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Sustainability in Golf

Presented By

Sea Pines Resort

Hosted By

Experience Green

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• Forward thinking decision makers for the business of golf
• Leading edge innovators for all industry segments
• Experts in facility operations, player engagement, sustainability and course design
• Award winning practitioners and speakers
• Owners, Superintendents, Pros, Suppliers, Club Managers, Architects and Manufacturers


Sustainability in Golf - The Business of Green seeks to educate and inspire current and future generations of leaders, for a shared sense of strategic stewardship to generate profit with purpose. The effort can help shape a sustainable future for the golf industry, as well as our local and global communities. By bringing together the leadership of all stakeholder groups, Experience Green seeks to connect thinkers, doers and innovators to better understand and implement integrated sustainable practices. The three day offering supports evidence based decision making for action to impact the triple bottom line: to benefit the planet, its people and prosperitythe trifecta for sustainability.

• Sept 25: Sustainability Symposium
• Sept 26: ZERO WASTE Workshop for Golf, Events and Hospitality
• Sept 27: Community Walk

statement of need
registerAccording to We Are Golf (a coalition committed to telling the true story of golf), golf is a $68.8 billion dollar industry, employing more than 2 million people and enjoyed by more than 27 million in the U.S. alone.  But golf is often the topic of considerable debate, perceived by many as a consumer of resources rather than being a significant contributor to the economy, ecology and society. The value proposition of formal sustainability initiatives in the golf industry has yet to be fully tapped. Associated benefits include improved efficiency, reduced costs, enhanced image, more rounds booked, differentiation, growing the game, increased value and decreased environmental impact — a win for all — the game, the greens, community, planet and the bottom line.

The 2014 experiential education event will build on the concept focus of the 2013 effort, to a “how to” focus for strategy implementation and cross departmental collaboration.

* Download event recap from 2013 Sustainability in Golf… Beyond the Green event (pdf).



Experience Green in partnership with The Sea Pines Resort is pleased to present Sustainability in Golf... The Business of Green. The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC is home to the annual PGA Tour event, the RBC Heritage, and more than 23 golf courses. It is internationally renowned for being environmentally sensitive and was developed on innovative, low impact, sustainable guidelines.

The Sea Pines Resort is situated within the 5,000-acre Sea Pines community, spanning a third of Hilton Head Island, SC. It has enthralled generations of travelers and guests for more than 50 years. Explore the infinite opportunities for adventure, indulgence, and relaxation that exist here ... beautiful beaches, wildlife viewing, miles of bike trails, unparalleled golf and award-winning tennis, with world-class luxury accommodations and gourmet restaurants.

Discover one of America's most enchanting vacation retreats.
• Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Calibogue Sound, with breathtaking views
• Made up of four neighborhoods, with abundant dining, shopping, and entertainment
• Only 45 miles by car from Savannah, Georgia
• Accessible by two area airports, Hilton Head Island Airport and Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport

Some of The Sea Pines Resort's awards and accolades include:
• Ranked No. 9 on Golf Digest's list of "Best Buddies-Trip Destinations"
• Included among CNT's Gold List of "The World's Best Places to Stay"
• Featured in South magazine's "Power Golf: A Guide to the Region's Top 10 Golf Resorts"
• Ranked No. 5 in Golf Resort in the World & No. 2 Golf Resort in the U.S. by Golf Inc. magazine
• Ranked No. 36 among Golf Digest's "75 Best Golf Resorts in North America"
• Ranked No.10 by Travel & Leisure Family among the "Top 50 Resorts for Parents and Kids"
• Named the No. 13 "Family Resort in the U.S. and Canada" by Travel & Leisure Family

Sea Pines Resort


The Sea Pines Resort
* Book by September 1, 2014 for a special event attendee rate.
Please call 888.607.2966 and reference your attendance of the "Sustainability in Golf" event to receive the following rates:

The Inn at Harbour Town - $229.00 per room per night (Includes complimentary valet parking, bike use, 24-hour butler service, wireless high speed internet access, beach, pool and fitness center access.)
One Bedroom Deluxe Villas - $139.00 per villa per night (3-night minimum OR $209 per night for a 2-night stay)
Two Bedroom Deluxe Villas - $159 per villa per night (3-night minimum)

Bike rentals for villa guests are available through the main reservation number as well. There are 17 miles of winding bike trails that connect every major activity area within the Sea Pines resort.
Download the Sea Pines bike trail map

Other area accommodations:
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa




Thursday • Sustainability Symposium

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Plantation Golf Club, Sea Pines Resort
100 North Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

7:45 - 8:30 am Registration & Coffee Magnolia Ballroom
* Time with Exhibitors on the Veranda
8:30 am - 9:15 am Welcome and Event Overview
Mark Baker, Chairman, Experience Green
Cary Corbitt, VP of Golf and Operations, Sea Pines Resort
Mike Tinkey, Deputy CEO, National Golf Course Owners Association
Teresa Wade, Founder and Executive Director, Experience Green
9:15 - 10:45 am MEASURE to Motivate
Data driven initiatives provide tangible evidence for the value of sustainable practices that promote profit with purpose. This session will focus on the what, how, and why to measure for sustainability in golf, and the importance of this step to support the business case, achieve success, and contribute to the sustainability story for marketing and communications.
Moderator: Walt Osborne, Key Accounts Manager, Golf Turf & Landscape, Syngenta
Guest Presenters:
Will Paddock, Managing Director, WAP Sustainability and Sustainable Solutions
Glenn Gray, PR Manager, Buffalo Communications, a division of Billy Casper Golf
10:45 - 11:15 am Attendee Assessment
Sponsored by RBC and NGCOA
Attendees completed a short survey in 2013 communicating where their organizations were currently on the journey to sustainability. The 2014 survey effort will measure for updates, and the results will guide the afternoon Group Think session.


Network Green and Coffee & Fruit Break
* Time with Exhibitors on the Veranda
11:15 - 11:45 am "SEVEN" for Sustainability
John Salazar, Ph.D., CHE, Director of the Lowcountry Resort Islands Tourism Institute, USCB
Guest Preferences for Green
Paul Carter, CGCS, The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay
Equipment Goes Electric
11:45 am - 1:15 pm MANAGE the Strategies
This case study driven session will highlight facility efforts to benefit natural/golf community and reduce resource waste. It will showcase strategic facility operations and grounds maintenance efforts to decrease environmental and economic impacts, as well as how best to create value through innovative programs and technologies
Moderator: Josh Heptig, Director of Golf Operations, County of San Luis Obispo
Guest Presenters:
Dana Lonn, Managing Director, Center for Advanced Turf Technology, The Toro Company
Bob Farren, Director of Golf Course and Grounds Maintenance, Pinehurst
1:15 - 2:00 pm Lunch Break and Network Green
Sponsored by Bishops Gate Golf Academy
* Time with Exhibitors on the Veranda
2:00 - 2:30 pm "SEVEN" for Sustainability
Brian Stiehler, CGCS, Highlands Country Club
Golf Facility Farming
Jim Coker, Research & Development Committee for the Propane Educational & Research Council
Propane Energy Source
2:30 - 4:00 pm MAKE a Difference
Society is more connected and disconnected than ever, but this session will address how golf can be a solution to strengthen community. Sustainability efforts can impact the bottom line for the business of golf and improve environmental stewardship, but it can also influence quality of life for current and future generations. The “why golf” connection to community integrates into our local and global communities (government, business, citizens) for triple bottom line impact.
Moderator: Andy Staples, Golf Course and Irrigation System Designer, Staples Golf
Golf Guest Presenters:
Greg Martin, Principal, Martin Design and Executive Committee Member, American Society of Golf Course Architects
Anthony Williams, Director of Grounds, Stone Mountain Golf Club
4:00 - 4:15 pm “SEVEN” for Sustainability
Lawrence Aylward, Editorial Director, Superintendent Magazine
Talk about the Good
4:15 - 5:15 pm RBC Group Think and “What Next” for Sustainability in Golf
Results from the 2014 survey of attendees will determine the focus of this session. Your important contribution will help guide next step efforts for this initiative.
5:15 - 5:30 pm Closing Announcements & Remarks
5:30 - 7:00 pm Reception
Sponsored by Superintendent Magazine
Plantation Golf Club, Sea Pines Resort 100 North Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
  Attendees and guests are invited to a casual gathering for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and fun. Each symposium registration includes one admission to the Sunset Reception; additional tickets can be purchased for guests (please indicate on the registration form if you will be attending this function).
• Floating green with fish food golf balls
• One drink ticket included
• Sensibly sourced cuisine
• Putting contest
*The three-day Sustainability in Golf event will again be Zero Waste, suggesting that the entire concept of waste should be eliminated—no contribution to the landfill. Generated waste will be measured and audited by i2Recycle so the data can support next steps of advancement. Contact Angie Kakabeeke at with questions.

Friday • Zero Waste Workshop

ZERO WASTE Workshop for Golf, Events and Hospitality
Friday, September 26, 2014
Plantation Golf Club, Sea Pines Resort
100 North Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

HOW does a restaurant, golf facility, hotel or event DO ZERO WASTE?
This application based workshop will feature local and national experts and will showcase methods and onsite technologies needed to plan, manage and audit for successful recycling, dehydrating, composting, worm farming and more. This first time offering through the platform of sustainability in golf, invites hospitality and event operators, to promote a unified effort to advance the journey to sustainability.
Learning objectives for attendees’ takeaways:
• Understand ZERO WASTE definition (criteria)
• Tools to begin ZERO WASTE efforts
• Understanding of the business case for sustainability as realized through solid waste reduction
• Access to a network of resources to assist Zero Waste efforts

8:15 - 8:45 am Registration
8:45 - 9:00 am Welcome and Overview
9:00 - 11:30 am ZERO WASTE for Golf, Events and Hospitality
• Josh Heptig, Director of Golf Operations, County of San Luis Obispo
• Mike Bennett, Owner and CEO, i2Recycle
• Tony Wartko, Director of Facilities, Sea Pines Resort
11:30 - 1:00 pm Site Tour of Sea Pines Resort Facilities
• Commodity Mining
• Waste Sorting
• Food Waste Processing
• Water Reuse
• Vermin-culture


Saturday • Community Walk

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Plantation Golf Club, Sea Pines Resort
100 North Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Community WalkABOUT THE WALK:
• To connect golf, health, nature and build community
• 2.8 mile scenic route on golf course and beach
• Human and canine family and friends invited
• Scavenger hunt for kids of all ages
• Enjoy music, fellowship and fun at the new Sea Pines Beach Club finish with tunes by Monty Jett of Rewind 107.9 FM

$7+ Suggested Donation per Walker
To benefit The First Tee of the Lowcountry, American Diabetes Association and the Sea Pines Forest Preserve.
• Benefit local charities

American Diabetes AssociationFirst TeeForest Preserve


Advanced registration recommended when registering for Sustainability in Golf events, or at



We are pleased to welcome these professionals and experts to share their knowledge and insights.

Mike Bennett

Owner / Operator

Bob Farren

Director of Golf and Maintenance
Pinehurst Resort

Josh Heptig

Director of Golf Operations
County of San Luis Obispo

Dana Lonn

Managing Director for the Center for Advanced Turf Technology
The Toro Company

Walt Osborne

Key Account Manager,
Golf Turf & Landscape

Andy Staples

Principal Architect and Managing Partner
Andy Staples Golf

Teresa Wade

Founder and Executive Director
Experience Green

Special thanks to the event steering committee for their time and contribution to this effort.

2014 Sustainability in Golf Steering Committee:
• Keagan Black, Asst Superintendent, Ocean Course at Sea Pines Resort
• Jason Cherry, Director of Golf, Haig Point
• Ben Chehval, Senior Assistant Golf Professional, Long Cove Club
• Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Golf and Operations, Sea Pines Resort
• Jim Cregan, Superintendent, Ocean Course and Heron Point, Sea Pines Resort
• John Farrell, Director of Golf, Sea Pines Resort
• Clyde Johnston, Golf Course Architect, Clyde Johnston Designs
• Angela Kakabeeke, Special Events Manager, Experience Green
• Greg Lyman, Golf Industry Consultant
• Brent Miller, Sales Manager, Smith Turf Irrigation
• Rei Nakatani, Junior Golfer, Heritage Academy
• Rick Stafford, Asst Superintendent, Ocean Course at Sea Pines Resort
• Brian Stiehler, CGCS, Highlands Country Club
• Tom Trout, Key Accounts Manager, Palmetto Electric Cooperative
• Teresa Wade, Founder and Executive Director, Experience Green
• Tony Wartko, Director of Facilities Services, Sea Pines Resort
• Mitchell Wilkerson, Director of Golf and Grounds Maintenance, Moss Creek Golf Club



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Thank you to our event partners for supporting this important initiative for the golf industry and our communities' sustainability.


Sea Pines


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  Symposium, Thursday, Sept 25 7 4 8 1 credit per hour
  ZERO WASTE Workshop, Friday, Sept 26 .45 2 3 1 credit per hour