Minimizing our impact.


All The Buzz

Relating to golf, sustainability is commonly thought of as an environmentally sensitive approach to design and maintenance. A golf course that appears naturalistic, aesthetically, while maintained to be sensitive to the environment is usually a candidate for being referred to as “Sustainable”.

By encouraging responsible and savvy management practices, golf has begun to turn public opinion from the idea that golf courses are harmful; to the idea golf can be an asset and have a positive impact to the community.

Sustainability has become a major buzzword in our society, but it refers to more than just the environment issues. It applies to the project's business model as well. At Golfplan, we strive to create successful golf projects that integrate naturally with their environment and provide a memorable rendezvous with nature that promotes repeat customers.  Rounds per year are what makes or breaks the bottom line for any type of golf facility. 

Ayala South Links: A Nod To Sustainability - The Future Of Golf. By: Mike Besa

Ayala South Links - Hole 3 (Click Photo To Enlarge)

Water Usage

Less Turf, Less Water

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world; water is and always has been a precious commodity. Now more than ever, it should be treated as such.  Some cultures consider its use more carefully than others. 

Whether water is effluent, potable, or well water there is a cost associated with every drop that is used for golf irrigation, both to the environment, as well as the bottom line for club owners new or established. All courses should review and scrutinize their irrigation program to determine if they are being environmentally conscious and fiscally responsible with their water use. 

Turf reduction as it relates to out of play areas is one solution currently being implemented at many clubs to help combat costs associated with dwindling or unreliable water supplies. With the U.S. Open being held at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014, the USGA has begun to support the “brown is beautiful mantra”. This simply encourages the use of natural looking native vegetation to create distinctly contrasting edges that provide a gorgeous rustic feel to the course.

With our help, clients are able to determine where to cut back on irrigated turf, while enhancing playability and the golf experience. The visual aesthetics for the golf club and adjacent home owners concerns are well balanced when identifying areas for turf reduction.

Since 1972, Golfplan remains proactive and continue to assist existing clubs in mapping out their route into the future where golf and nature are perceived as coexisting in harmony. 

Sample Turf Reduction Plan


What does it really mean?

The concept of minimalism has spread through the golf industry like wildfire in the 21st century. The idea is associated with courses that are designed to look very natural in the landscape. In essence, the golf course is reduced to only its necessary elements. Greens, tees, fairways and hazards placed only where they fit and make sense for strategy and playability.

Golfplan, having worked in some very remote places has lived by this mantra since 1972. A wide array of environments, climates, budgets and resources available means we’ve adapted to just about every imaginable environmental scenario.

The minimalist approach cannot be applied to every site. Site selection is critical in order to follow this design principle. The Golf Course Architect should be involved in reviewing sites to determine the most appropriate plot of land to meet this objective.

We prefer to let the natural terrain dictate the routing to take advantage of the site’s best views and features. Our “less is more” attitude is what makes every Golfplan course unique. 


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