Golf Balls are Trash, Too!

golfball_0680.jpgWe’ve never lived on the golf course, although I rented an apartment close to the old Richland Creek Golf Course in Nashville many years ago. But we find golf balls a lot when we’re hiking, walking or running around the neighborhoods where we’ve lived. Let’s realize that golf balls are trash, too, when they are hit into the environment and discarded. According to, golf balls contain “surlyn..the most widely found ball cover…,balata, a softer, more expensive cover, or elastomer balls…for low-handicap players.”

Surlyn, balata and elastomer can’t be good for the environment. So, please don’t leave your balls behind.


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  1. 1

    Golfers do try and find their golf balls. Sometimes they just can’t find them and they have to keep playing so they do not slow up the groups playing behind them.

  2. 2

    They will look for the ball, but most of the time fail. You will take forever to play 18 holes if you ensured you found that one lost ball. They are rather cheap when you buy them in bulk.

    Titleist Logo Golf Balls

  3. 3

    Carl Spackler said,

    Golf balls are never lost, just mishit. If you find a ball and keep it, it becomes a stolen ball. Therefore you are a theif.

    In the future, if you should find a ball return it to its owner, because they could not obviously find it. You would be doing them a favor and when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consiousness.

    For the entrepenuer and capitolist in you, collect them then sell them at a swap meet or flee market. This way you are recycling and can rid yourself of the angst you feel for golfers who lose their balls.

    And remember, old golfers never die, they just lose their balls.

    Your truly,

    Gunga galunga…gunga — gunga galunga

  4. 4

    This is a very interesting post. I work with elastomers all the time but never thought about them being in golf balls or being left as trash on the earth. Great reminder to us all. Thanks

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