Hilton Head Golf Community Celebrates Success

Beaufort County golf facility leaders gathered to celebrate their ongoing commitment and collective effort to advance sustainable practices. The group’s 2016 collaboration was honored by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators and received the first-ever International Sustainable Golf Destination Award 2017. Leaders from The Sea Pines Resort, Old South Golf Links, The Legends at Parris Island, Moss Creek Golf Club and Oyster Reef Golf Club were present to swap tips, share their successes and renew their commitments to document and measure their efforts using golf’s eco-label for sustainability, GEO Certified.

Fifteen Beaufort County facilities participated in the 2016 Sustainability in Golf program, as well as the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing PGA Tour event. The 2016 RBC Heritage team worked with the Golf Environment Organization to conduct a formal sustainability review of the 2016 event in preparation to meet the recently launched international sustainability standard for golf tournaments — developed by GEO in 2017.

The facilities are part of the Sustainability in Golf program, led by Beaufort County-based nonprofit organization Experience Green. The initiative aims to shift golf operations toward measurable, continued improvement for positive social and environmental impacts that align with economic benefits. Three of the facilities have achieved GEO Certified status, including The Sea Pines Resort, Old South Golf Links and The Legends at Parris Island. Only 10 facilities in the United States have earned this distinction.