Environmentally Friendly Golf Courses Essay

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Golf Courses Made More Environmentally Friendly Through the Advancement of Technology

The human race has inhabited this planet for only a small window in the geological time scale, however, the advances and changes in lifestyle that humans have made throughout the course of history are amazing. The field of technology is by the far the most interesting aspect of human societal growth because it is our ability to build these products that separates from the other species we share this planet with. It is hard to believe that at one point there was no electricity, no telephone, no internet or even no cars, but humans have developed all of these technological innovations which improve and facilitate our way of life. With all these new
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The area of land that all these courses occupy is about the size of Delaware and all the course is manicured land, whether it be the fairways, rough and greens or the plants and flowers around the clubhouse, it all needs to be watered and fertilized1. Just imagine how much water it would take to cover all of Delaware with an inch of water and that would probably be a conservative estimate of how much water gets used or wasted on America’s golf courses each day, not to mention all the fertilizers and pesticides that go with it.

A golf course on average occupies about 200 acres, roughly, and the global impact of that one golf course is probably minimal and even if you totaled all of America’s golf courses, the effect on global environment would be an issue, but not one deemed important enough to address right away. However, even though the impact golf courses have globally is not a formidable issue, the local effect they have on local environments can be devastating and can be a serious problem to native/local species and humans who reside in the area. The affect of bio-magnification of pesticides has been well documented in birds and fish when used in cropland, but golf courses can use up to seven times as many pesticides as cropland[1]. These pesticides then leach into the ground water, streams, lakes and eventually oceans; the pesticides are then ingested by fish or birds in any number of ways and not only do they

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