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Sustaining the Game:
PAGCS Members Join GAP in Leading the Way
by Kristen Liebsch
On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, numerous PAGCS members and other leaders representing the golf industry in the Philadelphia Region gathered at Merion Golf Club for the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 2015 Environmental Seminar. With a simultaneous focus on sustainability and playability, the seminar featured a dynamic line up of speakers who each addressed various facets of the challenges facing the golf industry right now, in the decade to come, and beyond.
Among the day’s presenters were two PAGCS members, Dan Meersman and Matt Shaffer. Dan’s facility and its recent conversion to Zoysia Grass at the St. Martins Course provided a perfect opportunity to examine everything from lowering operating costs (less mowing, less water, fewer weeds) to increased player satisfaction (members enjoy the dormant lie; rounds have increased from 1,500 in 2012 to 7,500 in 2015).
“Maximizing Playability While ‘Minimalizing’ Inputs” is a hefty agenda topic. But PAGCS Board Member Matt Shaffer, Head of All Things Golf and Green at Merion, is no stranger to carrying a huge load on his shoulders. Calling it “Seasonal Golf,” Merion and Matt recently initiated what could be called a paradigm shift in how they think about golf and their golf course. From right grasses to rolling and rotatilling, it is a bit like three R’s for the environment but so much more.
To contact PAGCS Government and Environment Relations Chairman
Matt Shaffer, please click here
A few weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Golf Task Force finished the economic impact study for golf in Pennsylvania. The report was commissioned by GOLF 20/20 for the Golf Alliance of Pennsylvania
and was prepared by SRI International. SRI estimates that Pennsylvania's $2.3 billion golf industry generated a total economic impact of $4.8 billion in 2014, supporting nearly 56,000 jobs with wage income of $1.4 billion.
The GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador program continues to grow. The fall class was officially appointed November 1st, 2015, and includes PAGCS Government and Environment Relations Chairman Matt Shaffer. With the appointment of the Fall class the State of Idaho has all of its Ambassador positions full. The winter class is in the process of being If you are interested in being part of the Ambassador program, you can sign up here.
Jan. 2016: Obama vetoes GOP attempt to block water rule
On Friday, October 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has stayed the implementation of the EPA and Army Corps’ of Engineers Clean Water Rule (otherwise known as “WOTUS”). The effect of the decision is to put the rule on hold nationwide.
National survey shows golf courses using nearly 22 percent less water than eight years ago
Survey conducted by Golf Course Superintendents Association of America also shows increased water conservation practices at U.S. courses
Lawrence, Kan. (Dec. 1, 2015) - Golf course superintendents used 21.8 percent less water overall and just 1.44 percent of all irrigated water in the U.S. to maintain their courses in 2013, compared with usage in 2005, according to recently released survey data. The survey was conducted by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and funded by the United State Golf Association (USGA) through GCSAA’s Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG).
The survey results from nearly 2,000 golf course superintendents were collected and independently analyzed by scientists at PACE Turf and the National Golf Foundation (NGF), which published the findings for peer review before making the information public. Click here to read more.