Sustainability – what does it really mean to golf?



Sustainable golf courses respond to the inherent quality of the land and features that are present in the existing land to create a golf course that is unique in its own right. They utilize the natural functions of the land as they exist to provide a turf playing surface that is married to the local environment. Respecting the ecosystem already in place and not trying to change it too much allows the golf course superintendent to concentrate on how a golf course plays, not just how it looks. This reduces artificial inputs such as water and nutrients.

By reacting to the landscape, a DeVries-designed golf course becomes one with the land and develops its own personality. This philosophy leads to courses that blend in with their surrounding terrain and offer exciting golf that is less expensive to build and maintain in the long run.