Coastal Erosion Threatening Oldest Golf Clubs

Published: 09-Feb-2018      Updated: 13-Jun-2018

The Old Course at St Andrews and the Royal Troon Golf Club have been singled out in a new report that emphasises the risk to coastal golf courses from changing climate conditions.

Increased rainfall and increasing coastal erosion present a threat to the future of golf, according to the report from the Climate Coalition, published 7 Feb 2018.

A statement from the R&A says,

"The effect of coastal erosion on links courses is something that golf has been actively dealing with for many years.

"Through the GEO Foundation, and our own experts, we support sustainable management of golf courses and it is important that they take whatever measures they can to protect their courses.

"Broader climate change, particularly the impact of sea levels, is a much wider issue, however, and ultimately it is not something that golf or any other individual sport can tackle by itself.

"We have to continue to raise awareness of the effects of climate change and encourage policymakers to consider the impact it is having on our coastline."    [Ref:  ESPN .com]

Steve Isaac, director of golf course management at the R&A, said: "There is no question it is becoming a huge factor. I believe golf is more impacted by climate change than any other sport aside from skiing.

"We are feeling it now with increases in unplayable holes, winter course closures and disruption to professional tournaments. And the future threats are very real."

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