Turf Reduction Grant Opportunity

This message is on behalf of Arizona Alliance for Golf.

Through the efforts of the Governor’s office, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Arizona Alliance for Golf, the state of Arizona has designated funding for qualified courses to use for turf reduction and modernization. These grants are issued through the Arizona Office of Tourism’s Visit Arizona Initiative.

See here for timely information about the grant programs, plus more important details for owners, managers and operators.

Please note, there is no application deadline, but applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Funds are limited.

Webinar Recording: Best Management Practices Workshop

Below is the recording of our Best Management Practices Workshop presented by GCSAA on March 10, 2022.

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are tools commonly used by superintendents to provide quality playing surfaces and improve the economic and environmental health of their golf facilities. The adoption of BMP plans at the facility level helps in the advocacy efforts on behalf of golf with national, state, and local lawmakers, as well as the media. BMPs demonstrate our commitment to professional land management using science-based BMPs including the responsible use of inputs.

EPA reaffirms finding that glyphosate does not cause cancer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reaffirmed its finding that glyphosate, the world’s most popular herbicide, is not a cancer risk to users.

“There’s no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer,” said Alexandra Dunn, an EPA assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. “There’s no risk to public health from the application of glyphosate.”

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Watch March webinars on demand!

NGCOA Arizona Members, you can now view recordings of our recent webinars Longleaf Tee Initiative: Increasing Golfer Enjoyment and Course Playability For All Ages and Skillsets and The New Tax Code: Your Guide to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 in our Members Only section here.

Additional resources related to each webinar are also available.

If you have any questions regarding The New Tax Code, please directly contact Ron Zraick, Director, Petrinovich Pugh & Company LLP, at rzraick@ppandco.com or (408) 200-9024.

If you have any questions regarding the Longleaf Tee Initiative, please contact Peter Kaufmann, Program Coordinator, American Society of Golf Course Architects Foundation, at Peter@asgca.org or (262) 786-5960.

Please note:

In order to access the Members Only section of the website, you will need to be an active NGCOA Arizona member and log in with the email address associated with your NGCOA Arizona membership. If you have issues or need help, please contact NGCOA Arizona Executive Director Marc Connerly at mconnerly@connerlyandassociates.com to check on your membership status.

Westin Kierland Golf Club is our 2017 Arizona Golf Course of the Year!

The National Golf Course Owners Association of Arizona (NGCOA Arizona) is pleased to recognize Westin Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale as the 2017 Arizona Golf Course of the Year.

Exceptionally managed by Troon Golf, the justifications for Westin Kierland’s selection are numerous. From its upper echelon rankings in several national golf publications to its innovation programs and amenities, the 27-hole course was a clear choice for Course of the Year.

Among the many innovations in place are a variety of methods for navigating the terrain. In addition to traditional golf carts, the club offers golf bikes, Segways and GolfBoards to golfers seeking a new way of getting around on the golf course. In 2017, Westin Kierland also introduced the TurfRider, which is part scooter, part motorcycle, and part single rider golf cart.

Westin Kierland’s programs include family-friendly “Friday Night Lights” activities, “Nine and Wine” social events, very active Junior Golf leagues, and the Fore-Max golf fitness program.

“Staying fresh and embracing innovation are key elements in golf’s endeavors to attract new golfers and appeal to broader segments of the population,” stated NGCOA Arizona Executive Director Marc Connerly. “Westin Kierland management should be applauded for their willingness to innovate and test drive nontraditional golf course amenities.”

Additionally, Westin Kierland’s contributions to the community figured in the award decision. Fundraising events hosted at the course in 2017 raised more than $1.2 million for charities, including the Children’s Cancer Network, the Bruce Arians Foundation and Folds of Honor, benefitting military families.

The course has demonstrated exceptional water stewardship practices, converting more than 30 acres of turf to drought-tolerant plants and landscaping, native trees, and 3,000 tons of decomposed granite.

Westin Kierland was recently ranked by Golf Advisor among the Top 10 public courses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, and was ranked the 4th best Scottsdale course by USA Today. The course was also ranked 4th on Golf Digest’s “9 Most Cheerful Courses in America.” Kierland’s Director of Golf, Nancy Dickens, was recently recognized by Golf Inc. with its operator of the year award.

The NGCOA Course of the Year award honors an Arizona golf course, and is based on exceptional quality of the course, exemplary water stewardship practices, exceptional quality of ownership and management, outstanding contribution to the community, and significant contributions to the game.

The National Golf Course Owners Association of Arizona (NGCOA Arizona) represents over 400 golf courses in Arizona, responsible for the employment of more than 41,000 Arizona citizens, with wages in excess of $1.5billion and a statewide economic impact exceeding $3.9 billion.