Independent research company NOP surveyed 200 golfers on behalf of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and discovered that a third of respondents would consider switching golf clubs if they found another that had better environmental policies in place.
Forty-one per cent of respondents also said they would be more likely to recommend their club if it used recycled materials.
WRAP materials development manager (glass) Bronnie Allen said of the report: "This research has shown that adopting a more environmentally friendly approach enhances a club's reputation and may give it a competitive edge."
A wide range of recycled materials can be employed on golf courses, ranging from glass processed into sand for bunkers, to woodchip for pathways and, of course, compost used in plant beds.
Golfers knowledge of what could be done was reflected in the fact that 95% of respondents wanted their club to use recycled products.
Allen added: "We encourage golf courses to look into the vast range of recycled materials and products that are available and, if they haven't already done so, consider running trials."