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

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

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



Thursday • Sustainability Symposium

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

7:45 am Registration
8:30 am - 5:30 pm Symposium Activities
6:00 pm Sunset Reception

Symposium Offerings:
• Attendee Assessment
• Group Think Activity
• Sensibly Sourced Lunch
• Panel/Attendee Discussions
• Presentations by Industry Leaders
• SEVEN for SUSTAINABILITY Presentations by Registrants
• Speed Networking Activity
• Zero Waste Event

Presentations with Discussion:
MEASURE to Motivate
Data driven initiatives provide tangible evidence for the value of sustainability initiatives that promote profit with purpose.  This session will focus on the what, how, and why to measure for sustainability and the importance of this step to achieve success, that also contributes to the sustainability story for marketing and communications.

MANAGE the Strategies
This case study driven session will highlight facility efforts to benefit 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.

MAKE a Difference
Society is more connected and disconnected than ever.  Sustainability efforts can impact the bottom line for the business of golf, but sustainability in golf can also make a difference for quality of life for current and future generations.  The “why golf “connection to community can provide sustainable solutions for local and global communities (government, business, citizens), while benefiting the triple bottom line for industry.

Sunset Reception:
Included with each Symposium registration is one admission to the Sunset Reception for networking and connectivity in the sustainability in golf network.
• Sensibly Sourced Lowcountry Cuisine
• Putting Contest
• Ticket for a Signature GREEN DRINK
• Cash Bar
• Additional tickets for your guests are available for purchase ($30)

Friday • Zero Waste Workshop

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

HOW does a facility 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.

Mike Bennett, Owner and CEO, i2Recycle
Josh Heptig, Director of Golf Operations, County of San Luis Obispo
Tony Wartko, Director of Facilities Services, Sea Pines Resort

Saturday • Community Walk

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

Community Walk9:00 am
You are invited to be part of a 2.8 mile leisure walk of five holes of the Sea Pines Resort’s Ocean Course and down the beach in Sea Pines Plantation, with experiential education about connectivity for golf, the environment, health and the community (kids and dogs invited too).

Why a Community Walk?
• Promote benefits of nature, health, golf and community
• Engage the local community in the golf course experience
• Enhance the image of golf as a contributor to community
• Educate participants about the wildlife and its habitat on the golf course and beach
• Demonstrate the golf industry’s leadership for sustainability and community building
• Benefit local charities

registerAmerican Diabetes Association
Sea Pines Forest Preserve
The First Tee



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

Andy Staples

Principal Architect and Managing Partner
Andy Staples Golf

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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Continuing education credits will be available for qualifying professionals. Check back for confirmation of units offered for members of the GCSAA, CMAA, PGA, LPGA, and ASLA.