Golf faces many environmentally related issues and regulatory actions that are intended to control inputs and protect natural resources that golf courses rely upon. Some are wrapped within social expectations governing land use and water use, especially in light of permitting new development or reconstruction as well as daily course operations.
Golf courses are a valuable asset, a green space, within a watershed and community, which is an important message in light of these challenges. The Environmental Institute for Golf is working to provide funding and resources to support research, education, and environmental programs to make a positive difference at facilities.
Why advocacy is vital to the game
Golf has a compelling story to tell. We consider golf to provide enduring environmental, economic and social values to communities. Professionals within the game, along with enthusiasts who enjoy the game, have the responsibility to tell golf’s story so that individual businesses can prosper and the game can flourish in the future. Land use expectations, water for irrigation, managing storm water runoff, energy consumption, and nutrient and pesticide use are some of the issues that golf faces. Regulatory and legislative pressure is increasing. Yet, because golf courses are professionally managed, they can provide valuable green space within a watershed and community. These are important messages in light of these challenges.
Key benefits of golf’s contributions
- Charitable dollars generated by events
- Increased property values
- Tax receipts
- Green space
- Wildlife habitat
- Runoff filtration and mitigation
- Junior golf