BOYNE Golf Receives First Green Ambassador Recognition
Launched by E-Z-GO, the new program encourages sustainable environmental solutions and is open to all golf courses and facilities.
E-Z-GO launched the Green Ambassador Program, which recognizes golf courses throughout the U.S. implementing sustainable environmental solutions at their course. E-Z-GO’s first Green Ambassador is Boyne Resorts in Michigan.
E-Z-GO, a Textron Specialized Vehicles business, honors the prestigious “Michigan’s Magnificent 10” golf courses for their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
“We want to show others that golf courses can operate successfully with sustainability at the forefront, ensuring that we leave a positive legacy for future generations of golfers and outdoor enthusiasts,” Boyne golf operations SVP Josh Richter said. “Being a part of E-Z-GO’s Green Ambassador program is a great way for us to get that message out, share our sustainable practices with others, and lead by example.”
The Green Ambassador program is a new initiative by E-Z-GO as part of its larger commitment to sustainability. To qualify as a Green Ambassador, a course measures its business initiatives on a numerical scale. Question topics in key sections include:
- Habitat and water conservation
- Facilities and buildings
- Waste and recycling
- Education, advocacy and community outreach
Courses can apply online to be a Green Ambassador.
“We are very fortunate to have leaders like Boyne in the golf industry, who prioritize not only making the game of golf better, but also making the world a better, safer place to live,” said Adam Harris, VP and GM for E-Z-GO for Textron Specialized Vehicles.
In 2021, Boyne Resorts committed to a goal of net zero emissions across all 13 of their golf courses by 2030, dubbed the ForeverProject. From selective watering days, to the expansion of natural areas around fairways and building buffer zones around water features to decreasing the frequency of mowing fairways, the ForeverProject is now saving thousands of dollars and reducing emissions.
“It’s important to not only talk about ways to be sustainable, but turn conversations into actions,” said Mari Kissinger, director of sustainability for Boyne Golf. “We are proud of the hard work to better the environment that’s being accomplished in Michigan. We know other courses across the country will be inspired to act too.”
Boyne Golf is a collection of ten courses at three resorts: The Highlands, Boyne Mountain Resort and the Inn at Bay Harbor located within 15 miles of Petoskey, Michigan.
Richter said he hopes golfers will take note of the environmental work that’s being accomplished at Michigan’s Magnificent 10 courses, and challenges other courses to do the same.
“The more we can work together,” he said, “the quicker we can see positive changes for our courses, communities and the planet.”
About BOYNE Golf
BOYNE Golf is a collection of ten courses at three resorts: The Highlands, Boyne Mountain Resort and the Inn at Bay Harbor located within 15 miles of Petoskey, MI. Beyond the world-class golf, BOYNE Golf is centered amid one of America’s most beautiful vacation spots. The scenic Lake Michigan beach towns of Charlevoix, Harbor Springs and Petoskey are minutes away, and a side trip to Mackinac Island is easily managed. Guests can enjoy award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, watersports, gaming, microbreweries, wineries, hiking, biking, tennis, zip-lining, shopping and more capped by the spectacular northern Michigan sunsets. For more information on BOYNE Golf, visit www.BOYNEGolf.com.
E-Z-GO is an iconic, world-renowned brand in golf cars and personal transportation vehicles. Products sold under the E-Z-GO brand include RXV® fleet golf cars, Freedom® and Valor personal golf cars, and Liberty™ and E-Z-GO Express™ personal utility vehicles. Known for innovation in electric-vehicle and powertrain technology, E-Z-GO’s offerings include the ELiTE series of lithium-ion-powered golf cars and PTVs, including the Liberty™, the industry’s first vehicle with four forward-facing seats in a compact, golf-car-sized footprint. Founded in 1954 in Augusta, Ga.,E-Z-GO became part of Textron Inc. in 1960, and today operates as part of the company’s Textron Specialized Vehicles division.