Third Edition – 2020

Environmental Stewardship Guidelines: Best Management Practices for

Oregon State Guidelines

Washington State Guidelines


The Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association (OGCSA), partnered with the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association (WWGCSA) and Inland Empire Golf Course Superintendents Association (IEGCSA), are proud to put forth the 3rd Edition of the Environmental Stewardship Guidelines and corresponding Best Management Practices (BMP) Planning Guide and Template on the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) website.  The well-respected Environmental Stewardship Guidelines were created in 2000, updated in 2009, and again with this recent revision. These documents demonstrate the turfgrass industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability through water conservation, water quality protection, pollution prevention, energy conservation, and pollinator protection. The goal of continuous improvement is evident in the revisions.

With public perception and the ever-changing regulatory environment of today’s world, golf course superintendents are at the forefront of sustainable land management. Because maintaining an environmentally sustainable property differs from region to region, the digital platform of the BMP template provides turf managers the ability to edit and generate a site-specific plan for their facility.   This plan is a valuable tool for superintendents and represents the benefits a golf course can provide a local environment.

Through the vision of Dr. Michael Hindahl and the first Environmental Committee over 20 years ago, our region has proven its commitment to environmental stewardship.  Thank you to all who have been a part of the creation of these documents and again shown how the turf industry is a champion for the environment in which we labor.          

Shane Hadwick, President OGCSA

In addition to Hadwick, members of the state BMP Steering Committees include Sean Reehoorn, superintendent at Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish, Wash.; Ryan Semritc, superintendent at Willows Run Golf Club in Redmond, Wash.; Jason Otto, sales representative, Wilbur-Ellis Co. in Auburn, Wash.; Michael Bednar, superintendent at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash.; Chip Caswell, superintendent at Santa Maria Golf and Country Club in Brewster, Wash.; Jesse Goodling, superintendent at Heron Lakes Golf Course in Portland, Ore.;  Tod Blankenship, CGCS, T Blankenship, LLC in Wilsonville, Ore.; Chuck Wolsborn, superintendent at Gresham (Ore.) Golf Club; Brian Koffler, superintendent at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Ore.; David Phipps, GCSAA northwest regional field staff representative; Eric Langford, assistant superintendent at Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort; Eric Johnson, director of agronomy at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash.; Scott Phelps, CGCS, senior manager parks/golf division for the City of Ft. Collins (Colo.); Sean McDonough, director of agronomy at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle, Wash.; Jennifer Camp, superintendent for City of Liberty Lake (Wash.); Rory Allison, superintendent at RiverRidge Golf Complex in Eugene, Ore.; Russ Vandehey, CGCS, superintendent at The Oregon Golf Club in Oregon City, Ore.; Kathy Hauff, superintendent at Eastmoreland Golf Course in Portland, Ore.; and Gabe Hughes, superintendent at Turfstar Western in Tigard, Ore. Tom Calabrese and Envirologic Resources Inc. assembled the document.