Wisconsin, located in the heart of the Midwest, is known for its agriculture, education, sense of community, sports and vast outdoors. Golf plays a special role within the State, as the industry generates $2.4 billion in total economic output, produces 38,431 jobs, and contributes $772 million in wage income. (Economic Impact by State. 2008. WE ARE GOLF.) Wisconsin is home to approximately 500 golf facilities ranging from municipal to top-ranked courses, including Whistling Straits, Erin Hills, Milwaukee Country Club, Sand Valley, and Blackwolf Run. The state draws major championships including the Ryder Cup, US Open, PGA Championship, and many other professional events. The Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association (WGCSA) and Northern Great Lakes (NGL) chapter of the GCSA are comprised of dedicated agronomists, golf maintenance professionals, industry partners, and educators who are responsible for the maintenance and sustainability of these golf courses throughout the state. The NGL represents members in the Northwoods area of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.
The WGCSA, founded in 1930, and the NGL are dedicated to a quality golfing experience and committed to preserving natural resources through using science-based practices. We also share strong midwestern values and a commitment to our families and communities. Sharing knowledge and resources is critical for sustainable operations and environmental stewardship. We developed this guide of best management practices (BMPs) to serve as operating standards for superintendents to strive toward and an educational resource for all stakeholders. This guide was developed in collaboration with Radius Sports Group, a sustainability consulting firm, and has been reviewed by leaders in golf course management, construction, regulatory, and academic fields.
The document details 12 sections ranging from community engagement to irrigation to integrated pest management and water quality protection, to name a few. Each section contains BMPs and regulatory considerations, as well as local resources for additional information.
On behalf of the Wisconsin Golf Industry BMP steering committee, our WGCSA and NGL members, and allied partners, we hope that this BMP guide conveys the dedication and care that each Wisconsin superintendent has for the environment, our communities, and the game of golf.
To see the complete guide or any of the various chapters please go to www.wisconsingolfbmp.org