PGA National’s acclaimed Champion Course received the GEO Certified label also in 2015 for implementing rigorous sustainable club and golf course management practices as prescribed by the Golf Environment Organization (Scotland) – also third party verified. PGA National also received the 2016 “Sustainable Golf Course of the Year” award for the Americas region by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
PGA National’s ACE program (Always Caring for the Environment), and superhero mascot is designed to engage participation from employees, members and guests. Highlights of sustainability initiatives include: conversion of turf grass species leading to 35% reduction in water use, 30% reduction in fungicide use and 20% reduction in overall fertility to the area; 100% of the site’s green waste is recycled and returned as mulch for organic fertilizer; $18,000 annual electricity savings with new energy-efficient drives to irrigation pumps; and free electric vehicle charging stations for guests and club members.
The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 2,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually--equivalent to the emissions from 106,529 propane BBQ grills--and it will generate enough power to meet the electricity needs for close to 300 homes beyond the power needs of the Raceway. Pocono Raceway's Solar Farm is able to meet 100% of the facility's power needs as well as offset all of the additional power required by NASCAR during an event at Pocono. During the summer months, the raceway uses approximately 50 sheep to help maintain the grass within the confines of the solar project.