Golf Course Management

SEP 2014

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the country. Information from the surveys helped guide the completion of the California Golf Indus - try Economic and Environment Report. As that state faces an emergency drought situation, water conservation tops California's most pressing issues. According to Tom Addis, PGA executive director/ CEO of the Southern California PGA, tidbits from the GCEP have come in handy as the state deals with the water crisis. "Some of it (GCEP) was extremely helpful," Addis says, "particularly on the educational front as we try to educate local legislators and the public (about) the role of the golf business, not only in the economic world, but also (in) managing the land." GCEP data has aided Matthew Pringle, Ph.D., in his work as manager, research and development, for the USGA. "The USGA is keenly interested in understand - ing the many factors that infuence the use of water, fuel, labor and other resources on the golf course," Pringle says. "Ensuring that those resources are being used most effciently is the goal of several USGA initiatives. The data from the Golf Course Environmental Profle allowed us to quantify and begin to focus on key areas on the golf course for which cost and resource savings may be most easily realized." Although the soon-to-be-launched set of GCEP surveys won't reveal updated data for a while, it is obvious that the inaugural surveys still carry signif - icant importance. In fact, the GCEP came in handy just last month for Bob Nielsen, CGCS. For nearly a decade, he has pursued a pesticide mix/load facility for Bedford Golf & Tennis Club in Bedford, N.Y. Whenever he wants to change the footprint of any building on the property, Nielsen must meet with the town of Bedford's planning board and its zoning board of appeals because the club operates under a special-use permit. In late Au - gust, Nielsen had his latest meeting to try to secure the mix/load facility. "We are under such a watchful eye in the town of Bedford," says Nielsen, who used GCEP informa - tion to formulate a nutrient management plan for a recently completed pond expansion. "The Profle not only helped us with our nutrient management plan during our pond expansion, it also has been useful as we try to secure the mix/load facility. We are able to show our club what other clubs around the country are doing. Thank goodness we have that type of information." Howard Richman (hrichman@gcsaa.org) is GCM 's associate editor.

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