Target: Glen Nager, President of the US Golf Association
Goal: Continue looking into water conservation options for golf courses
The golf industry is a large consumer of freshwater resources. The impacts of climate change are already being seen worldwide and limit the amount of water available to maintain the traditional golfing greens found around the world. The US Golf Association (USGA) has responded to these concerns by looking into water saving designs for some golf courses. Support the US Golf Association for looking into these options and pressure it to continue pursuing this strategy on other golf courses.
USGA Executive Director Mike Davis has publicly stated that water is going to be the golf industry’s biggest obstacle in the future. Similarly, USGA President Glen Nager has stated that environmental and climate pressures are among the most pressing challenges facing golf. The 2014 US Open championship reflected these sentiments and demonstrated efforts to move the industry towards less water use on golf courses. Architects of the North Carolina golf course where the championship took place removed hundreds of sprinkler heads, created a more streamlined irrigation system, and replaced large areas of rough with wire grass plants and other native grasses and weeds. As a result, the golf course greatly reduced its annual water use. Various media sources have questioned whether this sort of design might be the wave of the future for golf.
It is well known that golf consumes large quantities of water, often in water-deprived locations where such consumption is inappropriate. The USGA has made important strides by looking into designing golf courses that use native plants and are appropriate to their location, rather than water-thirsty green grass. Reducing water consumption is the only way the golf industry will survive in the future and reducing water use is necessary in the face of more pressing needs for fresh water resources. The USGA plays a key role in influencing the larger golf community and this petition asks that the USGA exert pressure on its members to implement similar water saving strategies and become a resource-responsible industry.
Dear Glen Nager, President of the US Golf Association,
It is well known that the golf industry consumes large quantities of water to create lush, grass-filled golfing greens. Traditionally this water-intensive design for golf courses has been universal, even in water-deprived locations where such levels of water consumption are inappropriate. The US Golf Association has made public statements addressing the need to better manage water resources and has begun to explore alternative designs. This petition supports the USGA’s move to make water a priority and urges you to exert pressure on the golf industry to continue looking into water conservation options for golf courses.
The USGA made important strides at the 2014 US Open championship by looking into designing golf courses that use native plants and are appropriate to their location, rather than water-thirsty, green grass. You yourself, as well as Executive Director Mike Davis, have also acknowledged the future issues presented to the golf industry by climate change and water scarcity. Reducing water consumption is the only way the golf industry will survive in the future. The USGA plays a key role in influencing the larger golf community and this petition asks that the USGA exert pressure on its members to implement similar water saving strategies and shift its image from being a water-wasteful industry to one that exemplifies responsible resource management and innovation.
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