FedEx, the PGA Tour, Audubon International and The First Tee are working on a sustainable golf program that will facilitate eco-friendly improvements to public golf courses, as well as educate youths about the importance of sustainable golf practices.
The FedExCup Fore!Ever campaign will target golf course improvements in cities that host PGA Tour FedExCup tournaments, according to a press release. Six golf courses used by The First Tee, which works with youths, will get environmental improvement grants.
The first course improvement comes at the Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, Calif., in conjunction with the Northern Trust Open being held at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles from Feb. 4-7.
Audubon will help determine environmental improvement projects, which will range from restoring natural wildlife habitat to building bird houses and revitalizing ponds and waterways.
FedEx is working with Audubon to create a “Greener Golf” curriculum to be taught nationwide.
Some aspects of the curriculum include repairing ball marks and divots, because healthier grass requires less chemical input, less water and less maintenance.
More and more golf courses are taking steps to mitigate their environmental impact.
Last year, Barona Creek Golf Club adopted a turf reduction project to lower irrigation and maintenance needs.
Meanwhile, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Nevada reduced its carbon footprint by reducing its electrical consumption by a little over 11 percent.