Skip to main content

Sustainable Golf Courses: A Guide to Environmental Stewardship



Sustainable Golf Courses: A Guide to Environmental Stewardship

Ronald G. Dodson, Arnold Palmer (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-471-46547-8 February 2005 288 Pages


Sustainable Golf Courses is the most authoritative guidebook on environmental stewardship of planned and existing golf courses available, written by the leading expert and endorsed by the USGA. The book serves as a reference and guide for all who are involved in golf course design, development, and management, and integrates practical, scientifically-based siting, design, and management practices based on accepted principles for sustainability. You'll find detailed case studies and environmental research from the USGA as well as a foreword by Arnold Palmer.



CHAPTER 1: Sustainable Golf and the Environment.

Sustainable Golf Courses—An Oxymoron?

The History of Golf.

The Case for Sustainability.

There Is No “One Size Fits All”.

Sound Economics Based on Ecological Facts.

CHAPTER 2: Establishing an Environmental Philosophy.

Building a Sustainable Foundation.

Principles for Sustainable Resource Management.

CHAPTER 3: Ecological Principles.


Environmental Planning Principles and Guidelines.

CHAPTER 4: Choosing Sites for New Golf Courses.


Watershed Context.

Site Analysis.

Site Inventory.

Site Classification System.

CHAPTER 5: Planning and Designing New Golf Courses.

Design Concepts.

Environmental Design Guidelines.

Best Management Practices for Drainage.

Planning and Design Guidelines.

CHAPTER 6: Sustainable Building Design.

Energy Use in the United States.

Energy Resources.

Approaches to Creating Sustainable Buildings.

Establishing Design Goals.

Guidelines for Green Buildings.

CHAPTER 7: Constructing New Golf Courses.

Construction Management.

Conservation Management Zones.

CHAPTER 8: Wildlife Habitat.


Key Wildlife Concepts.

Wildlife Design Basics.

Wildlife Management Planning.

CHAPTER 9: Water Quality and Conservation.



Best Management Practices.

Water Management and Monitoring.

CHAPTER 10: Outreach and Education.

Identifying Support.


Choosing Outreach Projects.

Environmental Code of Ethics for Golfers.

CHAPTER 11: Managing Golf Courses Through the Environmental Management Plan.

Summary of Environmental Topics.

General Overview.

Components of the Environmental Management Plan.


APPENDIX A: Golf and the Environment Research.

The United States Golf Association Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program Overview.

APPENDIX B: The Old Collier Golf Club: Facility Case Study.

I. Overview.

II. Water Quality Management.

III. Water Conservation.

IV. Wildlife Conservation and Habitat Enhancement.

V. Integrated Pest Management.

VI. Resource Management Center (Maintenance Facility).

VII. Energy Efficiency.

VIII. Waste Management.

IX. Information and Outreach.

X. Contact Person.