Re: Elephant Hills GC

Subject: Re: Elephant Hills GC
From: Susan Myers <>
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 1997 09:22:40 +1100
Snyman, Trevor wrote:
> se. It takes a little environmental planning, little disruption to the
> way a course plays, to make it bird friendly, and by and large the
> courses in my area have achieved a measure of success in this.
> And I don't even play golf!
> > Thanks a lot, Stewart, for this message which I must save for
> > future reference when people tell me that golf courses
> > invariably spell doom for the environment.
> >
> > Rohan
 Dear Rohan,
It seems to me that there are a number of issues involved
here.Firstly,the amount of input from an environmentalist such as
mentioned above would surely not be cheap so there must be the willpower
(and the money)present to make such a course bird-friendly.My guess is
that this would invariably be lacking.Secondly,the amount of wildlife on
a given golf course would depend on the type of habitat it was
surrounded by,ie.a course in the middle of a rainforest would be totally
devoid of any fauna,I think(this is pure supposition).I've heard rumours
of plans to build one either in or next to Taman Negara!The pigs and
Sambar deer would love it,but not much else.Thirdly, I don't see how
building more golf courses in a place like Japan could possibly be
justified no matter how "friendly' they make it.Any intact forest in
Japan is rare as hen's teeth and there are already literally thousands
of courses in this small,overdeveloped country-yet planning continues
apace!Here in Australia we don't seem to be going too crazy as far as
building courses and there are many controls in place.However this is
possibly not the case in many countries that may also feel pressure to
encourage tourism. 
Susan Myers

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