Honeybees and Golf September 2022

Honeybees and Golf: An evaluation of their relationship 3 Foundation (NYGCF) developed a honeybee evaluation project. The program is not a scientific study but rather an investigation and evaluation, designed to help begin to shed some light on the influence golf courses may have on honeybees, with the hope of starting to determine if there are any indicators which suggests golf’s true impact on honeybees, good or bad. Best Management Practices for Pollinators Part of a bigger picture Aimed at helping golf course superintendents make critical management decisions to protect water quality, the New York golf course superintendents and Cornell scientists have created a science-based set of codified standards referred to as Best Management Practices (BMPs) (figure 3). Contained within the BMPs is a subset of Pollinator BMPs, designed to give superintendents science-based information which they can use to manage their facility in a manner that protects pollinators. Research indicates that some pesticides can be harmful to pollinators and can have negative effects at the sub-individual level, individual level, or even the colony level. Because of the potential for non-target effects of products used in golf course management, superintendents need to be mindful of the impact that pesticides have on pollinators species and their habitat. Adhering to Pollinator BMPs is a critical step in helping protect pollinators. Figure 3. Best Management Practices for NY include a pollinator protection section. Figure 2. An established wildflower area located on on a New York golf course.