Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, which began in 1970, channeling the youthful engery of the anti-war movement into environmental concerns. Not only have we come a long way as a society (remember leaded gasoline and belching smokestacks?), but so have golf courses, from less water use to more natural habitats. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is celebrating the day by highlighting five key facts about courses and the environment.
- Golf courses are professionally managed landscapes where environmental stewardship is important – from using water and nutrients efficiently to implementing better methods of erosion control.
- In general, the golf industry is striving to deliver firm and fast playing surfaces that are better for everyone and improve the bottom line. More than two-thirds of golf courses report that they are keeping turfgrass drier than in the past.
- The golf industry is continually investing in research to identify drought-tolerant grasses, promote water conservation and improve best management practices.
- Golf courses provide habitats for wildlife, including protected species.
- Many golf courses have recycling programs to reduce and reuse.
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