When a new community is planned with a golf course. Most feel it’s only for the elite or a commercial venture for capitalistic mind developers who want the greatest profit from the development. In fact, golf course communities are designed with inclusion in mind. Public golf courses include the entire family. They are community centered, eco friendly, and provide environmental enhancement and enjoyment.
Donald Ross of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) started an initiative outlining the “Value of The Golf Course”. The key message and focus of the initiative were the benefits of golf. The focus covered Financial, Social (Health) and Environmental impact. The initiative discovered the greatest benefit of Golf courses in communities was Social and Health.
The Social and Health benefits were identified by activities golf courses bring to the community. Of course the obvious is the game of golf. However, implicit in the game is the activity of walking 18 holes surrounded by nature and participating in the game with friends and family. As referenced in the “Eight Astonishing Benefits of Walking,” walking a golf course leads to better health; one researcher equated walking 18 holes to the value of 40-70% of an intense aerobics exercise class.
Many courses include organized activities, special events events such as weddings, family reunions, community events to rally families in group settings or outdoor shows. Golf teaches essential life skills and sportsmanship to all who play the game: such as, respect, integrity, honesty and self-control. Golf provides the opportunity to meet new people, increase social interaction and learn essential life skills. This is ideal and beneficial to all communities. Another important benefit to Golf is the Environmental.
Today’s golf course in designed with respect to the natural habitat. Preserving any wildlife species found during preconstruction. Community golf course are designed and built as reflection of the beauty of nature. The game of golf is fundamentally a thing of beauty. The Golf Course of Superintendents Association Of American surveyed over 16,000 golf courses and found the average course covers 150 acres. Almost 100 acres of the average course is covered in turf grass. Specifically, turf grass on a golf course serves as a filter for runoff to control flooding. Turf grass also filters dust and pollen. All golf course open green space provides a cooling effect for the surrounding property. The remaining 50 acres of a golf course are devoted to forests, woodlands, wetlands and water bodies. Prime habitat for to support an abundance of wildlife.
As stated earlier community golf courses are a thing of beauty. We now know that have great value to a community. Golf course designer, Jeffrey D. Brauer has built beautiful community golf courses throughout the United States. He called on by cities and developers to create breathtaking golf courses with the golfers enjoyment in mind.
His courses have won “Best New Awards” from Golf Digest and Zagat, and ten have placed on various Best New Lists. Golf World once ranked him as a top 20 golf course architects and Golf Inc. ranked him as the world’s 4th best value in golf architecture. Pro golfers have been quoted in saying, “Most architects give you either aesthetics or practicality, but with Jeff Brauer you get both.” Contact Jeffrey D. Brauer at Office: 817-640-7275, (Preferred) Cell: 817-797-6376
Jeffrey D. Brauer/GolfScapes, Inc.
3809 Canton Jade Way
Arlington, TX 76005