The NHL is concerned about climate change being a threat to hockey, as commissioner Gary Bettman writes in a letter that accompanied the league’s 2014 sustainability report, which you can read about in the Hamilton Spectator here.
The story points out that hockey is particularly susceptible to the effects of climate change, pointing out that warmer winters affect the outdoor game but, although it isn’t a contest, take a look at some of the recent events that have taken place that directly affect golf.
Flooding and storms have come with increased regularity and with greater severity. Forest fires in B.C. have come early this year. The bitter winter in Southern Ontario produced extensive winter kill at golf courses across the region.
Just a few of the examples of what follows such events are the $18-million renovation to Kananaskis Country Golf Course in Alberta, extensive greens replacement/repairs at several Ontario operations and trees that need to come down after storms.
Few would argue that something is happening with the weather. Some say global warming is a man-made problem. Others say it’s part of a natural cycle that the earth is going through. It’s a heated debate on both sides that often seems to take priority over what needs to be done.
The fact is that something’s going on and we do need to be doing something about it in our own little part of the world which, for purposes of this blog, is the golf industry.
As Bettman pointed out, it’s not only the right thing to do for the environment, but also a core strategy for the long-term success of the league.
The same can be said for golf, where water restrictions could have a greater impact on the game or increases in cases of skin cancer might turn people away from the game.
Are the recent weather-related events and the possibilities of what could be ahead enough to make golf operators change established practices and invest time and even money into meaningful action?
That’s the topic of this week’s GNN Poll, which you can vote on below or on the GNN Poll.
If you know of any environmental practices that are working well at a golf operation you’re familiar with, or if you would like to expand your opinion on this topic, please use the Comments section below.
Based on golf operations that you’re familiar with, is golf doing enough to be environmentally-friendly?
- YES (64%)
- NO (36%)