One of the key
areas in which golf clubs can contribute to the conservation of
their local environment is through the careful and judicious use
of fertilisers and pesticides on the golf course. All clubs should
be striving to minimise the use of additional fertilisers and pesticides
as it makes good financial sense, and ensures good turfgrass quality.
Use of chemicals does not automatically result in good turf. If
other practices are not taking place such as regular aeration, anti
compaction, thatch control, topdressing and traffic management,
and clubs are relying on feeding and chemical treatments then they
are following a downward spiral of chemical dependence.
will not encourage strong, healthy, deep rooting, drought and disease
resistant turf. It may cure problems such as fungal disease in the
short term, but will not affect the real problem, which may be heavy
recommend that all clubs have a written turf maintenance policy,
detailing their cultural and mechanical practices geared to achieving
good turf quality. We advise that chemical treatments should only
be applied as a last resort, once all other means have been considered.
If using chemicals, we recommend that clubs look to minimise the
quantities used and follow policies for their safe and effective