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Golf Is Good For the Environment

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Have you ever thought about how much golf benefits the environment?

Improving air quality, discouraging pests, providing wildlife habitats and protecting water resources are just some of the reasons why golf is an environmentally sustainable sport.

Golf courses provide green spaces that benefit people as well as wildlife and help to pro-tect the environment in increasingly urbanised areas.

In fact, golf is one of the rare sports that can enhance your quality of life and enrich the ecology of your local landscape at the same time.

The modern golf courses Superintendent is one that is an environmental steward of the golf landscape they oversea. Golf courses are trying to manage the playing areas with the least amount of chemicals and water that they can.

Some landscapes were unusable land such as an old tip or quarry that has now been converted into valuable greenspace for the environment and local community.

The environmental origins of golf can be traced back to the first Scottish courses where natural landforms including coastal bunkers and water features existed in the natural landscapes.

No development was required, maintenance was low and sheep mowed the meadows. These original courses worked with the land and tread lightly on the landscape.

The host of environmental benefits today’s golf courses offer include:

• Providing wildlife habitat,
• Preserving natural areas within urban environments,
• Supporting plants and wildlife native to the area,
• Protecting water resources,
• Capturing and filtering storm water runoff through golf course wetlands and turf-grass,
• Protecting topsoil from water and wind erosion,
• Improving air quality and moderating temperature,
• Discouraging pests (e.g. ticks and mosquitoes), and
• Restoring damaged land areas (e.g. former landfill or mining sites).

Golf courses produce vast amounts of oxygen while cleansing the air of pollution and cooling the atmosphere. The turf growth process takes carbon dioxide from the air and releases oxygen. A landscape of turf, trees and shrubs about 2,000 square feet in size generates enough oxygen for one person for one year. Some studies have shown that certain types of turf can even absorb carbon monoxide. This is especially beneficial near roads where carbon monoxide is most concentrated.

Dense, well-maintained turf also helps reduce the weeds and pollen that aggravate aller-gy sufferers. Closely mowed turf also discourages pests like mosquitoes and ticks which helps reduce the threat of certain diseases.

“Stop and smell the roses”

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. ” 1956 The Walter Hagen Story (Famous pro golfer)

Our daily lives are seemingly getting busier so why not take some time off your desk and play golf. Who cares how you play there is so much benefit for you to spend a half or full day out in nature?

Breath in some fresh air, have a look at the various flora and fauna around the course which is predominantly a nature reserve. See how many different types of trees, flowers and animals you can see.

So next time you head out for a round, you can feel good about all the ways golf helps to protect your environment for future generations.

Story by- Mike Orloff is a US and Australian PGA Member with more than 25 years of industry-wide experience, including 18 years working for two of the biggest international golf manage-ment companies in Australia and the USA – American Golf Corporation and Clubcorp.  Now based on the Gold Coast, Australia, Mike consults on how to grow the game of golf to the industry directly as well as via workshops and conferences in New Zealand, Aus-tralia and South East Asia.
Golf Industry Central was created by Mike in 2008 as a major golf industry portal for the Australasian region – offering news, jobs and operational advice all in one place. www.golfindustrycentral.com.au

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