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TPC Scottsdale Becomes a Platinum Member

TPC Scottsdale recently joined Audubon Lifestyles and the International Sustainability Council as a Platinum Member, and are active participants in the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility Program.

TPC Scottsdale

TPC Scottsdale is located in Scottsdale, Arizona and only a half hour from Phoenix, TPC Scottsdale offers two legendary championship courses that are both open to the public to enjoy – the Stadium Course and the Champions Course. The Club is the permanent home to The Waste Management Phoenix Open (formerly The FBR Open), as well as the biannual host of the Champions Tour Q-School. TPC Scottsdale has been named “one of America’s best courses” by Golfweek Magazine, one of the Top 50 Golf Resort Destinations in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler, and is consistently named one of the top courses in Arizona.

By joining as a Platinum Member, TPC Scottsdale has joined the growing network of golf facilities, businesses, municipalities, non-profits and others who are actively showing their support of Audubon Lifestyles and The International Sustainability Council. Audubon Lifestyles Platinum Membership was created to help foster sustainability by working with, and providing educational resources to individuals, businesses, organizations, universities, government entities, municipalities, communities, neighborhoods, and virtually anyone seeking assistance to balance the triple bottom line of people, profit, and planet where they live, work, and play.

In addition, their support and membership allows Audubon Lifestyles and the ISC to expand their efforts to promote sustainability on golf facilities worldwide.

R. Eric Dodson, CEO of Audubon Lifestyles said, “I feel that when TPC Scottsdale joined as a Platinum Member that it immediately speaks volumes to the PGA Tour’s continued commitment in advancing sustainability for the entire golf industry. We are very excited to welcome TPC Scottsdale into the Audubon Lifestyles family.” Mr. Dodson continued by saying, “TPC Scottsdale’s active pursuance of certification and their desire to earn a 5 star rating by participating in the ISC Sustainability Audit is simply tremendous. Through the discussions that I have had with Jeff Plotts, Director of Golf Course Maintenance at TPC Scottsdale, I feel certain that TPC Scottsdale will emerge as a leader and model upon which other golf facilities should seek to emulate.

Leading golf facilities like TPC Scottsdale are finding innovative ways to improve their environmental and social performance. And their actions not only contribute to a cleaner, healthier and safer planet, but they also result in significant business and financial benefits. Sustainability is not an asset that can be bought or sold; however it is becoming an integral part of the way that golf facilities are being managed and operated. Just as a golf facility’s management practices influence business value, so do their sustainability initiatives.

“We are excited to join Audubon Lifestyles and the International Sustainability Council as a Platinum Member.” said Jeff Plotts, Director of Golf Course Maintenance at TPC Scottsdale. “TPC Scottsdale is committed to promoting the Principles of Sustainability and would encourage other golf facilities to participate as well.”

Audubon Lifestyles Platinum Membership provides TPC Scottsdale with a vast pool of resources assisting them with all of their sustainability efforts, and also allows for participation in the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility Program where they are actively working towards certification and seek to earn a Sustainability Rating through the ISC.

In addition, TPC Scottsdale has earned the right to use the Audubon Lifestyles/ISC Platinum Member Logo on their educational materials, and will be listed on the Audubon Network for Sustainability as a Platinum Member.

About TPC Scottsdale

While TPC Scottsdale meanders over several hundred acres of native desert, it has only 180 acres of irrigated land. Lush green parcels of manicured turf are woven throughout a rugged tapestry of arroyos, palo verde’s and other natural features in the Sonoran desert. The theme of TPC Scottsdale was designed with a more natural and rugged look and Stadium spectator mounds to create a contrast unsurpassed in Arizona.

Contact Information:
TPC Scottsdale
17020 N Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Jeff Plotts
Phone: 480-585-4196
website:
http://www.tpc.com/tpc-scottsdale
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SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

Golf Cars and Sustainability

By: Brian Kington

Solar Golf CartLet’s first take a few seconds to discuss proper terminology.  They’re actually called golf cars not golf carts.    Golf carts are something players use who prefer pulling or pushing their clubs to riding or schlepping them around the course.   Of the many factors influencing the future of the golf industry, the use of golf cars is a unique topic for discussion because, in my opinion, they have both positive and negative effects on the sustainability of the game. 

The traditional round of golf 100 years ago saw a player carrying his own bag, or hiring a caddie, but with either choice walking 5 miles across undulating terrain was a regular aspect of the game.    At private clubs today, it appears that the majority of members still walk the course, however at public facilities walking is much more rare.   Encouraging this puzzling trend for players to choose riding over walking is the common business strategy for daily fee courses to pad their greens fees by including a golf car with the round.
 
There are some obvious environmental benefits that come with encouraging the non-use of golf cars, such as conservation of fossil fuels and energy.    But consider the social benefits of walking, such as additional exercise, which is important and much needed for all of us, not to mention an enhanced interaction with nature for walkers.    I would also argue the use of golf cars actually worsens pace of play, an already serious issue in the game at present, especially in wet conditions when golf cars are not permitted on the fairways and players are constantly going back and forth to retrieve clubs.  
A counter argument supporting use of golf cars could be the loss in revenue for a course already struggling to meet their bottom line in today’s down economy.  However, with the increased cost savings for the maintenance staff resulting from less wear and tear to the roughs and fairway, and reduced energy requirements, it may be close to a wash economically.   
  
The conversation gets more interesting when you consider a much larger resort community because golf cars can be used for more than carrying clubs.     Expansive interconnected areas of open space, plant and wildlife habitat, and recreation are generously incorporated into the communities to provide basic needs such as improved air and water quality, enhancement of biodiversity and green space.   This integrated planning approach of blending human uses and nature also offers a unique design opportunity to consider alternative strategies for vehicular circulation.     Often times elaborate trail systems are incorporated throughout the property which not only provide recreational opportunities for hiking, biking, bird watching, but that also accommodates and encourages using golf cars for everyday movement within the community instead of using automobiles. 
  
Certainly some senior players and others with physical limitations may require a golf car simply to participate in the sport.  This should be highly encouraged, as it is very important for golf to be accessible for everyone for the sustainability of the game.   Designers should recognize the increased value in promoting the use of golf cars as an alternative means of transportation and incorporate the concept into the planning process.  As far as a typical 18 hole outing is concerned, most players might reconsider throwing the strap of their bag over their shoulder instead of strapping the bag into a golf car—and if not for their own health and well-being, then for the well-being of golf.  

Brian Kington, is a Landscape Architect with Love & Dodson, LLC.

Read more about Sustainable Golf at: www.sustainablegolfdevelopment.com
 


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.org 

The International Sustainability Council

www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

eNature.com
www.enature.com

Golfs Drive Toward Sustainability
www.eifg.org/sustainability

World Migratory Bird Day
www.worldmigratorybirdday.org

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
www.gcsaa.org

The United States Golf Association (USGA)
www.usga.org

Sustainable Golf & Development
www.sustainablegolfdevelopment.com

Sustainable Forest Initiative
www.sfiprogram.org

National Geographic
www.nationalgeographic.org

International Migratory Bird Day 2011
www.birdday.org

 

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