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Hudson Hills Golf Course

Location: 400 Croton Damn Road, Ossining, NY 10562

Type of Facility: Golf Course

Number of Employees: Less Than 50

Member Since: 2015

Membership Runs Through: 2018

NYEL Contact: Grover Alexander, Course Superintendent

Facility Overview:

Hudson Hills is a 7,000 yard, 18-hole public golf course, owned by Westchester County, that is located on 175 acres in the town of Ossining. In addition to the course, the facility includes a 4,000 square foot clubhouse with a small restaurant.

The course has demonstrated their commitment to sustainable operations by decreasing their water usage for irrigation by 8 million gallons per year during the past ten years, while also decreasing the amount of pesticides and fertilizers used.

Hudson Hills also participates in the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf, which focuses not only on increasing the environmental performance of the course, but also ensuring that the course provides suitable habitat for local wildlife.

Sustainability Commitments:

1. Reducing Water Used for Irrigation by 3 Million Gallons a Year by 2017

Hudson Hills uses municipal water for all of their needs and from 2004 to 2014 they have already reduced the amount of water that they use from 20 million gallons to 12 million gallons per season. They achieved this by eliminating sprinkler heads, planting native species that require less watering, using wetting agents, and also educating golfers on the fact that brown grass is OK to play on.

They will build on their prior success and bring their water usage down by another 3 million gallons a year by 2017 by expanding the use of many of their already implemented techniques, as well as beginning to spot water small dry patches on all greens, tees, and fairways, instead of having to turn the entire irrigation system on.

2. Reducing Nitrogen Fertilizer Use by 500 Lbs. per Year by 2017

Nitrogen runoff from agricultural and other sources, such as golf courses and other turf surfaces, has a negative impact on water bodies within our state. Excess nitrogen can lead to harmful algal blooms, which limit the amount of oxygen that is available for aquatic organisms to breath.

Hudson Hills is committing to tackle this problem by decreasing the amount of nitrogen fertilizer that it uses by 20% over the next three years. They will achieve this by using aerification on more parts of the course, using more wetting agents to keep turf healthy and from drying out, and by reducing the amount of mowing that they do.

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