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Two Tahoe golf courses get enviro awards

Scott Sonner
Associated Press Writer

RENO, Nev. (AP) ” Two golf courses in the Lake Tahoe area are being honored by Golf Digest and a national group of golf course superintendents for their environmental practices.

Old Greenwood Golf Course in Truckee, Calif., was named the top resort course nationally in terms of commitment to environmental stewardship as part of the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards selected by the magazine and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing, just across U.S. Interstate 80 from Old Greenwood, was picked as the winner of the private course award for the GSCAA’s Sierra Nevada chapter and TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas won for top private course in the southern Nevada chapter.

The overall winner nationally was The Marvel Golf Club in Benton, Ky., which will be featured in an upcoming issue of Golf Digest.

The superintendents of the courses will be formally recognized at the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in Orlando at the end of January, including Old Greenwood’s Jonathan Moulton, Gray’s Crossing’s Michael Cornette and TPC Summerlin’s Dale Hahn.

“This year’s winners are to be commended for their commitment to environmental stewardship,” GCSAA President Ricky D. Heine said in a statement Thursday. “They, along with their facilities, have demonstrated that golf courses can be compatible with the environment ” and in many cases enhance it.”

“We are pleased to share the good story that golf is indeed achieving positive results,” added Roger Schiffman, managing editor of Golf Digest.

Moulton and Cornette worked with Joel Blaker, director of agronomy for Tahoe Mountain Club, which operates the two Tahoe-area golf courses owned by East West Partners. Jack Nicklaus designed Old Greenwood and Peter Jacobsen helped design Gray’s Crossing.

Blaker said the owners were committed from the beginning to enrolling the two courses in the Audubon International Gold Signature program.

“This program is designed to help build and maintain environmentally friendly golf courses,” Blaker said Thursday.

“Pre-design work was done to mitigate wildlife corridors and to protect water quality. Drainage from the development is contained, filtered and reused as irrigation water,” he said.

Recycling programs at the courses include Christmas tree recycling, aluminum, plastic, glass and construction materials, he said.

“Environmentally friendly grass types were used to reduce the need of pesticide applications and the acreage of turf was kept to a minimum to help reduce water usage,” he said.

“Helping with the design, construction and maintenance of these courses in such a way that benefits the land is extremely important in today’s society. And it’s just the right thing to do,” Blaker said.