Golf Course Management

FEB 2019

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Top: Shannon Easter stands with Broken Sound Club's industrial composter. Photos by Kyle Asbury Bottom: Broken Sound started with just one beehive. Now there are 24 hives on both courses that produce 1,500 gallons of honey annually. Healthy Land Stewardship Award This award will recognize individuals who employ effective strategies for efficient use of pesticides and nutrients as well as pollution prevention. Shannon Easter Broken Sound Club Boca Raton, Fla. When it comes to environmental stewardship and sustainability, Broken Sound Club has been in the forefront for a long time. The 36-hole private course was the first club in Florida and only the second in the United States to become GEO certified by the Golf Environmental Organization and is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. It also is home to a two-time ELGA winner: Shannon Easter, director of golf mainte - nance and environmental sustainability, is the winner of the 2018 ELGA for Healthy Land Stewardship. He also was the overall and private winner of the ELGA in 2016. "I think that's evidence of our drive for sustainability," says Easter, a 21-year GCSAA member. "It's maintaining a consistent effort in sustainability. We keep striving. We keep driving. We think out of the box and are constantly looking for new initiatives." Easter and his team at Broken Sound have been doing so much for so long, they some - times struggle to find new ways to improve their stewardship. Among the course's many en- vironmental initiatives: implemented the state's first industrial composting program, which ensures all landscape material, grass clippings and food waste are decomposed through its environmentally controlled waste system and turned into usable compost material, which is recycled by spreading on the course; collaborated with the city of Boca Raton, Fla., to participate in a reclaimed water program; installed solar panels to heat the pool and run the water heaters; achieved LEED certification for its spa and fitness center; developed veg - etative buffer and riparian areas to reduce runoff and erosion and filter water and absorb nutrients; installed beehives, birdhouses, bat boxes and butterfly gardens to conserve and attract wildlife. Whew. 50 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.19

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