Reduced Risk Golf Course Management 2008 Report
Project Leaders: J. Grant, NYS IPM; F. Rossi, Dept. of Horticulture Cornell University
Cooperators: A. Wilson, K. Wegman, C. Currier , D. Catalano, Bethpage State Park
Abstract: 2008 was the eighth year of a study assessing the feasibility and performance of golf course putting green turf comparing traditional management techniques with an IPM approach utilizing population-based pest management and to a system that utilizes biologically-based controls and reduced risk chemistry.
The work, originally funded by the USGA, was initiated on the Green Course at the Bethpage State Park, Long Island, New York in 2001. Funding for 2005-2007 was provided by NE IPM (USDA), and current funding is provided by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). The Green Course is one of five public courses at the Park and accommodates approximately 50,000 rounds of golf annually. The greens are made of push-up native soil and have been heavily sand top-dressed for the last eleven years, and are typical of a high-use public course in a northern metropolitan community. A more detailed discussion of methodology and results from 2001 through 2003 can be found at USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Online, and the 2004-2006 reports at Results of IPM Projects page. A research paper, published in the International Turfgrass Society Research Journal, 2009, is also available on request.
In addition, we have begun to explore reduced risk and IPM management of tees, fairways and roughs. We are also actively spreading successful practices to the Blue and Yellow courses at Bethpage State Park, and have drafted a manual on these practices—to be published in 2009.