From concrete jungle to suburban oasis. Why Golf Courses are the better option for the environment than high rise

From concrete jungle to suburban oasis. Why Golf Courses are the better option for the environment than high rise

Impact Golf Course has on the environment


Australia boasts over 1500 golf courses, with the majority being in urban environments which occupy about 100,000 hectares of land. Much like a park, Golf courses provided much more than just recreation. Golf courses are part of a community’s green space and positively impact the environment and support the public space.


Golf courses support the ecosystem in a few ways and provide carbon sequestration, stormwater nutrient retention, and pollination services. Golf courses in Australia also protect the indigenous flora and fauna, which play an essential role in biodiversity.  Golf Courses also play a role in conserving water through their efficient use of water waste and grey water which act as a natural stormwater filter. The course can also facilitate environmental rehabilitation providing sustainable land use. Through studies, they found that an average golf course sustains enough oxygen for around 85,000 people. 


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Impact high rises have on the environment


With land becoming more scarce and expensive, we are starting to see more and more highrises. The critical question is, are high rises sustainable? 


Large cities face the issue that increasing congestion pollution reduces our access to fresh air and sunlight. Highrises use mass amounts of materials and energy before even the construction process begins. They also use twice as much energy in comparison to smaller buildings.


A recent survey done in Sydney CBD found that highrise buildings generated four times more Co2 than a villa/townhouse and three times more Co2 in low/medium buildings. These buildings were also subject to the effects of the sun and wind, which are much more significant than an average building.  The amount of glass around the building also means that it’s not very good at keeping the heat out.  A recent study found that highrise buildings are less adaptable and therefore less sustainable.


So there you have it… golf courses provide so much more than just recreation space. They provide prosperity to our environment and help support local ecosystems. Unlike highrises, golf courses are a sustainable tool that benefits our community. So why not do your bit? Grab your clubs and get out there!