Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Environmental Benefits of Golf Courses

Well-managed golf courses provide substantial ecological and community benefits.

Golf courses are:

1) Community greenspaces that provide recreational opportunities and also offer and enhance wildlife habitats.
2) "Air conditioners" that produce vast amounts of oxygen while cleansing the air of pollution and cooling the atmosphere.
3) Water treatment systems: Healthy turfgrass is an excellent filter that traps and holds pollutants in place; courses actually serve as catch basins for residential and industrial runoff; many courses are effective disposal sites for effluent wastewater.
4) Among the best ways to reclaim and restore environmentally damaged sites, such as landfills.