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5 of the greenest golf courses in the world

By: Shea Gunther on June 17, 2011, 12:57 p.m.
fairway and wildflowers

Photo: Kristin Skinner

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Justin Timberlake's Mirimichi

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake has sold millions of albums, starred in blockbuster movies, dated a few high-profile women, and swings a pretty mean driver. The 6-handicapper first got into the game while playing with his dad on Big Creek, a course in their hometown of Memphis. When he learned that the course was in danger of being turned into housing developments, he pulled together financing to buy it. 

Not only did he buy the course, but he also went a step further and spent millions greening it up. The course underwent a massive eco-overhaul that added wetlands and native plants as well as a name change to Mirimichi, a Native American word meaning "place of happy retreat."

Mirimichi is an Audubon Classic Sanctuary, an honor reserved for properties that work to preserve habitat for plants and animals. The course is also GEO Certified by the Golf Environment Organization in recognition of its commitment to running a greener operation.