A golf course has value as a beautiful playing field for golf, but has additional value well beyond golf, says American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) President Erik Larsen.
“ASGCA members are going to work hard to make some changes to the public perception of golf,” explains Larsen, who recently began a one-year term as president. “We plan to work during this year to uncover new data that supports what we’ve observed around the world: golf courses benefit communities as revenue and tax sources, green space, wildlife and plant sanctuaries and water filtration, among other uses. There is an inherent goodness to the community that comes from the positive environmental, financial and social impact of a golf course.
“As an association that loves golf and works to create sustainable layouts for others who love the game, ASGCA has seen firsthand how golf courses truly benefit their communities. Those in the golf industry understand this,” he continues. “But, it’s important to share this message with those who aren’t familiar with the positive benefits of golf courses.”
Larsen made his case for “the value of the golf course” upon assuming the ASGCA presidency during the association’s 64th Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The meeting also saw the group award PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem its highest honor, the Donald Ross Award, for making significant contributions to golf and communities. The PGA Tour has provided charitable support of $1 billion since 1994.