A collaborative document for best management practices is recognized as an effective leadership tool by golf courses and state agencies.

The Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association (FGCSA) has earned the 2015 Excellence in Government Relations Award from the national association for its statewide collaboration with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to establish best management practices for golf courses.

This award lauded the completion and long-term use of the publication titled Best Management Practices for Enhancement of Environmental Quality on Florida Golf Courses, which was first published in 2007 and has been adopted by nearly 300 of the state’s more than 1,000 golf courses.

“This is a nice recognition for all the advocacy efforts on behalf of Florida golf course superintendents. What we have done can be a good foundation for a lot of other associations,” said Bill Davidson, CGCS, president of the FGCSA.

The goal was to agree on attainable management practices to keep golf a profitable business in Florida while protecting state water and natural resources, according to the Clean Water Act and other state and local ordinances.

The document has become an aid for all state regulatory agencies, including the Florida DEP, the Florida Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Community Affairs.

“The golf management industry as a whole is working toward statewide and regional best management practices so that we demonstrate environmental stewardship in all that we do,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. “Florida is clearly a leader in this regard, and we applaud their efforts.”