Back when I was in high school and during my first two years of college, I worked as a groundskeeper at our local country club. On the surface, it was a beautiful work environment, but as I became familiar with the job, I learned about the inner workings to get those greens so green. They were verdant, but the green lushness was maintained through a strict chemical regiment applied to the course regularly. Even back then, I thought it was kind of gross, when I chose to think about it at all.
As Bill Pennington of The New York Times reported in the 8/16/2010 edition of the newspaper, there is a course on Martha’s Vineyard that has gone organic: the Vineyard Gold Club. The course was opened 8 years ago and has a pretty steep price of admission with a $350,000 initiation fee and annual dues of $12,000 (although cheaper for the actual residents of the island).
Opened eight years ago, the club is thought to be the only completely organic golf course in the United States, its 18 holes groomed without the use of a single synthetic pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide or other artificial chemical treatment.
I think this is good.