Golf Tourney Needs YOU!

Courtesy of Skidaway Audubon 

To quote Kermit the Frog, “It’s not easy being green.” That’s why the Club Car Championship at The Landings Club needs your help!

Volunteers are needed to join the tournament’s Green Team, an army of residents who will help implement a bold initiative to encourage recycling, reduce litter, and put the Club in the forefront of environmental stewardship.

This year, all beverages at the event will be served in recyclable aluminum cups that are proudly made in America. After use, these cups will be placed in recycling bins. Working in shifts, Green Team members will staff the recycling stations, asking people to place their aluminum in the correct recycling container. Other team members will be on golf carts, picking up the bagged cups and taking them to the main collection point. The cups will be transported to Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield for recycling.

“This is a big undertaking, and we need lots of volunteers,” said Green Team Chair Connie Squibb. “I would like 50 or more volunteers. The more, the merrier!”

To become a Green Team volunteer, email Squibb (GreenTeamChair2020@gmail.com). Volunteers will be asked to fill out a form regarding their availability and will be asked to purchase a $15 Green Team t-shirt, to be worn with khaki pants or skirts.

In addition to staffing the tournament, which runs from March 31 to April 3 at Deer Creek, volunteers also are needed March 26 for a pre-tournament 5K run near Deer Creek, as well as on March 28, 29, and 30 for ProAm and special golf events at Marshwood and Magnolia.

Why Aluminum Cups?

The aluminum cups are designed to replace plastic cups, which take 450 years to degrade. Aluminum cups can be reused or recycled into different products again and again without loss of quality. The sleek metal cups keep drinks colder, a great advantage in the South. They also are lightweight yet far sturdier than plastic and make a clear statement about one’s commitment to sustainability.

The recycling initiative is supported by Skidaway Audubon and dovetails with The Landings’ widespread efforts to protect the island environment. Skidaway Audubon originally was created to help The Landings Club protect the natural environment and earn a very special designation. Now, all six golf courses have been certified by Audubon International as cooperative sanctuaries, following the implementation of smart turf management practices, the creation of conservation areas, and establishment of other initiatives to promote sustainability. Only five percent of golf courses in the U.S. have attained this certification.

“Skidaway Audubon now includes a variety of projects to conserve and enhance the island’s natural resources and to educate and engage residents, and we’re happy to be a partner in this new effort to reduce litter and promote recycling,” said Skidaway Audubon President Dawn Cordo.

The aluminum cups to be used at the tournament are made by the Ball Corporation and feature the Club Car Championship, Enmarket, and Skidaway Audubon logos. Responsible partiers looking for less landfill trash and more sustainable living can find aluminum cups at retail stores and online.

The Club Car Championship is a four-day, 72-hole, stroke-play competition, held annually at The Landings’ Deer Creek course, with a total purse of $750,000. Deer Creek, designed by Tom Fazio in 1991, is a championship-caliber course with beautiful, wide fairways, but tests golfers with its challenging par 3 holes. Last year’s winner, Canada’s Adam Svensson, placed 7th in this year’s Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. The tournament has 10 local charity beneficiaries.