Mirimichi Receives Golf Digest/Environmental Leaders in Golf, Chapter Award

The Environmental Leaders in Golf Award recognizes golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management and excellence in the areas of resource conversation, water quality management, integrated pest management, wildlife/habitat management and education outreach. In addition, these categories are judged on sustainability, criticality, originality and technology implementation/use. An independent panel of judges representing national environmental groups, turfgrass experts, university research, and members of the golf community conducted the award selection.

“The total amount of manicured turf has been reduced from 200 acres down to less than 90 acres, said Superintendent Dustin Green. This dramatic drop in acreage has been beneficial in several areas. The amount of maintenance „inputs‟ significantly decreased, while the native areas were expanded and logically reshaped to better match the tern of play from the golfers. This type of „adaptive management‟ allows for increasing the size of the native areas while decreasing the likelihood that golf balls disturb them”. Green continues to say “Newly designed water filtration and drainage enhancements, along with recirculating creeks, have notably reduced water consumption by being able to recapture two-thirds of all the water applied to the course. The other one-third that can‟t be recaptured is filtered by wetlands and turf before leaving the course.”

Mirimichi, which means “a place of happy retreat,” is located just 15 minutes north of downtown Memphis in Millington, Tn. The par 72 championship course is a challenging 7,400 yards from the tips, and provides five to eight different tee boxes on each hole to appeal to golfers of all abilities. Lush fairways, swathes of native grassland, beautiful landscaping, four waterfalls, six lakes and two meandering streams make this golfing oasis a place where people and nature co-exist in harmony.

Mirimichi is the first golf course in North, South or Central America to receive a certified status from the international Golf Environment Organization (GEO). Additionally, it is the first course in the United States to be designated as a Certified Audubon International Classic Sanctuary, making it the only golf course in the world to hold both designations.
Justin Timberlake, his family, and the management team of Mirimichi were formally presented the GEO Certification by Bud Smart, GEO Regional Director- the Americas on September 4th, 2010.

“Environmental sustainability at Mirimichi is about more than just what we can do at our own course. It is about taking a leadership role and encouraging other golf courses, and organizations of all kinds around the world to move forward in making a positive impact on the world we live in,” said Timberlake.
About Mirimichi

Mirimichi, meaning “place of happy retreat,” is a premier public golf course located just 15 minutes north of Downtown Memphis. Co-Founded\Co-Owned by Lynn Harless, Paul Harless and Justin Timberlake. Mirimichi‟s rolling grass mounds, meandering creeks and scenic vistas provide a natural ambience that creates a haven for both golfer and nature. At Mirimichi, golf, nature, and people exist in harmony. The golf course architect is Bill Bergin of Bergin Golf Designs, and the golf course construction manager is Cole Sanders of Sanders Golf Construction. For information visit www.mirimichi.com or call Mirimichi at 901-259-3800.