As I mentioned in this blog last week, it seems so extreme to predict Armageddon for the environment unless we drastically change our ways, but it also seems irresponsible to ignore obvious signs, which may put our descendants at risk.
It’s tough to ignore the serious drought in California or other extreme weather events that are taking place around the world.
It’s also tough to ignore the U.N. report mentioned in the previous blog that predicted the world is headed towards a serious water shortage within 15 years. As Tiffany Gordon pointed out in her most recent blog, that’s getting too close for comfort, if true.
If that isn’t an alarm, is it at least a wake-up call, not only for you as an individual, but also somebody who works within an industry that relies so heavily on water to maintain prime conditions at golf courses?
In golf, we’ve realized that cost is an important factor in the way we’ve kept the pristine conditions that we’ve become accustomed to in North America over recent decades.
David Shefter, a senior writer for the USGA, offered this story in February about some of the efforts made by American courses.
We even saw dramatic changes to make the venerable Pinehurst No. 2 more sustainable at last year’s U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open and you’ll hear a lot of the same type of talk around this year’s U.S. Open venue at Chambers Bay.
The high profile of those events will send a message to the general public about the movement towards sustainability in golf. As Tiff pointed out in her blog, education of members/golfers is key to a successful transition.
The U.N. report indicates that cost may not be the only consideration for golf courses, which may face more severe restrictions on water usage in the future. Whether it’s 15 years or not, it does appear the time is coming.
Is the industry moving quickly enough to deal with what could be ahead? 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 expand your thoughts in the Comments section below.
Is the industry moving quickly enough to make golf courses more sustainable?
- No (78%)
- YES (22%)