friendly golf? This can't be! But it's happening right
here in "river cities". Several golf courses in the Twin Cities
area have been developed using sustainable concepts. These
are "nature-centric" courses. Find out the names and locations
of these courses. Learn about golf tees made from cornstarch
and bio-degradable golf balls for water play made from
rawhide from www.ecogolf.com.
Enjoy Kim's eco-golf tips that you can use to improve your
game and save our state's wildlife.
are a growing number of golf courses that are being designed
to minimize costs and minimize environmental impacts in the
Twin Cities area as well as the rest of the country. In the
US there are over 16,000 golf courses covering 1.5 million
acres. Environmental impacts related to golfing include water
run-off from pesticide and fertilizer use, impact on wildlife
and native species and smog causing lawn mowers and golf carts.
Friendly Golf Courses in the
Twin Cities Area:
National Golf Course in Medina www.hennepinparks.org/golf/baker/
Towne Course in Chaska www.chaskamn.com/golfcourse/index.htm
Valley Golf Course in Woodbury www.ci.woodbury.mn.us/parks/evgc.html
Trail Golf Course in Stillwater www.sawmillgc.com
Golf Course in Stillwater www.sawmillgc.com
the course instead of using a golf cart.
If you do use a golf cart, keep your cart on the designated path.
Urge your golf course to replace its carts with electric-powered ones,
which greatly reduce both air pollution and noise pollution.
Carry your trash with you until a waste container is available.
Recycle glass, aluminum, and plastic on the golf course.
If your course doesn't have its own recycling program, urge them to start
Adhere to local rules that may restrict access to environmentally sensitive
areas on a golf course.
Buy recyclable products (e.g., biodegradable golf tees).
Accept the natural limitations and variations of turfgrass plants growing
in a natural environment. (e.g., brown patches, thinning, loss of color).
Be willing to play on brown grass during periods of low rainfall.
Patronize courses that are environmentally friendly.
Recognize that golf courses are managed land areas that should complement
the natural environment.
Respect environmentally sensitive areas of the course.
Support golf course management decisions that protect or enhance the environment
and encourage the development of environmental conservation plans.
Support maintenance practices that protect wildlife and natural habitat.
Encourage maintenance practices that promote the long-range health of the
turf and support environmental objectives.
Such practices include aerification, reduced fertilization, limited play
on sensitive turf areas, reduced watering, etc.
Commit to long-range conservation efforts (e.g. efficient
water use, integrated pest management.