Timberlake Goes Green with Golf Course

July 31, 2009

Pop star Justin Timberlake has opened a new eco-friendly golf course in Memphis, Tennessee.

The singer spent a whooping $16 million to modify the sprawling greens. Called Mirimichi, the course becomes the first to be designated as a certified Audubon International Classic Sanctuary in the US.

The musician/actor saved the property from development when the previous owner wanted out. “Originally it was called Woodstock Hills, and it was the first place my dad taught me to hit a ball,” he said recently.

“The clubhouse will be Platinum LEED certified when it is complete and that is an extremely grueling process but very rewarding. While we have several initiatives that make Mirimichi eco-friendly, one of the greatest in my opinion is that while we use 80 percent of the energy we produce, we return 20 percent to the Tennessee Energy Grid.” he wrote on his website.

The 300-acre course has only 80-acres of mowed grass, which leaves the rest to transition back to native species. In order to avoid chemicals, most weeds are picked by hand. Organic or slow-release products are used when needed to lower runoff throughout the grounds. Plans are also underway to build greenhouses to cultivate the native species and provide opportunities to educate those curious of the wildlife and horticulture at Mirimichi.

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