By Design – Issue 64, Winter 2023

26 By Design looks at the golf course projects recognized in the 2023 ASGCA Environmental Excellence Awards Nine golf course design projects – eight in the US and one in Costa Rica – have been recognized with ASGCA Environmental Excellence Awards for their positive impact on the environment. The awards program was introduced in 2019 to recognize innovative work being done by ASGCA members at golf facilities to address their environmental needs. The program is presented by Ewing Outdoor Supply. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of golf industry and environmental leaders, including representatives of GEO Foundation, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the National Golf Course Owners Association. “This is an impressive array of projects illustrating the good work being done for the benefit of golfers and the environment,” said ASGCA President Mike Benkusky. “The more than 30 facilities that have been recognised since this program began is a testament to the combined efforts of architects, owners, course managers and superintendents.” • ENVIRONMENT Making a positive impact Location: Batavia, Illinois Golf course architect: ASGCA Past President Greg Martin The renovation of the 30-year-old Settlers Hill course included new irrigation, drainage, reconstructed greens, tees, bunkers, reshaped fairways and cart paths. Around 80,000 cubic yards of clean, free, offsite fill was imported to provide the cover to safely install new irrigation and drainage, which was developed to be more comprehensive and more considerate of water quality to the surrounding landscapes. SETTLERS HILL GOLF COURSE Photo: Greg Martin