Organic golf is a touchy subject. Despite the figures you see in mainstream media of there only being one Organic golf course in the US, (Martha's Vineyard) I know of at least ten that claim no use of chemicals and one that some years doesn't even used rock minerals. Although these other courses don't host the president like the Vineyard does (articles discussing Obama and organic golf politics), they do promote the game and often operate at such a low overhead (no chemicals mean no infrastructure and machinery required to use them either!) that they make the game more feasible.
Is the future of golf Organic? Well... I believe Organics have an important role to play for sure.
"We are fighting a marketing drive trend towards lusher, greener and more manicured courses – stimulating golfers to want to play on what they see on TV," said Jonathan Smith, chief executive of the Golf Environment Organisation. "New Malton is showing important leadership in a sector that already understands the need to minimise pesticide use."