In the Fall 2010 edition of “By Design” magazine, ASGCA President Erik Larsen shares his thoughts on recent efforts to promote the ‘value of the golf course.’

This value is composed of three pillars—environmental, social, and financial. The storm water retention benefits afforded by a golf course illustrate its environmental value, and golf courses themselves can be considered green space.

Socially, courses can be used for activities that benefit their communities, such as trails, concert space, or skiing. Walking a course easily yields a moderately paced, cardiovascular workout.

Financially, each course has its own value that includes jobs, taxes, charitable fundraising, home values, hospitality/tourism, and more. Larsen asks readers to consider the negative economic impact on a community if a course had not been constructed.

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