From Tyson Helsel, Director of Golf Course Maintenance, North:

One of the biggest initiatives we’re seeing come in to place on Marshwood and Magnolia is our “buffer zones” surrounding any body of water on the courses.

We had trialled this last year on Deer Creek with success so we moved it along.  This 3-5′ buffer zone’s sole purpose is reducing runoff of any chemicals, fertilizers and soil into our lagoon systems.  The current grass strip varies from 6-12″ and runs through the entire hole.

There have been no negatives so far from golfers and minimal comments from Sean Burgess who tests the water quality about algae growth in the lagoons. This is the first sign that the buffer zones are working since fertilizer in a lagoon produces algae growth.


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