Utah GCSA releases video highlighting its positive environmental impact

By |  May 22, 2023 0 Comments

The Utah Golf Course Superintendents Association (UGCSA) and sustainability consulting firm Radius Sports Group recently released a new educational video showing the environmental and economic benefits of golf courses in the state.

The video, titled This Place, highlights conservation practices and the positive impacts of 17,000 acres of green infrastructure for vital ecosystem services, such as wildlife habitat, urban cooling and water filtration.

Utah golf courses generate $805 million in total economic impact and support 9,600 jobs. Additionally, golf courses in Utah have donated more than $11 million to local charities.

“We are thrilled to share education about our eco-friendly golf courses in Utah,” said Josh Virostko, UGCSA president and superintendent at Lakeside Golf Course, in West Bountiful, Utah. “We have more than 100 golf course superintendents who serve as stewards of the land and play a vital role in supporting the environment and our local communities … we are proud to share our story.”

Utah golf courses use secondary, non-potable water for irrigation at nearly 60 percent of facilities and reclaimed water at 11 percent statewide.

The video and educational content were developed with the support of the Utah Golf Alliance, Utah Golf Association, Professional Golfers’ Association Utah Section, and a grant from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

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