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.

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BMP Planning Guide and Template – print version

State BMP Steering Committees get started

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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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:


  • Arizona Golf Industry Best Management Practices Guide
  • Colorado

  • Green Industry BMPs for the Conservation and Protection of Water Resources in Colorado
  • Greening Your Golf Course: A Pollution Prevention Guide for Colorado Golf Courses
  • Guidelines for Water Quality Enhancement at Golf Courses through the Use of BMPs
  • Connecticut

  • BMPs for Golf Course Water Use
  • 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
  • Maryland

  • Maryland’s Golf Course Best Management Practices
  • Michigan

  • Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program
  • Minnesota


  • Best Management Practices for Nebraska Golf Courses
  • New York

  • Best Management Practices for New York State Golf Courses
  • Ohio

  • Best Management Practices for Ohio 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