Unlikely partners …golf courses and the Audubon Society …are working together… really hard …to better partner golf courses with nature. Nice.
Though many golfers may not care amidst the constant humiliation of their golf scores, the courses …often cursed …are putting a great effort into making the future of luxury golf compatible with the very Nature the links try to tame.
One of many golf vs. eco issues are Greens. Complaining about the greens? …or is it your putting? There is a correlation between how short green grass is cut and how sick the green will become how quickly. Short cutting kills the roots… necessitating more fertilizer… more maintenance. Root development and turf health are directly related to cutting height —the lower the cutting height, the less root development. In the last few years, there has been an ever-increasing demand for faster putting green speeds on golf courses throughout the United States. Brought on “TV golf” … the public now wants to play under the same conditions as the pros.
Another golf vs. eco issue: water hazard edges that eliminate the natural high grass and reeds found in nature facilitate chemicals and fertilizers leeching …or even flowing …into the water feature and ruining the “natural” and health of the water pond, stream, crick, or lake. Plants like cat-tails …no fun to hit an 8 iron from …are essential to healthy golf courses.
As a golfer or golf fan you are more interested in new Drivers or Putters or moisture wicking golf shirts like Casualmere® brand golf shirts… than what the heck an abiotic plant problem is….but you should care.
Abiotic means “not living”. Golf greenery …grass… trees …shrubs …rough all can be attacked by non living causes as chemical, physical, and mechanical damage …not bugs. Trouble can originate through …changes in soil grade …soil compaction …changes in water flow …mechanical damage to roots or trunks …salt and fertilizer damage …poor drainage …girdling roots …improper planting …excess mulch …drought stress… herbicide damage …and air pollution.
So…this is the greenskeeper’s problem… not mine right? Wrong. If these problems are not addressed in advance one or both of 2 bad things happen. One-your course dies out and becomes no fun to play or….two–your greens fees or dues go through the roof.
Thanks to a partnership with the Audubon Society many older courses are partnering with them to renew their golf courses health and wildlife areas. The aim is to blend with nature to have the most Eco-sustainable course with increase enjoyment. The Audubon Society and USGA partnership also has on-going programs with new golf course designers to build a “green” golf couse from the original design…and a program for existing healthy courses to integrate Ec0-friendly practices …like mulching to control costs and add to the golf experience.
Audubon and USGA Eco-Efforts for your Luxury golf courses include:
- Provide needed wildlife sanctuaries
- Preserve natural areas within urban environments
- Support plants and wildlife native to the area
- Protect water resources
- Filter stormwater runoff through golf course wetlands and turfgrass
- Rehabilitate degraded landscapes
- Promote physical and mental well being, reducing stress for more than 25 million U.S. golfers
- Improve air quality and moderate temperature
- Educate golfers and the general public about the nature of the game and promote environmentally-sound management.
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