ELS to highlight environmental practices of golf courses

Did you know the Lake Simcoe watershed is home to nearly 50 golf courses? If you work in the golf industry, or are an avid golfer, that number probably comes as no surprise. If you are new to the game of golf, or considering trying it—now you know there are many courses to try in your own backyard. We are very excited to announce that for the spring/summer/fall season of 2017, Explore Lake Simcoe will focus on communicating environmental best practices being used in the golf sector.

As is the case in many sectors, technology and shared best management practices are evolving quickly. If you have ever wondered about the advances in golf management practices that relate to water conservation, pest and disease management, turf maintenance and property management being used at local facilities, stay tuned to the Explore Lake Simcoe website this summer.

We will be enlisting the participation of all golf course owners/operators in the Lake Simcoe watershed to share their best management practices and to help us find new ways to distribute ideas and information.

Participation will involve the following:

  • Completion of one hour face-to-face interview. Semi-structured interviews will be conducted with key informants who represent golf courses located in the Lake Simcoe watershed on topics related to environmental initiatives in place, golfer perception of environmental initiatives, information sharing around best management practices between course operators, and knowledge of available funding sources.
  • If the individual course operator consents, information collected during the interview will be used to prepare a public profile for the Explore Lake Simcoe website, to enter the course in the Green Tourism award competition, and to determine inclusion in best practice promotional marketing.

The project will wrap up with awards to be given out at the Tourism Barrie Toast to Tourism annual event on Oct. 25, 2017.

According to Golf Week magazine, “typical urban golf courses are about 110 to 120 acres.” Therefore, the practices of these business’ can have a significant impact on the natural environment. To find out more about this initiative, contact the Explore Lake Simcoe Sustainable Tourism Coordinator at info@explorelakesimcoe.com.


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