The series of surveys launched in 2006 provide essential data to the golf industry for evaluation and best practices

Lawrence, Kan. – The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) will seek from superintendents much-needed data regarding nutrient and pest management practices to support the profession and industry in the ongoing efforts to maintain the resources needed to management of golf courses.

To collect the data, an in-depth questionnaire was sent electronically to the superintendents of approximately 14,000 establishments. The Nutrient and Pest Management Study is part of the third phase of the GCSAA Golf Course Environmental Profile Survey Program, which consists of three surveys funded by the GCSAA Foundation. The Nutrient and Pest Management Study will be open until May 15.

Since 2006, the data collected has enabled GCSAA to help its members succeed and support the golf industry. GCSAA needs representation from across the United States among members, nonmembers, and all types of facilities. Superintendents should look for an email from the National Golf Foundation, which is conducting the investigation on behalf of the GCSAA, or find access on the GCSAA website. The Golf Course Environmental Profile Survey Program will be administered by Mark Johnson, Associate Director of Environmental Programs for GCSAA. The information will be independently analyzed by J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D. and Travis Shaddox, Ph.D. All superintendents must participate, and those who complete the surveys will receive 0.50 service points and be entered into raffles for prices.

“The data collected through the survey provides the type of information that demonstrates golf’s commitment to sustainable management practices and environmental stewardship,” said GCSAA President Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, superintendent of La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif.

The results of the nutrient use and pest management survey will be announced in 2022 and compared to the figures from the first phase in 2006 and the second phase in 2014.

This is the second of three surveys in the third phase. The Water Use and Conservation Practices Study was conducted in the fall of 2021, and the Property Profile and Environmental Stewardship Study will be conducted later this year. The results of the three studies will be disseminated and published four to six months after the conclusion of each investigation. All topics will closely mirror the first two phases.

For more information on the Environmental Profile of Golf Courses, visit www.gcsaa.org/GCEP.


The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a premier golf organization in the United States. It focuses on golf course management, and since 1926 the GCSAA has been the premier professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and around the world. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas, the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 19,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and improve communities through the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our industry leading magazine at GCMonline.com.

The GCSAA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to secure funding and support to strengthen advocacy, education and research that advances the work of golf course management professionals. Visit the Foundation at www.gcsaa.org/foundation.

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