Ocean Course tops eco-friendly Forbes list

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island
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Forbes praises the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island for its efforts to protect its seaside dunes from erosion and capture water for use in irrigation.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, August 02, 2012 | 1:42 p.m.

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is hosting next week's PGA Championship, and it's also being singled out for its environmental stewardship. As much of the the United States suffers through a summer of record-breaking heat and drought, Forbes has named the Ocean Course as America’s most eco-friendly course.

"Along the shores of Kiawah Island, S.C. (30 minutes from Charleston), you'll find the Five-Star Sanctuary resort and five championship golf courses -- all classified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries for their conservation efforts. What you won't see is the 14 miles of drains and pipes under the Ocean Course that collect all of the water that falls onto the green and the cart paths -- picking up 300,000 gallons of fresh water a day (half of the water used to irrigate the course)," Forbes wrote. "Course designer Pete Dye created more than 22 acres of freshwater wetlands within the golf course, restored close to 80 acres of saltwater marshlands and planted native grasses to help preserve the dunes against erosion."

To read more, and see what other courses made the list, click here. And, of course, to check out the official coverage of the 2012 PGA Championship, click here.