PGA National named IAGTO Sustainability Award for 2016
The PGA National Resort & Spa, South Florida’s world class golf, getaway and meetings destination proudly announced that it has been given the prestigious IAGTO Sustainability Award 2016 for the Americas region. This highly valued award solidifies PGA National’s exceptional commitment to the three pillars of sustainable golf: nature, resources and people.
PGA National has long been focused on sustainability throughout their extensive 800 plus acre resort and golf complex located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Dedicated Sustainable Development Manager and LEED Green Associate Kathy McGuire works closely with all departments throughout the resort, including golf course maintenance and operations, and holds each area accountable for strict guidelines.
With its celebrated Championship Course, home of The Honda Classic, and located alongside 12,000 acres of nationally important wetlands, PGA National has recognized the important role it has to play within this living landscape, along with its responsibilities to reduce its use of resources and embrace the benefits it can bring to its members, guests and the local community.
Some of the highlights of the Resort’s recent sustainability initiatives include: the conversion of turf grass species leading to a 35% reduction in water use, 30% reduction in fungicide use and 20% reduction in overall fertilization to the area: 100% of the property’s green waste is recycled and returned to the landscape as mulch for organic fertilizer; $18,000 per year savings on electricity use due to installment of energy-efficient drives to irrigation pumps; and provision of free electric vehicle charging for guests and members.
As part of a partnership with Golf Environment Organization(GEO), global golf tourism industry organization IAGTO has once again recognized environmental and social excellence at their 16th annual awards ceremony in October. The three awards which represent the three geographical regions of the world raise awareness of the tremendous work being done by many of IAGTO’s 800 golf courses and resorts. The Sustainability Awards were open to all GEO Certified Clubs.
About PGA NATIONAL RESORT & SPA
Fresh off its comprehensive $125 million revitalization, PGA National Resort & Spa offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses, including the famous Champion course, home to the popular PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and past host of the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship and several Senior PGA Championships. The Resort also hosted the 23rd season of Golf Channel’s “Big Break” in early 2015.
The Champion Course showcases the legendary “Bear Trap” , one of the most difficult three hole stretches in the game. Holes 15, 16 & 17 are where the legendary golfer and golf course designer Jack Nicklaus famously said, “It should be won or lost right here.” The beautiful resort has the unique distinction of being home to both a David Leadbetter Golf Academy and a Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, along with offering a PGA TOUR-level fitting experience at the PGA National Club Fitting Lab. At its off-site Estates Course, the resort additionally offers Every Ball Counts, the world’s first science-based, statistics-driven training for golf improvement.
PGA National features customized suites ideal for weddings, golf “buddy trips” and spa aficionados. Its numerous multi-use settings include a permanent, lakeside wedding venue with stunning vistas: scenic Lakeside Lawn for receptions: iDeck, a new 3,000-square foot terrace ideal for indoor/outdoor dining and entertainment: Ironwood Steak & Seafood-fine dining restaurant that garnered the 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence: and the 19th hole bar and grill named “Bar 91”. The newly renovated Spa at PGA National is one of the most comprehensive places for pampering and rejuvenation. Other distinguishing highlights include a new 33,000 square foot state-of-the-art Sports & Racquet Club with 19 Har-Tru tennis courts; 40,000 square feet of self contained conference and event space; and seven on-site restaurants and lounges.
Conveniently located within easy driving distance of major Florida population centers, the AAA Four Diamond Resort is 15 minutes from Palm Beach international Airport, one hour from Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood international Airport and 90 minutes from Miami International.
For more information or to make reservations visit www.PGARESORT.com or call 561-627-2000.