Golf industry groups, including the USGA and PGA Tour, collaborate to proactively demonstrate environmental stewardship
Lawrence, Kan. (Feb. 14, 2017) — A comprehensive national planning guide and template for best management practices (BMPs) in golf course management that states can easily adapt to their needs is now available online through the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The BMP program is funded through the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of GCSAA.
The BMP Planning Guide and Template is a big step toward the initiative to have golf courses in all 50 states adopt science-based agronomic practices that support proactive environmental stewardship of the land. The template, covering key areas such as nutrient use, drought and water management, integrated pest management and others, is available at www.gcsaa.org/bmp.
“It is vital to the long-term success of this profession that we proactively work with legislators, regulators and consumers to build full trust for superintendents and the work they do to provide quality playing surfaces while protecting the environment,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO.
The planning guide is funded and supported by the U.S. Golf Association (USGA), which began funding turfgrass research in 1920. The USGA has also invested generally to ensure sustainability for the game.
“We are committed to doing all we can to help bring best management practices into play across every state and at every golf course,” said Mike Davis, executive director and CEO of the USGA.
GCSAA-affiliated chapters in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Virginia already provide successful examples of the value of adopting BMPs. And nine more affiliated chapters from other states have been awarded grants to get started, through funding from the PGA Tour.
One of those chapters is the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents, whose effort is being spearheaded by Pete Gorman, the golf course superintendent at Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club in Branford, Conn., and the secretary-treasurer of the Connecticut association.
“We want Connecticut to be at the forefront of the BMP project,” said Gorman, whose state includes 179 golf courses. “We want to be a resource for other states and other industries going forward. GCSAA is taking the lead in helping all of us be leaders in best management practices, such as water conservation and all environmental topics. It’s a commitment to our profession.”
The BMP Planning Guide and Template was initiated by GCSAA leaders working with professional turfgrass and horticultural scientists at the University of Florida and further vetted through a task group consisting of superintendents, university scientists, environmental professionals, golf course architects and other industry representatives.
About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.