The IPM Council of Canada | Glyphosate Use on Golf Courses
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Glyphosate Use on Golf Courses

Glyphosate Use on Golf Courses

The MOECC has clarified the acceptable uses of glyphosate on golf courses as follows:

Glyphosate is allowed for use on golf course playing surfaces and this would include spot treating weeds in roughs. The Class 9 pesticide glyphosate is allowed for use on the following areas of golf playing surfaces:

Renovating Turf – It is permissible to use glyphosate to establish new turf areas or create other playing surfaces (e.g. bunkers) as long as the turf is for a playing surface.

Around Bunkers – Since a bunker is a playing surface it is permissible to use glyphosate to manage vegetation.

Around Trees – Glyphosate can be used to manage vegetation around trees that are located in an in-play area.  

Cart Paths – Glyphosate can be used to manage vegetation on cart paths since, according to the rules of golf, a ball is allowed to be played on the cart path and therefore it is considered a playing  surface.  

Glyphosate, or other Class 9 pesticides, cannot be used in other areas such as lawns, trees, shrubs, ornamental plantings, gardens and patios associated with the golf facility. Pesticides must be used according to product label directions and conditions under the golf course exception.