Two of the most mutually exclusive words in the modern world may be "golf" and "environment." The $49 billion sport has perhaps the blackest environmental reputation of any pastime around, and it can be a hard game to play with a conscience. Golfing enthusiasts, however, are working to change that with a new generation of courses whose greens actually are.

From an environmental perspective, golf courses have three basic problems: they require a lot of land that in most cases had been undeveloped; they use tremendous amounts of water; and they rely on pesticides and other chemicals to maintain playing surfaces.

Current estimates place the number of golf courses in the United States at roughly 16,000. These courses cover some 1.7 million acres, an area about the size of the state of Delaware. The typical course uses 312,000 gallons of water per day. In arid locations, a single course can drink as many as a million gallons a day—a four-year supply for a family of four.

But a movement to make golf courses more sustainable is starting to dig its cleats in. Golfers can join in this cuase by asking their clubs to take steps to reduce environmental impacts and by choosing to play only courses that are working toward positive solutions.

Conscientious golfers should also look for courses built in appropriate areas. The ideal course is one whose construction does not create a net loss by destroying undeveloped natural lands but rather restores a degraded area or an urban brownfield to provide a net benefit.

EcoGolf Celebrity Charity Tournament Series



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    ISC-Audubon and EcoEvents Group partnered together to co-produce the EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament Series in the winter of 2012, and have since turned the partnership into a great success.

    The previous Celebrity Tournament benefited Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides safe effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. The upcoming ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Charity Tournament will provide funding for establishing outdoor classrooms through the ISC-Audubon Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability Campaign called Nature Discovery Gardens, but also benefit the Southern Florida Make-A-Wish Foundation and their efforts to provide much needed assistance for young people and their families in times of great need.

    “ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournaments has made a sincere commitment to support a variety of sustainability and youth-related charities,” according to EcoEvents Group founder and Celebrity Tournament Coordinator Lucia Anreus-Hall. “We are not just organizing a fun event for celebrities and golfers to attend, but have also created a great opportunity for individuals from all walks of life to support some truly great and worthwhile charities.”

    In addition to the charitable contributions made, the tournament series itself is an example for other golf tournaments or events that strive to be eco-friendly. The tournament series are held only at golf courses and facilities that are managed in an environmentally-friendly or sustainable manner, and especially by those facilities who have taken steps to become certified through an environmental or sustainability-focused certification program such as those who choose to participate in the ISC-Audubon Sustainable Golf Facility Program.  

    aubreycelebWe have also made a commitment to be a carbon neutral event, and will offset our carbon footprint by planting native or naturalized trees and plants at select local natural park locations, and in conjunction with the ISC-audubon Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability Campaign.

    The EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament is more than just a golf event, and the golf tournament itself is only one aspect of the three day event. The first night includes a Celebrity Dinner and Auction that will benefit charity, and on the last day, ISC-Audubon organizes the EcoKids Golf Clinic where celebrity golf professionals instruct youth on the basics of golf and kids learn about being environmentally friendly.

    Ronald G. Dodson, Chairman of the ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament Series said, “Having worked in the golf industry for over 25 years, it is very exciting to finally have the time and opportunity to be involved directly in a golf tournament series that will not only provide for a fun experience for those that attend the tournament, but to generate much needed funding for environmental education in schools that are all facing serious budget shortfalls and to directly help children and their families during times of great stress brought about by serious personal health issues. Clearly these EcoGolf Tournaments are opportunities for golfers and everyone involved with golf to be involved in some actions that are beyond golf, but clearly connected with the environmental and social need aspects of sustainability and have great fun in the process.”

     southflorida April 6, 2013 - South Florida
    The ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament of South Florida
    Presented by: The Westin Diplomat, Sweet Spot Apparrel, and Totem
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    The ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament of South Florida
    Presented by: Sweet Spot Apparrel

    May 31, 2013 - Dominican Republic
    The ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament of South Florida
    Presented by: Sweet Spot Apparrel

    Sponsorship opportunities are available offering tremendous exposure and marketing impressions to golf travelers, golf businesses and consumers. For more information concerning tournament registration, travel packages or sponsor opportunities call: (561) 509-8780 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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      ecogolf celebrity charity tournaments logo final - south florida - smEcoGolf Celebrity Charity Tournament - South Florida | April 5th thru 7th 2013

      Westin Diplomat Golf Course

      An ideal balance of mature Banyans and Royal Palm trees with manicured Tif Eagle greens and  rolling Bermuda 419 awaits the seasoned player and welcomes the novice. The nearly 7,000-yards  of championship golf course is managed by internationally renowned Troon Golf®. Every cart is equipped with Prolink GPS to offer game assistance  and the lay of the course and also allows for food and beverage service delivered during play. Golf Digest Schools offer private and small group lessons from the beginner as well as the experienced player.

      Event Schedule

      April 5
      10:00am-2pm: Pre–Registration at the Diplomat Golf Course.  7:00pm: Dinner with celebrities to benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida at Westin Diplomat Beach Resort.

      April 6
      8:30am: Shotgun – Diplomat Golf. Please be at the golf course by 7:00am.  2:00pm: Awards luncheon, closing event at The Links, Diplomat Golf Course.

      April 7
      Aubrey McCormick and Valeria Ochoa (LPGA & Big Break Atlantis) EcoKids Golf Clinic @ Diplomat the Golf Course.  9:00am to noon. Kids between 5 and 15 years old. Call for information and registration.


      One Day Golf Tournament Package
      $295 per player (includes tournament with celebrities, luncheon awards ceremony, prizes & celebrity charity dinner).

      Westin Diplomat Hotel & Spa Exclusive Beach Package
      The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa has a full-service spa, a golf course, and a marina. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and a computer station is located on site. Business amenities at this  4-star property include a business center, small meeting rooms, and a  technology helpdesk. The resort offers 9 restaurants along with a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. The staff can provide wedding services, event catering, and limo/town car service.

      Additional amenities include a health club, a children's club, and spa services. This is a smoke-free property. The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida is home to a world-class golf course and luxury resort  creating the ultimate South Florida golf vacation escape. This 18-hole, Joe Lee-designed golf course in Miami combines challenging play with luxurious Mediterranean style architecture. The course features four par-5 holes and a 570-yard hole that is one of the longest in South Florida.

      The championship Miami golf course features 8 acres of lakes and rolling fairways and 76 bunkers combining for a 72.9 course rating from the Blue Tees. The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa features state of the art technology installed on each golf cart with the ParView global positioning system. Plan your next Miami golf vacation with the luxury resort amenities and championship golf at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. Packages available, please call 561-509-8780.

      Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Exclusive Packages
      Crown PlazaA tropical sanctuary that offers contemporary comforts, the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Hotel in Hollywood, Florida is an upscale resort both warm and stylish in appeal. More than a resort, it's a unique place where you can hit the beach, bask in the sun, and explore surrounding South Florida.

      Packages available, please call call 561-509-8780.

      EcoGolf Celebrity Charity Dinner to benefit the Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida.
      April 05  $150 – for one person.  $280 – for two people.

      make-a-wishAbout Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida
      Make-A-Wish Southern Florida grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical  conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Whether a child chooses to go somewhere exotic, meet an adored celebrity, have a treasured gift or be a dream occupation for the day, each wish experience is tailor-made to exceed all expectations. The Southern Florida  chapter grants a wish every 16 hours and has granted more than 8,500 wishes since its inception 28 years ago. The chapter’s vision is to make every eligible child’s wish come true. With the average cost of a wish being $5,000, Make-A-Wish relies on fundraisers, corporate support and donations  from the public to bring sunshine into the lives of families when they need it most. To help share the power of a wish®, call Make-A-Wish at 954-967-WISH or log on to www.sfla.wish.

      For more information concerning tournament registration, travel packages or sponsor opportunities call: (561) 509-8780 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

      Charity Proceeds Information
      100% of raffle proceeds at dinner event will benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida ~ includes Play with Celebrity Raffle.
      10% of the proceeds from the Golf Packages will benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida.
      50% of the proceed from golf clinic.

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Sponsors are a critically important part to the success of ISC-Audubon. As a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating sustainability, we offer all of our programs to our members free of charge, and are publicly available for download on our website.

ISC-Audubon is proud to extend the opportunity to select businesses and organizations to become sponsors of our sustainability education and advocacy programs. As a sponsor, your business or organization can realize significant value.

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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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