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If you build it - they will come. At least that's what developers must be thinking as they launch plans for the world's first floating golf course in the Maldives. Threatened with rising sea levels from climate change, the island nation may be doomed to
 
If you build it - they will come. At least that's what developers must be thinking as they launch plans for the world's first floating golf course in the Maldives. Threatened with rising sea levels from climate change, the island nation may be doomed to a watery grave unless it transitions to floating developments. Developed by Dutch Docklands and designed through a collaboration between golf course developer Troon Golf and Waterstudio.NL, the zero-footprint solar-powered golf course will be one of the first floating developments and is expected to bring in a wave of new tourists.

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  1. ihatethetv February 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Water use by golf courses is typical area where critics of golf are way misinformed. The vast vast majority of golf courses out there are not hooked to the drinking water supply of a city, simply because the cost would be prohibitive. So generally golf courses use rain or stream water captured in ponds. That water is pumped out of the ponds over the course and the water is either used by the plants, some is lost to evaporation and the rest drains and percolates back into the ponds. Then the cycle happens again. So generally golf courses just use water that’s naturally present in the area.

    Some courses are destinations of grey water which are the end point of the sewage treatment system. In this case they provide a wonderful service to the community by using this water and properly reintroducing it into the water cycle.

  2. golfyeti November 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    If you check the statistics, golf courses waste less water per acre ft than private homes…by a lot. Home owners are statistically the worst abusers of water in the world. That’s a fact. Not sure about the herbicides, but your theory sounds plausible.

  3. lazyreader April 25, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Shouldn’t golf courses and clubs pay a premium for all that water they take from municipal sources that could go into peoples homes. Especially when you have them in huge desert regions where water is scarce. You can golf in the natural area, only a couple a hundred square feet of the putting green needs grass, the rest can be left to it’s own devices in nature. There are eco golf courses in Australia that have no grass, you carry a piece of synthetic turf around with you for teeing off. Golf isn’t evil but it is an elitist game and boring as shit.

  4. archonic April 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks kaptn, I am now privy to the evils of leisure thanks to your insightful and fact packed comment.

  5. UThinkUKnow April 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Evil?! Golf is amazing! And I think these three, highly respected interantional design firms, have taken the use of pesticides into consideration, if they’ll use them at all. Im positive they’re exploring all avenues to bring the environmental impact near the zero mark. Considering anything else….now THAT’S ridiculous.

  6. kaptnkrunch April 22, 2011 at 8:33 am

    golf courses are an evil which should be banned. The pesticides used on the greens wreck the environment and massively damage coral reefs. This is a ridiculous idea.

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