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5 of the greenest golf courses in the world

By: Shea Gunther on June 17, 2011, 12:57 p.m.
wildflowers in front of golf course, snow-capped mountains in background

Photo: Golf Klosters

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Golf Klosters, Switzerland

Golf Klosters in Graubünden, Switzerland, was converted from a ski mountain and required minimal cutting and other major landscaping. Less than half of the total land is used for play — the other half sits untouched. The course's steep hillsides are still farmed for grass in the traditional ways, which happens later in the season, preserving and extending the window of opportunity for many rare plants, insects and animals.

Golf Klosters operates using an environmental management plan that covers things like landscape, water, waste, energy, and education and awareness. An environmental working group made up of stakeholders like the general manager, course manager, local government and community representatives and other committee members are GEO Certified by the Golf Environment Organization.