Apis mellifera, European Honeybee (Photo: reddit.com)

Apis mellifera, European Honeybee (Photo: reddit.com)

It is critically important, and at the heart of what it means to be a sustainable golf course, to provide a healthy environment for human and non-human inhabitants of the course. Developing a strategy for protecting pollinators must be addressed. Reducing, and potentially eliminating, the need for chemical applications on the course will often benefit pollinators. Planning a planting plan that addresses the flowering times of plants will provide pollinators with forage year round. Additionally, keeping honeybees on a golf course is a great opportunity for a mutually beneficial relationship. Honeybees provide valuable pollination services (a significant societal value) as well as provide the valuable resource of honey. In addition to these services, honeybees are a great educational tool. People are curious about honeybees and often engage in environmental stewardship based on their peaked interest in protecting pollinators.

University of Minnesota Bee Lab

For more information on University of Minnesota research focused on honeybees and pollinators visit the website for the University of Minnesota Bee Lab and Bee Squad.

Bees and Golf in the News

See how golf courses in Illinois are taking action on protecting honeybees and pollinators.

Golf Course Industry Magazine examines on-course beekeeping

Protecting Bees and Beneficial Insects in the MN Golf Industry

 An increasingly common site, honeybee colonies on golf courses (Photo: Anderson).

An increasingly common site, honeybee colonies on golf courses (Photo: Anderson).