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Golf courses practice environmental stewardship

Golf is more than a game. In fact, golf is good for the environment, for communities and for local economies.

Golf is a $2.3 billion industry in Minnesota, supporting 35,000 employees annually and preserving outdoor space in urban environments. Golf courses and turfgrasses provide filters for rain and storm water, protect topsoil from wind and water erosion, and provide wildlife and pollinator habitat.

University of Minnesota Extension collaborates with golf course superintendents to conduct research and outreach education in an effort to improve the sustainability of this sport.

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