The Tennessee Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards are the most prestigious environmental and conservation awards in the state. For more than 20 years, the awards have been presented annually to individuals and organizations making significant contributions to the protection and improvement of our natural resources and wildlife.
Mirimichi won the award under the category of Parks and Recreation. The awards are designed to bring about a greater knowledge and awareness of effective practices and projects and to give proper recognition to those persons and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the natural resources of their community and the state. The awards also promote leadership by example in order to increase promotion, protection and conservation of the natural resources of the State of Tennessee – its wildlife, forests, soils, air, water, natural heritage, parks and recreation.
Mirimichi Golf Course owners Justin Timberlake and his family, Lynn and Paul Harless are committed to Mirimichi setting a positive example for environmental stewardship in Tennessee. “Environmental sustainability at Mirimichi is about more than what we can do at our golf course. It is about taking a leadership role and encouraging other golf courses, and organizations of all kinds around the world to emulate our commitment toward making a positive impact on the world we live in,” said Timberlake. “We are very proud and honored to receive the 2011 Governor’s Environmental Sustainability Award.”
Justin is very proud of his Tennessee heritage and is committed to supporting the environment and wildlife habitats, while encouraging other businesses, golf courses, recreation facilities and individuals to do the same. The family’s multi million dollar investment in Mirimichi demonstrates their strong commitment to Tennesseee. A focus on green, sustainable management has been a consistent priority, resulting in being the first golf course in the USA to be certified by Audubon International Classic Sanctuary program and the first golf course in the North, South or Central Americas to receive Golf Environment Organization (GEO) certified status in 2010. Mirimichi is the only golf course in the world to achieve both of these prestigous designations.
Native grass areas, natural waste bunkers, and enhanced water features reduce the manicured acreage on Mirimichi from over 200 acres to under 90 acres which minimizes the need for fertilization & irrigation. State-of-the- art irrigation and underground drainage systems maximize the efficiency of water usage and reduce soil erosion, while re-circulating water throughout the course. Grassy buffer zones, wetlands areas, and aquatic water plants all provide filtration to keep state waterways clean. Mirimichi is a golf destination that welcomes golfers, speaks to their spirit and brings players in harmony with nature. Deep pit bunkers, elevated greens, seven pristine lakes, waterfalls & creeks all provide more than 7400 yards of championship-level, environmentally friendly golf.
Mirimichi, meaning “place of happy retreat,” is a premier public golf course located just 15 minutes north of Downtown Memphis. The par 72 championship course is a challenging 7,400 yards from the tips, and provides five to eight different tee boxes on each hole to appeal to golfers of all abilities. Mirimichi’s rolling grass mounds, meandering creeks and scenic vistas provide a natural ambience that creates a haven for golfers. At Mirimichi, golf, nature and people exist in harmony. For information visit www.mirimichi.com or call Mirimichi at 901-259-3800, Ext. 1.
Mirimichi was constructed by CR Sanders, Inc., a world-renowned golf course construction, landscape, and irrigation company and designed by Bergin Golf Designs led by Bill Bergin, whose background in the golf industry is distinctive as a touring professional, golf instructor and Class “A” member of the PGA. For more information visit: www.crsandersgolf.com and/or www.bergingolf.com
Mirimichi PR Contact:
Deb Peterson, Director of Marketing/PR
Telephone: 901-259-3800, Ext 2