American Society of Golf Course Architects

FAQ: How do golf courses affect environment and wildlife?

deerThe golf industry is committed to being sensitive to and a good steward of the environment. Golf course architects do their best to design layouts that work in concert with Mother Nature and have a proven track record of knowledge of and compliance with local, regional and federal environmental regulations.

According to the 3rd edition of  An Environmental Approach to Golf Course Development  by Bill Love, ASGCA,

“The development of a golf course has become a complex process. To deal with it, golf course architects provide the expertise necessary to create design solutions for golf courses that are compatible with the environment. A golf course presents the opportunity to meet a need for recreational amenities, while preserving green space that will provide benefits for the future development of an area. Often, the green space of a golf course can serve as a protective buffer between sensitive environmental areas and development. This buffer, which contains extensive turfed areas and vegetation, will also protect water quality by providing stabilization against erosion and storm water management. Efficient and responsible maintenance practices for the golf course will promote the proper use and conservation of water resources. A golf course can provide enhancement to the environment by incorporating areas for conservation and the promotion of wildlife habitat. Where land has been degraded over time by intensive use or mismanagement, golf courses can provide much needed land improvement. These are benefits that can result when an environmental approach is used for the design, construction and maintenance of a golf course.”

An Environmental Approach to Golf Course Development
An Environmental Approach to Golf Course Development
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Recently revised for publication, the third edition is for anyone interested in developing a golf course with sensitivity to Mother Nature’s gifts. First written in 1993, the 2008 version features important background regarding permitting and the golf course development process. The book also features 16 unique cast studies that provide real-life examples of recent projects which address various environmental issues such as water supply, wildlife habitat, wetlands protection and mitigation and brownfield reclamation. The book also includes extensive reference section, including listings of books, organizations and websites for more information.

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