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Is Paraquat Used on Golf Courses?

For decades, the toxic herbicide Paraquat was used to kill weeds on golf courses in the United States. Today, however, paraquat is banned on golf courses because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a “restricted use” chemical that must be handled by licensed applicators.
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How Was Paraquat Used on Golf Courses?

In years past, golf course maintenance workers used to routinely spray paraquat and other similar herbicides on the course to kill weeds. The use of herbicides was considered an important aspect of maintaining golf courses. However, the use of paraquat on golf courses is currently banned, and the herbicide is classified as a “restricted use” chemical, which means that it is not available to the general public and can only be used by certified or licensed applicators.

But before the ban on paraquat on golf courses went into effect, decades passed while unsuspecting landscape maintenance workers, golfers, and caddies were repeatedly exposed to certain amounts of paraquat.

In 2021, the U.S. EPA announced new restrictions for paraquat, including, “To prevent severe injury and/or death from paraquat ingestion, all paraquat products must never be used around home gardens, schools, recreational parks, golf courses, or playgrounds.”

Are Golf Courses Sprayed With Pesticides?

Yes. Pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are all used to maintain the cosmetic appeal of the golf course. In these areas, natural grass variants are rarely the most visually appealing, and often these chemicals are applied preventively rather than in response to overgrown weeds. Not only does this result in excess chemical application, but it can also encourage pest and weed tolerance, thereby necessitating greater chemical use.

Is Roundup Used on Golf Courses?

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, is currently legal for use on golf course playing surfaces. The Class 9 pesticide glyphosate is allowed for use on the following areas of golf courses:

  • Renovating Turf – It is legal to use Roundup 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 considered a playing surface, it is legal to use glyphosate to manage vegetation.
  • Around Trees – Glyphosate can also 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.

What is the Green Stuff They Spray on Golf Courses?

Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide used extensively in the agricultural industry, as well as on golf courses, greenhouses, and as mosquito adulticide. According to the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), chlorpyrifos can be harmful if it is touched, inhaled, or eaten. The U.S. EPA’s own experts have linked chlorpyrifos to a wide range of severe, potentially life-threatening health problems in children and adults.

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Paraquat is a dangerous herbicide that’s available under several brands and manufactured by many corporations in the US.

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