AGA-BC Publishes Best Practices Manual for BC Golf Operations Amidst COVID-19

For Release April 20, 2020, updated April 29, 2020

On March 26, 2020, the BC Government issued the following:

“The Provincial Health Officer has ordered some types of businesses to close. Any business or service that has not been ordered to close and is also not identified on the essential service list may stay open if they can adapt their services and workplace to the orders and recommendations of the PHO.”

With over 300 golf courses in all areas of the province, it is critical that all golf operations in British Columbia immediately align with COVID-19 orders, direction and safety protocols mandated by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and regional health authorities.

Where governments have not mandated the temporary closure of golf courses, such as in BC, golf operators choosing to open must take every health and safety precaution for their team members and customers.

The Allied Golf Association of BC (AGA-BC) advocates the essential need for golf course property maintenance during any interruption to play and supports the following statement from ‘We Are Golf’, the National Allied Golf Associations:

“We Are Golf is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our members, golfers, staff, volunteers and industry stakeholders as well as every Canadian in the communities where we live, work and play.”

Key statement from AGA – BC:
“Golf is good for our health, our environment, and the economy of British Columbia.”

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it is imperative that all BC golf courses implement the COVID-19 physical distancing, disinfection and other procedures outlined in the following best management practices document.

Please note this is not a legal document. It will be updated as new information becomes available; however, every golf operator must follow all PHO orders. Please register for our AGA-BC e-newsletter at the bottom of this page to receive updated versions direct to your inbox.

The Allied Golf Association of British Columbia (AGA-BC) is a member of the National Allied Golf Association and unifies five provincial golf industry sector organizations (British Columbia Golf, British Columbia Golf Marketing Alliance, British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association, Canadian Society of Club Managers – BC, Western Canada Turf Grass Association) to provide one cohesive voice for the golf industry of British Columbia.

At Last, IPM Manual For Turf Ready To Go!

Allied Golf Association of British Columbia

Release – January 27, 2020

A major rewrite to the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Manual for Turfgrass Managers, originally a resource produced in partnership between the Western Canada Turfgrass Association and the BC Ministry of Agriculture in the early 2000’s and last updated in 2009, is complete.

Funded by a $35,000 grant from the BC Ministry of Environment, work began in the fall of 2016 after an RFP for the rewrite was circulated in October 2015.  CropHealth Advising and Research, Mario Lanthier Principal, was awarded the contract to produce this free, online resource, the creation of which is being steered by the BC Allied Golf Association’s ‘Environmental Advocacy Committee’.

The manual has taken much longer to produce than anticipated.  AGA-BC President Trevor Smith stated, “A lot more work went into this resource than was expected, for example, 39 site visits took place late in 2016 to gather information and take photos.  That was 19 more than we asked for.”  Smith added, “The author was given plenty of latitude to produce the best IPM resource for turf management in existence and it certainly will be worth the wait.”

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