Golf courses are notorious for their negative impact on the environment. Destruction of natural habitat, fertilizer run-off and the use of carcinogenic pesticides are just a few of golf’s sins. On the other hand, the sport and its rambling courses appear to be gaining in popularity every year; (yes, I’ve hit a few errant balls into the woods myself).

So what to do? Go green, like Greg Norman’s Pelican Club, voted Best Eco-Friendly Golf Course, (this is all relative). The Pelican Club, located in Caloundra, Australia, (unless you’re a local, you’ll need to cash-in some of those carbon offsets to get there) has developed a chemical-free approach to green maintenance, and has installed nutrient filtration zones to protect nearby environmentally-sensitive wetlands. Many American golf courses should take note.

Club Pelican Golf Course