When it comes to saving the environment, we all try to do our part. Businesses, more now than ever before, are making big strides towards reducing their carbon footprints and practicing green habits. While they often have a reputation for being massive drains on the environment, golf courses are one of these businesses that are now implementing extensive conservation efforts to mind their ecological footprints. Here are some of the ways golf courses are practicing conservation.
Solar Power Usage
Practicing conservation is all about reducing your carbon footprint. When it comes to the golf course, one fairly easy way to do this is to utilize solar power. By installing solar panels at the course, they can take in the power of the sun. Then, this power can be used for things like powering the clubhouse, the golf carts, and even the irrigation system for the course.
Picking the Right Turf
Not all turf grass is created equal. There are varying levels of maintenance that need to be performed depending on the specific type of turf grass that is installed. Many golf courses are beginning to adopt a focus on turf quality over appearance, meaning there is more focus on health than on greenery. This saves massive amounts of water that would otherwise go into maintaining the false ideal of a green turf. Other courses are utilizing specialized turf grasses that use less water and help the surrounding areas.
Preventing Food and Energy Waste
A great initiative is to limit the amount of waste that goes out of the course. Many golf clubs are starting to implement composting areas. These are composed of the waste grass as well as food waste from the clubhouse. Composting allows for these items to be naturally eliminated and creates nutrient-rich soil that can be used around the course area. Many golf courses also use washable cups and plates for refreshments instead of disposable, which further cuts down on waste. This can even go further as sports outfitters and suppliers also take measures to avoid excessive waste. For instance, William Murray Golf offers specialty golf polos that don’t require ironing or dry cleaning.
One great method for practicing conservation on the course is utilizing organic-only pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides. These products are more widely available than they have been in the past. Many golf courses, such as Martha’s Vineyard, are changing the solutions they use to treat their course to only being organic. This keeps harmful chemicals off of the course and away from the wildlife that surrounds it.
Golf courses are now jumping on the bandwagon of being green more than ever before. The above are just some of the more popular conservation practices that have been employed by various golf courses across the country. We’re sure as time goes on, there will be many more ways that golf courses will be going green to help preserve the environment.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan