Take a peek on Google Maps at your local golf course. They have quite the footprint. Easy to find, in fact. So large, so lush, and so green. But not very diverse. Biodiversity can be increased with a few small changes though. Many courses already do a great job in many of these aspects but small changes to those efforts can go a long way.
Unfortunately, it may just be another place to lose your ball that you just sliced. These gardens can be set up in a variety of ways. They will help support the local pollinators. In my state alone (Virginia) there are 14 known species of bees.
Most course I have been to (not that many) have trees scattered throughout. Adding bat houses to some of these trees will help encourage local bat species to move in. And in turn, golfer could deal with less pesky insects while golfing as bats help control these populations!
Golf course already have plenty of garden space set up. From flora that is used as ground cover to larger bushes, all places to lose your ball. Natives will require less maintenance to grow and take care of (in terms of watering, fertilizing, and pesticides).
Keeping It All Green
Maybe course could explore organic methods to keep their fairways nice and green. Working with local nurseries, universities, and schools to tackle these efforts (and keep track of the progress) would help as well! Nevertheless, I believe all of the points listed above can be done without upsetting the golfers too much. They may not even notice!
Pollinator gardens can be effective educational tools
Food systems and ecology are tied together and can be demonstrated in pollinator gardens. Students ready to play the…