How Green Is Golf?
By Kickntrue on 12/22/09
You could probably spend the rest of your afternoon on this series of articles- you can thank me later. It's a special section Golf Digest did on the environmentally friendliness of golf. Now, if you're much like me- you're probably saying you don't give a crap about the environment but hear me out. While I don't always agree with everything, I think it's good to be armed with some of the facts and arguments out there so when the situation arises- you can argue your point with effectiveness, regardless of what that point is.

So... read up. Be ready. They'll be a test in the new year.

Truthfully, golf really has no excuse to not be a green sport. It has the advantage of being played outdoors where nature and the ecosystem are hazards not hindrances. I realize there is a whole next level in this conversation when you get into fertilizer and keeping a course manicured and green, but I just don't think it should be a stretch to think golf could be the first carbon neutral sport week in and week out both at the muni and club level as well as the pro circuits.

Golf Digest- Golf And The Environment

photo source - Dan Perry

[ comments ]
Bryan K says:
I don't have any delusions about golf being an environmentally friendly game, at least in its current form. However, I do think that there are a lot of things that can be done to make golf not only for environmentally friendly....but also to help the environment as well as solving some social issues.

We have some big flood issues in this area. The problem is, farmers and developers have dug up all the wetlands, and the only place left for the water to go is the slow flowing Red River. A giant reservoir servicing and beautifying a potential golf course could help alleviate the stress on the river, and natural wetlands could be incorporated into the golf course design.
Bryan K says:
What gets me about these interviews, though, is that a lot of rhetoric without much substance is thrown into all aspects of this conversation. It's exacly the reason why I dispise television as a source of information even if the information is gleaned from the History Channel or the Discovery Channel. When someone is in conversation or debate, one doesn't necessarily need to find resources and citations for the data that is being pushed forth. Even an expert on an issue should need to cite information, and that is exactly what we don't have with these seven interviews. We have a lot of extreme viewpoints on both sides of the issue, but no one has any concrete data to back up their claims.
Bryan K says:
Just for the record, I am an environmentalist, but I also consider myself quite moderate on the issue. It drives me up the wall to see people treat environmentalism like a religion.
jeremyheslop says:
I'm all for the environment as I worked in IT for a biological lab (they drove recycling in my blood LOL) But I think there is a trade-off between protecting the environment and economics. If the government local or federal could work with golf courses then I think that would help golf courses become more environment conscious.
mmontanaro says:
I'm all for golf courses being environmentally friendly. What gets me the most is golfers that think each course should look like Augusta. Green is one thing, unnaturally green is another. The controversy around environmentally friendly golf would go away if people could just tolerate a weed, a bug, or a little brown grass once in awhile- which often plays better than the purely green version anyway!
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