2020 News Releases

Connecticut latest state to publish BMP guidelines for golf course

by Nov 17, 2020 | Kate Hiebert

The Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents leads the development of statewide best management practices with grant from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Lawrence, Kan. (Nov. 17, 2020) – The work of the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents has resulted in the publication of “Connecticut Golf Industry Best Management Practices”.

The Connecticut BMPs were developed in part by using the BMP Planning Guide and Template created by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and funded and supported by the USGA.

The BMPs provide guidance for Connecticut golf course maintenance professionals in 12 key areas including maintenance operations, water quality monitoring and management, nutrient management and pollinator protection and wildlife habitat.

“Members of the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents hold strong family values and are deeply rooted within their communities,” said Paul Bonini, CGCS, superintendent at Watertown (Conn.) Golf Club and CAGCS president. “One way the CAGCS is working to demonstrate its dedication to communities, the public, golfers, and the environment is through developing this BMP Guide.”

The CAGCS received a $10,000 BMP grant that GCSAA funded through the association’s Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) in part by the PGA Tour. The BMP grant program provides funding through the EIFG to chapters for developing new guides, updating existing guides or for verification programs. GCSAA’s goal is to have all 50 states offer established BMPs by the end of 2020.

The Connecticut BMP effort was also supported by the Connecticut State Golf Association.

The Connecticut BMP Steering Committee included Robert Dorsch, CGCS, superintendent at Richter Park Golf Course in Danbury, Conn.; Gina Rizzi, president of Radius Sports Group; Andy Fries, CGCS, superintendent at H.B. Brownson Country Club in Shelton, Conn.; Scott E. Niven, CGCS, property manager at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn.; Jim Pavonetti, CGCS, superintendent at Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, Conn.; and Doug Snyder, CGCS, director of golf course properties at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull, Conn, and Bonini. The committee worked in collaboration with Radius Sports Group, a sustainability consulting firm.

To read “Connecticut Golf Industry Best Management Practices” and to learn more about GCSAA’s BMP program, visit www.gcsaa.org/bmp.