GOLF & THE ENVIRONMENT
For years, the golf industry has been dedicated to environmental
responsibility in the design, construction and management of golf
courses. Some of the game's leading organizations have invested
considerable resources in this effort and are now leading golf's
drive toward sustainability. The shared goal of the industry is to
offer a sustainable asset to the community that is managed with a
focus on water conservation, water quality protection, energy
conservation and pollution prevention.
Below are some facts about golf and the
- The nearly 32,000 golf facilities worldwide provide communities
with valuable green space.
- A golf course can be a healthy natural environment. The
turfgrass on golf courses serves as a filter to runoff to control
flooding; out of play areas offer wildlife habitat; trees and
bushes filter dust and pollen; and the green space has a cooling
effect on surrounding property.
- Golf courses are, generally, professionally managed by
individuals who have been educated, certified and/or licensed to
ensure that the golf facilities are operated in an environmentally
- The widespread benefits of golf course landscapes should be
delivered with the minimal use of water (golf courses accounting
for only one-half of one percent of U.S. annual water consumption),
pesticides and fertilizers.
For more information on golf and the environment please visit
the following websites:
Institute for Golf
Superintendents Association of America
USGA Green Section
For more information on GOLF 20/20's Golf in the Environment