24 ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS T he 2020 Environmental Excellence Awards program, presented by Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, recognizes innovative work to address the needs of the environment at six golf facilities. We take a look at how the golf course architects involved have worked with course owners and operators to make a positive impact on the game and local communities. • Green stars Snapshots of the six projects recognized by ASGCA's Environmental Excellence Awards program. Photo: Todd Eckenrode, ASGCA DIABLO COUNTRY CLUB LINKS ON THE BAYOU Location: Diablo, California Architect: Todd Eckenrode, ASGCA With the club facing water challenges, a new irrigation system was installed and maintained turf on the course was reduced by nearly 30 acres. Large areas of native habitat were also created with non-native tree removal undertaken to eradicate the non-sustainable species. Location: Alexandria, Louisiana Architect: Nathan Crace, ASGCA An eight-foot bulkhead wall on the course had started to degrade and fail, creating unsafe conditions for golfers as well as accelerating erosion and lake contamination. A project was completed to remove the wall, reshape the lake banks and line the new slope with fabric and limestone.