No. 17 at the Ocean North Course at Pelican Hill.
The Resort at Pelican Hill
By Joe Passov
Saturday, March 03, 2012

Environmental awareness among golfers is almost a given these days. We practically demand it now from our top resorts. Still, there are a select few properties that lead the way in resource conservation and protection. We applaud the following three resorts for their efforts, and congratulate them on becoming the newest members of Golf Magazine’s Eco-friendly Green Hall of Fame.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Bandon, Ore.

Mike Keiser has long preached—and practiced—to leave a place you’ve visited better than you found it. His latest statement is the 13-hole, par-3 Bandon Preserve course, a Coore-Crenshaw design opening in 2012. Profits will be directed strictly toward conservation projects, among them fish habitat creation and restoration.

The Resort at Pelican Hill
Newport Coast, Calif.

Pelican Hill actually has a Green Committee, with department volunteers who focus on environmental stewardship, recycling and sustainability. Perhaps most impressive is the resort’s state-of-the-art water management plan, implemented in consultation with Orange County Coastkeeper, which emphasizes conservation—up to 50 million gallons per year—as well as reducing debris through filters and capturing and recycling runoff.

Kingsmill Resort & Spa
Williamsburg, Va.

In 2010 Kingsmill committed 40 percent of its 2,900 acres overlooking the James River to eco-friendly initiatives. All three of its courses are Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, its marina landscaping uses no fertilizers or pesticides, rain water and irrigation runoff are funneled into irrigation ponds and re-used; even the sauces in the kitchen are cooled with cool sticks instead of running water.

These resorts join previous Green Resort Award winners

Amelia Island Plantation
Amelia Island, Fla.

Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Austin, Tex.

The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Kapalua Resort
Maui, Hi.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah Island, S.C.

Madden's on Gull Lake
Brainerd, Minn.

Mauna Lani Resort
Big Island, Hi.

PGA National Resort & Spa
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach, Calif.

Pinehurst Resort
Pinehurst, N.C.

Reynolds Plantation
Greensboro, Ga.

Sunriver Resort
Sunriver, Ore.

Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Verona, N.Y.

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