As Tony Davis details in his Aug. 21 article, "Have golf’s glory days gone by?" there have been several examples of golf gulping gallons of precious water in the desert. However, in 2006, better agronomy and science practices by course designers and superintendents have lessened the flow. During golf’s 500-year history, golf courses have been the most consistently managed large ecosystems in world history. Around the world, golf courses are oftentimes the only large landscapes available to birds, game and diverse flora.
From years of being an environmentalist, serving in the Clinton administration as director of the Bureau of Land Management and teaching at several universities and colleges, I like to encourage new alliances. There certainly have been conflicts between environmentalist and golfers in the past, and undoubtedly there will be more in the future. However, there are much greater shared values between the two groups than there are conflicts.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Director of Bureau of Land Management, 1997-’99