It’s been a couple of years since Pinehurst No. 2 hosted both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, which just concluded its 2016 edition at CordeValle in Sunday.
Anybody who had played the legendary Pinehurst course was surprised to see considerable change in 2014, much of it in the name of sustainability.
Ron Sirak of Golf Digest has more on that here.
Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw were called upon to make significant changes, not only incorporating history back into the original Donald Ross design and making it a challenging yet fair test of golf, but also significantly reducing the course’s water usage, good news from an environmental and budget standpoint.
You can read more on that here.
The term sustainability was was hot in golf back in 2014, but did that lead to signficant change? Have there been visible changes to golf courses that would indicate a focus on sustainability, such as bringing in the natural areas to cut down on maintenance or reducing water usage?
Is brown the new green in golf, as the industry was saying not that long ago, or is it the green as in the dollars of traditional players that are stalling the move to sustainability?
That’s the topic of this week’s GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, as always, feel free to add your thoughts in the Comments section below.
From what you see, are golf courses making a real effort to become more sustainable?
- YES (58%)
- NO (42%)