Science of the Green

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The game of golf is a world-wide sport with a significant economic, environmental, and social impact on society. The Science of the Green® Initiative in partnership with the USGA was a research initiative focused on the long-term sustainability of the golf industry, exploring the role golf courses play in ecosystems and how science and design can be utilized to increase the ecosystem services and value that golf courses provide society. The Science of the Green team was led by Dr. Brian Horgan, now Chairperson, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University.

Articles from the Science of the Green project

Pace of play research creates opportunities in environmental stewardship and sustainability

Faster green speeds result in slower pace of play

Anything but par for the course

UMN Les Bolstad Golf "PARK"

Introducing GolfLAB

Can golf courses "bee" friendly?

Looking towards the future of sustainable golf

Definition of sustainable golf

Green speed and pace of play study

Community Value of Golf Courses project

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