Establishing Natural Areas on the Golf Course

The golf course accounts for a lot of land and this land has a capacity to accommodate the needs of both people and wild life. Golf courses can be developed in such a way that they can have significant impact on the quality of habitat for sensitive and desirable wild life species. It will enhance the recreational, educational and aesthetic aspects of the golf course.

Golf course landscapes consist of a diverse range of habitats. It ranges from ponds, grasslands, wetlands, woodlands, savanna, mature forests, etc. these habitats provide unique opportunities to the wild life. Naturalistic golf courses are very appealing and functional.

You may select the plants, trees, shrubs and grasses that are locally present. They may be chosen for a variety of reasons like attractiveness, availability and costs.

It is beneficial to choose combinations of native plants that offer color all the year round. It is more interesting to have berries, flowers, seeds and nuts of various size, shapes and colors on the golf course. Placing these trees is also equally important as it adds to the natural beauty of the golf course without affecting the game. This way even the wild life depending on these plants will thrive well benefit from the resulting corridors and buffers which link the habitat patches scattered throughout the golf course.

Favoring native species of plants for your golf landscape design is also a wise choice. These native plants are generally cheaper to maintain since they are well suited to local moisture conditions and soil types. They require less fertilizer, water applications and other cultural practices. In addition, these plants are naturally resistant to pests and disease. They can sustain as healthy golf greens and will require less chemical pesticides and herbicides.

The use of native grasses, plants and vegetation to establish attractive, environmentally beneficial, low-maintenance golf course areas is most commonly desired. Native grasses can result in water savings, reduced fuel use and labor, and improved aesthetics of the golf course.

Trees planted on golf courses should be selected considering a number of management and playability factors regarding golf. Plant species that are part of native and local forest communities should be selected for the purpose.

Every golf course has something different to offer, and all golf courses collectively can play a tremendous role in landscape conservation.

Golf is here to stay and so is the growing population. It is only wise to that focus should be on increasing the environmental contribution of the golf courses. Golf shares a very close connection with the environment and it should also be used to play an important role in environment conservation.