17 Jun '11, 5pm

5 of the greenest golf courses: Green as the fairways | MNN ...: So if you're a green-leaning golfer interested

5 of the greenest golf courses: Green as the fairways | MNN ...: So if you're a green-leaning golfer interested

Golf doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to environmental protection, and justifiably so — golf courses are, more or less, giant tracts of manicured grass in constant need of watering, fertilizer and maintenance (most often with gas-powered mowers). Golf courses cut into the natural landscape and displace native trees, grasses and wildlife. But they're not all terrible. A handful of golf courses around the world were built with the environment just as much in mind as the placement of the sand traps and water holes. Golf course owners are using local vegetation to landscape their courses, reducing or eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers, and taking the existing landscape into consideration during design and construction. Greener golf courses can have large buffer zones alongside their fairways — ideal habitat for bugs, animals and plants. These owners keep...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/p...

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