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Energy Efficiency St. Andrews Country Club of Boca Raton will use reclaimed wastewater to irrigate greens, tennis courts and landscaping

Published on February 20th, 2010 | by Tina Casey

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Golf Club Recycles Water to Irrigate Greens

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February 20th, 2010 by  

St. Andrews Country Club of Boca Raton will use reclaimed wastewater to irrigate greens, tennis courts and landscapingThe tradition-bound, somewhat chemical-heavy sport of golf isn’t exactly the first place you’d look for evidence that we really have launched into a more sustainable future, but there you have it: golf is going green, and the ferociously upscale St. Andrews Country Club of Boca Raton is part of the revolution.  The club has just announced completion of a new system that will irrigate its two golf courses with reclaimed water (aka wastewater), along with tennis courts and landscaping, too.

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The news comes on the heels of an announcement by the PGA Tour and FedEx that Tiger Woods – wait, scratch that – that golf courses in several cities hosting the tour will get sustainability makeovers that include habitat and waterway restoration.

St. Andrews Country Club and Sustainable Golf

The golf club’s new water recycling system will pipe in reclaimed water from the Palm Beach County Utilities Department, which has the capability to treat wastewater up to federal standards for irrigation use.  The utility’s operations include 50 acres of constructed wetlands that provide a level of natural wastewater treatment, and in an interesting twist the country club grounds will provide yet another layer of filtration.  A club spokesman points out that in addition to conserving potable water and maintaining healthy water levels in the club’s lakes and ponds, the new system uses the highly absorbent nature of turf to remove additional nitrogen and other nutrients from the reclaimed water – which in turn should help cut down on the need for chemical fertilizers.  It’s a pretty neat example of the green synergy that’s bubbling up between sports and sustainability.

The Race for Sustainable Sports

For obvious reasons the skiing industry has become a sustainability leader, but golf is starting to run a close second.  The PGA Tour’s partnership with sustainability conscious FedEx is called The FedExCup Fore!Ever and it includes company-sponsored grants for improvements at the six courses.  Working with Audubon International, the campaign also gets golf’s First Tee youth program involved by having the young golfers lend a hand with some of the restoration projects.  A sustainability curriculum is also in the works, and the campaign is getting the word out to golfers about course etiquette that helps cut down on chemical-dependant greens maintenance.  But golf better hurry up, because sustainable baseball is right around the corner followed closely by a freshly greened NFL.

Image: Golf ball by One Tree Hill Studios on flickr.com.

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About the Author

Tina Casey specializes in military and corporate sustainability, advanced technology, emerging materials, biofuels, and water and wastewater issues. Tina’s articles are reposted frequently on Reuters, Scientific American, and many other sites. Views expressed are her own. Follow her on Twitter @TinaMCasey and Google+.



  • http://oasis-rainharvesting.co.uk Rainwater Harvesting

    In the UK it is very usual for Golf Clubs, footbal clubs, etc. to incorporate rainwater harvesting and non-electric sewage treatment (Biorock)into the design of their sites.
    It seems that the US is way behind in the sustainability stakes if the above article qualifies as ‘News’.

    • Tina Casey

      To Rainwater Harvesting: You sure hit the nail on the head, but if the pace of change keeps picking up then in the very near future this really will just be another story of dog biting man.

  • Amy

    Golf is somewhat green in the visual aspect….

  • Amy

    Golf is somewhat green in the visual aspect….

  • Amy

    Golf is somewhat green in the visual aspect….

  • T78

    J, chill out on the islam bashing. You depict a small extremist sect of Islam as the whole. It is unfortunate that this small minority gets the bulk of the media news in America but in no way is it representative of the billions of people who live peaceably a practice Islam. Do not make the assumption that a part represents the whole.

    As to the golfing, I’m glad they are doing something. The sport is too popular to cut out entirely. It is not green but these steps are a great movement forward. Nice article.

  • T78

    J, chill out on the islam bashing. You depict a small extremist sect of Islam as the whole. It is unfortunate that this small minority gets the bulk of the media news in America but in no way is it representative of the billions of people who live peaceably a practice Islam. Do not make the assumption that a part represents the whole.

    As to the golfing, I’m glad they are doing something. The sport is too popular to cut out entirely. It is not green but these steps are a great movement forward. Nice article.

  • T78

    J, chill out on the islam bashing. You depict a small extremist sect of Islam as the whole. It is unfortunate that this small minority gets the bulk of the media news in America but in no way is it representative of the billions of people who live peaceably a practice Islam. Do not make the assumption that a part represents the whole.

    As to the golfing, I’m glad they are doing something. The sport is too popular to cut out entirely. It is not green but these steps are a great movement forward. Nice article.

  • J

    Response to Jacob,

    Most “motorized vehicles” travesing the course are electric and are an ever improving technology leading to greater electric or all electric cars. There are currently more than 5 million electric vehicles in the world today.

    As for a farce of an activity, well consider that 20% of the human race (mozlams) are brainwashed into believing that the total destruction and enslavemnt of all of us in the western world is the only true objective in life and that they must strive to directly or indirectly support this in the service of allah.

    Compared to golf, your worries are very misplaced.

    I would glady have a 1000 world clsss golf courses instead of the cancerous scourge of izlam and feel a whole lot greener !

  • J

    Response to Jacob,

    Most “motorized vehicles” travesing the course are electric and are an ever improving technology leading to greater electric or all electric cars. There are currently more than 5 million electric vehicles in the world today.

    As for a farce of an activity, well consider that 20% of the human race (mozlams) are brainwashed into believing that the total destruction and enslavemnt of all of us in the western world is the only true objective in life and that they must strive to directly or indirectly support this in the service of allah.

    Compared to golf, your worries are very misplaced.

    I would glady have a 1000 world clsss golf courses instead of the cancerous scourge of izlam and feel a whole lot greener !

  • J

    Response to Jacob,

    Most “motorized vehicles” travesing the course are electric and are an ever improving technology leading to greater electric or all electric cars. There are currently more than 5 million electric vehicles in the world today.

    As for a farce of an activity, well consider that 20% of the human race (mozlams) are brainwashed into believing that the total destruction and enslavemnt of all of us in the western world is the only true objective in life and that they must strive to directly or indirectly support this in the service of allah.

    Compared to golf, your worries are very misplaced.

    I would glady have a 1000 world clsss golf courses instead of the cancerous scourge of izlam and feel a whole lot greener !

  • Jacob

    I don’t think golf can be considered in any way green. People traverse the course in motorized cars, fly from place to place to take part, and transform landscapes as diverse as jungles and deserts into some uniform photocopy of the Scottish highlands with irrigation and clear-felling. As golf presents itself as the sport of the wealthy to south east asia, acres of jungles are being destroyed to facilitate this farce of an activity.

  • Jacob

    I don’t think golf can be considered in any way green. People traverse the course in motorized cars, fly from place to place to take part, and transform landscapes as diverse as jungles and deserts into some uniform photocopy of the Scottish highlands with irrigation and clear-felling. As golf presents itself as the sport of the wealthy to south east asia, acres of jungles are being destroyed to facilitate this farce of an activity.

  • J

    Another cheap shot against Tiger Woods.

    WOW, what a brave woman you are ! ! ! !

    Let me ask you Tina, exactly what law did Tiger Woods break and does he represent a threat to you or society in any way shape or form?

    Why not focus your animosity toward izlam and it’s invading force of the ummah. That is the real threat to you and me. You, so you’re not so brave after all. You can’t remove your head out of your PC ******** and face reality.

    Have a nice day in dar al harb while it lasts.

  • J

    Another cheap shot against Tiger Woods.

    WOW, what a brave woman you are ! ! ! !

    Let me ask you Tina, exactly what law did Tiger Woods break and does he represent a threat to you or society in any way shape or form?

    Why not focus your animosity toward izlam and it’s invading force of the ummah. That is the real threat to you and me. You, so you’re not so brave after all. You can’t remove your head out of your PC ******** and face reality.

    Have a nice day in dar al harb while it lasts.

  • J

    Another cheap shot against Tiger Woods.

    WOW, what a brave woman you are ! ! ! !

    Let me ask you Tina, exactly what law did Tiger Woods break and does he represent a threat to you or society in any way shape or form?

    Why not focus your animosity toward izlam and it’s invading force of the ummah. That is the real threat to you and me. You, so you’re not so brave after all. You can’t remove your head out of your PC ******** and face reality.

    Have a nice day in dar al harb while it lasts.

  • sao pu aung

    Dear Tina Casey,

    In myanmar very importance energy process

    is happen that made by a shan people who name U Sai

    Thant Zin.

  • sao pu aung

    Dear Tina Casey,

    In myanmar very importance energy process

    is happen that made by a shan people who name U Sai

    Thant Zin.

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