May 5, 2013

Is golf green?

Generally speaking, golf courses may have 18 greens, but they don't have a green reputation due to high usage of fertilizers and water on their greens, fairways and tee boxes. Most folks see a lot of green on most courses although 70% of the average course is the rough.

But kudos to Kingsmill and their parent company Xanterra for really stepping up to the plate (oops, that is a mixed metaphor) during this weekend's LPGA event at their Williamsburg resort by making it a "landfill free event" with NO trash cans. instead, they are providing 150 recycling and 55 food waste/compost containers. In the 2012 tournament, they sent more than two tons of "garbage" to the landfill.

All three Kingsmill courses are also certified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries with no-mow corridors and grass buffers to filter pollutants and provide sanctuary for wildlife.

Across town and farther up the James River, the Two Rivers Country Club hosts a big "Welcome Back Greens" event today, allowing their golfers back on their new greens with a grass variety, 007 bent grass, that is more drought and heat tolerant. They also have increased their no-mow areas and provide bluebird nesting boxes.

Golf course turf needs a LOT of pampering, but these are steps in the right direction.