Golf and the environment: how green is golf?
I’m about as big of a golf fan as there is and love the lush fairways and greens that we see (in high def no less) at Augusta National each April, but is it sustainable? Consider the Old Course at St. Andrews where green is the exception and brown is the rule. The Old Course (and its play) was a strong influence of both Jones and MacKenzie and I’m sure the current lush conditions of their course were not part of their original intentions.
In January 1995, 81 people got together in a conference room at Pebble Beach for three days to discuss what could be done to make golf more eco-friendly. Present were representatives from all the major golfing bodies, and all the leading national and local environmental groups, too. There had never been such a meeting before.