Boca’s Broken Sound Club, home to the Allianz Championship and PGA Champions Tour’s opener, has been named the Overall and National Private recipient of the 2017 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards.
The award is presented annually by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird’s Golf Division.
Club officials will be recognized in February at the Opening Session at the 2017 Golf Industry Show in Orlando.
“This is such a great honor as it recognizes the high standard Broken Sound Club leadership, our members and golf course maintenance team continuously set for ourselves every single day ‘on and off’ our golf courses,” notes John Crean, CCE, BSC General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. “Sustainability combined with hospitality is our Club DNA.”
Awardees are selected by an independent panel of judges representing national environmental groups, turfgrass experts, university researchers and valued members of the golf industry to recognize golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence and best management practices. Such best practices include the areas of water conservation, water quality management, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife and habitat conservation, communication and outreach and leadership.
“The ELGA winners are not only stewards for the environment, but excellent examples of the focus our industry keeps on sustainable efforts,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. “They are on the frontline of how superintendents are making great playing conditions and environmental management practices work in tandem.”
According to GCSAA, BSC’s sustainability mission and efforts through the on-course stewardship of its Maintenance Director and Environmental Consultant Shannon Easter, the Club’s 115-acre, 36-hole facilities — BSC’s Club Course and The Old Course — demonstrate that golf courses can be a welcome habitat for native wildlife, including some endangered species.
The club began its sustainability efforts on the greens with reclaiming water and adding birdhouses, a butterfly garden and true native areas on its golf courses. Looking internally at facility operations, BSC moved to paperless accounting, cardboard and paper recycling and installing of water reduction toilets, shower heads, motion sensor lighting systems with LED fixtures and bulbs, and replacing Styrofoam cups with biodegradable products made of corn starch before its large investment in composting.
It also installed a Tesla charging station and hired a beekeeper to install and maintain 22 beehives on its two Audubon Sanctuary and GEO Certified golf courses.