Entry Categories, Judging and Presentation Dates

1: Small Site (commercial or primary work site with a budget under $100,000)

2: Residential Landscape (single residence or estate owner)

3: Public Works Site (includes parkways, greenways, and intersections)

4: Shopping Area

5: Hospital or Institution

6: Government Building or Complex

7: Cemetery or Memorial Park

8: Industrial, Commercial Site, or Office Park

9: Park, Recreation Area, or Playground

10: Multiple Sites under Management Company

11: Condominium or Apartment Complex

12: Hotel, Motel, or Resort

13: Amusement Park, Theme Park, or Zoo

14:   A) Athletic Fields – baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer (high school, collegiate, semi-pro)

B) Professional Fields – baseball, football, soccer, tennis

C) Golf Course

15:   A) School Grounds (kindergarten – high school, technical school, community colleges)

B) University and College Grounds

C) Urban University Grounds


A distinguished panel of judges, selected by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS®) will determine the award winners. All decisions of the judges are final.

Grand – Highest in category with a minimum overall score of 85 points
Honor – 70-84 points
Merit – 55-69 points

Category percentages for judging are as follows:

  • Golf Course: 60 (turf) 10 (landscape) 8 (safety) 8 (challenges) 4 (budget) 10 (sustainable practices)
  • Sports Turf: 40 (turf) 15 (landscape) 12 (safety) 12 (challenges) 6 (budget) 15 (sustainable practices)
  • All other categories: 20 (turf) 20 (landscape) 15 (safety) 15 (challenges) 10 (budget) 20 (sustainable practices)

Any rejected applicants will be given a second chance to re-submit the awards package the next year at a discounted rate of $100. The awards committee will write up extensive notes on how a rejected applicant can improve the submission for the next year.


Awards will be presented during the 46th Annual Green Star Awards® Banquet taking place as part of the 2019 School of Grounds Management (SGM®) & GIE+EXPO being held in Louisville, Ky. from October 15-18. The Awards Banquet is Thursday, October 17, 2019.