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STERF publishes more on multifunctional golf courses

Case studies from Stockholm and practical guide now available.

6th November 2015
Generating income,Golf and your community
Golf courses do not only have to be for golfers.  

The Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environment Research Foundation (STERF) has produced two publications about multifunctional use of golf courses, which can be downloaded from their website.

During the spring of 2015, the multifunctionality of two golf courses in the Stockholm region was studied. 30 different activities were identified on and around the two golf courses! In order to find out more, golfers and other visitors using the facilities were interviewed.  They were asked questions ranging from where they live to their attitudes towards multifunctionality and what aspects of the course they were visiting they appreciate the most.

The study was done as a project in the course Urban Social-Ecological Systems at Stockholm Resilience Centre.

The article is available in English and Swedish here.

Golf can share space with other land uses.

“A practical guide for assessing your golf course’s multifunctional potential” has been produced to introduce golf facilities to the possibilities of multifunctionality and to help them visualise the multifunctional potential of the golf course. This handbook is based on the STERF research project “Experience mapping and multifunctional golf course development” carried out at Copenhagen University. The goal of the project was to describe a method for mapping and describing alternative recreational experiences on golf courses and to provide golf facilities with a planning tool to help them develop a broader use of their golf course landscape.

The handbook is available here.