For the month of April, we have been watching the skies, tracking the flight of the international space station. To know that there are people circling our planet puts everything in perspective. This is the only (golf) world we have – it must be protected. In researching this topic, it has been refreshing to see a proactive approach in this industry. There is a challenge to balance the sport’s environmental impact as it progresses forward responsibly. In an earlier post, I discussed a possible future for golf. However, with Earth day upon us, today was a good place to start making changes.
My children’s school had just finished a neighbourhood clean-up on Friday, amongst other activities. We talked about doing a similar act of kindness this weekend. So, like a bolt of lightning did this idea hit me! Would it be a missed opportunity not to remind golfers of their impact on nature?
We decided that anything on a grand scale could not be done, yet. Instead, after a quick trip to Golftown, Wal-Mart, and the Dollar store, we drove up to my favourite local course, Piper’s Heath. Our purpose was to have each golfer receive a free Pride Insignia tee, after a quick reminder of the day’s signficance. After explaining our intentions to the club attendant and groundskeeper, we handed them the framed photo (as above) and four bags of bio-degradeable tees. They both seemed shocked, but pleasantly surprised by such a novel idea. The course prides itself on its natural links style, and is fully aware of the maintainence difficulties. Any help in raising awareness between golf and the environment was most appreciated.
Hopefully, this small step (for man) could turn into a giant step (for mankind)! Happy Earth Day, everyone!