Last week, we discussed the restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 in this blog and how it could be a beacon for golf’s efforts to become more sustainable.
The blog I linked to also has links to an interesting story from the Pilot in North Carolina on the restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 and also offers some thoughts by GNN bloggers Tiffany Gordon and Kevin Thistle.
It was interesting to note in Tiff’s blog that at Cottonwood Golf and Country Club, where she works, efforts are already being made to introduce more natural features to that operation near Calgary.
She admits that golfers will need to be educated on why golf courses are taking such measures, but she also adds that the use of Pinehurst No. 2 as venue to both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open makes such efforts more credible in the eyes of members and public golfers.
Of course, budgets, possible restrictions on water usage in the future and other such matters are not of primary concern to golfers, but playing conditions are and the common perception among many in North America is the greener the better.
That brings us to the topic of this week’s GNN Poll. If the operation where you are employed began making dramatic changes in course conditioning, how would your members/golfers react?
You can cast your vote below or on the GNN home page and should you care to expand your thoughts on this topic, feel free in the Comments section below.
If the operation where you’re employed began replacing groomed areas with more natural features for sustainability, how would the majority of golfers react?
- Negatively (76%)
- Positively (24%)