Siting and Design Considerations to Enhance the Environmental Benefits of Golf Courses
A golf course that is carefully sited, designed, and managed can provide many benefits to the aquatic environment. The purpose of this chapter is to minimize the impact upon the aquatic environment. The study revealed that the typical golf course has the potential to negatively affect the quality of aquatic resources. Yet, if designed correctly, a golf course can be a method of clean water generation through an actively growing biological filter. If this potential is to be realized, then environmental protection must become a primary factor in all aspects of golf course design and management. The best place to begin is the site selection process. Biological sampling should be performed quarterly, then, beginning in the third year, once annually, in August. Fish tissues should be examined once a year for any pesticides used on the course which have the potential to bioaccumulate. A groundwater monitoring program should also be established to detect effects upon existing wells or wetlands.