How golf courses can help keep you in shape, but also reduce CO2 emissions
Golf courses are great for you if you want to play a little more golf, and they can also reduce your carbon footprint.
That’s according to a new report by the International Council of Golf Chambers (ICGC), and a new study by the National Golf and Country Club Association (NGCA).
The IGCC has been looking at the environmental and health impacts of golf courses in Australia since 2010.
But it was the recent IGCCs report that made the most of its data to make some important conclusions.
Here’s what the report found.
“For the first time in the IGCs history, the report has identified a positive relationship between golf courses and greenhouse gas emissions,” the report says.
The report also found golf courses to be an important source of local employment and support. “
The IGC found that the reduction in carbon intensity is the result of golf’s long and successful use as a public health activity, a social service activity, and as a recreational facility.”
The report also found golf courses to be an important source of local employment and support.
“Golf is associated with higher employment in the local community, a significant source of public investment in the economy and the health and wellbeing of local residents,” the IFCC report says, pointing out that golf course employment is more likely to occur in rural areas than urban areas.
This is particularly true in Queensland, where the report finds golf courses provide about 40,000 jobs, a proportion of which are in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors.
Golf courses also have a strong link to the local economy.
“There are approximately 60,000 golf courses operating in Australia, generating more than $10 billion in annual revenue, providing an important and significant economic benefit for local communities,” the study says.
The report says the key to reducing CO2 is reducing the number of courses, which it found were “largely located on existing or near-existing land”.
“The average golf course in the United States is about 60 hectares and in Australia is around 80 hectares, representing a further 1,500 kilometres of golf course land,” the review says.
Here are the top five areas where golf courses could make a difference: 1.
Golf course in Brisbane, Queensland Source: IGCc / Flickr The IFCs report found that golf can reduce CO02 emissions by between 0 and 1 percent in Queensland.
It found that in the Brisbane area, golf courses were responsible for around 0.8 percent of emissions.
But in the CBD, where golf is much more prevalent, it’s the golf courses that are responsible.
In the CBD area, around 30 percent of golfers in the study live in the suburbs.
“By contrast, only 9 percent of people in Brisbane live in an area of around 40 hectares,” the authors write.
The study says that golf in Brisbane is a significant part of the city’s economy, with about 40 percent of all retail sales in the city.
Golf in the same area has a similar effect on local employment as it does on the local environment.
“In Brisbane, golf is associated almost entirely with the surrounding suburbs, with a relatively low percentage of golf players living in the central city,” the researchers write.
“A large proportion of golf clubs are located on or adjacent to existing or adjacent land.”
In other words, golf in the centre of the CBD has the potential to make a big difference to the climate.
Golf golf courses near Adelaide, South Australia Source: Golf Course Survey 2014 / Flickr Golf courses in Adelaide are the second most polluted in the country after Rio Tinto’s South Australia site.
This particular golf course is in South Australia’s North West.
The IHCC says the number and location of golf club sites is an important determinant of emissions from these courses.
“While most of the golf course sites in the North West are small, large sites can have a significant impact on the overall level of emissions due to their impact on surrounding properties and the number, size, and location,” the findings of the report say.
“We found that sites with a low proportion of members in their community were more likely than sites with high proportions of members to be associated with a large proportion (39 percent) of CO2 equivalents, and sites with low proportionality were associated with low proportions of CO02 equivalents.”
The findings show that in terms of carbon emissions, golf sites have the potential “to significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly from coal fired power plants.”
Golf and golf courses close to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia Source – Australian National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Commission / Flickr While golf courses might be the most prominent form of golfing activity in Australia (the Great Barrier Island is home to more golf courses than any other island), the report also finds golf is the second-most common form of recreational activity in the Great Australia and Antarctic Barrier Reef