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Sustainable Golf Courses Put More Green In the Game

Sustainable golf courses are on the rise with more and more golf enthusiasts, course designers, and communities committed to making courses "greener." In fact, golf course architects Alice Dye and Jan Bel Jan discuss their philosophies on golf course design and how they have used it to make the game more sustainable and accessible in a video that's part of the USGA Museum's exhibit, "Breaking New Ground: Women and Golf Course Architecture." (Watch now, or see it for yourself at the USGA Golf Museum in Far Hills, New Jersey, through December 2018.)
 
The Sustainable Seal of Approval
 
As golf courses continue to adopt sustainable practices, many are going a step further, striving to become Golf Environment Organization (GEO) certified. Being GEO Certified means achieving sustainability standards in the areas of nature, water, energy, supply chain, pollution control, and community. More LEED-certified golf clubhouses are popping up as well.
 
Some Sustainable Golf Course Highlights 
  • Venice Golf and Country Club in Florida has a computerized irrigation system to minimize the amount of water used.
  • Los Robles Greens, in Thousand Oaks, California, naturalized 40 acres by adding 55,000 naturally drought- and pest-resistant native plants.
  • The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado is a certified Audubon Sanctuary, a designation earned by fewer than 10 percent of courses. Players there spot rare birds, coyotes, foxes, and butterflies. 

Read about the 10 most eco-friendly golf courses in the nation.

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