Indian Wells Golf Resort Wins California Golf Course Owners Association’s “Community Environmental Award” | Sports Destination Management

Indian Wells Golf Resort Wins California Golf Course Owners Association’s “Community Environmental Award”

Jan 08, 2018


Indian Wells Golf Resort recently received the “Community Environmental Award” from the California Golf Course Owners Association (CGCOA) for demonstrating excellence in the area of Environmental Stewardship. Owned by the City of Indian Wells and managed by Troon® Golf, Indian Wells Golf Resort was recognized for being one of the few golf courses in the Coachella Valley that is currently meeting or exceeding the savings proposed by the Water Management Plan and State of California water reduction guidelines.

Community Environmental Award criteria includes:

  • Implements practices that reduce use of coveted resources such as water or electricity.
  • Has an efficient and convenient recycling program in place for managing waste on course and in the clubhouse (includes bar, restaurant and common areas).
  • Encourages on-site natural habitats for birds and other small animals (i.e. Member of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program)
  • Increases citizen awareness on how golf courses are “friends of the environment” and how golfers can support stewardship efforts. (i.e. course nature tours, recycling waste, educational programs)

“We are proud to be the recipient of the 2017 CGCOA ‘Community Environmental Award,’“ said Steve Rosen, general manager, Indian Wells Golf Resort. “Our team at Indian Wells Golf Resort proves it definitely is possible to be a great golf course while still being good stewards of the land.”

Among Indian Wells Golf Resort’s numerous environmental stewardship programs, the resort has continued to work on water reduction by removing turf grass areas and replacing them with low water landscape areas. The facility operates daily irrigation through on site weather stations, and their agronomic fertility plan includes weekly and monthly applications of wetting agents on greens, tees and fairways. In addition, Indian Wells Golf Resort uses non-potable Colorado River water for 100% of its irrigation needs, converted 15 acres of high water use wildflower landscapes to low water use drip systems, removed 4 acres of grass and converted those areas into landscape beds with drought tolerate plants. The estimated water savings for these initiatives is more than 10 million gallons of water per year.

Indian Wells Golf Resort’s energy conservation efforts include irrigation system watering during low demand, off peak periods for Southern California Edison. All water features and lake aeration systems are operated through timers to come on in front of the first golfers each day. Water features are also turned off earlier in the day from June 1st through September 30th when electric grid demand is at its highest.

To manage waste at the facility, all steel and metal products on site are recycled, as are waste oil, oil filters, antifreeze, solvent, paper, plastic, hydraulic oil, transmission fluid and tires.

In the area of wildlife management, Indian Wells Golf Resort manages populations of geese and American Coots. The resort’s two courses serve as an active wildlife area for coyotes, rabbits, squirrels, and a variety of avian species, including ducks, geese, roadrunners, and hawks. The resort also maintains active and healthy populations of fish in numerous lakes throughout the property, including catfish, bass and carp.

Finally, in an effort to increase awareness among residents and visitors about best practices concerning the environment, the Golf Resort will soon begin hosting a Desert Recreation District community program and offer monthly hosted 5k run/walks.

Indian Wells Golf Resort offers 36 holes of golf on the Celebrity and Players courses (aka “Beauty and the Beast”), a magnificent 53,000 square-foot clubhouse and the 5,600 square-foot Event Pavilion. Indian Wells is ideal for golf tournaments, group outings, weddings, and family weekend getaways, and is located within walking distance of four luxury hotel properties.

For more information on the Indian Wells Golf Resort, visit or call 760-346-4653.

About the CGCOA: The California Golf Course Owners Association (CGCOA) is dedicated to enhancing the golf business. To achieve this, members work together to better educate each other on new opportunities to run golf courses better. Through personal contact with industry experts, whether they be fellow members or sponsors, the members of the CGCOA are exposed to the latest expertise, technology, resources and ideas to make themselves more successful. All members of the CGCOA pledge to abide by core values which distinguish them from non-members. Working together, the members of the CGCOA are promoting themselves and the game of golf in a way that enhances their lives and enriches others.

About Indian Wells Golf Resort: Home of the 2007 & 2008 Skins Game and host of Big Break Indian Wells, Indian Wells Golf Resort is the finest of Palm Desert golf. The 36-hole golf resort features a magnificent 53,000 square-foot clubhouse and is the only facility in California with two courses ranked in the Top 30 “Best Courses You Can Play” in California by Golfweek Magazine. Located within walking distance from four luxury hotels in Indian Wells, CA, the golf resort is ideal for tournaments, destination weddings and group outings in the Palm Springs resort area.

About Troon: Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio. Troon also specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities around the world. The company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon) and Troon International with properties located in 36 states and 31 countries. Additionally, there are 57 Troon affiliated properties featuring 79 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast on Hawaii; The Centurion Club in London, England; Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples in Florida; Els Club Desaru Coast in Malaysia; and Palmilla Golf Club in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. For more information, visit, or connect with Troon on FacebookTwitterInstagram,Google+BlogPress Room, or subscribe to Troon Golf & Travel.

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