So far, there is no research suggesting that reducing one’s carbon footprint could translate into fewer strokes on the scorecard—however nice of a sentiment that may be. As the world community rallies to embrace a higher level of eco-consciousness, the provisions and efforts are transcending into a “green” golf mentality as well. Golf’s influential decision makers are quickly spotting the demand for biodegradable products, regulated course maintenance practices and just about anything that’ll lessen their organization’s impact on the environment.
Carving out its own niche in sustainable golf practices is Mesa, Ariz.-based Dixon Golf, which has centered its efforts on the most important element of equipment—the golf ball. I’ll be the first to admit that it took me a while to board the eco-friendly golf ball train, because it’s not easy to pry away from the familiarity of your “favorite” ball. Add that to the (albeit incorrect) assumption that recyclable golf balls must not be all that durable or workable on the course and it’s no wonder why I hadn’t tried these earth-minding golf balls until recently. I found that the range of playability of Dixon’s Earth Golf Balls ensures that the company made no sacrifice in performance in order to maintain sustainability.
What’s also notable about Dixon Golf, as a company, is that their green aptitude extends far deeper than what consumers can see on the store shelf. In addition to a recyclable product and packaging, Dixon Golf’s employees have bound together to reduce the company’s overall carbon output through several company-wide measures. The company cuts its paper waster through use of an almost exclusively electronic data keeping system and more than 25 percent of Dixon’s employees carpool or utilize public transportation to reduce the overall carbon contribution produced by the company’s daily operations.
In an effort to motivate golfers to get more eco-friendly on the course, Dixon Golf has established a golf ball recycling program. The program accepts Dixon Golf Balls for a $1 ball for ball credit toward the purchase of any new Dixon Earth Golf Balls. The company also accepts non-Dixon branded golf balls for a $0.50 ball for ball credit toward a purchase from the Earth line. Recycling transactions can be made at any official Dixon Golf retailer or golf course.
To learn more about Dixon Golf including the upcoming releases of its new Wind and Fire Golf Balls, visit www.DixonGolf.com.