A golf sustainability event was hosted by the Harrison, Tenn., property on April 22, where attendees embarked on a wildlife walk, viewing first-hand some of the initiatives the club has implemented.
Jacobsen celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by sponsoring a golf sustainability event hosted by The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in Harrison, Tenn., a national leader in golf course environmental sustainability.
Event attendees learned about the many benefits of creating sustainable golf environments from officials at the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the University of Tennessee, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and Jacobsen.
The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay installed 45 nesting houses, created a large plant bed comprised of 218 plants native to Tennessee, and renovated the golf course’s chemical storage facility. Over 50 acres of the course have been naturalized to minimize maintenance. The Bear Trace is also one of just 939 U.S. golf courses certified by Audubon International and one of only 19 in the state of Tennessee.
In March of 2013, The Bear Trace purchased a fleet of all-electric turf maintenance equipment, including seven Jacobsen ECLIPSE 322 small-area reel mowers. Since that time, the course saved over 9,000 gallons of fuel and posted over 175 days of emission-free operation—resulting in the elimination of over 180,000 pounds of point source CO2 emissions.
“The Jacobsen ECLIPSE mowers fit perfectly with our overall philosophy,” said Paul L. Carter, CGCS, Superintendent of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay. “Not only have the mowers helped us eliminate noise, emissions, hydraulic fluid, and the use of over 9,000 gallons of fuel, we’re also getting the best quality-of-cut I have ever seen in my career.”
Attendees also embarked on a wildlife walk and viewed first-hand some of the environmental initiatives The Bear Trace has implemented. The wildlife walk concluded at a Bald Eagle’s nest perched above one of the course’s putting greens. The feathered family, recently blessed with two eaglets, has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the USGA-sponsored Harrison Bay Eagle Cam.
C&RB reported on the Eagle Cam in March (“The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay Welcomes Eaglets”).
The event also marked The Bear Trace’s recent Golf Environment Organization Certification, golf’s international assurance for environmental enhancement and community contribution. Jacobsen President David Withers was on hand to present Paul L. Carter with the certification.
“Courses like The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay are leading the industry down a more sustainable path that will provide better golf environments for everyone,” said Withers. “As a company, we’re proud that machines like our ECLIPSE reel mowers can help The Bear Trace achieve its sustainability goals and be recognized for its achievements by organizations like the GEO and Audubon International.”
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