A Greener Golf

4/22/2010 by John Borelli

Submitted by Doug Bechtel:

What were you doing on April 22, 1970, the date of the first Earth Day? Chances are you were not playing disc golf, but a few people in Rochester, NY were.

In August of that year they were organizing tournaments and league play (more info). Now played by millions, disc golf is clearly the greener option than the manicured course ball and stick option. Is it coincidence that disc sports have attracted much of the same crowd that in the 1970s was leading the social and environmental movements? I think not.

To celebrate this 40th Earth Day, remember to respect the course, pick up after yourself, and promote our green sport. Pretty impressive that every course I go to recycles and offers a nature-rich experience. No recorded bird songs -- they are real. Fewer fertilizers and pesticides. No filling or re-shaping wetlands. Without the lands, we got nothing. Happy Earth Day.


by Stroika on 4/22/2010 at 11:41:28 AM
Nice work Doug.

by Andrew McManus on 4/22/2010 at 1:44:51 PM
Is that a Ladyslipper in that mini enclosure?

by M. Dodge on 4/22/2010 at 3:01:12 PM
That's our lady's slipper! Thanks for not stepping on it at Maple Hill. I didn't think anyone noticed.

by JoBo on 4/22/2010 at 6:26:40 PM
Chances are I was pooping in my diaper on the first Earth Day since I was just 15 days old! Today Marcy and I celebrated with a round at Amesbury. I actually fished a sock out of the pond while retreiving a disc. :)

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