Justin Timberlake is gaining some eco-cred with his new golf course in Memphis, Tenn. Opening on July 25, the singer has invested $16 million into making it the “greenest” golfing destination in the U.S.
Originally called Woodstock Hills, the golf course is older and was actually the first place golf-enthusiast Timberlake learned to hit a golf ball.
“…Last year we found out they were going to auction it off and turn it into a development,” Timberlake told PGATour.com. “So we thought it was such a landmark for the community, we’d scoop it and save it. And we did. We were able to before it was auctioned off.”
Renamed Mirimichi Golf Course, Timberlake’s newest venture is the first project in the U.S. to receive the Audubon International’s Classic Sanctuary certification.
The course will feature irrigation systems that will maximize the use of rainwater, native landscaping and electric golf carts powered by solar panels.
“After we had the golf course, we said why don’t we refurbish it and make it even nicer for the community. Then I asked questions about what we could possibly do, and we found out we could actually make it a ‘green course,’” Timberlake said.
“So when it’s finished this summer it will be a Platinum LEED certified green course. The first in the United States of America, so that’s pretty exciting that you could take all that land and make it eco-friendly.”