Old South Golf Links

GEO Certified® 03/2016
South Carolina, United States
Telephone: 843-785-5353

In an area densely populated with some of the most spectacular private, semi-private and resort courses in the United States, Old South Golf Links had a certain level to live up to when it was built. At the opening ceremonies in 1992, award-winning architect, Clyde Johnston, predicted that this seeming anomaly—a “public” course in the high-end golf mecca of Hilton Head Island—would become a favorite of all golfers, with or without memberships at private clubs. The facility has fulfilled that prediction.

Though Old South has struggled econom…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Old South Golf Links (18 holes, 6772 yards, year opened 1990)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Other


Old South is located at the foot of the bridge to Hilton Head Island, home of the RBC Heritage PGA Tour event.The property is adjacent to the tidal marshes of Skull Creek and Calibogue Sound. The land is comprised of sandy soil with a elevation range of 8 to18 feet above mean sea level. Some of the golf holes were built in open fields formerly used to grow crops while other golf holes meander between the native pine trees, palms, hardwoods and Live Oak trees. In addition to alligators, deer and other wildlife, Old South is home to many of the native bird species.
The site is well drained with runoff directed to the lakes and ponds that supply the water used in our irrigation system. There are several isolated wetland areas that have been preserved.
A few hundred years ago, the land was home to transient native America Indians who hunted and fished for their livelihood. Most of the campgrounds have been preserved for future study while one particular area was recovered by archaeologists who reported their findings with the State of South Carolina Department of History and Archives.

Consultation & Surveys

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding landscape heritage conservation:

  • None

No landscape assessments or surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding ecosystem protection and enhancement:

  • None

No ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Rare, protected and notable species occurring at this golf facility:

Local name Scientific name
Alligator Alligator mississippiensis
Wood Stork Mycteria americana
Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger
White Ibis Eudocimus albus
White-Tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

This golf facility regularly monitors the following species as indicators of environmental quality:

Local name Scientific name
White Ibis Eudocimus albus

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility does not feature any landscape designations.

Area of habitats / vegetation types, and associated designations at this golf facility:

Title Estimated Area (Acres) Designation
Native Woodland 65 None
Wetlands 12 Local Government
Open Water Features 25 None


Size and estimated species composition of amenity turfgrass maintained at this golf facility.

Estimated Area (Acres) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 3.25 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Tees 5.0 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Fairways 32.0 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Semi Rough 40.0 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
All of our golf course grasses are commonly used at golf courses in our hardiness zone. The grasses are well adapted to this climate and need fewer inputs than other varieties of grass.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 years

This golf facility consults the following individuals / organizations regarding its grassing plan:

  • Clyde Johnston, ASGCA

This golf facility is making the following efforts to manage the playing quality expectations of customers:

Activity Description
Establishing clear internal policies for irrigation, fertilization, colour, cutting heights, overseeding etc Irrigation applications are based on the time of year, evapotranspiration rates and the needs of the turf to be of a green color but never lush. Fertilizer is applied on a as-needed basis to maintain strong, healthy turf. Cutting heights are adjusted seasonally to avoid stressing the turf due to weather and the amount of golf traffic.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Fairways are mowed twice a week and maintained at a higher cut of height in the growing season. Rough is on a once a week schedule. At a height that will stop a ball from rolling into a lake and not slow down play looking for their ball.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces We prefer to promote the financial benefits of sustainable practices through educating our staff and then it is passed on to our guests.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Customers are advised when they call for a tee time if the course is performing routine maintenance items such as aerification and topdressing. Our pro shop staff is trained to explain why such practices are necessary to the health of the greens.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces The only overseeded area of the golf course are the tees & greens where our golf clients expect reasonable playing surfaces. All other turf areas are allowed to go off-color during the winter months to avoid unnecessary inputs such as mowing, watering and fertilization. It does not generally get cold enough here for the Bermuda to go completely dormant.

Conservation & Enhancement

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve landscape character:

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Most of our course does not have any homesites overlooking the course and we have very few landscaped plantings. Through the seasons, the course changes only slightly due to our location however, we do have deciduous trees that lose their leaves in the fall and sprout new growth in the Spring but we have very little seasonal color.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Our course is relatively flat to softly contoured so this is not as issue for us. We do contour mow for aesthetic reasons.
Protection and restoration of historic features There are no historic features on the golf course. There are a few areas where transient Indians camped and those areas have either been protected or recovered by professional archaeologists.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Signage is limited to the golf tee areas and where needed for directional guidance. Wetlands that come into play have signage that read Protected wetlands do not enter. This helps with wildlife disruption and pace of play . We have no furniture on the golf course.
Conservation of specimen trees We have numerous Live Oaks around the course that were identified during the design process and protected during construction. We continue to monitor the health of our specimen trees and limit the agronomic inputs near them.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Our maintenance area is visually screened from the entrance road and the golf course. Our pump station building is also hidden from view.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the landscape ecology of the golf course:

Activity Description
Minimizing the amount of amenity grass We have no amenity grasses but we do have some ornamental grasses that are used as a buffer to a dirt road.
Increasing the size of habitat patches We have allowed out of play areas to naturally mature to support wildlife use. We have not increased any habitat patches at this time.
Connection of internal habitat patches There are some connection points between internal habitat patches, mostly through wooded areas.
Connection of patches with external habitats The adjacent land owners have placed the land in and around the golf course into a conservation easement, never to be developed. This allows a connection with other habitat areas.
Creation of habitat corridors We have not created any habitat corridors.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation We have not created any habitat fragmentation since the course was built in 1991. The conservative easement placed on the adjoining land will prevent further fragmentation.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges One area between the 2nd and 3rd hole is a field that is farmed. Planting corn and other crops that create great habitat for the wild turkeys.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the quality of habitats on the golf course:

Activity Description
Creation of botanically rich rough grassland We have not created any grassland at this time.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation We maintain scrub vegetation annually as needed for playablity.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Pinetrees that have been struck by lightning in non play areas are left for birds.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas We have planted wildflowers in wetlands to promote bee pollination.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Cattails are used to filter water leaving the property.
Naturalization of linear habitats We allow naturalization of of linear habitats where ever possible.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve and enhance biodiversity on the golf course:

Activity Description
Provision of nesting and nectar for pollinators We have planted wild flowers in one area.
Installation of nest boxes We have one birdhouse near the clubhouse.
Provision of feeding tables None
Control / management of alien species We have no alien species of plants on the course.
Provision of hibernation areas The only native species that hibernates here are alligators which build their nesting areas under lake edges.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) We have a float that alligators sun on in our clubhouse lake.


The clubhouse and maintenance buildings use potable water provided by the local public service district. The golf course uses water from an interconnected systems of lakes and ponds. If needed, water can also be pumped into our lagoon system from another lake on the property. Golf course water is a combination of surface water, runoff water and ground water.

Sources & Consumption

The following water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
long term water consumption

The water used at this golf facility is drawn from the following sources:

2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 250,300 Gallons
Golf Course Surface 100% 33,980,000 Gallons
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 1,199,700 Gallons
Other Public / Potable 100% 66,800 Gallons
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 263,900 Gallons
Golf Course Surface 34,250,000 Gallons
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 1,152,700 Gallons
Other Public / Potable 100% 100,800 Gallons
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Golf Course Surface 100% 34,147,000 Gallons

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Tees Daily in season
Fairways 2-3 days per week

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:
Fully computer controlled

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 years

Upgraded every 30 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to maximize irrigation efficiency:

Activity Description
Selection of grass species The grasses used are compatible with our location and climate. We do not use any grasses that require a lot of water.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Golf greens are aerified and verticut on an annual basis. Tees, fairways and roughs are done on an as-needed basis.
Timing and dose of water application Watering begins about one hour following play each day and is adjusted seasonally depending on daylight hours and temperature. We water during the night. The amount of water applied is based on weather conditions, monthly evapotranspiration rates and the needs of the turf.
Analysis of soil moisture We use a soil probe and moisture meters to check various areas of the course that we know are known indicators of soil moisture. During droughts we increase the number of areas tested.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data The irrigation system programming takes into account the evapotranspiration rates and average rainfall on a month to month basis. The system can also be percentage adjusted based on variations in the weather.
Use of wetting agents We do use wetting agents to prevent runoff from hydrophobic soils and to limit the amount of water applied.
Overall reduction in irrigated area Since opening the course in 1991, we have eliminated about 5 acres of irrigated turf grass.
Targeting of sprinkler heads We have adjustable part-circle sprinkler heads along water bodies, wetlands and other non-turf areas to prevent over spray. Over time, we have changed many heads from full-circle to part-circle to reduce coverage and water usage.
Optimizing system pressure The irrigation computer system is capable of optimizing the system pressure. We recently changed to a VFD pump station which helps with regulating the system pressure.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Each sprinkler head uses a nozzle that is best suited for it's particular location.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve / reduce / minimize water consumption:

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets We have low-flow urinals in the clubhouse and maintenance building
Use of water efficient appliances The dishwasher in the kitchen is a new water saving model. The golf cart battery fill system eliminates any spillage or waste
Use of efficient shower technology We have one shower with a low-flow nozzle but it is rarely used.
Repairing leaks Leaks are repaired as soon as possible.
Water awareness signage We do not use effluent water so there is no need to advise the public.


Most of our facility uses electric power. Our clubhouse kitchen uses propane gas for the oven and grill cooking. We monitor our energy usage from year to year and look for ways to be more energy efficient.

Sources & Consumption

The following energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
energy consumption of main irrigation pump

This golf facility does not consume any renewable energy or resources.

Consumption of non-renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Diesel (Gallons) 3125 2545
Hydraulic Oil (Gallons) 15 15
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 162079 188596
Petrol (Gallons) 5935 5670
Propane / Butane (Gallons) 2198 2324

Energy Efficiency

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to diversify energy and fuel supply:

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply None
Installation of small scale wind turbine None
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels None
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources None
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) None
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol None
Use of electric hybrid vehicles None
Use of recycled oils None

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to reduce energy consumption:

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems We have a total of 5 units each unit is serviced every 6 months. When replacement is needed we use the most energy efficient possible.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration We always replace thermostats when we replace new units and refrigeration and ice machines are cleaned and calibrated at least once a year.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities We have added 4 exhaust fans in the clubhouse attic with thermostat control we hope to convert them to solar power one day
Upgrading of building insulation New doors in the attic for access to heating and air were installed to help insulate the heat out of the attic
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) We have skylights in our office building
Installation of low-energy lighting We have converted 50 % of our lighting to LED in the clubhouse and replace all lighting with LED when possible
Use of motion sensor lighting We have motion senor lighting near the timeclock area and at the back door of the kitchen
Transition to energy efficient appliances A energy efficient dish washer was added.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting We use a timer on our fountain in the clubhouse lake. Timers are on the exterior lighting of the clubhouse. The maintenance building has photocells on all exterior lighting also the parking lot is on photocells
Educating staff and customers We educate the staff at staff meetings on the importance of not wasting energy and how we can save. The employees are encouraged to let the customers know about the things we do to lower our consumption.

Vehicles & Transport

The maintenance fleet at this golf facility uses the following fuel sources:

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 70% 100%
Diesel 30%

Additional vehicles operated by this golf facility use the following fuel sources:

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 100%
Grid Electric 100%

This golf facility has established the following schemes to encourage reductions in staff and customer transport emissions:

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives None
Group transportation (e.g. buses) None
Secure cycle parking We have bicycle parking in the cart barn
Promoting public transport routes and timetables None
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) Maintenance staff employees have lockers in the breakroom. Proshop staff has lockers in the cartbarn.
Staff showers We have a shower in the maintenance building that is rarely used. The clubhouse has a shower in the mens room that is rarely used.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling None
Promotion of walk to work campaigns None

Supply Chain

The main products used on the golf course are fertilizers, pesticides, sand and fuel, all of which are purchased as locally as possible. The clubhouse products are food and beverage items for resale and golf merchandise for resale. The food and beverage items are purchased from a local company. The golf merchandise comes from many different locations. Fertilizer weights are given as total pounds applied

Purchasing Policies

This golf facility undertakes the following ethical / environmental purchasing activities:

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Staff members are issued drink tumblers to help cut down plastic cup waste. We are using reusable 6 pack drink coolers instead of paper and plastic disposable.
Use of local suppliers When ever possible local suppliers are used.
Use of local products When ever possible local products are used.
Selection of certified products None
Use of recycled and recyclable products The majority of our products are shipped in recyclable containers such as cardboard and plastic. Some of these are recycled cardboard or packing material.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging None
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) None

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Miles Total number of suppliers within 100 Miles
Food & Beverage 19 4 8
Catering Supplies
Retail 39 3
Trade & Contractors 18 7 4
Maintenance Equipment 4 1
Course Supplies 22 7 7

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses We select turfgrass that requires the least amount of water, fertilizer and chemicals. Our priorities are drought, shade ,disease and weed tolerant grasses that also recover well from traffic.
Managing stress and wear We have cart paths and restrict carts to the path when it is wet. We use posts and rope in high traffic areas and directional signage.On greens the height of cut is adjusted to help with stress.
Enhancement of soil structure Greens and Tees are aerated and top dressed. In high problem areas Profile which is a clay type product that has equal water and air holding capacity is used.
Optimization of the growing environment Some areas require tree removal for sunlight and air movement . We also root prune on occasion to prevent tree roots from taking up water and nutrients from turfgrass areas.
Managing thatch levels The thatch is kept under control with vericutting, aerating and topdressing.
Managing surface moisture On greens wetting agents are used to pull the moisture down to the root system. Other areas sometimes require drainage systems to move the saturated moisture out of the soil.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Thresholds vary on greens it is very low for pests and disease . Tees it is medium where pests and disease are somewhat tolerated. Fairways and rough pest management on occasion but disease management is very rare.
Scouting for pests and diseases This is done on a daily basis by the set-up man who changes the cups. Other employees are trained to be on the lookout. The breakroom in the maintenance building has posters to help identify diseases and weeds.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Monitoring plant health is gauged by the amount of clipping and root depth. Turf color is also a factor. This is the superintendents job to determine optimum plant health.

Fertilizer use at this golf facility in the last three years (lb):

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 800 960
Fairways - K - Organic 0 0
Fairways - N - Inorganic 1856 1920
Fairways - N - Organic 0 0
Fairways - P - Inorganic 256 256
Fairways - P - Organic 0 0
Greens - K - Inorganic 975 1135
Greens - K - Organic 160 0
Greens - N - Inorganic 813 845
Greens - N - Organic 200 0
Greens - P - Inorganic 295 325
Greens - P - Organic 40 0
Rough - K - Inorganic 1000 1200
Rough - K - Organic 0 0
Rough - N - Inorganic 2080 2200
Rough - N - Organic 0 0
Rough - P - Inorganic 320 320
Rough - P - Organic 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 0 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 425 450
Tees - K - Organic 0 0
Tees - N - Inorganic 475 500
Tees - N - Organic 0 0
Tees - P - Inorganic 375 390
Tees - P - Organic 0 0

Pesticide use at this golf facility in the last three years (lb):

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient .06 .06
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 1.92 1.92
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 1 1
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1.04 1.04
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 33.16 33.16
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 4 4
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient .42 .42
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 12.93 12.93
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 2 2
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 55.66 63.91
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 154.21 207.7
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 16 18
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient .075 .075
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight .25 .25
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 3
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 9.61 9.71
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 31.23 31.55
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 13 14
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 11.78 15.25
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 177.51 229.64
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 11 13
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient .61 .71
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 16.84 17.24
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 4 5
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1.04 1.04
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 5.18 5.18
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 4 4
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient .413 .413
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 2.07 2.07
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 2 2

This golf facility undertakes the following actions to optimize pesticide use:

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products All of the pesticides that we use the least toxic and shortest time frame for residue is always taken into consideration.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Our pesticide program is mostly preventative and proper timing and rate of application are the most important aspect . When curing a problem weather can create the need for more applications. We use the right product at the right time to eliminate waste.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Whenever possible we use backpack sprayers to spray small areas .
Calibration and testing of sprayers Our spray rig is calibrated several times a year. It is also computerized to track square footage and amounts used.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Our spray rig has anti-drip nozzles.
Non-chemical weed control Weeds that are very established deep rooted are pulled by hand.We also use a cultural practice of letting the weeds grow tall and then scalping them down to kill them. This would take place in the rough or out of play areas.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. We use organic fertilizers from time to time. Biological products are used often on the greens.

Waste Management

No waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass false true false false
Plastic false true false false
Aluminium false true false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings true false false false
Cores & Turf true false false false
Sand true false false false
Wood / Timber false true false true

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to continue the lifecycle of materials and resources:

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials All of our recyclables are singe stream.
Establishment of recycling centers None
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways We do not collect clippings from the tees, fairways or roughs. Clippings from the greens are collected and taken to a central area for decomposition.
Education of staff and customer education All staff members know the importance of recycling and in 3 different areas are recycling bins with the universal recycling logo on them for the customers.
Waste awareness campaigns None

Pollution Control

Water body banks are maintained along the golf holes with a higher height of cut as a buffer to slow the water runoff allowing any fertilizer or chemicals to settle out before reaching the water. Our maintenance area has a wash area for the equipment that utilizes a filtration swale to collect clippings and equipment fluids.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Weekly
On-Site Weekly
Outflow Weekly

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Septic Tank Yes
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer Yes
Wash Pad Detention Pond N/A

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials at this golf facility are handled and disposed of as follows:

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents true false
Cooking Oils true true
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true false
Fertiliser Bags true false
Oil Filters true false
Batteries true true

Pollution Prevention

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution from its maintenance facility and clubhouse:

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas All equipment is stored either inside the maintenance building on a concrete floor or outside on asphalt paving. All chemicals are stored in a chemical shed . All fertilizer is stored in one area of the maintenance building.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas All of the maintenance of our equipment is done inside the maintenance building in a separate shop area on a concrete floor where any spills or leaks can be removed.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Our mixing pad for the spray rig is not covered.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Our mixing pad is on asphalt.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks All fuel is stored in above-ground tanks.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel All above-ground fuel tanks are double walled and does not require the use of a containment wall.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Chemical and fuel spill absorption kits are kept on site and available to be used for any spill.

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution on its golf course:

Activity Description
Eliminating leachate and run-off through careful timing of turf inputs We always monitor the weather before applying any pesticide or fertilizer.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies All water bodies have grass buffer along the golf course sides. The other sides are kept natural where adjacent to native vegetation such as trees and shrubs.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan We have a emergency spill response kit in the chemical shed and in the event of a spill the plan is to use it.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge We have 100% grass or vegetation coverage on the property with the exception of a dirt road.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Lakebanks are pesticide- free zones
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off The design of the golf course utilizes swales to direct run-off through drainage systems that slow the run-off down. No bio-filters are used.


Old South golf course has been a part of the local community since 1991. We are a public golf facility and cater to the local golfers as they are the main supporters of our facility. The facility is also used by visitors to the area both national and international. We host many charitable golf events and provide complimentary rounds of golf for a large number of charities for their fund raising efforts.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 9 24
Course Management 7 1 2
Food & Beverage 3 3
Golf Coaching 1
Retail & Leisure 1 1

The sustainability working group at this golf facility is comprised of:

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager

Employees at this golf facility receive the following formal and informal environmental education:

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides All pesticides are applied or supervised by a certified pesticide applicator. We have two employees that are licensed by the state and are required to take continuing education credits.
Efficient water management Our golf course superintendent and irrigation specialist have been trained in the proper use of the irrigation system and to utilize the tools to efficiently use water.
Management of accidents and emergencies Employees receive training of what to do in case of emergencies and accidents.All accidents are reported immediatly to their supervisor. Emergencies that take place we dial 911 and are blessed with a fire department within 5 minutes.
Management of habitats and vegetation Our golf course superintendent is tasked with management of the native habitats and vegetation. This is reviewed with the general manager on a regular basis.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Management educates the importance of waste minimization to the staff. Separation and recycling is done on a daliy basis.
Health & Safety Health and Safety education is done with staff meetings and signage. Our maintenance building also has floor mats that promote safety topics.
Energy Saving We are always looking for new ways to save energy in every department. Our biggest savings last year was the addition of a VFD pump station for our irrigation system.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage We have a understanding of how rich our heritage is on and around the golf course.
Environmental management planning Our mission is to reduce our carbon footprint and consumption while enhancing the environment.

Community Relations

This golf facility engages with local community groups in the following manner:

Activity Description
Neighbours We have a few neighbors that back up to the golf course. We offer them special rates on golf and food and beverage.
Local Government The County Government has ordinances regarding wetland protection and we follow their guidelines.
Local Environmental Groups Old South is a supporter of the Hilton Head Island Humane Society. We work with them in a mission to control the cat population. We maintain a safe environment for a colony of feral cats. Overpopulation of cats can have a big impact on wildlife.
Local Community Groups Old South is a host site for a annual golf clinic for Camp Leo. This clinic gives the sight impaired children an opportunity to experience golf with qualified golf instructors. The camp also offers fishing and bowling.
Media For 14 years Old South has been the host site for the Palmetto Electric Million Dollar Shoot Out where a golfer has a chance to win a million dollars. A local radio station does a live remote broadcast of the 3 day event. On the day prior to the opening of the event we have a "Media Day" which hosts all the local media. All proceeds go to Bright Ideas which gives money to the local school teachers to purchase school supplies.
Local Businesses Old South has a corporate membership for local businesses available to purchase. This gives there employees an opportunity to play golf at a discounted rate.
Schools & Colleges We regularly use interns from the Professional Golfers Career College in Bluffton, S.C. to help us with golf management and operations.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

This golf facility provides access and diversified land use for others through:

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths None
Creation of new paths and nature trails none
Installation of effective and welcoming signage We have a welcome sign as soon as you arrive on the property that directs guests to the bag drop.We also have a welcome mat at the front door.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) We are the only golf course in the area that offers Fling golf.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) None
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities Some of our open fields are plowed and planted from time to time.

No archaeological or heritage surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage.

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to conserve cultural heritage features:

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) None
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) Old South has several sites where transient Indians camped for various lengths of time. Most of the sites have been preserved and the others were recovered by professional archaeologist who filed a report with the State of South Carolina.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) None


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display We utilize our web site and advertising to communicate our environmental awareness to our customers and the general public.
Members evenings and course walks None
Course guides / brochures We have a yardage guide that assists new or infrequent golfers with playing the course. Also we use rack cards that are at different locations such as welcome centers and trade shows.
Interpretation panels & course signage The only course signage is the tee signs that show a layout of the hole, par and yardages.
Establishment of a nature trail We have existing dirt roads that are utilized by the adjacent land owners to ride their horses and other activities but these are private trails and are not open to the public.

This golf facility undertakes the following social and environmental advocacy activities:

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures None
Supporting campaigns None
Course walks / open days None
Attending community meetings None
Joint practical projects with community None