Protect & Enhance
As large areas of semi-natural land, comprising mosaics of natural vegetation and undulating topography, all golf courses can actually enhance water quality by supporting the function of watershed processes.
With carefully targeted investment in people and infrastructure, golf management activities that could potentially degrade water quality can be carried out safely, supported by systems for treatment and disposal that meet statutory requirements.
Given the direct links between land management inputs, drainage, biological diversity and safe drinking water, golf's role in the protection and enhancement of water quality should be a top priority for all facility managers and course designers.
Above: Wetland restoration has been carried out at GEO Certified® Mirimichi .
Golf courses can act as watersheds themselves, and should also function within larger natural watersheds. A comprehensive and integrated approach is required to ensure all aspects of water protection and enhancement are covered, including:
- Do all you can to minimize fertilizer and pesticide inputs to land management.
- Design sustainable drainage systems that treat water naturally via swales, ditches, streams, ponds and wetlands - all of which help to strip out nutrients, oils and pesticide residues.
- Store, handle, apply and dispose of all hazardous substances with care and in legal compliance.
- Train staff and invest in appropriate technologies for treating wastewater.