Key Facts on Water and the Environment

March 29, 2015
Rhett Evans

Rhett Evans

Kansas, United States: When American writer Mark Twain pronounced that a round of golf was ‘a good walk spoiled’, he clearly didn’t have all the facts. Today, we know that walking a round of golf can burn more than 2,000 calories.

We also see golf as a sport for a lifetime, and one that can enhance the environment, while delivering more than two million jobs and contributing US$3.9 billion annually for philanthropic causes – more than all other sports combined.

Golf Channel will celebrate ‘Earth Day’ from April 22 as part of the ‘Green is Universal’ campaign, and Rhett Evans, Chief Executive Officer of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, will visit the studio to share environmental insights and promote the sport.

Following are 10 facts about golf that you can share in the next month to promote the sport and the environment:

1. Golf courses are professionally managed landscapes where environmental stewardship is important – from using water and nutrients more efficiently to implementing more and better methods of erosion control.

2. In general, the golf industry is striving to deliver firm and fast playing surfaces that are better for everyone and improve the bottom line. More than two-thirds of golf courses report that they are keeping turfgrass drier than in the past.

3. The golf industry is continually investing in research to identify drought-tolerant grasses and improve water conservation through best management practices.

4. Golf courses use only one-half of one per cent of all water withdrawn annually in the United States.

5. Only 14 per cent of golf courses use water from a municipal water supply – with most using water from on-course lakes, ponds and recycled water sources.

6. Golf courses provide environments for wildlife, including protected species.

7. Updated and targeted irrigation systems and ground moisture reading tools, along with weather monitoring systems, provide the science to water only when and where it is needed.

8. Golf courses routinely have recycling programmes to reduce and reuse, with an ultimate goal of zero waste.

9. More than 90 per cent of a typical golf course is turfgrass, a water body or other natural areas that prevent erosion, serve to filter run-off, and provide for cooler temperatures in urban settings.

10. Through governmental affairs, professional education and public information, the golf industry is striving to make environmental responsibility a basic premise.