Golf courses benefit communities in economic, environmental and social ways, according to an article in the January, 2011 issue of “Parks & Recreation” magazine.

“There is an inherent goodness to the community which comes from the positive environmental, financial and social impact of a golf course,” ASGCA President Erik Larsen said. “The benefits to green space, wildlife and plant sanctuaries, and water filtration are quite valuable.”

The article also describes the extent to which communities rely upon golf courses to help handle torrential rain and subsequent flooding. Groesbeck Municipal Golf Course, designed by Jerry Matthews, ASGCA, in Lansing, Mich. was redesigned, in part, to include seven acres of storage ponds used for excess water flow during heavy storms. And Deerpath Golf Course, designed by Bob Lohmann, ASGCA, in Lake Forrest, Ill. included a one-acre retention pond and several acres of man-made wetlands to serve as an attractive, effective overflow network.

For information on how golf positively impacts communities, visit the National Recreation and Parks Association website.

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