BROOKLINE, Mass – The 2022 American Society of Golf Course Architects Environmental Excellence Awards honorees have been named. A project at Brookline Golf Course has been cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique environmental challenges. The program is presented by Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply.
The Environmental Excellence Awards program was introduced in 2019 to recognize innovative work being done at golf facilities to address their environmental needs. Golf course architects work with course owners, operators and managers to positively impact the game and each facility’s host community.
Submissions were reviewed by a panel of golf industry and environmental leaders, including representatives of GEO Foundation, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and National Golf Course Owners Association.
“This project is a testament to the positive impact golf can have on the environment,” ASGCA President Brit Stenson said. “Congratulations to Brookline on their commitment to sustainability and the team effort to improve the environmental landscape. ASGCA thanks Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply for supporting the Environmental Excellence Awards.”
Brookline Golf Course, opened in 1933 boasts over 30,000 rounds annually, is one of many recreation facilities available to the public by the Town of Brookline Recreation Department, features an 18-hole, par 70, 6205-yard layout challenging for all levels of golfers, with clubhouse, restaurant, range and putting green. The property is located next to The Country Club, which hosted the 2022 U.S. Open June 16-19. ASGCA member and noted golf course designer Mark Mungeam recently contributed to updating parts of the property.
“The challenges were to increase community use of the golf course site, lower the use of fossil fuels and enhance the natural environment while improving course conditions,” said Mark Mungeam, who has worked on over 200 golf courses around the world. “This was achieved with improved drainage, the addition of walk paths and native areas, and the addition of solar-powered robotic mowers. The team proposed the removal of culverts and restoration of open waterways on several holes to improve drainage and enhance the environment, and proposed the addition of a new pond to reduce dependence on the town’s potable water.”