Golf can have a transformative effect on the land, by rejuvenating degraded sites, cleansing contaminated land and restoring environmental quality in diverse locations.
From sand and gravel quarries to landfill and superfund sites, to places that have been used to deposit fill and other inert waste materials, golf development can breathe new life into landscapes and communities.
The combination of economic development, recreation and environmental enrichment make golf a potent force for change and improvement. Golf developers and their teams can approach sites with vision and creativity, recognizing the potential to position the sport as a transformative force.
The challenge is to create a development that helps to revive a site while creating a resource for the benefit of as many people as possible.
Above: The land of GEO Certified® Kau Sai Chau was formerly used as a military driving range, scarring the landscape and causing extensive erosion. A revegetation program has returned these areas to their natural landscape through the planting and regeneration of indigenous vegetation.
A degraded, lifeless space can become a new landscape enjoyed by all and providing a habitat for biodiversity.
A focus on the creation of appropriate new ecosystems should be a priority. A naturalized landscape with diverse and inter-connected ecosystems will aesthetically transform a site, but also enable ecosystems to act as long term, ongoing biological and chemical treatment centres.
Right: GEO Certified® Golfpark Nuolen was constructed on land formerly used as a gravel pit.