Golf Course Management

APR 2014

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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86 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.14 Class is in session GCSAAÕs advocacy efforts in Washington and in areas such as the Chesapeake Bay region get a boost from the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG). Editor's note: This is the frst of a regular series of stories on GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf, and how the organization supports the golf course superintendent and the golf course management industry. For more, look for a new quarterly newsletter from the EIFG, debuting soon. GCSAA will once again have a seat at the table at National Golf Day this May in Washing- ton D.C., as GCSAA members will show lawmakers and regulators how the golf industry is a valuable asset to the economy and a careful steward of the land. With education and advocacy support from the Environmental Institute for Golf, the golf industry has unifed in several states to work with policy makers on government regulations. "It's all about education," says Dean Graves, CGCS, golf course manager at the Chevy Chase (Md.) Club. "Decision makers don't know what we do, and it's naive of superintendents to think that they do. I don't know how to be lawyer or a banker, so why should I expect them to know how to manage a golf course? It's up to us to educate policy makers about how we manage our golf facilities in an environmentally sound way for a clientele with high demands." When the EPA gave the six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed a directive to create wa - By Bill Newton (EIFG) Photo by Lone Wolf Photos/ Most of the research that goes into BMPs comes from research at universities that is funded by the EIFG. 086-087_April14_eifg.indd 86 3/18/14 2:52 PM

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