Making the Commitment
There are nearly 15,200 golf courses across the U.S. and many serve as shining examples of environmental stewardship by providing ecological and economic benefits to local communities and continuously improving water conservation, water quality protection, energy savings and pollution reduction. Here are a few of their stories.
Pasatiempo is one of many golf courses in California to eliminate turf in out of play areas to reduce water use. In 2007, Pasatiempo maintained 95 irrigated acres. Just two years later, the city of Santa Cruz announced a...
Several years ago, Broken Sound Club made a commitment to become more environmentally sensitive while reducing energy costs and consumption. It began with the introduction of bio-degradable cups and recycling and has led...
Located 30 minutes from Charleston, Kiawah Island is home to five championship golf courses – all classified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries for their conservation efforts. The Ocean Course, designed by the legendary...
Located 20 minutes north of Chattanooga, Tenn., the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay is home 18 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus as well as two bald eagles, named Elliott and Eloise. Due to the course's environmental best practices, the couple built a nest in a tall pine tree...
Located an hour north of West Palm Beach, PGA Village is home to 54 holes of championship golf – 36 from Fazio and 18 from Dye. Owned and operated by the PGA of America, PGA Village is one of the premier public-access resort facilities...
In 2013, Robert Trent Jones II (RTJ II) completed extensive renovations to the Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. RTJ II worked closely with the Northern California Golf Association to improve playability and conserve precious resources, particularly water.
Hunting Hawk Golf Club achieved efficiency and economy of management practices through environmental considerations in the design including the conservation of water (up to 70%), incorporation of naturalized areas (30+ acres), reduction in the amount of high maintenance turf and a decrease in chemical applications through the use of an Integrated Pest Management Program.
Saddle Creek Resort – the Castle & Cooke golf community in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County – has reduced irrigation of its golf course by 40%, saving 400,000 gallons of water daily from June to September 2014.
One of the true crown jewels of American golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to legendary Harbour Town Golf Links (host of the PGA TOUR's RBC Heritage) designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. All three golf courses are certified by Audubon International for environmental excellence and sound practices.
California’s North Ranch Country Club removed more than 35 acres of turf in water conservation project. Upscale golf facility near Los Angeles embarked on one of state’s largest turf removal project to save money and cut water usage.
The Old Collier Golf Club in Naples, Fla. was the first golf course in the world to irrigate with brackish water, and the first to landscape with indigenous plants that are halophytes. It was the first golf club in the world to be designated an Audubon International “Gold Signature Sanctuary.”
In the late 1990’s, a concept was conceived for a golf course in the state of Nebraska that would serve as an educational model for eco-sustainability and yet be affordable to build and maintain. To further that goal, a partnership was formed between the golf course builder, the golf course architect and the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Until the 1960s, the Town of Monticello in southeastern Utah was home to a large uranium mill consuming nearly 100 acres. Beginning in the 1980s, the U.S. Department of Energy had undertaken removal of the mill site. An expansion of a previous nine-hole course developed the land into the 18-hole Hideout Golf Club. Wildlife and residents benefit from the now continuous land which accounts for open space through the town. Wetlands were increased by six acres by adding wetlands environments to the golf course areas and by restoring wetlands through the old mill site.
The 18-hole, par 72 golf course meanders through expansive rolling grasslands, coast live oak studded canyons and dramatic ridgelines offering views of majestic Mt. Diablo. Surrounding the core 145 acres for this upscale municipal facility are 280 acres of land preserved as permanent open space which also features three miles of hiking and equestrian trails.