GCSAA Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards

egla golf digest logoPresented by GCSAA and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta Professional Products and Rain Bird Corp., Golf Division, the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards recognize golf course superintendents and golf courses around the world for their commitment to environmental stewardship. Award selection will be handled by an independent panel of judges equally representing major national environmental groups as well as the golf industry. Previous judging panels have included pesticide and irrigation specialists, independent agronomists and/or turfgrass consultants and representatives of independent environmental groups. Applications will be evaluated in the five categories identified in the application: Resource Conservation, Water Quality Management, Integrated Pest Management, Wildlife/Habitat Management and Education/Outreach.

Criteria for responding to each category:

• Sustainability: The key concept in environmental leadership is the intelligent management of valuable resources so the rate of the use matches the renewal. Simply putting up bird boxes or feeding stations lacks the sustainable quality of designing, building and managing a complete habitat that provides year-round food, cover and water.

• Criticality: Does the facility actually improve the surrounding environment/ecosystem in a substantial and fundamental way that another use of the land, or in fact no use of the land, wouldn’t? What of the use of natural resources, conservation of water and fossil fuel? Is it significant? Water conservation in areas of abundant water is less laudable than in arid areas, for example.

• Originality: Has the facility come up with new methods or discovered new problems (and subsequently resolved them in new ways)? Originality or creative thought inspires others, broadens our perspectives and adds opportunity for innovation.

• Technology use/implementation: Explain the role and value of technology in day-to-day operations as applicable to environmental stewardship.

National Award Winners

 

National Resort 2016

 

National Public 2008

Ken Nice

 

David Phipps

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

 

Stone Creek Golf Club

National Resort 2006 Ryan Bancroft Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
National Resort 2005 Troy Russell Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
National Private John Anderson The Club at Pronghorn
Chapter Award Winners
Chapter Public 2016

 

Chapter Public 2015

Chapter Private 2011

Kurt Noonan, CGCS

 

Gary Heath

Russ Vandehey, CGCS

Juniper Golf Club

 

Glendoveer Golf & Tennis

The Oregon Golf Club

Chapter Public 2009 Russ Vandehey, CGCS The Oregon Golf Club
Chapter Public 2007 David Phipps Stone Creek Golf Club
Chapter Public 2006 David Phipps Stone Creek Golf Club
Chapter Public 2005 David Phipps Stone Creek Golf Club
Chapter Resort 2004 Tony Lasher, CGCS The Resort at the Mountain
Chapter Resort 2003 Troy Russell Bandon Dunes Resort
Chapter Private 2002 Russell Vandehey, CGCS The Oregon Golf Club
Merit Award Winners
Merit Private 2016

 

Merit Public 2016

 

Merit Private 2009

Alan Nielsen, CGCS

 

Gary Heath

 

Russell Vandehey, CGCS

Royal Oaks Country Club

Glendoveer Golf & Tennis

 

The Oregon Golf Club

Merit Private 2007 Russell Vandehey, CGCS The Oregon Golf Club
Merit Private 2006 Russell Vandehey, CGCS The Oregon Golf Club
Merit Private 2005 Russell Vandehey, CGCS The Oregon Golf Club
Merit Resort 2005 Ryan Bancroft Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
Merit Public 2004 David Phipps Stone Creek Golf Club
Merit Private 2004 Alan Nielsen, CGCS Royal Oaks Country Club
Merit Private 2004 Russell Vandehey, CGCS The Oregon Golf Club
Merit Resort 2004 Ryan Bancroft Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
Merit Resort 2003 Ryan Bancroft Salishan Spa & Golf Resort
Merit Resort 2002 Troy Russell Bandon Dunes Resort
Merit Resort 2000 Troy Russell Bandon Dunes Resort
Merit Public 1998 Jesse Goodling Heron Lakes Golf Course
Merit Public 1998 Wayne Van Matre Meadow Lakes Golf Course