Seven local golf
course superintendent associations develop second edition of statewide best
management practices with grant from the Golf Course Superintendents
Association of America
Kan. (Feb. 18, 2020) – A collaborative effort by golf course superintendents
from seven affiliated chapters of the Golf Course Superintendents Association
of America (GCSAA) in New York state, Cornell University and the New York
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has resulted in the publication
of “Best Management Practices for New York Golf Courses Second Edition.”
New York was one of the first states to
publish BMPs for golf courses when the First Edition was produced in 2014. The
updated Second Edition was 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 seven GCSAA-affiliated chapters involved
in the effort include Central New York GCSA, Finger Lakes Association of GCS,
Hudson Valley GCSA, Long Island GCSA, Metropolitan GCSA, Northeastern GCSA and
Western New York GCSA.
The Metropolitan GCSA received $17,000
in BMP grants 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 2020.
“We wanted superintendents around the
state to have the ability to easily create BMPs for their own facilities. By
updating our state BMPS using the GCSAA tool, we developed a straight-forward
way for them to utilize that information to create their own facility-specific
BMPs,” said 25-year GCSAA member Ken Benoit, CGCS. Benoit is a retired superintendent
who was chairman of the New York BMP steering committee and currently serves as
executive director of the New York Golf Course Foundation.
The guide is focused on 11
sections: site analysis; planning, design and construction; irrigation; water
quality management and monitoring; nutrient management; cultural Practices; integrated
pest management; pesticide management; pollinator protection; maintenance
operations; and landscape.
The BMPs not
only cover issues superintendents face but have also helped establish dialogues
with government entities in the Empire State.
“Historically, our relationship with the DEC didn’t have much
depth. We hoped that by partnering with them during the BMP process we could
begin to build a meaningful relationship,” Benoit said. “Since the
creation of the BMPs, our relationship with DEC has grown beyond our
expectations. It’s become a real partnership.”
To read “Best Management Practices for New York Golf Courses Second
Edition” and to learn more about GCSAA’s BMP program, visit www.gcsaa.org/bmp.