Earth Day Recognition for PGA National

Wednesday 22 April 2015

PGA National achieves GEO Certified®
The PGA National Resort and Spa in Florida, headquarters of the PGA of America, has achieved the international mark of sustainability in golf, GEO Certified®. The distinction recognizes the environmental stewardship, resource efficiency and community value across the Champion Course and its facilities.

This achievement for the PGA National, which falls on Earth Day 2015, is a significant one for the club, acknowledging their longstanding commitment to sustainability. GEO Certified® is administered and assured Golf Environment Organization (GEO), the not-for-profit group dedicated to sustainability in the golf industry, and is independently verified and publicly reported.

Joel Paige, Vice President & Managing Director of the PGA National said “We are excited to be certified to the industry’s rigorous, global standard, GEO Certified®, it is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to sustainable resort, club and course management, and inspires us to drive further.”

The Champion Course, which features the legendary “Bear Trap” – one of the most difficult three-hole stretches in golf, is located alongside 12,000 acres of nationally important wetland. The club is proud of its position within a living landscape and aims to maintain the native habitats and connections with this unique functioning ecosystem along with its responsibilities to reduce impacts on resource use and enhance the benefits it can bring to its members, guest and the local community.

Some of the sustainability initiatives highlighted in the certification report include:

  • 100% of the site’s green waste is recycled and returned to the facility as mulch for organic fertilizer and soil amendments;
  • Energy efficient drives installed on irrigation pumps saving $18,000 per year in electricity consumption;
  • Course policy of firm, fast playing conditions achieved with close attention to mowing height and minimal turf inputs and watering – less than 50% irrigation volume to US average;
  • Turfgrass switched to newer cultivar of lower input, lower irrigation Bermuda grass;
  • Regular, frequent water testing in collaboration with the local environmental district, which show that the golf courses play an important role in improving water quality;
  • Provides free electric vehicle charging for guests and members as part of national grid for travellers;
  • Full time sustainability manager helping to push new goals and achieve targets; and
  • Wide variety of involvement in local community – from hosting charity tournaments and events, to donating, and active participation by staff and members

Kathy McGuire, PGA National Manager, Sustainable Development said “The OnCourse® program was straightforward and easy to navigate, and working with Russ Bodie, the independent on-site verifier to become GEO Certified® was a really positive and motivating experience”.

Jonathan Smith, Chief Executive of GEO said “We are delighted to recognize PGA National with this well deserved distinction on Earth Day 2015. PGA National exemplifies an active and continuing commitment to sustainability throughout its operations. We hope their leadership will inspire more courses to step forward and be recognized for their value to people and nature.”

The PGA National certification and verification reports can be found at . 


Further Information:

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About GEO Certified®

GEO Certified® is golf’s internationally accredited and widely supported eco-label and is a member of ISEAL Alliance, the global assurance body for standards in sustainability. GEO is a stakeholder-funded, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to helping the global golf community establish leadership in environmental enhancement, resource efficiency and community integration and value. For more information, please visit

About OnCourse®

OnCourse® is a free web-based tool available to golf facilities worldwide, guiding them around the priorities and resources for sustainability in golf, helping them easily and credibly share their efforts and value, and leading to GEO Certified®.  For more information, please visit

About PGA National Resort & Spa

 Fresh off its comprehensive $100 million revitalization, PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf, vacation and meeting destination. The South Florida locale offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses, including the famed Champion Course, home to the popular PGA TOUR Honda Classic and past host of the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship and a litany of other prized professional golf tournaments.

 The Champion showcases the legendary “Bear Trap” – one of the most difficult three-hole stretches in the game. Holes 15, 16 and 17 are where designer Jack Nicklaus famously said, “It should be won or lost right here.” On-site programs from both the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, along with tour level custom club fitting from the PGA National Club Fitting Lab, are available.  At the off-site Estates Course, PGA National additionally offers Every Ball Counts – the world’s first science-based, statistics-driven training system for golf improvement.

 PGA National features customized suites ideal for weddings, golf “buddy trips” and spa aficionados; a permanent, lakeside wedding venue with stunning vistas; and new 19thhole bar and grill named “Bar 91.” Other distinguishing highlights include a world-class 33,000 square-foot health-and-racquet club with 19 Har-Tru tennis courts, 40,000 square feet of self-contained conference space and seven on-site restaurants and lounges.

 Conveniently located within easy driving distance of major Florida population centers, the AAA Four Diamond resort is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 90 minutes from Miami International Airport (MIA).

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