The Boca Raton, Fla., property features 22 active honey bee hives on its two golf courses, and is hosting an awareness campaign throughout September to share the environmental, health and community benefits of supporting bees.
With 22 active hives on its two Audubon-Certified golf courses, The Old Course and Club Course, beekeepers at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Fla., tend to an average of one million bees to produce more than 1,000 ounces of pure, natural honey per year.
Additionally, it produces a healthy environment for “the birds and the bees,” the club’s general eco-system, and members. It also yields a positive impact on the Boca Raton community.
In September, National Honey Month, Broken Sound Club will be launching its BSC BEE Positive community initiative with a BEE Smart “honey of the month” awareness campaign created to share the eco-, health and community benefits, as well as the advantage of installing hives and cultivating the golden crop for use in cooking, beauty and natural healing treatments.
- “BEE Positive” reception with BSC eco-update
- “BEE Positive” Tours; on-site for children’s groups and schools in addition to presentation visits to community and homeowners organization meetings, Boca Chamber, school groups and children’s park and recreation centers.
- “BEE Smart” Lunch & Learn; Beekeeping 101 for entities interested in joining the BEE Positive movement.
- “Honey of a Day”; an interactive beekeeping family fun event celebrating the great pollinators and their liquid gold.
- A BEE Smart interactive social media campaign with Facebook, Facebook Live and Twitter with hashtags: #BeePositive #BeeSmartClub #LoveMyHoney #GotHives? #Boca4Bees #BocaBees.
- Chef cooking demos
- Introduction of new honey-infused aesthetics treatments at BSC’s Moonstone Spa & Fitness Center and honey-spiked smoothies at Moonstone Cafe
“For the month of September, even our club’s initials, BSC, will take on new meaning as the ‘Bee Smart Club’ in an effort to encourage others in the club industry, ax well as businesses and City parks, to join us in stewarding this critical eco-critical mission in our city,” noted John Crean, CCE, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, who is creating a BOCA BEE Smart Task Force. “Our Club’s beekeepers and golf course maintenance director and environmental consultant look forward to helping other clubs, the City, businesses and parks and recreation “get their hives on.'”
Beyond the bees, Broken Sound’s other green initiatives include:
- LEED Certification: Awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the 2013 transformation at the Moonstone Spa and Fitness Center.
- Audubon Sanctuary Certified: Both The Old Course and Club Course are certified and in 2014 both received re-certification. On any given day, golfers get a glimpse of a variety of endangered and protected birds.
- GEO Certified™: It is the first in Florida, the second golf facility in the U.S. and 14th in the world to be GEO Certified. In 2014 both courses received re-certification by the GEO Certified Ecolabel, a symbol of great golf courses around the world. GEO Certified – the sustainability assurance of the Golf Environment Organization, an international non-profit dedicated to supporting sustainability in the sport of golf. Bringing clear insight, guidance and golf’s most constructive, credible and comprehensive certifications, GEO is a leading resource for sustainable golf solutions.