The efficient and effective use of water on your golf course is not only good for the environment, it’s good for the golf course and good for your maintenance budget.
To gaze upon Chambers Bay nearly a year after it hosted the U.S. Open is to be presented with enough shades of green to fill a box of crayons. If you consult the Crayola color chart, Chambers Bay features swaths of Fern and Asparagus, with splashes of Mountain Meadow and Granny Smith Apple. Notably, the putting surfaces are Maximum Green.
“ The article in this Blog speaks to the damage caused by nutrient pollution to watersheds and the impacts it has. Although, the article speaks of “toxic nitrogen fertilizer” which is misleading the result of nutrient pollution from nitrogen sources does create a toxic environment for fish and wildlife due to algal blooms in the water which restricts the availability of oxygen to sustain life. By preventing Point Source nutrient pollution we can mitigate these risks and reduce our liabilities as turf managers. Using Draingarde covers as a Best Management Practice is a simple solution to prevent point source pollution when applying pesticides and fertilizers to turf surfaces where drains exist. Be an environmental leader. Do the right thing and cover your drains before these applications.
Golf courses are constantly under public scrutiny with respect to their impacts on water quality and for their perceived over use of water. Golf course superintendents are leaders in finding ways to reduce the consumption of water by the golf course as well as implementing practices that reduce the impacts on water quality. By implementing Best Management Practices (BMP’s) golf courses are able to provide recreational opportunities without compromising the health of the surrounding environment. Draingarde covers are an environmental protection product used as a BMP to prevent point source pollution when applying pesticides and fertilizers. Draingarde covers not only help protect the environment but they save the golf course time and money when used to protect sprinkler heads during topdressing, aerifying and spraying dyes, eliminating the costly expense of cleanup!
SAN FRANCISCO – Drought-ravaged California took drastic steps Wednesday to preserve what water it still has by ordering historic statewide measures that slash use for highway medians and golf courses and replace millions of acres of lawn with drought-resistant landscaping.
“The following Golf Course Industry magazine article, “The Dirty Dozen” (February, 2017) outlines 12 things that superintendents can do to improve the quality of water features on golf courses and mitigate the impacts of inputs on the quality of water in “on-course” water features. The “baker’s dozen” version of this article should include a very obvious best management practice that involves covering drains whenever fertilizer and pesticides are being applied or when management activities such as topdressing, aeration and verticutting are taking place. Covering the drains prevents a significant source of point source pollution and the addition of pesticide, nutrients and sediment to water features.”
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This article “The case against golf” written by Ben Adler quickly tries to point out the negatives of golf and golf courses. Personally, I love golf, I love the golf industry, I love working with the lands of the golf course to enhance its beauty, encourage its biodiversity and enjoy the sounds, sights and senses a golf course offers every day.
The GCSAA BMP Planning Guide & Template was funded in part by the USGA through the Environmental Institute for Golf.
Water is the single most important natural resource on the planet, without water no life forms would exist. Water plays a major role in our environment as it supports all energy and food cycles. Without water, sanitation in human society would be impossible
Oslerbrook Golf and Country Club, located in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, was built in 2004 under the watchful eye of superintendent Jason Honeyball. Sustainability was a key consideration in the design and construction processes for the new golf course. One of its founding principles included the following statement:
“…the club should be a leader and maintain environmental morals, integrity and standards and should be sustainable indefinitely…”.