Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Golf and Environmentalism

Golf courses frequently receive a bad reputation from the media and general public due to our chemical and water useage.  I am biased and believe that golf course superintendents are good stewards of the environment and our natural resources.  Look at all of the golf blogs out in the world and read the posts regarding habitat restoration, innovative idease to reduce or eliminate water, fuel, and fertilizers.  There are plenty of them all you have to do is search and read (or better yet call up your area golf course superintendent and ask)!

Many of you that read our blog, know that Dairy Creek is currently working towards Zero Waste status and things are going well and systems are working.  All that is left is the fine tuning.  Golfers are doing their part by separating their waste and through our tours and presentations about Zero Waste we are getting the message out to the public about how they can perform these simple tasks or create these systems at home.  Collectively together we can all make a difference.  And imagine a wasteful golf course professing and following such a clean initiative!

Our newest accomplishment, I say ours, but really it is the accomplishment of our local Integrated Waste Management Authority ( has received a $100,000 grant to provide all of the golf courses in our County with waste receptacles to help make recycling and sorting easier.  I cannot confirm that the implementation of our Zero Waste Park at Dairy Creek helped spur this idea or proof that such a grant had merit, but I like to think in some small way we are making a difference.

One of our displays at the clubhouse that help explain our program and how people can help.
(Click on the image to get a better view)
If you are local come by the Zero Waste Park within El Chorro Regional Park and take the self guided tour or call me and I will make myself available to give you a tour.  Let's all make our communities a better place to call home and come learn about how a golf course model can help keep our environment clean for all to enjoy!
"Golf is life simplified and improved."
              ~ David Owen, writer             

Friday, October 12, 2012

Magic on a golf course

As golfers we all know the magical things that happen on a golf course.  For instance, how the dew glistens across the course just as the sun peaks over the horizon, how you manage to pick just the right line of a triple breaking putt of 90 feet (I don't know what that is like but I have heard about it), or how your playing partner Sal's ball made such a wicked turn in the air to end up in the worst possible jailed position, and finally how Sal was able not only to get the ball out of jail, but onto the green, make par and win the double down press on the last hole!

Take a look at this advertisement for the European Tour and enjoy yourself as you watch the magical shots and ... well ... the MAGIC.  Enjoy!

"The charm of a good hole is that it keeps us thinking that we have always got to decide between, on the one hand, a highly dangerous but highly profitable course and, on the other hand a comparatively safe, easy course that ought not to lose us much but may just lose us somthing intensely important."
~ Bernard Darwin, golf columnist and grandson of Charles Darwin