A new study of Denver-area golf courses shows turf grass is an ally in the battle against carbon dioxide emissions. An examination of soil records shows golf courses are as good at sequestering carbon as land enrolled in the conservation reserve program.
After a golf course is built, fairways can absorb carbon for more than 30 years, and greens for as long as 45 years. The greens and fairways each store nearly one ton of carbon per year.
Scientists hypothesize other urban areas where soil remains relatively undisturbed, such as parks and lawns, also could play a role in CO2 absorption.