Top Journalists Choose World's “Greenest” Golf Courses

The A PositionContributor IApril 6, 2010

 No matter what “green” means to you—envy, eco, or Eire—The A has a golf course that hews to the hue. The latest installment of “The A List,” a monthly compendium of expert golf and travel info and opinions, is out for spring, listing the “greenest” courses in the world.


What do the writers at The A Position mean by “green”? Color them open-minded.


For St. Patrick’s Day, green looks across the sea to Ireland. In the spirit of the season, it can help save the Earth. Green can also mean envy (those courses you most want to play), good value (courses that save you some green), or grass so verdant it shocks your eyes. It can even involve a putting lesson.
The greenest courses range from the United States to Europe to the Caribbean. They encompass the fanciest resort layouts and the most humble nine-holers in iconic locales and places most golfers have never heard of. Whatever your favorite shade of green, The A Position has a course to dye for, covering the spectrum from emerald to aquamarine.


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The greenest golf courses include (click here to read entire list):


Surfside GC (Ocean Park, Washington)
On a map, the Long Beach Peninsula on the Washington coast looks like a finger pointing north, its narrow tip ending where the mouth of Willapa Bay meets the Pacific…


Cypress Point Golf Club (Pebble Beach, California)
Cypress Point makes me green with envy—of the fortunate few who get to play there once, let alone on a regular basis.


Ballyliffin Golf Club (Ballyliffin, Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland)

Picking one course to represent all of Ireland—the grandest greensward in golf—isn’t easy…


Eugene Country Club (Eugene, Oregon)

“Go Big Green!” is the mantra for University of Oregon sports enthusiasts…


El Camaleon Golf Course (Mayakoba, Mexico)

There is green. And then there’s a vibrant, verdant shade of green rarely seen in nature, an Avatar-like hue so boisterously bright it nearly over-delights the eyes…


Riverdale Dunes & Knolls Public Links (Brighton, Colorado)

In March, there’s not much green on either the Dunes or Knolls course at Riverdale, set in the north Denver suburb of Brighton…


Buffalo Tournament Club (Lancaster, New York)

Notions of “green” golf courses typically, and rightly, focus on environmental sensitivity: minimal use of contaminating chemicals, protection of wildlife habitats, and so forth…


Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club (East Sussex, England)

Roses are red, violets are blue, grass is green, and golf courses are, too. Then there is Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club, the greenest of them all…


The Green Monkey Course, Sandy Lane Resort (St. James, Barbados)

Let me introduce you to the greenest course in golf, The Green Monkey at the world-famous Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados…


Chambers Bay (University Place, Washington)

Robert Trent Jones II transformed a bleak, wrung-out, abandoned sand and gravel mine into one of the most lyrical links courses in North America, and one good enough to host the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open…


The Links at Union Vale (LaGrangeville, New York) 
Céad míle fáilte is scrolled right into the wrought iron entrance gates to the Links at Union Vale—“a hundred thousand welcomes” to the greenest course in New York State…


The Reserve Club (Southport, North Carolina)

This selection takes the high road—green as in socially responsible and highly eco-conscious . . .


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