Whenever superintendents gather for an educational meeting, it’s a sure bet that environmental issues will be discussed. Although most superintendents are aware of the need to improve the environmental aspects of their courses, it is often an uphill battle to convince their employers that associated costs justify the actions that should be taken. The hesitation on the part of the course leadership to address environmental issues is often due to a lack of understanding of the problems, a belief that their course is not a potential threat to the environment, and a concern that any action might invite closer scrutiny from outsiders. By taking a proactive approach at the maintenance facility and the clubhouse and choosing projects that cut costs and reduce risk, potential problems can be minimized and avoided, and the golf course can serve as an environmental model.
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