Sustainability

The UGA Golf Course works on many fronts to have a low operational impact on the environment and provides many avenues for soil research and biodiversity. A handful of our initiatives are listed below:

  • Member of Audubon International (focused on the implementation of environmental management practices that ensure natural resources are sustainably used and conserved).
  • Currently working towards Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary Certification Program.
  • Identified over 100 species on the Golf Course through a partnership with the Bio-Blitz program where community volunteers visited the course to observe and identify wildlife.
  • Storm water run-off retention pond and streams are tested for water quality at least twice a year.
  • Vegetative buffer zones are maintained around all bodies of water to aid in water quality.
  • Wildlife housing for birds and bats are installed and maintained.
  • Natural turtle habitats created by fallen trees in multiple water bodies have been undisturbed.
  • A concerted effort has been made to select insecticides that do not affect pollinators.
  • We have grown and will grow more pollinator plots of wildflowers in the near future.
  • Wildlife corridors are maintained.  All wildlife is encouraged to move freely on the property.
  • A recycle dumpster is kept and used and the golf course maintenance facility.
  • There are 6 recycle locations on the course for golfers to use.
  • A minimum levels of sustained nutrient (MLSN) strategy is used to apply only what nutrients the plants need in order to prevent any excess.  This is determined by soil testing.
  • Hand watering and wetting agents are employed in order to reduce the amount of irrigation water is needed.
  • Where applicable, Tif-Tuf Bermudagrass is used versus other varieties of grasses because of its drought tolerance ability which shows reductions of irrigation needs up to 50%.  Tif-Tuf Bermudagrass was developed by the UGA turfgrass breeding program.