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Wisconsin latest state to publish BMP guidelines for golf courses

by Jan 05, 2021 | Kate Hiebert

Golf course superintendents lead the development of statewide best management practices with grant from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Lawrence, Kan. (Jan. 5, 2021) – The work of the Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Northern Great Lakes Golf Course Superintendents Association has resulted in the publication of “Wisconsin Golf Industry Best Management Practices”.

 

The Wisconsin 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 two GCSAA-affiliated chapters received a $15,000 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.

 

The BMPs provide guidance in 12 key areas including, water management, nutrient management, responsible pesticide management, energy conservation and labor and staffing.

 

Josh LePine, CGCS, superintendent at Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison, Wis., served as chairman of the BMP steering committee.

 

"Sharing knowledge and resources is critical for sustainable operations and environmental stewardship," LePine said. "We developed this guide of best management practices to serve as operating standards for superintendents to strive toward and an educational resource for all stakeholders."

In addition to LePine, others who served on the Wisconsin BMP Steering Committee In collaboration with Radius Sports Group, a sustainability consulting firm, include Michael

Bekken, graduate research assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Brian Bonlender, superintendent at West Bend (Wis.) Country Club; Todd Clendenning, superintendent at Tribute Golf Course in Wausau, Wis.; Brett Grams, chapter manager, Wisconsin GCSA; Paul Koch, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ben LaBarre, superintendent at The Legend Clubs in Hartland, Wis.; Garrett Luck, CGCS, superintendent at Hidden Glen Golf Club in Cedarburg, Wis.; Douglas Soldat, Ph.D., professor and soil Extension specialist, Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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