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Pelican Hill receives Eco-friendly Green Hall of Fame Award

GOLF Magazine recognized the resort for its outstanding water conservation program.

By Elaine MurphyPublished: February 23, 2012 07:30 AM

GOLF Magazine has honored the Resort at Pelican Hill with an Eco-friendly Green Hall of Fame Award for its exceptional efforts in conserving and protecting natural resources. The 504-acre Newport Coast resort includes 80 acres of protected land, and is among only three properties to win the Green Resort Award.

During its golf club’s two-year renovation in 2007, Pelican Hill installed an environmentally friendly water management system designed to protect the Pacific Ocean and conserve water. By collecting rainwater in underground tanks and recycling runoff, the system saves more than 50 million gallons of water annually. A full-time water quality manager measures the amount of water needed to sustain plant life and ensures that the system is free of debris and pollutants. The sophisticated system is expected to become a model project for the state.

Pelican Hill also received a silver medal in Golf Magazine’s Premier Golf Resorts list, which is featured in the March 2012 issue.

“As stewards of one of California’s most beautiful stretches of coastal land, we’re proud to be recognized among the nation’s leading green golf resorts,” said Steve Friedlander, the resort’s vice president – golf. “In developing and later renovating Pelican Hill’s two coastal courses, we have gone to unprecedented lengths to design infrastructure and implement protocol that advance environmental stewardship, recycling and sustainability.”

GOLF Magazine senior editor Joe Passov said that his publication is “particularly pleased to recognize those three properties that also earned a coveted Green Award, which recognizes extraordinary achievement in the field of environmental stewardship. The Resort at Pelican Hill, in particular, strikes a chord, due to its inspired emphasis on water conservation and management, something of critical importance everywhere, especially in the Western U.S. On-course weather stations, new fairway grasses and planters that act to filter storm water are among the highlights.”