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Old 08-22-2014, 09:41 AM
 
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Why do some people who claim to be environmentalist still go to golf clubs, especially those that are part of country clubs? Golf courses consume a large amount of water, gasoline (for lawn care and maintenance vehicles), and electricity (country club buildings, golf cart charging, etc). They also use a great amount of chemicals for lawn treatment. So why do so many allegedly environmentally friendly celebrities and politicians go golfing?
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:18 PM
 
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Why do some people who claim to be environmentalist still go to golf clubs, especially those that are part of country clubs? Golf courses consume a large amount of water, gasoline (for lawn care and maintenance vehicles), and electricity (country club buildings, golf cart charging, etc). They also use a great amount of chemicals for lawn treatment. So why do so many allegedly environmentally friendly celebrities and politicians go golfing?
It's hard to evaluate your claim without any evidence to support it.

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Old 08-23-2014, 12:02 AM
 
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If you chose grass wisely there is no reason to use a chemical. The golf grass is thick enough to crowd out weeds. I bought some for my yard and LOVE it! And yes one has to water the 'greens' but not much else. The greens get more care than the rough, anyway. Many golf carts are electric. Country clubs with a small swimming pool and private 18 hole non-reciprocal golf course are not as waseful to operate as public restaurants, swimming pools, or golf course because they have shorter hours of operation and strict member rules.
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Old 08-23-2014, 06:58 PM
 
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Some golf courses use wastewater for irrigation (hopefully when nobody's playing!) Provide a habitat for wildlife, especially geese.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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Some golf courses use wastewater for irrigation (hopefully when nobody's playing!) Provide a habitat for wildlife, especially geese.
A golf course provides far less habitat for plants and animals than the woodland/prairie/whatever that was cleared to make way for it.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:40 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Some golf courses use wastewater for irrigation (hopefully when nobody's playing!) Provide a habitat for wildlife, especially geese.
Would the OP rather see concrete parking lots than golf courses? They are a welcome relief, whether you play or not, with a few acres of green often in areas without it. The reclaimed water used to irrigate many of them is actually clean enough to drink after secondary treatment processes. In our area the fairways only need watering in July and August, it rains the rest of the year.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:32 PM
 
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I'm with George Carlin and Robin Williams on this issue, check it out on youtube no link due to 'Language', tehe.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:55 PM
 
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Have you noticed? There is a new trend towards letting the fairways go natural (i.e. brown in the summer) that is sure to catch on everywhere as deeper water restrictions progressively go into effect.
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:55 PM
 
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A fair estimate would be that golf courses nationwide use about 120 million barrels of water per day.

A very high estimate would be that FRACKING nationwide uses about 9 million barrels of water per day.
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:45 PM
 
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Why do some people who claim to be environmentalist still go to golf clubs, especially those that are part of country clubs?
Because they are Americans who's mantra is: Do As I Say Not As I Do
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