SUSTAINABILITY IN GOLF ...  the Business of Green
SEPTEMBER 25 – 27, 2014
Sea Pines Resort, Hilton  Head Island, SC


Sustainability in Golf

Presented By

Sea Pines Resort Syngenta

Hosted By

Experience Green

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• Forward thinking decision makers for the business of golf
• Leading edge innovators in technology for sustainable golf course management
• Experts in facility operations, player engagement, sustainability and course design
• Award winning practitioners and speakers from the US and Canada
• Regional golf industry representatives interested in advancing sustainability for their organizations


Sustainability in Golf - Beyond the Green is a pioneering initiative bringing together all segments of the golf industry to advance sustainability to benefit the planet, its people, and prosperity (also known as the triple bottom line). This unique event will take place October 3 – 4, 2013 at the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC, and is the expansion of the highly successful 2012 RBC Greening Golf workshops.

What is sustainability?
  Why does it matter?
    How do we do it?

Golf is a $68.8 billion dollar industry, employing more than 2 million people and enjoyed by more than 27 million. But it is often the topic of considerable debate, perceived as a consumer of resources rather than a contributor to the economy, ecology and society. The value proposition of sustainability efforts for the golf industry has yet to be realized. Associated benefits include improved efficiency, reduced costs, enhanced image, differentiation, growing the game, increased value and decreased environmental impact — a win for all — the game, the greens, community, planet and the bottom line.

Hosted by Experience Green and presented by The Sea Pines Resort and Syngenta, Sustainability in Golf... Beyond the Green seeks to educate, inspire and engage the golf community on its journey to sustainability. Inviting all stakeholder groups - owners, superintendents, managers, PGA professionals, marketers and more, the event promotes collaboration to better understand, implement and benefit from integrated sustainable practices.



Experience Green in partnership with The Sea Pines Resort is pleased to present Sustainability in Golf... Beyond the 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 by visionary, Charles Fraser.

The host locale for the Sustainability in Golf event is the Sea Pines Resort, 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. We invite you to become part of this legacy. 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.

Receive special rates for your Sea Pines Resort accommodations during the Sustainability in Golf event when booked through this site, and 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

Sea Pines Resort


Special rates are available at The Sea Pines Resort if booked by September 19. 2013. Please call 888.607.2966 to secure your reservation with the symposium rates, and reference your attendance of the "Sustainability in Golf" event.

One Bedroom Deluxe Villa - $139.00 Per Villa Per NightThree Night Minimum Stay Required OR $209 Per Night for a Two Night Stay.

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

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




Harbour Town Conference Center, Sea Pines Resort
110 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Shared parking for The Harbour Town Grill/ Harbour Town Golf Links/ Conference Center

Experience Green in partnership with the Sea Pines Resort is pleased to present the trifecta of PEOPLE, PLANET, and PROSPERITY as the framework of focus for Sustainability in Golf … Beyond the Green 2013. The Symposium format invites attendees to participate in collaborative discussions of all focus areas, as the overlap and interdependency of each area contributes to comprehensive sustainability. The session format will present brief introductions from leading industry representatives, with significant time for questions and discussion among attendees to present diverse perspectives and challenges, facilitate resource connections, address specific inquiries and promote proactive thinking.

7:45 - 8:30am Registration & Coffee - Champions Ballroom

Time with Exhibitors

*Breakfast is on your own - convenient options include the Harbour Town Bakery and the Harbour Town Grill in close proximity to the Conference Center.

8:30 - 9:15am Welcome & Symposium Overview
  Mark Baker, Chairman, Experience Green
Cary Corbitt, Director of Sports & Operations, The Sea Pines Resort
Teresa Wade, Founder & Executive Director, Experience Green
9:15 - 10:45am PEOPLE — Community Engagement
  People are the most valuable resource for any organization or community.  How golf involves individuals as players, patrons, volunteers or residents is critical to its sustainability.  This discussion will focus on how golf can add value to natural and human communities, impact property value, quality of life, reputation and image, charitable causes, health benefits, stewardship and citizenship, the local economy, and associated challenges, initiatives and opportunities.
Randy Page, COO & General Manager, Haig Point Community
Simon Fraser, Chairman, Heritage Classic Foundation
Aubrey McCormick, Professional Golfer & Sustainability Advocate
Joe O’Brien, Vice President, Chapter Education & Opportunities, The First Tee
10:45 - 11:15am Network Green & Coffee / Fruit Break

Time with Exhibitors

11:15 - 12:45pm PLANET — Go Green Save Green
  The natural environment is the stage for golf; stewardship today to optimize resources and minimize impact for the future often requires a paradigm shift in thinking. Management of course assets in a way that provides outstanding playing conditions and visitor experiences, but that also considers the environment and bottom line operating costs can be challenging. Waste, water, energy, climate change, vegetation and wildlife are all part of the equation to be balanced to advance the journey to sustainability.
Greg Lyman, Environmental Programs Director, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Josh Heptig, Superintendent, Couty of San Luis Obispo
Willam Paddock, Managing Director, WAP Sustainability & Sustainable Solutions
Andy Staples, Principal Architect and Managing Partner, Staples Golf Resource Group
12:45 - 1:30pm Lunch Break & Network Green – Veranda / Patio

Time with Exhibitors

With the assistance of i2Recycle, "Sustainability in Golf... Beyond the Green" 2013 will be a Zero Waste event, suggesting that the entire concept of waste should be eliminated - no contribution to the landfill. Your help is important to achieve this goal by placing your waste in the proper receptables (recyclable or compostable). The waste will be measured, audited, and documented, and the data will be used to support next steps and future event success. Experience Green's 2012 Earth Day Celebration was the FIRST Zero Waste Event in Beaufort County, hosted 900+ attendees, and generated only 80.4 lbs total recyclable or compostable waste - ZERO waste to the landfill!

1:30-3:00pm PROSPERITY — Creating Value
  Innovative technologies and sustainable practices can impact prosperity for all stakeholder groups in the golf industry – players, communities, operators, owners, maintenance, suppliers and more. Measurable sustainable practices contribute to the story of an organization’s “journey”, and authenticate the return on investment.  Certifications, measurement tools, management systems, and other emerging technologies can help reduce costs and increase efficiency for bottom line impact. Additionally, as consumers increasingly prefer environmentally responsible organizations, these practices translate to marketing opportunities, increased brand integrity and enhanced image.
Kevin Fletcher, President & CEO, e-par USA, Inc.
Andrew Craig, Senior Manager Environmental Initiatives, Royal Bank of Canada
John Dombrosky, Head of Strategy for North America Turf & Landscape, Syngenta
Andy Ragsdale, Director of Golf Course and Grounds, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes
  Each attendee will be asked to contribute to an idea storm and a collective takeaway summary. This collaborative thinking regarding topics of interest, barriers, tools needed, associated risks, interest levels, etc. is important to assess the value of this symposium offering and contribute to a measurable action plan for the initiative to advance long term sustainability in golf. Qualifying professionals seeking Continuing Education Credits must attend this session to receive sign off.
5:00pm Marsh Restoration & Erosion Repair of 18th Green — Harbour Town Golf Links
  149 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC
Participants will get a first-hand look and receive explanation from the course’s superintendents to understand why and how the border of the 18th green was redesigned to prevent erosion while promoting natural ecosystem processes that work with natural soils, marsh grasses, and the tidal flows from the Calibogue Sound.  Special design and spacing of rock breakwater structures reduce wave energy to ensure that intended restoration goals, including shoreline performance and marsh grass success can be achieved. Harbour Town Golf Links is home to the RBC Heritage, a PGA TOUR golf event.
· Cary Corbitt, VP of Sports and Operations for the Sea Pines Resort
· Chris Creed, P.E., Senior Engineer/Vice President, Olsen & Associates
· Jonathon Wright, Head Superintendent, Harbour Town Golf Links, Sea Pines Resort
5:30-7:00pm Sunset Reception — Sunset Beach at Harbour Town
  149 Lighthouse Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC

Connect with attendees for some Lowcountry fun at sunset on the beach at historic Harbour Town.  Each symposium registration includes one admission to the Sunset Reception, but you must indicate on your registration form if you will be attending this function.  Additional tickets are available for purchase to bring a guest. This is a VERY casual event, change into your "island attire" for a relaxed evening of fun and recreation.




The Golf Club, Sea Pines Resort
100 North Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

10:00-11:30am GCSAA & CGCSA Golf Course Tour — Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program Certified
  Guided by superintendents that manage the courses and an Audubon program representative, this interactive learning experience will showcase how a structured certification program can help golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf.  Attendees will get a look at how the Sea Pines Resort uses this guide for environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, water conservation and water quality management and reduced chemical use.  All three of the resort’s golf courses hold this certification, including Harbour Town Golf Links, home to the RBC Heritage, a PGA TOUR golf event.
· Jim Cregan, Superintendent, Heron Point and the Ocean Course, Sea Pines Resort
· Joellen Lampman, Associate Director of Environmental Programs at Audubon International
Included in symposium registration fee, but advanced reservations are required.  
11:30am Golf Outing — Ocean Course at Sea Pines Resort
  As the first course built on Hilton Head Island, the Ocean Course at The Sea Pines Resort embraces the true coastal golf experience. Exquisitely redesigned in 1995 by Mark McCumber, this breathtaking golf course boasts one of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island and poses delightful challenges to novices and veterans. A special rate is available to attendees when booked through this site. Advanced reservations required. CLICK HERE to book your round. 




We've assembled a lineup of program contributors from across the golf and sustainability industries. Each has been invited to share their respective experience and knowledge, to engage your thinking, and inspire you to be an ambassador for sustainability in golf – to benefit the game, the greens, the community, the planet and the bottom line.

Cary Corbitt


VP of Sports and Operations for the Sea Pines Resort
Cary is dedicated to ensuring world class golf experiences for guests of The Sea Pines Resort, and has been involved in all aspects of sports and operations for the organization. The Resort has been ranked as the No. 2 Golf Resort in the U.S. by Golf Inc. magazine, and also as No. 36 among Golf Digest’s “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America.”


andrew craig


Senior Manager Environmental Initiatives, Corporate Sustainability Group, Royal Bank of Canada
As title sponsor of the RBC Heritage a PGA TOUR golf event, RBC invests significantly in the golf industry and specific projects that advance sustainable community development. Andrew tracks and manages RBC’s environmental footprint, responsible procurement activities, advises business units regarding green products and services.


Chris Creed


Senior Engineer and Vice President, Olsen Associates, Inc.
The Harbour Town Golf Links 18th Green Marsh Restoration and Stabilization project is the first of its kind to be permitted and constructed in the State of South Carolina. Chris is the Engineer-of-Record for this innovative effort.


Jim Cregan


Superintendent, Heron Point and the Ocean Course, Sea Pines Resort (Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program Certified courses)
Responsible for providing world class golf experiences, Jim is also committed to the highest level of responsible golf course resource management, incorporating multiple programs that consider responsible chemical use reduction and safety, water quality and conservation, wildlife and habitat management, and environmental planning.


John Dombrosky


Head of Strategy for North America Turf & Landscape for Syngenta
Environmental stewardship is a part of the Syngenta culture, as is creating value for all stakeholders involved in the field of sustainable agriculture. Syngenta is committed to being accountable throughout the life cycle of every product we bring to market, and we believe that stewardship works best when developed and implemented by partnerships at the local level.




President & CEO of e-par USA, Inc.
Named in Golf Magazine’s 2010 “Top 40 Most Influential People Under 40” for his work on sustainability in golf, Kevin specializes in environmental management systems for facilities and clubs. He recently served as Executive Director for Audubon International, as well as a management consultant, college instructor, and professional journal editor.


simon fraser


Chairman of the Heritage Classic Foundation
The Heritage Classic Foundation is the host sponsor of the RBC Heritage a PGA TOUR golf event and has donated more than $23,000,000 to local community organizations since 1987.




Golf Superintendent, the County of San Luis Obispo
According to the EPA, Americans generate an average of 4.40 pounds per person per day, which adds up to about 250 million tons of waste per year. Dairy Creek Golf Course in San Luis Obispo is one of the first golf clubs in the world to produce a zero waste facility.




Associate Director of Environmental Programs at Audubon International
There are more than 1,000 Audubon International Certified Properties worldwide, with programs that educate, assist, and inspire people to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources.




Environmental Programs Director, GCSAA
As part of the Environmental Institute for Golf, under the GCSAA, Greg is an advocate of positive environmental progress for the golf industry. One of his chief projects has been a national survey of golf courses' environmental programming; land use characteristics; pesticide and nutrient use; and water use and conservation.


aubrey mccormick


Professional Golfer and Sustainability Advocate
Most recently known as a contestant on the Golf Channel television show – Big Break Atlantis in 2012, Aubrey has competed on the Sun Coast, Moonlight, and Symetra Tours, and has served as an LPGA instructor and is now following her passion for sustainability to advocate within the golf industry.


joe o'brien


Vice President, Chapter Education & Opportunities for The First Tee
The World Golf Foundation oversees multiple initiatives to grow the game of golf and look out for the golf industry as a whole, including The First Tee, Golf 20/20 and the World Golf Hall of Fame.


william paddock


Managing Director of WAP Sustainability and Sustainable Solutions
As an adjunct professor of Advanced Sustainable Enterprise at the Institute for Sustainable Practice, and named one of 50 Green Heroes in Middle Tennessee, William helps organizations with sustainability strategies, specifically associated with employee engagement, climate change considerations, lifecycle assessments and triple bottom line impact.


randall page


Chief Operating Officer of Haig Point Club and Community Association
A community that is accessible only by a private ferry system, considerations for self-sufficiency and sustainability must be a priority for daily management. Randall believes that sustainability efforts should focus on long term implications for a community to broaden its value while balancing environmental, economic and quality of life considerations for its residents.


andy ragsdale


Director of Golf Course and Grounds, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes
Marriott Golf, the golf management organization of Marriott International and one of the world's largest resort golf management companies, is resposible for managing more than 1.5 million rounds of golf each year on more than 1,000 holes of championship golf. It has corporate wide sustainability goals and initiatives for all areas of operations from property development, golf, guest engagement and more.


andy staples


Principal Architect and Managing Partner of Staples Golf Resource Group
Energy and water efficiency programs are a significant opportunity for golf courses to not only reduce environmental impact, but to also reduce costs. As an expert in these areas, Andy’s design experiences have taken him around the globe to Canada, Japan, China, Europe, and throughout the U.S.


teresa wade

TERESA WADE, MBA, CT Graduate Studies Sustainability

Founder/Executive Director of Experience Green and Principal of Sustainable Solutions
From sustainability education and communications, to strategy and experiential marketing, Teresa has a strong understanding of methods to garner buy in of initiatives and full realization of the social, economic, and ecological benefits of going green.


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The event's programming was developed by a steering committee of representatives from local, national and international stakeholder groups.

2013 Sustainability in Golf Steering Committee:
• Jason Cherry, Director of Golf, Haig Point Club and Association
• Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Golf and Operations, Sea Pines Resort
• Jim Cregan, Superintendent, Sea Pines Resort
• Ryan Dehlinger, Course Maintenance, Sea Pines Resort
• John Farrell, PGA Professional, Sea Pines Resort
• Dodd Galbreath, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Practice, Lipscomb University
• Brian Herrmann, Community Planner and Vice Chair, Experience Green
• Angela Kakabeeke, Program Coordinator, Experience Green
• Greg Lyman, Environmental Programs Director, GCSAA
• Tom Trout, Public Relations and Communications, Palmetto Electric Coop
• 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
• Abby Wirth, Event Coordinator, Experience Green



hosted by

The success of Sustainability in Golf…Beyond the Green 2013 relies on the engagement of all involved — sponsors, volunteers, trade associations, industry leaders, local government and you — the attendee! We appreciate the following partner organizations.


Sea Pines Syngenta


RBC John Deere


National Golf Management beaufort county Staples Golf epar GCSAA SCGSA roundtree group Haig Point EIFG


HHI Bluffton Chamber of Commerce SCLGCOA Golf 20 20 SCGCOA World Golf Foundation Island Packet




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• Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) members will receive 8 Non-LPGA CU’s (Certification Units).
• Professional Golfers Association (PGA) members may earn 8 MSR's (Member Service Requirements).
• Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) member attendees will receive 7 Other Education credits.
• Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) member attendees will receive .75 GCSAA education points.
• American Institute of Architects (AIA) member attendees will receive 6.5 education points
• Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) member attendees will receive 6 education points