While golf seems to be a very nature-friendly activity with all the bright green grass, trees, and lakes, it is not necessarily good for the environment. One of the main reasons for this is the amount of water it takes to keep the greens, fairway, and rough in the perfect green hue everyones used to. The professional gold courses at Palm Springs use up millions of gallons ore day to maintain their courses. To put it in perspective, they use about as much water in a day as a family of four uses in four entire years. What golf courses could do is use reclaimed or recycled water instead of fresh water. The problem with cutting out on the water supply is that most golfers would not want to play on a course that is covered with patched of brown grass and the course would lose their business. Hopefully golf courses can find a way to minimize their water usage (including using some recycled water) while still maintaining standards of business.
United states is home to 18,000 golf courses (more than half of the worlds 35,000) and golf is a big business, collecting $49 billion a year. These golf courses add up to 1.7 million acres, consume 4 billion gallons of water daily, and require enough pesticides and fertilizers to cause health concerns.
According to organic consumers, two towns are fighting against plans for golf courses out of concern for water pollution. Golf course superintendents (research using 618 people) are found with an unusually high number of brain cancers and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Fun fact: Tiger Woods is considered by some to be the worst thing that happened to the environment because he created enthusiasm for the game of golf.
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