Hawai’i GCSA releases best management practices handbook

Hawai’i GCSA releases best management practices handbook

Handbook promotes healthy green spaces for optimal performance, environmental sustainability within Hawai’i golf industry.


The Hawai’i Golf Course Superintendents Association released a handbook of Hawai’i golf maintenance best management practices. The handbook promotes environmental stewardship, golf course playability and overall health of the Hawai’i golf and tourism industries.

The BMPs provide guidance for Hawai’i golf course maintenance professionals covering 12 key areas including archaeological awareness, wildlife protection, surface water management and water quality, nutrient use, integrated pest management, energy and others.

“We’re proud to release the handbook,” said Scott Main, Nanea Golf Club superintendent, HGCSA president and BMP steering committee co-chair. “The HGCSA encourages its 125 members to perform at the highest standards with ongoing care and respect for the environment.”

The HGCSA is the first state chapter to integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) throughout its handbook. The SDGs, or Global Goals, are a universal call-to-action to end poverty, protect the planet and promote peace and prosperity.

“Our goal is to provide healthy green spaces, honoring the land, tradition and people of Hawai’i,” said Gina Rizzi, president of sustainability consulting firm Radius Sports Group and HGCSA steering committee. “Integrating the Sustainable Hawai’i Initiative and SDGs demonstrates how Hawai’i’s golf maintenance practices align to local and global goals.”

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America provided state chapters with a national BMP template and grant through the Environmental Institute for Golf to help develop guidelines specific to each state by 2020. Comprised of superintendents, experts from the University of Hawai’i, and sustainability field, the HGCSA BMP steering committee authored the book. Radius helped develop the guide and conduct a stakeholder review with industry leaders and officials from the Hawai’i Departments of Health and Agriculture.

“Golf maintenance is a critical function,” Main said. “Our efforts can help conserve resources and enhance community relations, plus support jobs, golf rounds and occupancy levels to drive local economic impact. We appreciate GCSAA, USGA and the PGA Tour, in addition to our local and national affiliate partners who have supported the handbook.”

The HGCSA is focused on golf course maintenance within the state of Hawai’i. Its 125 professional members include superintendents, agronomists, assistant superintendents, mechanics, and other golf maintenance roles throughout Hawai’i.