The study was conducted by Steve Price, biology research coordinator at Davidson University, from May 2004 through 2012.
Price is now a professor at the University of Kentucky.
The National Fish
and Wildlife Foundation's
"Wildlife Links" program financed the study, which took place in and around Charlotte, N.C.
Two of the primary golf courses that participated in the study were Northstone Country Club
in Huntersville, N.C., and River Run Country Club
in Davidson, N.C.
discovered that golf course ponds provide an important habitat for turtles, in some cases a better habitat than ponds on farms or in parks.
says turtle populations were negatively affected on courses with greater residential development within their boundaries, and they may not provide the same benefits to turtle populations as golf courses that have minimal development within their boundaries.
The study also tells where turtles nest on golf courses, which is not on greens, fairways or bunkers, Price
"They picked out small landscaped areas on the golf course, where perennials or annuals were planted," he
says there have been a lot of questions historically about the use of pesticides and how they may impact the environment, including water.
"For a long time, scientists like myself weren't conducting research on golf courses," he