The Pendleton Panther

Eco-Friendly Sports

Posted on: October 15, 2008

Like many aspects of our world today, popular sports such as golf and tennis are becoming eco-friendly. Sports events, clubs, manufacturing companies and users are now taking steps toward becoming more ecologically responsible. In golf, it is said the greener the course, the better. However, a little bit of brown is actually better for the environment. “It’s playability and not aesthetics that matters.  A course doesn’t have to be wall-to-wall green to play well,” says Jeff Bollig, communications director for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Many courses are now making environmentally friendly changes to their courses by installing more efficient irrigation systems, improving wildlife habitats, and landscaping with native plants. Tennis is also working to become more eco-friendly.  The 2008 U.S Open used 100% biodegradable dishes and reusable utensils in restaurants and stands throughout the event. Also, Wilson and Penn manufactures use recycled materials in their tennis balls and Rebound Ace court surfaces use materials made from recycled tires and athletic shoes.


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