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Premier Golf Resorts 2012: Green Resort Awards

Pelican Hill
The Resort at Pelican Hill
No. 17 at the Ocean North Course at Pelican Hill.

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.
888-345-6008
bandondunes.com

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.
949-467-6800
pelicanhill.com

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.
800-832-5665
kingsmill.com

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.
888-261-6161
aipfl.com

Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Austin, Tex.
800-336-6158
bartoncreek.com

The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, Colo.
866-837-9520
thebroadmoor.com

Kapalua Resort
Maui, Hi.
800-527-2582
kapaluamaui.com

Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah Island, S.C.
800-654-2924
kiawahresort.com

Madden's on Gull Lake
Brainerd, Minn.
218-829-2811
maddens.com

Mauna Lani Resort
Big Island, Hi.
808-885-6622
maunalani.com

PGA National Resort & Spa
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
800-863-2819
pgaresort.com

Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach, Calif.
800-654-9300
pebblebeach.com

Pinehurst Resort
Pinehurst, N.C.
800-487-4653
pinehurst.com

Reynolds Plantation
Greensboro, Ga.
706-467-0600
reynoldsplantation.com

Sunriver Resort
Sunriver, Ore.
800-801-8765
sunriver-resort.com

Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Verona, N.Y.
800-771-7711
turningstone.com

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