In 2012, The Meadows of Sixmile Creek reduced maintenance inputs to a single chemical application (conventional golf course management calls for as many as 20+ applications). All other treatments to the golf course were made with environmentally responsible products including OMRI listed Purple Cow Organics compost, compost tea, naturally mined minerals, and other biological materials.
The benefits of our biological approach to course maintenance are numerous:
- Golfers are not exposed to chemicals. The Meadows of Sixmile Creek is a safe environment for golfers of all ages. Sensitive wildlife, surface and ground water are protected. Parents can send their children to the golf course with peace of mind.
- Biological maintenance feeds the soil, which in turn produces turf that is full of nutrients and is truly healthy. This helps the turf hold up better in difficult weather conditions, such as the severe drought that we experienced in 2012. Despite very challenging conditions, our turf retained its moisture and remained healthy.
- We envision a future where complete, sustainable, biological programs are the norm for schools, parks, sports turf of all types, and yes, even golf courses!
Travel Green Wisconsin Certification
THE MEADOWS OF SIXMILE CREEK JOINS RANKS OF TRAVEL GREEN WISCONSIN™
Management and staff embrace programs earning the golf course its green certification.
WAUNAKEE, Wis. (Jan. 30, 2013) – The Wisconsin Department of Tourism takes pride in welcoming The Meadows of Sixmile Creek as a certified member of the Travel Green Wisconsin program. Sixmile Creek has implemented a number of programs and practices to be more environmentally friendly that involve management, staff and course visitors. Not only is the building maintained in an environmentally-conscious way, but they have made a commitment to sustainable practices for the maintenance of their course. The Meadows of Sixmile Creek Golf Course joins over 350 other future-thinking tourism related businesses in an environmental initiative administered through the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
“We’re thrilled to welcome The Meadows of Sixmile Creek Golf Course to the ranks of those using greener practices and policies,” said Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. “Sixmile Creek has truly gone the extra mile to make every part of their ‘greens’ greener! We hope other businesses will follow Sixmile Creek’s positive example.”
They have taken several steps to maintain their outdoor facilities in an environmentally-conscious fashion. Rather than using chemical fertilizers, organic compost is applied to the golf course. The management also takes pride in the Waunakee community and tries to give back to the people that support their business. Rounds of golf are often donated to local charities and events.
“The Meadows of Sixmile Creek is Dane County’s only organically maintained golf course,” said Danny Rainbow, who is the General Manager and Director of Golf at Sixmile. “When we learned about the opportunity to pursue Travel Green Wisconsin certification, the choice was easy. Our two organizations share many of the same values, which makes this a great fit for us.”
This year, the Department of Tourism adopted a flat fee of $95 for membership in the Travel Green Wisconsin certification. The change was based on industry feedback and to encourage a wider variety of tourism businesses and organizations to consider implementing sustainable practices in their operations. In addition, the benefits of being a member have increased.
Travel Green Wisconsin’s program is the first of its kind in the nation and serves as a stewardship model by promoting sound environmental practices in the tourism industry. Unique for its inclusiveness, all tourism-enterprises who share a commitment to protecting Wisconsin’s environmental legacy are invited to participate. Applicants are subject to rigorous yet obtainable standards before earning TGW certification status.
The mission of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism is to market the State as the Midwest’s premier travel destination by executing industry-leading marketing programs and establishing strategic partnerships. The Department plays a significant role in generating greater economic impact and jobs for Wisconsin. The portal for traveler information can be found at:www.travelwisconsin.com.