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Kelowna golf course cleans up ponds, recovering 25,000 lost golf balls

Recovery benefits flora, fauna; oxygenates water


September 22, 2021
By Turf & Rec

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Michaelbrook Golf Course in Kelowna, B.C. recently recovered 25,000 from its course ponds, taking an environmentally conscious step forward.

Nadean Ostrom, the club’s general manager, said the ball recovery project creates more space within the ponds for flora and fauna to co-exist, oxygenates the water and removes toxic plastics from potentially leaching into the Okanagan Lake water system.

Balls deemed usable are resold by Mulligan International, the Montreal company hired to retrieve the submerged balls. The company spent four days recovering the balls through machine picking and by scuba divers.

Michaelbrook conducts a ball recovery program every other year. Mulligan International has been retained to perform the same task in two more years.

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