The Environmental Committee of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) has published the third edition of “An Environmental Approach to Golf Course Development.”

The first edition of the book was released in 1992 as a useful reference for those considering developing or remodeling a golf course. It was updated and republished in 1999. All three editions have been written and edited by ASGCA environmental committee chairman  Bill Love, ASGCA.

The full-color, 57-page book includes background and instructions for anyone involved in the development of a new layout or the remodeling of an existing golf course. It begins with a historical overview of golf development and runs through the process by which a golf course is developed in concert with Mother Nature.

“We’re proud of the role the first two editions of this book played in sensitizing permitting boards, town councils, developers, media and others to the positive role golf courses play in the environment,” says ASGCA President Steve Forrest.

18 Case Studies, Expanded Reference Section

The book includes 18 new case studies from throughout North America that illustrate success stories in the industry. It also features a dramatically expanded reference section, listing seminal books and important websites for those who need further information on this topic.

“Today’s golf courses are being developed on a variety of environmentally sensitive sites, such as wetlands, wildlife habitats, and abandoned areas once used for mining and landfills. These case studies show how ASGCA architects have created courses on these sites that protect, enhance and preserve the environment,” explains Forrest.

The book is available for purchase from ASGCA for $10. For ordering information, visit the “Publications” page on the ASGCA web site or call (262) 786-5960.


ASGCA Background
Founded in 1946 by 14 leading architects, including Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of 180 golf course designers located throughout the United States and Canada. Members are actively involved in the design of new courses, the renovation of existing layouts, and issues affecting the future of the game.