Environment-Friendly Golf Courses In The U.S.
The PGA Championship just wrapped up crowning Rory McIlroy as the 2012 champion. While the focus was on the talented field this week there was also a buzz on the course where it was played.
The PGA Championship was held at one of the most “green,” or eco-friendly courses in the U.S., the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. The golf course collects up to 300,000 gallons of fresh water every single day using 14-miles of drains and pipes. The water is used to irrigate the course.
Kiawah Resort designer Pete Dye also created 22 acres of fresh wetlands and restored 80 acres of saltwater marshlands. Native trees were also planted to help prevent erosion.
But for you golf fanatics out there, Kiawah Resort is not the only environment-friendly golf course around. You can also add these eco-friendly golf courses for your next vacation.
Justin Timberlake invested in a golf course with his Mirimichi Championship Course in Millington, Tennessee. This par-72 golf course earned it a Golf Environmental Certification because of its sustainable design and approach.
The course has been planted with aquatic vegetation along the banks, ponds and streams to protect the high water quality. The aquatic vegetation also helps wildlife easily access water.
The excess water is also collected and a filter removes pollutants from parking lots and cart paths.
The third golf course on our list is the Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame, California.
The 32,000 acre golf course is located inside a wildlife refuge. You will most likely see deer or rare birds during your round.
Crystal Springs is also located on a ridge that has three reservoirs that provide drinking water to the residents of Bay Area. Because of this, the course’s priority is to keep its drinking water safe from pollutants.
The course prohibits the use of chemicals that might endanger the water reserve.
When playing in the resort, you must also check out their restrooms which use less water.
Next on our list is The Ocean Courses in Newport Coast, California. This golf course is located along the coastal land with fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean.
The Ocean Courses was designed with a water management system that prevents untreated water reaching the sea. The system also helps to save about 50 million gallons of water yearly. These efforts have earned the golf course the Pelican Hill Golf Magazine’s Eco-friendly Hall of Fame Award.
The last course on our list the Mountain Golf Course located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The golf course has invested in a state-of-the-art computer-controlled irrigation systems that reuse water and help keep the grass green.
They have also planted native grasses on the course and have lined the water hazards with plant buffer zones. The staff also volunteer to help clean the Cheyenne Creek several times a year.