Sustainability is the foundation of Kari’s approach to golf course design. We want your investment and our work to endure over the long-term and endurance is the essence of sustainability.
We understand that in order for a golf course to be sustainable, the design has to fulfill environmental, economic, and social goals. We understand that golf is a game we play to have fun, and we usually play it with friends while enjoying the beauty of our natural environment. Secondly, golf is a business to make money. Finally, at the very foundation of the game and business is the natural environment, because without it, the game and the business would not exist. The following diagram depicts the inter-relationships of KHP&D’s golf sustainability model.
Economically Sustainable | Environmentally Sustainable | Culturally Sustainable
- In Golf. Sustainability is the capacity to endure through renewal, maintenance, and sustenance, or nourishment. For humans in social systems (the game of golf) and/or environmental ecosystems (the golf course), sustainability is the long-term commitment to responsibly maintain and enhance environmental, economic, and social dimensions for the next generation. Sustainability encompasses the concept of stewardship, (the responsible design, construction, overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving, ie., the golf course and the game of golf.)
- In Environmental Science. the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance: The greens committee is developing sustainability standards for the golf course.
- pertaining to a system that maintains its own viability by using techniques that allow for continual reuse far into the future: a sustainable golf course.
TIME = Money
Time and energy spent on maintenance that goes against natural processes is a waste of money, so we make efforts to work with the natural ecosystems of your property, producing designs that are eco-sensitive. We will strive to maximize water and land conservation, use native plants to create bio-filters and habitat, and strive to ensure that ecosystems continue to function in the integrated and harmonious way they were meant to interact.
The game of golf has persisted through the centuries because it has been culturally relevant and attractive to the populations that seek it out. As a result, popularity of the sport has driven economic and social sustainability that has endured for centuries.
However, the 21st Century ushered in change. Technological advances in computing and communication have pushed human pace to its limits, and turned time into a precious commodity. As families have become more and more pressured for time, sustainability of the game as we know it has come into question. Course owners, developers, and municipalities have become more mindful of the cultural and economic factors that affect continuity of the sport and they are looking for new approaches to sustain the game.
In response to a changing world, KHP&D has developed a toolbox of more responsive, responsible, creative and resourceful concepts that we can use to develop a SUSTAINABLE design for your golf course renovation or new construction. We will work with you to develop an enduring design that fulfills the vision for your property and meets your business goals.