Golf courses, particularly as living urban green spaces, help to clean and protect environmental quality. On the other hand, courses also apply fertilizers and pesticides, and must therefore be careful in the quantity and safety of the applications. Today levels of awareness and training, and standards of operation have never been higher.

Safe storage of chemicals is essential

Diligence and rigour are important, and safety and pollution prevention should be planned for. All golf-related businesses must work to minimize any risks to the environment and their workforces. Individuals employed in golf course maintenance and development, particularly those who handle, store, apply or dispose of substances that could pollute if dealt with incorrectly, must be aware of their responsibilities and understand the causes and results of pollution. They should know how and when to operate and maintain the equipment they use, and what to do in an emergency.

Eliminating the risk of pollution is critical to realizing one of golf’s most significant contributions to people and their environment - creating clean, healthy and stable naturalized green spaces where people can recreate and enhance their physical and mental well-being.

On the Ground...

Machrihanish Dunes, Scotland Golfplatz Klosters, Switzerland
GEO Certified™ Machrihanish Dunes, where sheep help out with maintenance Golfplatz Klosters
Machrihanish Dunes not only protects the special habitats in which it exists, but enhances and improves the ecological value of its SSSI designated site. No irrigation or chemicals are used on the fairways and sheep are brought on in the off-season to help keep fescue grasses in check. Machrihanish Dunes offers a wonderfully natural golf experience. Hundreds of years of traditional grassland farming has preserved the local flora at Klosters. Alpine meadow roughs – harvested by local farmers – are designated pesticide and fertilizer free areas. The club is proud to have appeared in Entomo Helvetica, Journal for Swiss Entomologists, for the number of insect species found on site.