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Program recognizes the country’s most outstanding environmental leaders in golf

(SUNRIVER, Ore.)—Often recognized by the golf industry’s top media outlets as one of the country’s premiere destination golf resorts, Sunriver Resort recently made a name for itself with regard to another claim to fame – environmental practices. In the November 2009 issue of Golf Digest, Sunriver Resort is recognized as one of four nationwide recipients of the inaugural Green Star Award from Golf Digest, which recognizes the country’s most outstanding environmental leaders in golf.

Other Green Star Award recipients, which were chosen from Golf Digest’s initial pool of 400 resorts, included Pebble Beach (Calif.), Kiawah Island (S.C.), and Barton Creek (Texas).

Resorts were judged based on their comprehensive environmental program – for the golf course especially, but also the resort operation – that encompasses water use and conservation, energy use and conservation, waste disposal, pest and disease management, wildlife promotion, and contribution to the local environment and community. Copies of Sunriver Resort’s initial entry application submissions are attached as a reference.
Resorts were also asked to detail their environmental policies, practices and initiatives, and how they relate to their specific local conditions, challenges and constraints, citing examples, facts and figures when possible.

“As stewards of Central Oregon’s abundant natural resources, we are constantly looking for ways to expand our environmental practices and decrease the Resort’s footprint,” said Tom O’Shea, managing director of Sunriver Resort. “These practices date back to the Resort’s inception nearly 40 years ago, when ‘green’ practices were virtually unheard of not just at golf resorts, but across all industries.”

Golf Digest received a total of 60 entries, from which editors narrowed the list to 15 finalists. Finalists were sent to a panel of 14 judges for review, including:
• John Barton, editor-in-chief, Golf Digest
• Brent Blackwelder, president, Friends of the Earth
• Dr. Kimberly Erusha, director of education, USGA Green Section
• Jay Feldman, executive director, Beyond Pesticides
• Dr. Mike Hurdzan, golf course architect
• Dr. Tony Koski, turfgrass specialist, Colorado State University
• Greg Lyman, director of research, GCSAA/Environmental Institute
• Tom Mead, wetlands/golf course consultant
• James Moore, construction education director, USGA
• Paul Parker, executive vice president, Center for Resource Management
• Roger Schiffman, managing editor, Golf Digest
• James Snow, national director, USGA Green Section
• Ron Whitten, Golf Digest
• Robert Wood, wetlands division deputy director, US E.P.A.

From the top 15 finalists, judges were asked to vote for their top six including reasoning, comments, questions, and concerns. The leading vote getters were visited by James Moore, director of the USGA Green Section's Construction Education Program, who spent a day at each facility interviewing staff, touring the golf courses and resorts, and taking copious notes. Based on his recommendations, Green Star designations were awarded to Barton Creek, Kiawah Island, Pebble Beach and Sunriver Resort.

About Sunriver Resort:
Located in Central Oregon, Sunriver Resort features 244 guestrooms and 360 vacation rental properties comprised of private homes and condominiums. Sunriver Resort is a year-round outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with 63 holes of championship golf, 28 tennis courts, 35 miles of paved bike paths, three swimming complexes, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, and skiing and snowboarding at nearby Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. Other amenities include the Sage Springs Club & Spa, programs for youth and teens, a nearby shopping village, and the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory. For more information call 800-801-8765 or visit

About Destination Hotels & Resorts:
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo. With more than 30 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 7,000 guest rooms, 10 golf courses and 12 full-service spas. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit

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 Justin Yax, DVA Advertising & PR, 541-389-2411,


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