Going Green

The Arizona Country Club prides itself on best practices to be an environmentally friendly Club.  We have been enrolled in the Audubon program now for several years and are in the progress of getting certified.  The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf is an award-winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping to enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, the program rewards those that do their part in keeping our communities green on the green.

Country clubs might have the organization and, in many cases, the money to make a big difference in the world of golf. But, individual golfers can make a big difference too, according to some etiquette pointers from pros as a part of the PGA sustainability campaign. The suggestions fit sustainability needs to a tee:

    • Re-green your game: Practice good etiquette, like repairing ball marks and divots. This process helps heal the grass much faster and reduces the chance of insects, weeds or diseases affecting the grass in that area. Healthy grass requires fewer chemicals, less water and less work to maintain, which is good for the game and the environment.
    • Respect the wildlife: Golf is a shared experience with nature. You need to respect the wildlife habitat on the course and recognize the link between golf and nature. So, before stepping onto the green, examine course maps to identify areas that may be home to wildlife and should be left undisturbed during the game.
    • Lead by example: Sustainability starts at home. Trade in plastic water bottles for reusable and refillable bottles that can be used and washed time and time again. Drinking something other than water? Make it a point to recycle empty cans and bottles at the end of your round.