SUNRAY CRUISE CAR
Attention, golf-community dwellers! If you’re not quite ready to get run off the road by an 18-wheeler in your Prius, you can still drive a hybrid: The solar-powered Sunray Cruise Car ($6,795, cruisecarinc.com). Part solar- and battery-powered, its roof of solar cells traps sunlight and converts it into energy. Bonus: It comes with a $900 tax credit!
ECO INCENTIVES DIVOT REPAIR TOOL
Just when you thought divot tools couldn’t get any more thrilling, along comes this snazzy little number ($4, from ecoincentives.com), made entirely of used CD cases. Finally, Yanni’s albums are doing us some good.
HI-TEC ENVIRO GOLF SHOES
These shoes ($150, hi-tec.com) make your dogs doggone comfy, and 99 percent of the materials are earth-friendly, including chrome-free leather, rubber-rice husk outsole, and recycled plastics in the laces and midsole.
COMING SOON: THE HO CHI MINH GOLF TRAIL?
Myrtle Beach. Ireland. Scotland. Vietnam? Yes, the Asian nation might one day become a golf destination, says renowned designer Tom Doak. With the game’s popularity exploding overseas (more than 1,000 courses have been built outside the U.S. in the last five years), Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and China are all candidates to see a golf boom in the next decade. Doak says a lack of fresh water makes the drought-resistant grass paspalum the grain of choice; it can be irrigated with salt water, so development wouldn’t get Al Gore in a huff. “Since weeds don’t grow well in salt water,” adds Doak, “it also eliminates the need for herbicides that could infect the surrounding environment.”
ON THE NUMBER
3,515 Total square miles of all U.S. courses, which equals the combined size of Delaware and Rhode Island, or about one percent of the nation’s land mass. (Source: National Golf Foundation)