How Golf Courses Manage Environmental Impacts

How Golf Courses Manage Environmental Impacts

Golf is tagged as a recreational sport for men and women because of its relaxing sceneries and location. Most golf courses are strategically located away from the city to maintain its environment-friendly look. However, not all golf courses are equally built well for our environment.

According to National Golf Foundation (NGF), there are approximately 15,500 golf courses (public and private) in the U.S., and more are being built every year.

Unfortunately, building these courses may have a negative effect in the environment due to the following situations:

  • Owner might need to cut off trees
  • Irresponsible use of fertilizer and harmful pesticides for a reliable sludge removal system
  • Illegal construction and poor implementation of design

Ideally, this sport brings emotional and physical benefits to enthusiasts and owners, but could entail danger to our environment as well.

So, to prevent these from happening, below are few of the best environmental practices that should be acquired by golf owners.

Conduct a site assessment.

Aside from feasibility studies, it is imperative for the owner to evaluate and plan the site—responsibly and accordingly.

You need to conduct a site assessment to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the place. A great and reliable assessment could help you be responsible for the land, water, and any natural resources, which course is located.

Your assessment must cover this critical information: A conventional guide or map that highlights wildlife habitats, water, and zones to use for planning and course implementation.

This assessment will also help you determine what kind of construction approach you will use. Each way of building a golf course is different. Therefore, the requirements vary and need strict compliance.

It requires earth movements and vegetation removal or unfortunately, you might need to cut down some trees for aesthetic purposes. Moreover, the course must have an efficient water usage for irrigation, drainage, and retention systems.

The person who will conduct the assessment must have clear vision for the areas that will not be used, as these may need to use natural vegetation.

On the other hand, the areas that will be mostly used must plant turf grasses, which are adapted to the local government. Once the site assessment has been done and approved by the site manager or golf architects, pick the right schedule for building the course to anticipate any changes in the future.

Choose an environment-friendly chemical solution.

Obviously, the leading concern of any nature-related business is the chemical solution used in maintaining and preventing the course from algae, distinct odor, and many more.

Irresponsible use of fertilizer or solutions for your sludge removal system could cause harm such as contamination of drinking, ground, or surface water that would eventually lead to poisoning of wildlife and human populations.

In fact, the problems with fertilizer can produce algae blooms and fish kills. However, you can use eco-friendly algae removal products for your golf course.

By this, as an owner, you have to responsible by setting realistic goals and assign responsibilities to staff. Educate and train them to the proper use of fertilizers, chemical solutions, etc. Inform them that irresponsible handling of these chemical solutions can result in health problems such as cancer, rashes, and asthma.

Implement strict golfer rules and regulations.

Clearly, the one who owns the course and the golfer play a great impact on the course. As an owner, you must implement golfer rules to maintain the beauty and safety of the place.

According to the city of Bloomington, golfer involvement plays a huge role in increasing the environmental-friendliness of the course since they need it to be fine, especially during the PGA tour.

The golfers must be responsible at all times, as it will affect the quality of their game.

Over to you.

Keeping the golf course environment-friendly is attainable. All you have to do is maintain the abovementioned environment practices and strictly adhere to it.

Nobody wants to feel our mother nature’s wrath, so let’s keep her happy by obliging yourself with the best environmental practices in golf.

Written by Jim Cassells

Jim Cassells

I have spent the majority of my career in sales and sales management positions with large Fortune 500 firms like General Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Playtex and Lenox China. About 12 years ago I became involved with the golf industry and started my own repping firm, “Leading Edge Marketing & Sales” in SE FL. After 2 years, my largest supplier offered me a position as their Director of Business Development. Two years after that I declined a move to California (their HQ) and went to work as an Area Sales Manager for General Electric retiring after a 10 year career.

Returning to the Golf Industry is a logical step for me as I love golf and the beauty and quiet the courses offer. Similar to the products I was selling during my years being involved with Eagle One, Natural Golf Solutions is an environmentally oriented company that can bring water management back to the Superintendent…and be cost effective at the same time. Do you have a lake and want to know if Live Liquid Micro-Organisms are right for you? Contact me here. Let’s make some history together!

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