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Tahoe area golf courses recognized

Sun Staff Report

TRUCKEE ” Tahoe Mountain Club and Joel Blaker, Tahoe Mountain Club’s director of agronomy, have been recognized by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and Golf Digest magazine for their commitment to environmental stewardship on the golf course.

Tahoe Mountain Club received top honors in the 2008 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award in the National Resort Category.

The Environmental Leaders in Golf Award recognizes golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence in the areas of resource conservation, water quality management, integrated pest management, wildlife management and education. These categories are judged on sustainability, criticality, originality and technology implementation.

Tahoe Mountain Club was recognized for the environmental programs on all three of their golf courses, including: Coyote Moon; Old Greenwood, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course; and The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing, a private golf course designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy.

Some of Tahoe Mountain Club’s golf course environmental programs that received specific recognition in the ELGA include:

Water filtration system that captures water used to wash equipment and filters then recycles it into the irrigation system.

Land preservation efforts including donation of a 252-acre parcel of land (located between Old Greenwood Golf Course and the Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing) to a local land trust under the stipulation that it never be developed. This land ensures easy passage for wildlife movement and provides an extensive flora and fauna monitoring program.

Education programs like: “Trout in the Classroom” where middle school students fertilized Lahontan Cutthroat Trout eggs, raised the hatchlings and then stocked ponds at Tahoe Mountain Club; and an annual bird survey.

Winners of the ELGA program will be featured in an upcoming issue of Golf Digest magazine and GCAA’s Golf Course Management magazine.