Read It? Golf Digest 'Green Star' Awards

For this edition of "Read It?" I wanted to talk about a section in the November '09 Golf Digest. GD has published the second annual "Green Star Awards" to celebrate the accomplishments of golf resorts that have made extraordinary efforts to protect the environment.

In addition to listing the courses that received this year's awards, Golf Digest also published several articles related to golf and environmental protection.

The links between golf and the environment, as Golf Digest notes, are obvious. For one, a vast majority of those who spend their days on the links have a love of nature and the outdoors. On the other hand, the pesticides and immense amount of water used in maintaining our courses poses a severe environmental risk.

My favorite piece in this section was Roger Schiffman's interview of Thomas Friedman (The World is Flat), a well-known NYT columnist. Apparently, Friedman is an avid golfer who has several ideas on how golfers and courses can take responsibility for the environment.

Friedman urges the golf community to unite in order to establish norms governing the environmental responsibilities of players and courses. He explains, "Everyone needs to get together and say: 'Our objective is to preserve and enhance the game and the planet on which it's played. To make golf a leader in greening the world."

For Friedman, golf courses should post a rating of their carbon footprint next to slope and course ratings.

The November issue is on newsstands now.

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