I can’t believe I’m writing an article about Justin Timberlake. On Saturday, the 27-year-old actor and singer opened the first LEED Platinum certified golf course in the United States.
The multi-talented Timberlake’s latest business venture, Mirimichi Lakes golf club in North Shelby County, Tennessee, opened Saturday after Timberlake christened the course with a 291-yard drive crushed down the middle of the fairway, after which, the singer and actor grinned and said, “nobody’s happier about this course.”
The $16 million renovation of what was formerly called, the Old Big Creek Golf Course, includes: irrigation and drainage systems that reuse and maximize the use of rainwater; use of native grass areas and waste bunkers reduce the amount of property that must be maintained, and; the inclusion of more lake areas and recirculating streams to support wildlife.
Timberlake will also be adding a fleet of solar-powered electric golf carts — as well as a future LEED-certified clubhouse and food and beverage operations that use recycled and biodegradable materials.
According to Ecorazzi, Timberlake explained his eco-ambitions last fall:
“After we had the golf course we said why don’t we refurbish it and make it even nicer for the community Then I asked questions about what we could possibly do, and we found out we could ctually make it a ‘green course.’ So when it’s finished this summer it will be a Platinum LEED certified green course… that’s pretty exciting that you could take all that land and make it eco-friendly.”
In addition to the LEED Platinum certification, the course recently became the first project in the United States to receive the Audubon International’s Classic Sanctuary certification.
For now, only the back-9 of Mirimichi Lakes is open for play, but course operators expect to open the front as soon as it is ready.
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Tim is the founder of ecopolitology and the executive editor at LiveOAK Media where he writes regularly about the politics of energy and the environment, green business and clean tech. When not reading, writing, thinking or talking about environmental politics with anyone who will listen, Tim spends his time skiing in Colorado's high country, hiking with his dog, and getting dirty in his vegetable garden.