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Eight Eco-Friendly Communities for Golfers

Save On Energy
By Shelly White

If you’re a golf enthusiast, you’ve probably been watching the PGA Tour and eyeing the lush landscapes – wishing you could play on similar courses. We’ve got you covered. Our SaveOnEnergy.com® analysts looked at golf courses around the country to find some of the best spots to putt.

To make the cut, the course needed to be GEO Certified® – an award given to courses by the Golf Environment Organization that meet certain standards in the areas of nature, energy, supply chain and pollution control. Next, every golf course we chose to feature is in a town that has a high recorded number of sunshine days each year and a good overall air quality rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), making it a great place to visit. Ready to take your game to a new fairway? Check out the list we compiled below.

Credit: Visit Laguna Beach

Credit: Visit Laguna Beach

Ben Brown’s Golf Course at the Ranch at Laguna Beach
A course located in Southern California is the first on our list: Ben Brown’s Golf Courseat the Ranch at Laguna Beach. Not only is it a gorgeous golf course, it’s also a friend to the environment. Ben Brown’s works with two organizations – the California Coastal Commission and the Laguna Canyon Foundation (LGF). Partnering with the first, the golf course monitors the chemical, biological and visual quality of its nearby water weekly. With help from the LGF, it stays on top of the air quality in the surrounding environment.

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Broken Sound Club
We head to the southeastern corner of our country for the next course. In Boca Raton, FL, the Broken Sound Club golf course is making strides to maintain a high level of eco-friendliness. Broken Sound was the second golf course in the United States and the 14th in world to become GEO Certified.

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Old South Golf Links
Just across the bridge from Hilton Head Island, SC, lies Bluffton – and the Old South Golf Links course. A GEO Certified course since 2016, Old South takes care to prevent contaminants from entering the water table.

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PGA National Resort and Spa
This South Florida golf course has maintained its GEO Certification since 2015. Located in the affluent city of Palm Beach Gardens, the PGA National Resort and Spa has made significant efforts to reduce its energy usage. With the initiatives it has in place – such as using energy-efficient irrigation pumps – the golf course has saved an estimated $18,000 each year in energy costs.

Read more about this course.

Read more about all of the eco-friendly rated courses, including:
The Bear Trace at Harri
The Legends at Parris Islandson Bay
The Sea Pines Resort
The Venice Golf and Country Club

New Edition of Sustainable Golf Development Guidelines

Golf Environment Organization

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First released in 2010, this updated edition of the guidelines brings together over 55 innovative examples and compelling insights from leading figures in golf development from across the globe demonstrating why golf continues to be more than a game.

In recent years, the sport has shown that it is adapting to address future challenges, and new projects are pushing the boundaries of conventional golf course design. The examples within this new edition have come about to meet challenges faced, such as resource availability, personal time constraints, tighter land restrictions and increasing social challenges. This next generation of golf developments are delivering greater benefits for their social and natural environments whilst providing multiuse recreational facilities for all generations.

Endorsed by many of the major industry associations in golf development and sustainability, the guidelines examine the process of realising a golf development from site selection right through the design and construction process to opening day and beyond. The guidelines compliment the OnCourse® Developments programme’s ethos by being open and applicable to every kind of proposed golf course from large resort developments to smaller scale golf facilities.

Sam Thomas, Manager of Golf Development at GEO explained: ‘Since 2010, the industry has moved forward at pace and there have been so many great examples of sustainable golf development. The guidelines have been refreshed to include these new real-world examples and also to more closely align with the current dialogue in the sustainability world; along with last year’s release of the International Voluntary Standard and OnCourse®Developments programme for golf developments.’

In this publication are examples of river restoration in the South of Portugal; Zero chemical construction and maintenance in the Caribbean and Scandinavia; renovation with 33% reduction in resource consumption in the U.S. and support for local communities and education in South America. This whole world view of sustainable golf development and the alignment with the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals is vital to the continued growth and prosperity of the sustainable golf development movement.

View the full story and download the guidelines here.

Schupan Recycling Is The LPGA Volvik Championship’s Official Sustainability Partner

By The Original Golf Blogger

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Michigan’s Schupan Recycling, the nation’s largest independent processor of used beverage containers, has once again partnered with the LPGA Volvik Championship to provide recycling and composting of waste materials.

The LPGA Volvik Championshipo will be played May 22 – 28 at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor.

“At the 2016 LPGA Volvik Championship, we achieved a 28 percent diversion rate through recycling and compost programs,” said Jessica Loding, Assistant Director of Events for Schupan Recycling. “That translates to 3.54 tons of recycled and composted material, equaling 7,080 pounds of material, diverted from the landfill.”

At the 2016 LPGA Volvik Championship, Schupan Recycling collected:

  • 1,556 lbs of plastic (primarily water bottles)
  • 192 lbs of aluminum cans
  • 3,960 lbs of cardboard
  • 119 lbs of scrap metal
  •  825 lbs of paper
  • 428 lbs of food waste

“We’re thrilled to work with the LPGA and the LPGA Volvik Championship again,” said Loding. “Last year proved the need to expand on-course compost collection while maintaining used beverage container and cardboard recycling.”

The LPGA Volvik Championship’s and Schupan’s sustainability efforts are being recognized. In June, Loding and Tournament Director Keith Karbo will travel to the Green Sports Alliance Annual Summit in Sacramento, California to represent the LPGA in a panel discussion and presentation about sustainability in golf.

“We are honored to be included in the Green Sports Alliance program this year,” said Karbo. “When we created the Volvik Championship, we wanted to create a new standard for best practices. We’re incredibly proud of what the tournament has accomplished and look forward to growing the sustainability program in the years to come.”

Read more here.

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