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Published on : Friday, November 15, 2013
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes has been named overall winner of the 2013 IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) Sustainability Awards, being labeled GEO Certified for its comprehensive high performance across all aspects of maintaining its 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course. This includes nature, water, energy, supply chain, pollution control and community.
“We have a sustainability philosophy across many areas of our 500-acre resort,” said Nathan Stith, Director of Golf. “We are pleased to now add this recognition for our golf course that will benefit our local community and the environment.”
This most recent award further solidifies the resort’s commitment to environmentally positive actions and follows a certification given to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.” Endorsed by the United States Golf Association, the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses provides information and excellence to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect national resources.
The 18-hole course borders the Shingle Creek Basin, an Environmental Preserve that will never be subject to further development.
Two types of sand are featured on the course: A light, tangerine colored crushed Coquina rock sand in waste bunkers and sugar-white sand in greenside and fairway bunkers. Water is either a strategic or aesthetic element on 11 holes. The course offers spacious green complexes with closely mown chipping areas around greens. Limited rough on the course improves playability for the novice and rewards distance control for advanced players. The course has a wide open feel because there will be no housing developments of any kind near the golf course within this federally protected preserve area. Trees on the course include Longleaf, Pond and Slash pine, Live Oak, Water Oak, Scrub Oak, Wax Myrtles, Cypress Dome and Palmetto. Wildlife includes Florida Deer, red tail hawks, Osprey, Raccoon, Possum, gopher tortoise, and River Otter.