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If you take a look at your average golf course, they cover quite a large area of land and can also take a lot of resources to maintain. With so many people becoming much more environmentally conscious, it is starting to become increasingly important for golf clubs to start caring for their courses in a manner which is friendly to the environment.

There are many ways that a golf course can be managed so that they can reduce their carbon footprint and do their part to look after our planet. You may find that to alter the techniques used to look after the golf course may be more expensive initially and will also require some cash outlay, but the long term effects over time can not only make our environment a better place, but may just save you money in the long term!

Keeping theĀ Grass Green

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Australia has an excellent climate for golf. If you are lucky to live near a club such as Murray Downs Golf Course, then you will have up to 300 days of sunshine a year, free of rain. This is great for the players, but not so good for the people looking after the course, as all that grass needs plenty of water to keep it lush and green.

You may be lucky to have an abundance of fresh water in the form of a lake or reservoir, but if not then what is the best solution to keep your fairways and greens in top condition? Across Australia there are many golf clubs which recycle water, or use desalinated water, in order to meet their demands for water. Recycled water is by far the most-cost effective solution, and it is also possible to collect what rain you do get and also use this.

A Pesticide and Chemical Free Golf Course

One of the biggest factors which can affect the environmental friendliness of a golf course is the pesticides and chemicals which are used to help make it look good. Whether it is a chemical fertiliser to encourage growth or chemical pesticide to help reduce pests, a golf course usually covers a large area of land so the amount of chemicals needed to cover it is quite large.

There are increasingly available a range of products which are 100% natural and are kind to the environment, not only when they are applied, but also in their production.

Reducing the amount of chemicals that we put into the local environment will help to make sure that it is a healthy environment for everybody, including the local wildlife. You may also find that the more natural pesticides and fertilisers actually have a better effect than the chemically polluting ones, as well as also being cheaper.

A Balanced Environment

Our environment is a finely balanced eco-system. If it has too many pollutants and chemicals, this will affect everything, and everyone, who lives with the environment.
By making sure that we use indigenous plants and flowers, we can help to keep the environment balanced, and also attract animals and insects which will help to look after the environment naturally.
If managed properly then a golf course can almost be like a wildlife refuge for animals, plants, and insects.

We can use water from sustainable or recycled sources, natural pesticides and fertilisers, and we can all reap the benefits that this will have on our environment.

There are many other things that your golf club can do in order to become more environmentally friendly, perhaps you should contact your club today and see what programs they are currently running, and maybe offer a few suggestions of your own!