In an episode called “Growing a Greener Golf Course,” the regular horticulture and gardening show “A Growing Passion” of KPBS, the San Diego PBS affiliate, highlighted how the golf industry is focusing on the environment through the work of superintendents at five properties, including The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, Shady Canyon GC, Palos Verdes GC, Torrey Pines GC and The Crossing at Carlsbad GC.
Superintendents and their properties from five San Diego-area clubs were spotlighted in an episode called “Growing a Greener Golf Course”on the regular horticulture and gardening show, “A Growing Passion,”aired by KPBS, the San Diego Public Broadcasting System affiliate.
“Golf courses are legendary for their perfectly manicured greens surrounded by lovely landscapes that are generously fertilized, treated, irrigated, and frequently mowed,”the program’s promotion began. “But there is a new wave in the world of golf courses. Golf course designers, golf course landscape architects, and golf course superintendents are changing the landscape, driven by concerns for the environment and the need to control the bottom line.
“Water is key for any golf course; the second biggest line item after labor. Fertilizers, pesticides, and other inputs add up as well,”the program continued. “We visit four golf courses, including a classic course from the 1920s that is slowly replacing turf-covered non-play areas to waterwise plants, and preparing to supplement potable water with recycled water for irrigation. We visit a new course in Orange county, built into a native habitat, where the course’s minimalist design replaced only as much habitat as was absolutely necessary for play surfaces.
“We see the artful and seamless transition from nature-made to human-made,”the program continued. “In fact, we admire a beautiful and naturalistic riparian area that looks as if it were always there. At the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course, we see how management interfaces with endangered plant habitat, while in Carlsbad, California, we visit a course whose creation created a ripple effect that resulted in a native habitat conservation plan for the entire city—and an increase in endangered bird populations that live in the habitat the course sits in.”
The full program can be viewed at http://agrowingpassion.com/episode-605-growing-a-greener-golf-course/
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