Findings from the SSDM New Zealand Golf Course Environmental Management Survey
27 Mar 2012 - Golf - Will Bowden
In April 2011 Sports Surface Design and Management (SSDM) launched The SSDM Golf Course Environmental Management Survey. This was aimed at assessing the current level of environmental awareness, activity and commitment of New Zealand golf courses.
Reviewing the Performance of Golf Course Bunkers
25 Jan 2012 - Consultancy - Will Bowden - 1 comment
Most golf course superintendents will agree that apart from the condition of the greens, most issues relating to the playability of their golf course are targeted at bunkers. Bunkers are invariably ‘resource eaters’. They swallow up more labour and money and cause more headaches than arguably any other golf course feature.
5 Dec 2011 - Golf - Will Bowden
Environmental and sustainability issues have become the focus of the international golf course community in recent years. Architects, contractors, consultants and turf managers have all had to enhance their understanding and appreciation of environmental stewardship and what the critical factors are relating to golf course sustainability from conception to completion.
Where can you add Biodiversity?
7 Nov 2009 - Golf - Will Bowden
Many golf courses have the potential to incorporate anywhere between fifty to sixty hectares of non-playing 'environmental' areas into their layout. This would equate to between 25-45% of the average golf course. So, there is significant potential for golf to alter its perception of being an intrusive and often unsustainable sector.