NYCC golf course will turn into ‘grow zone’

Putts and pitches will soon be replaced by flora and fauna at the New York Chiropractic College.

The college’s nine-hole golf course at the south end of the 286-acre campus on Route 89 will be allowed to revert back to its natural state.

College officials announced recently that the Par 30 Cayuga Links golf course will become a 45-acre “Grow Zone” conservation area.

“This pilot grow zone program is expected to help the college further its goals of embracing sustainable operations, creating natural green spaces and practicing conservation whenever possible,” said Colleen Brennan-Barry, college spokeswoman.

Since NYCC moved to the former Eisenhower College campus in 1991, it has contracted with outside parties to operate the golf course. There was a surge in interest in golf in the 1990s and early 2000s, but that interest has declined in recent years. Brennan-Barry said when the latest lease ended in the fall of 2017, the course closed and the college considered other options for the land.

The conversion will allow the college to eliminate the need for fertilizers or similar chemical treatments used in the maintenance of golf courses. The grow zone will also significantly reduce the college’s carbon footprint, eliminating the need for more than 14 hours of mowing a week and more than 6,400 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The reduction in mowing will also save an estimated 360 gallons of fuel each year, which Brennan-Barry said supports “both good environment and good fiscal stewardship.”

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