Golf Course Management

JAN 2017

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01.17 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 131 Conservation organizations can provide expertise on grant writing, the regulatory pro - cess (permitting), monitoring assistance, com- munity outreach and educational outreach assistance. Some superintendents may worry about inviting environmental or other groups to participate, but this has not proved to be a problem in Florida BMP development, and has usually been helpful. Those who are genu - inely concerned appreciate the openness and, if knowledgeable, contribute. Otherwise, they lose interest after they see the industry is genu - inely working to solve a problem (11). The Florida Golf Course BMP program, for example, brings together a variety of state agencies, a land-grant university (UF/IFAS) and many industry groups. Over the years, the formerly tense atmosphere between regu - lated and regulator has given way to teamwork focused on joint problem-solving. This joint problem-solving ideal led to the high level of trust and cooperation that has been prevalent since the onset of the Florida Golf Course BMP development process that was initiated in 1999 and resulted in the published BMP manual in 2007. A training and certification program was subsequently developed and launched in 2012. Putting t e committee to work The first action of the steering committee is to select a chairperson or co-chairs. The com - mittee chairperson(s) should be highly moti- vated and exceptionally well organized. Given the potential for controversy, a chairperson(s) with a proven record of diplomacy would also be beneficial. Although the GCSAA BMP Planning Guide & Template should greatly reduce the costs associated with developing a BMP man - ual, some added costs may be incurred if, for example, the steering committee decides to hire an individual(s) to incorporate the state- specific regulatory requirements into the BMP program. Additional funds may also be re - quired depending on the design of the final product and final product distribution. There - fore, the second action item of the steering committee is related to identifying funding sources to develop the BMP manual. GCSAA offers grants to chapters, which can be useful for developing state BMP pro - grams. GCSAA's BMP grant program provides funding opportunities for chapters, universi - ties and other state golf-centric organizations with chapter support. Eligible projects include the development of new or the upgrade or en - hancement of existing state or regional BMP programs and manuals. Contact GCSAA field staff or headquarters for more information. Other funding sources for BMP program development include state turfgrass organiza - tions, state golf allied associations and state More and more golf courses are converting maintained turfgrass to naturalized areas that provide habitat for native pollinators. Some courses, such as Westmoor CC in Brookfield, Wis., have even added beehives. Photo by Bryan Bergner

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