For The Good Of The Game: Golf Goes “Green”
Natural resource conservation and “green” building practices are today’s standards in golf course design and maintenance. Architects, builders, and course managers now specialize in knowing how to combine natural landscape features, native plants, grasses, trees, and water to fashion courses that can be appreciated by both players and ecologists.
Desert, forest, and links-type venues all benefit from practices that preserve natural beauty and wildlife habitat while accentuating the aspects of golf that attract players from all over the world.
Ecology groups and wildlife organizations recognize the benefits of eco-conscious course design, and they honor individual venues with awards and designations that highlight efforts to protect our natural environment. The Stonehouse Golf Collection proudly features images of many of these courses, including:
- Chambers Bay, Washington – Audubon International Certified Silver Signature Sanctuary
- Saucon Valley, Pennsylvania – 2008 Environmental Leaders in Golf National Private and Overall Awards (Grace, Old & Weyhill Courses)
- Pebble Beach Golf Links, California – Hosted first golf environmental summit in 1995
- Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Oregon – All proceeds from the par-3 Bandon Preserve course benefit the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance
- Ritz-Carlton Jupiter Golf Club & Spa, Florida – Certified an environmentally friendly habitat by the Audubon Society in 2006
- Arbor Links, Nebraska – Environmental preservation and eco-friendly maintenance are key objectives here as recognized by the National Arbor Foundation
- Birdwood Golf Course, Virginia – Built in 1984 in cooperation with the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program
- Madden’s Resort Classic Course, Minnesota – Conservation-based design with trees, water and natural elevation changes
- Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grand Lakes Course, Florida – Well-preserved Florida ecosystem wetlands mark this Greg Norman design
- Twin Eagles Golf and Country Club Talon Course, Florida – Nicklaus designed Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary
- Fairvue Plantation Foxland Course, Tennessee – Known for its rigorous commitment to eco-friendly maintenance
In a game where scenery competes with challenge, consideration of natural ecological environments and wildlife is a key to success… and truly a win-win situation for players and planet alike.