Debate: Should Golf Courses Go the ‘Synthetic Way’?

Debate: Should Golf Courses Go the ‘Synthetic Way’?
Debate: Should Golf Courses Go the ‘Synthetic Way’?

A picturesque landscape and a seemingly boundless expanse of manicured grasses set against endless blue skies. That’s the image of lush greenery that golfers worldwide savor and expect.

Golf courses owners and developers are now under constant pressure to cut down environmental effects and yet maintain 100-plus acres of natural lawn and its escalating costs. In an era when the Golf course landscape needs to be sustainable in the long run, synthetic golf courses are touted to cut down maintenance costs and effectively manage water consumption.

Some courses are already 100 per cent synthetic which means the Golf course provides only artificial turf. The artificial turf option has seen mixed reactions from golfers. One player on such a course says, “Moving towards a sustainable solution is the order of the day as Golf courses take up a lot of water.

Moreover, having artificial turf would allow everybody to have access to the game. It will help people in towns, busy cities to play.” Pro Golfer Aman Raj says, “Given the situation of the water table in this world, it’s good to go the artificial way. But it should only be for practice or a few amateur tournaments. Professional tournaments won’t be the same on artificial the turf, it might make players less interested in the game too.” Echoing similar sentiments, pro Golfer Vani Kapoor says, “I think the game will lose its charm. It won’t be fun and dramatic if we play on artificial turf.”

Most Golfers feel that synthetic surfaces cannot provide the aesthetic experience that natural courses provide. Another golfer’s comment was, “I really don’t think so that the artificial turf should be used, as Golf is a game that connects you to nature, but if you make it artificial then what’s the point, plus the feel of the game will not be the same and we all won’t be able to see the artistic short game of some great players in the coming years.” Another comment was about the loss of a natural appeal “I believe the game will definitely not be the same if we change it into artificial turf.

It will lose its connection with nature which is one of the most important factors of Golf.” Synthetic Golf courses may never fully provide what natural courses give. But as concerns related to maintenance costs and environmental impact rise, more golf courses may need to consider taking the synthetic route. Royal Coast Review Thailand