In “Worthy Endeavor,” the superintendents of the Sanctuary Golf Club (Sanibel Island, Florida), Legends Club (Prior Lake, Minnesota) and Metropolitan Golf Links (Oakland, California) shared their experiences going sustainable. For them, it was a no-brainer.
There are many good reasons why superintendents should consider implementing sustainable measures at their courses.
- You will create a more environmentally friendly golf course.
- You will save money.
- In time, your community will recognize your importance.
- It’s not as difficult to do as you might think.
- If you think it’s about eliminating synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, it’s not.
- You will feel good about your efforts.
Kyle Sweet, the CGCS of the Sanctuary Golf Club points out many of the course’s initiatives, which don’t seem difficult to implement.
- Cover booms on sprayers.
- Remove some turf and plant wildflowers.
- Plant the lake bank with native plants, eliminating managing turfgrass from the water edge and helping protect water quality.
- Use mulch as a ground cover, and even better, make it from tree trimmings.
- Ball washers and waste baskets are recycled.
- Place two two waste baskets together–one labeled “trash” and the other labeled “recycling.”