The Legends At Parris Island

GEO Certified® 09/2016
Beaufort,
South Carolina, United States
Telephone: (843)228-2240
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The Lowcountry region is home to some of the most scenic, natural environments for golf properties in the world. And even if you’re not a golfer, The Legends Golf Course on Parris Island is a must-see destination.

While many prestigious golf facilities are accessible only to club members or special guests, The Legends Golf Course welcomes all to its 180 acre facility. Visitors are greeted at the security gates by members of America’s legendary Marine Corps, as the facility is uniquely located within the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot on…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island (18 holes, 6898 yards, year opened 74)
1 Clubhouse(s)
4 Maintenance Facility/Facilities

Nature

The Legends is built on a site originally used by Native Americans for hunting and campsites. European settlements reach back to the 16th century with the French occupation of Charlesfort. Later, the Spanish city of Santa Elena was established there in 1566 and served as the capital of Spanish Florida until English raids in 1587 forced the Spaniards to evacuate to St. Augustine. Excavation of Santa Elena has uncovered musket balls, triggers from Spanish harquebuses and is home to the oldest known European pottery kiln discovered in the United States.
In 1996, MCRD Parris Island and MCCS South Carolina began developing a plan to rebuild the base’s 1947 Fred Findley-designed course. Parts of the original course were located within the Santa Elena’s archaeology site. Architect Clyde Johnson relocated three of the course’s original holes from areas within the city’s historical area to sections found devoid of artifacts.
The $4.5 million renovation was completed in 1999 and the course was reopened for play in 2000. It is now one of the premier courses in the Lowcountry and has been ranked one of the top military courses in the world.

Consultation & Surveys

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding landscape heritage conservation:

  • Parris Island Department of Natural Resources

No landscape assessments or surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding ecosystem protection and enhancement:

  • Audubon International
  • NREAO

The following ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Plant and Wildlife Surveys MCRD Parris Island Department of Natural Resources

Rare, protected and notable species occurring at this golf facility:

Local name Scientific name
American Alligator Alligator Mississippiensis
Wood Storks Mycteria Americana
Fox Squirrel Sciurus Niger
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus Leucocephalus
White-Tailed Deer Odocileus Virginianus

This golf facility regularly monitors the following species as indicators of environmental quality:

Local name Scientific name
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Crotalus Adamanteus
Fox Squirrel Sciurus Niger
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus Leucocephalus
White- Tailed Deer Odocileus Virginianus

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility does not feature any landscape designations.

Area of habitats / vegetation types, and associated designations at this golf facility:

Title Estimated Area (Acres) Designation
Native Woodland 45 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

Size and estimated species composition of amenity turfgrass maintained at this golf facility.

Estimated Area (Acres) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 4.0 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Tees 4.0 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Fairways 40.0 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Semi Rough 65.0 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
These grasses are salt tolerant and can withstand the extreme heat and humidity of the region. These turgrasses are commonly used in the southeastern United States.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 4 months

This golf facility does not consult individuals or organizations regarding its grassing plan.

This golf facility is making the following efforts to manage the playing quality expectations of customers:

Activity Description
Establishing clear internal policies for irrigation, fertilization, colour, cutting heights, overseeding etc All of our turf grass selections are warm season turfgrass. Maintenance practices are based on soil samples, time of year, and health of turgrass.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough We currently have no signage regarding naturalization of turf areas. The intention is to create new signage establishing these areas when the new clubhouse is built in order to have all signage around the golf course match.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Our pro shop staff is knowledgeable about our efforts and do a great job of educating the patrons on our efforts.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance We educate our customers through Facebook, staff, and signage inside the pro shop about upcoming course closures and maintenance practices and why they are important to the overall health and performance of the greens.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces We use facebook and staff to keep golfers informed on how our maintenance operations impact the environment and the playability of our golf course.

Conservation & Enhancement

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve landscape character:

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture We do not overseed any part of our golf course. Our naturalized areas provide seasonal color and texture differences. Turf pigments and paints are applied to portions of the golf course in the winter for course coloration.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Our mowing lines match the contours of our fairways.
Protection and restoration of historic features The Santa Elena National Historic Monument is located on and adjacent to The Legends Golf Course. The Parris Island Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs has undertaken numerous steps to protect the grounds of the monument locations and has also established a community outreach and education program to coincide with these locations.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We have benches on the course along with signage at each tee box describing the hole layout. We also have signage for the wildlife around the golf course as part of an informative nature trail.
Conservation of specimen trees The tree protection requirement for The Legends Golf Course follows the Beaufort County policy on tree conservation as well as guidelines from MCRDPI Dept of Natural Resources.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features We do not soften or screen any man made features at this time.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the landscape ecology of the golf course:

Activity Description
Minimizing the amount of amenity grass We have minimal amenity grasses throughout the golf course.
Increasing the size of habitat patches Naturalized grassy areas have been Incorporated throughout the golf course and identified on a map.
Connection of internal habitat patches The areas we are able to maintain for internal habitat patches are left as natural as possible.
Connection of patches with external habitats Some of our internal patches do connect with external habitats.
Creation of habitat corridors We have established blue birds trails.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation We have avoided habitat fragmentation since the course was renovated in 2001.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges We have incorporated natural grasses near some of our habitats.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the quality of habitats on the golf course:

Activity Description
Creation of botanically rich rough grassland Currently no plan in place.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation We do not maintain scrub vegetation areas.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Blue bird trails have been installed with 10 blue bird houses. The course also has two bat houses. We incorporate shoreline vegetation as habitat areas. Dead trees are left standing to attract birds such as the red headed woodpecker.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas We have some vegetation around our ponds along with some cattails in a few places.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation No current management practices.
Naturalization of linear habitats We allow linear habitats to remain naturalized where ever safely possible.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve and enhance biodiversity on the golf course:

Activity Description
Provision of nesting and nectar for pollinators No current practices regarding pollinators other than naturally growing Lantana.
Installation of nest boxes We have 10 Bluebird houses on the golf course.
Provision of feeding tables none
Control / management of alien species We are currently trying to control Chinese Tallow tree. An ongoing case study is being conducted to figure out best possible eradication methods.
Provision of hibernation areas The only native species that hibernates is the American Alligator. Nesting areas are located underneath pond banks.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Logs and tree branches are allowed to remain along pond edges and corridors to allow for safe harbor of fish and aquatic animals. This also allows locations for turtles to sun bathe.

Water

The main water source for irrigating turfgrass consists of nine ponds. The golf course was designed in such a manner that all surface and subsurface water drains toward all irrigation ponds throughout the course allowing capture for future irrigation use. Sprinklers are maintained regularly to maximize efficient use of irrigation. All irrigation heads and pipe leaks are corrected immediately and considered a high priority until complete. Many areas of the golf course have been allowed to return to a native state in order to reduce the use of watering of these sites. All toilets are low flow/flush in the clubhouse and maintenance facility.

Sources & Consumption

The following water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility:

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No water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

The water used at this golf facility is drawn from the following sources:

2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 4,153,050 Gallons
Golf Course Surface 97% 66,902,440 Gallons
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 2,264,450 Gallons
Other Public / Potable 0% 0 Gallons
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,395,280 Gallons
Golf Course Public / Potable 97% 57,129,092 Gallons
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 642,320 Gallons
Other Public / Potable 0% 0 Gallons
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,311,675 Gallons
Golf Course Surface 97% 60,788,620 Gallons
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 453,025 Gallons
Other Public / Potable 0% 0 Gallons

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees 2-3 days per week
Fairways 2-3 days per week
Semi-Rough Weekly
Rough Weekly
Other Never

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:
Fully computer controlled

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 years

Upgraded every 25 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to maximize irrigation efficiency:

Activity Description
Selection of grass species We have selected grass that perform best in our region. Grasses that are drought tolerant and don't require watering to keep cool in the hot summer days.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Vertical mowing is done bi-monthly during the growing season to control thatch buildup. Hollow tine aerfication is done twice a year. Solid needle tine aerification is done as needed throughout the year.
Timing and dose of water application Weather is monitored daily to insure that irrigation is not running during a rain event. The amount of rain is also documented. Irrigation cycles typically run at night due to zero impact on golf.
Analysis of soil moisture A soil moisture meter is used to determine the moisture in the soil.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data We do not irrigate during the heat of the day when evaporation rates are high. We do not irrigate on rainy days or right after rain events.
Use of wetting agents Wetting agents are used on our greens to assist in water usage.
Overall reduction in irrigated area We have created natural grass areas throughout the golf course. In these areas we have eliminated irrigation cycles through the central irrigation computer system.
Targeting of sprinkler heads Watering programs through our irrigation software allow us to target site specific areas. This has prevented over watering and disease pressure.
Optimizing system pressure The Variable Frequency Drive in the golf course pump station monitors system pressure to keep it consistent.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Different nozzle types are used in different locations to insure water is being applied efficiently and correctly.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve / reduce / minimize water consumption:

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets We will be building a new clubhouse in the new future which will be equip with low-flow urinals and toilets.
Use of water efficient appliances N/A
Use of efficient shower technology Not at this time. Possible in the new clubhouse.
Repairing leaks Leaks are repaired in a timely manner and monitored afterwards to make sure no other issues arise.
Water awareness signage No water awareness signage is used on the property.

Energy

Energy and resource use will become a top priority at The Legends Golf Course with the addition of the new clubhouse in 2017. The requirement is for the clubhouse to be LEED Silver certified. Additionally, the golf course maintenance department has begun a movement towards purchasing hybrid and electric only type equipment for use on the course to minimize fuel consumption and pollution.

Sources & Consumption

The following energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility:

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No energy surveys have been undertaken at this gofl facility

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Biogas (Gallons) 0 0 0
Biomass 0 0 0
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Gallons) 0 0 0
Hydrogen (Gallons) 0 0 0
On-site Hydro (kWh) 0 0 0
On-site Solar (kWh) 0 0 0
On-site Wind (kWh) 0 0 0
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 0 0 0
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Gallons) 0 0 0
Wood from sustainable sources 0 0 0

Consumption of non-renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Gallons) 2604 2583 2892
Heating Oil (Gallons) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Gallons) 20 20 20
LPG (Gallons) 0 0 0
Natural Gas (Gallons) 0 0 0
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 320849 0 0
Petrol (Gallons) 3635 4160 5222
Propane / Butane (Gallons) 20 20 0
Wood from unsustainable sources 0 0 0

Energy Efficiency

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to diversify energy and fuel supply:

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply N/A
Installation of small scale wind turbine N/A
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels Capital Improvement project. Intention is to install pond aerators and or fountains controlled by solar power within the next three years.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources N/A
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) N/A
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol Biodiesel is currently used on all golf course maintenance diesel equipment.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles Hybrid triplex greens mowers are used at The Legends. We currently own three with the capital purchase plan of three more in Fiscal Year 2017. In addition, the golf course maintenance fleet has an electric cart in inventory.
Use of recycled oils N/A

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to reduce energy consumption:

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems The new club house will have low energy heating and air conditioning systems per specification.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration The new club house will be required to have climate controlled technology monitoring for maximum efficiency.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities All of the buildings at the maintenance facility have garage doors to allow natural ventilation when weather conditions are ideal.
Upgrading of building insulation The chemical building is the only building that is insulated. The new clubhouse will have specific insulations.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) N/A
Installation of low-energy lighting The new club house will be equipped with low energy lightning per specifications.
Use of motion sensor lighting N/A
Transition to energy efficient appliances All appliances in the new clubhouse will be energy efficient per specifications.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting We have no timers on any appliances, heating, or lighting.
Educating staff and customers Not as this time.

Vehicles & Transport

The maintenance fleet at this golf facility uses the following fuel sources:

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 25% 100% 86%
Diesel 50% 0% 0%
LPG 6% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 0% 14%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 19% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

Additional vehicles operated by this golf facility use the following fuel sources:

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 3% 100% 0%
Diesel 0% 0% 0%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 97% 0% 0%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 0% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

This golf facility has established the following schemes to encourage reductions in staff and customer transport emissions:

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives The golf course maintenance facility has a work truck that is used only during work hours and not for personal use.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) N/A
Secure cycle parking N/A
Promoting public transport routes and timetables N/A
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) The employees have locker access in the break room. The public has access to our lockers in the club house for an annual fee.
Staff showers The maintenance staff and the clubhouse staff have access to showers.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling N/A
Promotion of walk to work campaigns N/A

Supply Chain

The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island consists of one 18 hole championship golf course, a clubhouse, and a maintenance facility. Each location requires continuous supplies of materials and products. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island participates in an extensive recycling program which includes its own recycling center. The golf course participates in the recycling efforts of MCRD, Parris Island and follows all guidelines and requirements set forth by the installation.

Purchasing Policies

This golf facility undertakes the following ethical / environmental purchasing activities:

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Our restaurant uses plastic cups that can be recycled.
Use of local suppliers Most of our supplies are local.
Use of local products We use local products as a first measure when possible.
Selection of certified products We only select certain certified products available to the golf course as means of purity.
Use of recycled and recyclable products All products are shipped in recyclable packaging and recycled locally at the MCRD recycle center.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Our current suppliers ship products in brown cardboard with brown paper packaging and newspaper versus styrofoam peanuts. This allows staff to recycle all packaging materials.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) N/A

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Miles Total number of suppliers within 100 Miles
Food & Beverage 5 4 1
Catering Supplies
Retail 33 1 32
Trade & Contractors
Maintenance Equipment 5 5
Course Supplies 7 4 3

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses As our turf selections are segmented to warm season only, drought resistance turf is genetically engineered to be drought tolerant. Just the same, disease pressure on our bermuda tees, fairways, and roughs is minimal due to the nature of the turf species. When managing our TifEagle greens, proper nutrient inputs, soil amendments, and cultural practices allow for a reduction in drought and disease.
Managing stress and wear Stress and wear is managed by visual evaluation. Rope line, recycled plastic stakes, and recycled wood stakes are used to control cart traffic around thin and high traffic areas.
Enhancement of soil structure Soil amendments are applied periodically to maintain a proper soil colloid balance, enhancing soil structure and thereby growing stress tolerant turfgrass stands.
Optimization of the growing environment All maintenance practices are done in order to provide the best possible growing conditions for turf grasses.
Managing thatch levels Thatch levels are managed by vertical mowing and aerating of turf.
Managing surface moisture Surface moisture is monitored visually and adjustments are made through site specific irrigation practices and drainage additions.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Thresholds have been established based on insect counts per square foot of turf, weed pressure per total acres using a 95% rule, and a very liberal policy on disease outbreaks with the exception of greens.
Scouting for pests and diseases Scouting for pests and diseases is performed daily.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Monitoring of plant health is done on a daily basis to insure we are obtaining optimal plant health. Soil samples are taken and evaluated 2x per year and IPM programs are established based on findings.

Fertilizer use at this golf facility in the last three years (lb):

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 3 3 3
Fairways - K - Organic 0 0 0
Fairways - N - Inorganic 6 6 6
Fairways - N - Organic 0 0 0
Fairways - P - Inorganic 4 4 4
Fairways - P - Organic 0 0 0
Greens - K - Inorganic 3 3 3
Greens - K - Organic 5 5 5
Greens - N - Inorganic 2 2 2
Greens - N - Organic 6 6 6
Greens - P - Inorganic 1 1 1
Greens - P - Organic 1 1 1
Rough - K - Inorganic 2 2 2
Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Inorganic 2 2 2
Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Inorganic 2 2 2
Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 2 2 2
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 2 2 2
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 2 2 2
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 4 4 4
Tees - K - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - N - Inorganic 4 4 4
Tees - N - Organic 2 0 0
Tees - P - Inorganic 3 3 3
Tees - P - Organic 0 0 0

Pesticide use at this golf facility in the last three years (lb):

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 110.57 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 6.32 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 231.87 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 13.04 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 5 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 334.33 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 96.94 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 11 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 24.39 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 0.54 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 6 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 136.69 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 41.65 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 11 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 119.93 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 8 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 4 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 102.26 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 13.1 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 4 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 110.5 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 10.04 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 111.6 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 13.04 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 4 0 0

This golf facility undertakes the following actions to optimize pesticide use:

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products All pesticides used are approved by the government and are based on the smallest levels of toxicity and breakdown quickly after application.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases All products used are specific to pest and disease.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers We spot spray with handheld sprayers.
Calibration and testing of sprayers We calibrate our sprayers on a monthly basis. All spray equipment is computerized.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We use anti-dripping nozzles on all of our sprayers.
Non-chemical weed control Chemical control of weeds is used as a method of last resort after all other control methods have been attempted or discussed.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. Plant microbiology is practiced at The Legends golf course.

Waste Management

No waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass false false true false
Plastic false true true false
Aluminium false true true false
Metal true true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true true false
Grass Clippings false true false false
Cores & Turf false true false false
Sand true true false false
Wood / Timber true true true false

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to continue the lifecycle of materials and resources:

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials All recyclable materials are separated by type. Separate bins, and cans are used to separate out plastics, aluminum, and cardboard.
Establishment of recycling centers The Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island has its own recycling center.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways All clippings are recycled on the golf course.
Education of staff and customer education None at this time.
Waste awareness campaigns None at this time.

Pollution Control

Environmental protection is a top priority at The Legends Golf Course. Local environment is protected through a variety of measures including plant and grass naturalization, adjustments in mowing design, and written standard operating procedures.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Yearly Yearly Daily
On-Site Two Yearly Two Yearly Daily
Outflow Yearly Yearly Daily

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Irrigation Reservoir N/A
Clubhouse Septic Tank N/A
Maintenance Facility Septic Tank N/A
Wash Pad Reed Bed N/A

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials at this golf facility are handled and disposed of as follows:

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents false true
Cooking Oils false true
Lubricants false true
Pesticide Containers false true
Fertiliser Bags false true
Oil Filters false true
Batteries false true

Pollution Prevention

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution from its maintenance facility and clubhouse:

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas All equipment is stored inside of a maintenance building. All hazardous products are stored inside of a building by themselves with a ventilation system. There are spill response kits located in 3 locations.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Equipment is maintained on impervious surfaces inside a maintenance building. This area is monitored daily for leaks. Spills are cleaned up properly and in a timely manner.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas All spray equipment for pesticides and fertilizers are mixed in a dedicated, covered area.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces All spray equipment for pesticides are mixed on impervious surfaces.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks All fuel tanks are above ground.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel All fuel tanks have secondary walls for containment.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials There are 3 spill response kits on location that contain approved proper absorbent materials.

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution on its golf course:

Activity Description
Eliminating leachate and run-off through careful timing of turf inputs Weather conditions are monitored before any pesticide or fertilizer application is made.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Some areas have a vegetative strip around water bodies. Plans are in place to add vegetative buffer strips around areas that do not interfere with the game of golf.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan A spill response plan is in place.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge With the exception of one area on the property, all areas are established with grasses and plant matter to help prevent erosion.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones All wooded areas with understory.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off Wherever possible, swales are maintained at rough height or naturalized to minimize surface run-off of fertilizers and pesticides.

Community

With The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island being a military golf course, community relationships play an important role in the success of the course. Many community outreach projects are a constant, mainly involving Marine Corps Community Services. (MCCS) The Legends at Parris Island Golf Course is one of many activities in which MCCS operates.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 2
Course Management 5 2
Food & Beverage 2 2
Golf Coaching 2
Other 3 1

The sustainability working group at this golf facility is comprised of:

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Assistant Superintendent

Employees at this golf facility receive the following formal and informal environmental education:

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides All Applicators of pesticide are licensed by the federal government and have to get recertified every 3 years.
Efficient water management Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent manage the irrigation system to insure water conservation and efficient water management.
Management of accidents and emergencies Each employee is trained on the proper procedures to follow when accidents and emergencies occur. Incident reports are filed immediately following an accident. Near Miss reports are also filed. Job Hazard Analysis forms and procedures are followed. Monthly safety meetings are conducted as are monthly safety walks of the facilities. The Legends At Parris Island actively follows the OSHA guidelines of the Voluntary Protection Program. (VPP)
Management of habitats and vegetation The golf course maintenance staff is responsible for the management of habitats and vegetation. Staff is often informed of changes regarding habitat, vegetation, and other related environmental concerns.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling The golf maintenance staff participates in annual Hazardous Waste Training. All staff is informed of proper recycling procedures of the golf course.
Health & Safety New hire orientation teaches health and safety along with on the job training. Monthly safety meetings are conducted. Golf Maintenance staff is involved in a Hearing Conservation Program. All certified pesticide applicators participate in the Respiratory Protection Program established by the MCRDPI Force Preservation Office.
Energy Saving Employees learn about energy saving through on the job training.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Golf course employees are trained in understanding the importance of the landscape and cultural heritage through the Golf Course Superintendent.
Environmental management planning The golf course superintendent works with all staff in regards to environmental management planning.

Community Relations

This golf facility engages with local community groups in the following manner:

Activity Description
Neighbours With Parris Island being a Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot, we have no adjoining neighbors.
Local Government The Legends At Parris Island follows all Beaufort County policies regarding environmental affairs. We also consult the Parris Island Department of Natural Resources.
Local Environmental Groups No involvement.
Local Community Groups No involvement.
Media No media relationships regarding environmental outreach at this time.
Local Businesses No involvement.
Schools & Colleges None at this time.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

This golf facility provides access and diversified land use for others through:

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Adjacent to the golf course parking lot is a Parris Island Nature Trail. The nature trail is well defined and informative with numerous signage. The Nature Trail is not maintained by the golf maintenance department unless absolutely necessary.
The Santa Elena National Historic Monument is also located on and next to The Legends at Parris Island Golf Course boundaries. Again, the golf course maintenance staff does not maintain these areas except in case of emergency.
Creation of new paths and nature trails N/A
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Signage is visible from the front entrance of the installation, continuing through until arrival at the golf course. Once entering golf course property a large granite sign is visible, informing visitors of where they have arrived. Signage is located on the front of the clubhouse with some informative information below.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) Our course has a fishing access points with parking and areas for bird watching opportunities. We also provide disk golf opportunities by request.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) None at this time
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities None at this time

The following archaeological and heritage surveys have been carried out at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
None at this time .

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage:

  • The Parris Island Department of Natural Resources

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to conserve cultural heritage features:

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) Santa Elena National Historic Monument, Fort Freemont. All activities are done locally through the Parris Island Department of Natural Resources.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) Santa Elena National Historical Monument and site.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) Santa Elena National Historical Monument. Fort Freemont. Old cotton dikes adjacent to the golf course parking lot. Live Oak forest behind hole #2 green.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display None at this time.
Members evenings and course walks None at this time.
Course guides / brochures The Legends at Parris Island has no course guides or brochures regarding environmental affairs. We do publish brochures for advertising/marketing purposes only. The golf course also maintains a golf scorecard with limited information.
Interpretation panels & course signage None.
Establishment of a nature trail Adjacent to the golf course parking lot and driving range.

This golf facility undertakes the following social and environmental advocacy activities:

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures The golf course has a facebook page along with its own marketing department.
Supporting campaigns Friends of Parris Island Pass - Civilians now have access to the base with a "Friends of Parris Island" vehicle tag by submitting a background check application that is available on our website: www.thelegendspi.com
Course walks / open days We do not have any organized walks or open days for the public to walk the golf course however the public may access the nature trail at anytime.
Attending community meetings The Legends Golf Course management along with Marine Corps Community Services management attends various local community meetings and events.
Joint practical projects with community The Legends Golf Course Practice Facility is home to Battery Creek High School Golf Team.
Special Fees for Ranked Military All active duty and retired military, regardless of rank, pays $31 for 18 holes with a cart.
Ladies League Ladies League is every Wednesday from April - October (avg. attendance : 25/night
*1630 Clinic, 1700 9-holers tee off, 1730 6-holers tee off, 1745 3-holers tee off, 1930-2000 Social hour in the clubhouse with drinks, prizes, and rules discussion. Total cost $20.
Unit Clinics Four 2-hour clinics priced at $1/clinic per person. Designed to introduce the game to active duty military golfers, the final clinic includes a written test and 3-hole competition. Upon completion, each participant receives a free set of golf clubs, golf bag, and golf balls. Over 150 Marines and Sailors have graduated from this program.
Adaptive Golf Clinics On the third Saturday of every month, Beaufort Memorial Hospital conducts a two-hour Adaptive Golf Clinic at The Legends Practice Facility. The clinic is open to military and civilian golfers with disabilities.
Charity Fundraiser Events Approximately 100 hosted charity fundraiser events.