Don’t look now, but the environmentalists are going after our beloved sport:
Research teams at the Danish Golf Union have discovered it takes between 100 to 1,000 years for a golf ball to decompose naturally. A startling fact when it is also estimated 300 million balls are lost or discarded in the United States alone, every year. It seems the simple plastic golf ball is increasingly becoming a major litter problem.
The scale of the dilemma was underlined recently in Scotland, where scientists—who scoured the watery depths in a submarine hoping to discover evidence of the prehistoric Loch Ness monster—were surprised to find hundreds of thousands of golf balls lining the bed of the loch.
In addition to worrying about the millennium-long decomposition, there apparently is concern about levels of zinc in the cores.
A UK lawmaker said “From the moon to the bottom of Loch Ness, golf balls are humanity’s signature litter in the most inaccessible locations.”
You can see the Loch Ness golf balls in the video below.
Given all this, I can see a real future in biodegradable golf balls. Once the Congress gets ahold of this one ….