The Royal North Devon Golf Club in Northam, England, recently decided at a committee meeting to allow only wooden tees. As for the reason for the ban? It’s due to the fear of the harm they could cause animals and birds who eat them. The National Golf Club Managers’ Association told The Telegraph that Royal North Devon Golf Club is believed to be the first club to have banned plastic tees.
The ban begins on Jan. 1, 2020 and the course will only sell wooden tees in its pro shop and it will provide extra tee bins next to each set of tees to encourage golfers to place discarded tees in the bins.
The course founded in 1864 was designed by Old Tom Morris, the four-time Open champion. The course is also the oldest in the United Kingdom.
“We have all seen golf tees lying around the course, both wooden and plastic,” the club’s statement reads. “The simple fact is that plastic tees are more likely to harm the birds and animals we share our wonderful course with.”
This move comes as a huge support to the number of courses doing the right thing to protect the environment and go-green as the world moves ahead. It’s still unknown if the courses in other part of the world have yet inhibited this practice, but this sure should reach to more and more golf courses across the world and motivate them to follow the same.