Mike Davis Program for Advancing Golf Course Management
Opens Apr 21 2023 08:00 AM (EDT)
Deadline Jun 28 2023 11:59 PM (EDT)
Description

2023 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(Note: Download a copy of the complete call for proposals, executive summary template, and summary slide template)

PURPOSE

The USGA Davis Program develops and supports non-biased research for a healthier environment, community, and playing conditions for the game of golf. Research that advances scientific knowledge or provides agronomic, economic, or environmental solutions to golf’s stakeholders will be considered. Projects that demonstrate and quantify the benefits of adopting new technologies at scale also will be considered. Proposals will be prioritized based on the following strategic initiatives and the specific list of research priorities and considerations on pages two and three of the call.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

1. Conserve and Protect Water Resources

Description: Deliver optimal course conditions while protecting and conserving water resources with new strategies and technologies. Specifically, proposed research should:

   a. Quantify water savings and the return on investment from the combination of new technologies, cultivars, and management strategies.

   b. Develop novel management programs and tools to mitigate the stresses of poor-quality irrigation water.

   c. Develop best management practices to protect surface and ground water quality.


2. Optimize Sustainable Golf Course Management and Playing Conditions

Description: Create environmentally sound golf course agronomic programs that enhance golfer experience and protect the environment. Specifically, proposed research should:

   a. Develop technologies and management strategies that improve resource efficiency and mitigate stress. 

   b. Optimize maintenance efficiency by reducing golf course disruption and reliance on resources.

   c. Quantify the ecosystem services and disservices provided by golf courses.


3. Identify and Develop Novel Plant Materials 

Description: Develop novel plant materials for golf courses. Specifically, proposed research should:

   a. Identify and improve low-maintenance plant materials for major climatic regions.

   b. Deliver cultivars that optimize region-specific growing conditions and mitigate stresses for all playing surfaces.

   c. Foster the development of best management practices and technologies for rapid and successful establishment of improved plants.

Mike Davis Program for Advancing Golf Course Management


2023 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(Note: Download a copy of the complete call for proposals, executive summary template, and summary slide template)

PURPOSE

The USGA Davis Program develops and supports non-biased research for a healthier environment, community, and playing conditions for the game of golf. Research that advances scientific knowledge or provides agronomic, economic, or environmental solutions to golf’s stakeholders will be considered. Projects that demonstrate and quantify the benefits of adopting new technologies at scale also will be considered. Proposals will be prioritized based on the following strategic initiatives and the specific list of research priorities and considerations on pages two and three of the call.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

1. Conserve and Protect Water Resources

Description: Deliver optimal course conditions while protecting and conserving water resources with new strategies and technologies. Specifically, proposed research should:

   a. Quantify water savings and the return on investment from the combination of new technologies, cultivars, and management strategies.

   b. Develop novel management programs and tools to mitigate the stresses of poor-quality irrigation water.

   c. Develop best management practices to protect surface and ground water quality.


2. Optimize Sustainable Golf Course Management and Playing Conditions

Description: Create environmentally sound golf course agronomic programs that enhance golfer experience and protect the environment. Specifically, proposed research should:

   a. Develop technologies and management strategies that improve resource efficiency and mitigate stress. 

   b. Optimize maintenance efficiency by reducing golf course disruption and reliance on resources.

   c. Quantify the ecosystem services and disservices provided by golf courses.


3. Identify and Develop Novel Plant Materials 

Description: Develop novel plant materials for golf courses. Specifically, proposed research should:

   a. Identify and improve low-maintenance plant materials for major climatic regions.

   b. Deliver cultivars that optimize region-specific growing conditions and mitigate stresses for all playing surfaces.

   c. Foster the development of best management practices and technologies for rapid and successful establishment of improved plants.

Opens
Apr 21 2023 08:00 AM (EDT)
Deadline
Jun 28 2023 11:59 PM (EDT)