Climate Change Interview 6: Golf Course Owner (Phil) - Gen X - Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

Door Creek Golf Course

Live Interview

Phil Frederickson – Gen X – Golf Course Owner – Cottage Grove, Wisconsin - Husband and father of two boys

1. What are your thoughts when you hear that the climate is warming, the environment is being destroyed and that humans are the cause?

I agree with it and I think it is moving very rapidly. The human race is doing damage. It worries me for my kids and grandkids. I’m not worried for me but for the future generations, definitely.

2. In your mind what are the driving forces of climate change and environmental degradation?

Well, I’d say it is a wide variety of forces and everyone is doing their share. A lot more people are doing their share to destroy the environment than to help it. That’s my opinion. I don’t really know that much about all the causes, I just know it is getting bad.

3. Has your life been affected in any way? If so, how?

Personally no. From a business standpoint, yes it is. In some ways more good than bad. Obviously, golfing in December and January is a good thing for us. I’d say it is helping, but when you think about it a guess it is a little hard to say because you have the other side of it. All the rains aren’t helping. I would rather have normal weather than this weather. Its very hard to plan with things the way they are.

The whole global changing weather isn’t helping. We have seen a longer season in the Fall but a shorter Spring. In the last two years the weather has definitely shifted – shorter Spring, longer Fall. That has affected my pocketbook more negatively than positively. For example, this October was just garbage.

We have 200 acres here at the course. In the past few years there is a lot more water that doesn’t go away as quickly. There is more standing water and more damaged areas.

4. In your opinion, what needs to be done?

I don’t want to sound like a commercial but everyone needs to do their part. We could do a better job recycling on our end. That has an effect for sure. We tend to mix a lot of things together. We plan on doing a better job with that next year.

From a business standpoint, given the business we are in, herbicides we have to continue to use. There are some signs that the golf industry is aware of the problems and ma