Montana

  • Best Management Practices for Montana Golf Courses
  • Nebraska

  • Best Management Practices for Nebraska Golf Courses
  • Nevada

  • Nevada Golf Industry Best Management Practices Guide
  • New Hampshire

  • Best Management Practices for New Hampshire Golf Courses
  • New Jersey

  • New Jersey Golf Industry Best Management Practices
  • New Mexico

  • Best Management Practices
  • New York

  • Best Management Practices for New York State Golf Courses
  • Best Management Practices for New York State Golf Courses 2nd Edition
  • North Carolina

  • Best Management Practices for Carolinas Golf Courses
  • North Dakota

  • Best Management Practices for North Dakota Golf Courses
  • Ohio

  • Best Management Practices for Ohio Golf Courses
  • Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma Golf Industry Best Management Practices
  • Oregon

  • Oregon Environmental Stewardship Guidelines
  • Pennsylvania

  • Best Management Practices for Pennsylvania Golf Course
  • Rhode Island

  • Green Golf Course Green Certification Plan
  • South Carolina

  • Best Management Practices for Carolinas Golf Courses
  • South Dakota

  • Best Management Practices for South Dakota Golf Courses
  • Tennessee

  • Best Management Practices for Tennessee Golf Courses
  • Texas

  • State document coming soon
  • Utah

  • Best Management Practices for Utah Golf Courses
  • Vermont

  • Best Management Practices for Vermont Golf Courses
  • Vermont Green Links Program
  • Virginia

  • Environmental Best Management Practices for Virginia's Golf Courses
  • Environmental Best Management Practices for Virginia's Golf Courses 2nd Edition
  • Washington

  • Oregon Environmental Stewardship Guidelines
  • West Virginia

  • Best Management Practices for West Virginia Golf Courses
  • Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin Golf Industry Best Management Practices
  • Wyoming

  • Best Management Practices for Wyoming Golf Courses