the world golf community are dedicated to preserving the game’s
treasured links to nature. As a result, golf courses are now being
developed, designed and managed more responsibly than ever before.
However, we who play the game also have a responsibility to help ensure
that golf remains compatible with nature and that our courses are
well-managed and in harmony with the environment.
set of principles, which were written at the above noted conference,
are presented here in the hope of encouraging individual action on the
part of responsible golfers.
- Recognize that golf courses are managed land areas that should complement the natural environment.
- Respect designated environmentally sensitive areas within the course.
the natural limitations and variations of turfgrass plants growing
under conditions that protect environmental resources (e.g., brown
patches, thinning, loss of color).
- 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.
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 water, etc.
- Commit to long-range conservation
efforts (e.g., efficient water use, Integrated Plant Management, etc.)
on the golf course and at home.
- Educate others about the benefits of environmentally responsible golf course management.
- Support research and education programs that expand our understanding of the relationship between golf and the environment.
- Take pride in our environmentally responsible courses.