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Green your golf game

Green your golf game

Golf is an integral part of the travel and tourism mix across the Asia Pacific region. Many thousands of golfers escape the cold winters of Europe, North America and Northeast Asia to capture the sunshine and glorious landscapes of well-manicured gold courses in warmer climes. But how can they also take into consideration the importance of preserving and protecting the environment when enjoying a round of golf?

Here are our top five tips for reducing golf’s environmental impact.

Tip # 1: Use reclaimed water

  • Add water features such as ponds, rivers, lakes and waterfalls that collect water and provide challenging hazards for golfers
  • Use rainwater or reclaimed waste water for irrigation

Tip # 2: Reduce energy consumption

  • Switch to LED lighting – including inside the clubhouse and for floodlights during night-time play
  • Consider utilising renewable energy (e.g. geothermal, solar or wind) throughout the property
  • Enjoy driving around the course with zero emissions by investing in solar powered golf carts. Find out more here
Solar powered golf cart

Solar powered golf cart

Tip # 3: Use products which are recycled or reuse materials

Tip # 4: Dispose of all rubbish responsibly

  • Course management companies should ensure that recycling and waste receptacles are easily accessible
  • Encourage recycling broken tees
  • Use your own water bottle and top up regularly at each drinks station. Encourage courses not to sell water and soft drinks in plastic bottles

Tip # 5: Show your respect to local wildlife

  • Use the landscape to your advantage and create a unique course that maintains the authenticity of your destination. This can provide a new challenge for golfers and also help brand your course by making it more recognisable
  • Convert the ‘rough’ and out of bounds areas to more drought-tolerant native grass species
  • Every golf course is home to a fascinating variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. Remember that these animals were there before you. Do your best not to disturb their natural habitat

This San Francisco-area course sits within a 32,000-acre wildlife refuge and shares its home with many species of native plants and animals like deer and birds. Photo credit: Crystal Springs