When was the last time you saw wildlife on a golf course? Probably the last time you were on one! The connection to nature is part of what makes golf such a special sport.
Why are wildlife attracted to golf courses? The simple answer is because golf courses provide habitat: food, water, and/or shelter. This is especially true in urban environments where there are not many other green spaces. Non-playing areas of golf courses make up about 20% to 40% of the property. This leaves a good amount of space to preserve native habitat that wildlife can use. The habitat areas are usually different throughout the property too, which attracts an even greater number of species.
On that note, I want to share some recent and exciting wildlife sightings on our own courses:
- In late September, The Cactus & Pine Golf Course Superintendent Association hosted a wildlife photo contest for its members on social media. Superintendents from around the state shared their best photos/videos they took of wildlife on their golf course. Here are some submissions from our Troon properties: