By Melissa Segrest
Green Right Now
Golf courses and environmentalists have had – and still have – a rather rocky relationship.
The land that courses are built on and their impact on habitats has been fiercely debated. As huge users of pesticides, fertilizers and water, golf courses have faced criticism for fouling the environment with chemical-filled runoff, potentially harming humans and wildlife and wasting huge quantities of precious water, even in drought-plagued areas.