Yes and No. golf courses are really bad for the environment. You have to tear down a patch of nature and then constantly artificially water the the turf, which requires so much activity to maintain.
HOWEVER, compared to building a huge stadium and massive parking lot….then yes. Very green
Not really. The energy and water consumption for just one course is tremendous. Because the greens and roughs must be meticulously mowed, fertilized and watered, it takes a lot of equipment (gas powered usually) and water to keep the holes playable. Golf courses can landscape in such a way that they collect rain water or used recycled water for irrigation, and that will help reduce the enviornmental impact. Much of the equimpent used is also likely produced over seas and shipped to America.
No. Developing and building golf courses most often entails clearing large areas of vegetation, cutting forests and or creating artificial landscapes. This leads to land erosion, alters the hydrology of the area, and displaces various local species. As mentioned above, golf courses also need depend on large amounts of pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides. With this said, people are beginning to see the adverse effects of golf courses and are responding with some creative solutions all while continuing the sport and business. Some courses are focusing on increasing habitat variety, enhancing biodiversity, and protecting delicate and rare habitats such as dune and heathland.
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