By saving your golf course you help save our world, a lot
More recently golf specific organisations such as The Golf Environment Organisation (www.golfenvironment.org) and others have illustrated tremendous leadership by refining sustainability fundamentals to be more applicable for our sport. Now, through these organisations, golf clubs worldwide can obtain more compatible advice, aim for more meaningful targets and achieve more relevant certification.
Indeed, some of the games most prominent names support our sports drive toward sustainable co-existence with our environment.
The environmental cost of divots has flown beneath the radar but research has revealed that our divots equate not to molehills but to mountains.
I only take a few dozen divots a month so how can that be an environmental concern?
“An average golfer will take 30 divots a round. If you multiply that by 200 rounds a day on a busy course, that adds up to a frightening amount of divots which are hard to keep on top of.” – Course Director Turnberry Golf Club, Host of the Open Championship 1977, 1986, 1994 & 2009
What are the costs of our divots?
Each divot would require at least 100 grams of blended fill, and over its entire regrowth cycle, around 250ml of additional water
What is the local environmental cost?
And the world environment?
What can I do?
In Winter grass roots can not recover from damage. That is why more and more forward thinking clubs institute a local rule mandating the use of portable golf mats in the colder months. Why not encourage your club to consider a turf protector – if you select the Smart Mat the players and greenkeeper may even thank you for it.
Toward sustainable golf
Why not visit the following links to learn more about how our industry is moving in the right direction and constantly striving to achieve ever greater levels of sustainability in golf: