Think sport and sustainability are worlds apart? Well, think again. Sustainability is all about keeping natural resources intact in order to maintain a delicate ecological balance.
“What’s that got to do with golf?” We hear you ask. Well, keep reading this post by golf enthusiast (and our guest writer) Jordan – you may be surprised!
Sustainable and stunning golf courses
We’re seeing a trend towards courses that use the natural lay of the land to create a challenging but eco-friendly course.
In the past, bulldozers would carve a course out of a mountainside. Now, the course is being built around the mountainside’s natural shape and scenery.
This is awesome for a few reasons. Number one, we aren’t losing valuable land to facilities that aren’t contributing to sustainability. Number two, it makes the course that much more beautiful when walking it!
And number three, it adds an element of challenge to the gameplay! Instead of playing down a long, straight fairway that runs through what used to be a forest, you’ll be playing around (or through) the forest.
Other ways golf courses are upping their sustainability game is using less thirsty grass, using recycled water to maintain their greens, and partnering with the ACSP to provide habitat for wildlife in the area.
When the natural terrain is relatively untouched, the golf course can even become a mini nature reserve!
Cool eco-friendly apparel
Apparel companies are beginning to catch on to the sustainability train! If you’re conscious of the background and manufacturing of the clothes you wear, then choosing a sustainable golf apparel brand could be a great way of staying eco-friendly on the course.
Nike has been working with recycled material for a while now, and they’re producing some great-long and super comfortable stuff made from recycled polyester fabric.
Equipment that cares about the environment
Clothing isn’t the only thing that’s going eco-friendly. Dixon Golf was the first to bring out a 100% eco-friendly golf ball. Considering around 300 million golf balls are discarded or lost to nature each year, this is a huge deal! AlbusGolf followed up with the Eco Bio Ball, which biodegrades in water within 48 hours.
In addition to these, you can buy golf tees made from wood or bamboo (both of which are biodegradable) instead of plastic, or made from recycled materials that are said to last just about forever.
During these times, in an altered world, outdoor sporting activities are perhaps some of the safest options to stay fit, stay sane, and also have a good time. Moreover, investing your time and effort in sustainable activities, brands, and products isn’t as hard as you may think! If golf is a part of your life, you’re in luck because it’s becoming a super sustainable sport.
So, why not invest in some new sustainable golf apparel and equipment while you’re at it? Remember, every little bit counts!
About TravelRebel Jordan Fuller
Guest writer Jordan is a golf enthusiast with an interest in sustainability and eco-friendly golfing equipment. You can find his advice, tips, and tricks on Golf Influence.