Courses in Virginia's Monticello Golf Trail Aim for Sustainability

A group of resort courses in Central Virginia are committed to becoming friends of the environment. The Monticello Golf Trail, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge, features five golf courses located within a 45-minute radius.

According to Trail founder Mark Glickman, "These courses are taking some key steps and are committed to becoming more sustainable. By working together and inspiring one another, the golf industry can do more to help green the planet. Charlottesville is a world-class tourism destination and is on the leading edge of green living initiatives. The Trail combines those elements for area golf courses."

The Monticello Golf Trail is comprised of Stoney Creek and Devils Knob at Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County, Birdwood Golf Course at The Boar's Head in Charlottesville, Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst and The Rivanna in Fluvanna County.

Golfers with a Trail card receive special offers on golf rounds, accommodations, merchandise and more while helping to support businesses committed to sustainability. "This is not another discount program," said Trail partner Damon DeVito. "As a course operator it is important to me to help these resorts attract new tourism customers to the Charlottesville area. The customers get good prices and special opportunities without hassle. The partners get the benefits from pooling our dollars to broaden our outreach."

For golfers who purchase the card through before May 31, 2010, Trail organizers will plant a tree in the family's name to help offset their trip to Virginia through a partnership with True Offsets, a company establishing carbon offsets through transparent investment.

In addition, golfers can submit their ideas for greening a golf course as part of the "Greenest Golfer Contest" through May 31, 2010 and win a three-day/two-night Monticello Golf Trail Getaway at The Boar's Head or Wintergreen Resort as well as golf at each of the participating Monticello Golf Trail courses.

Golfers outside Central Virginia can purchase the Monticello Golf Trail Card for a special introductory offer of $25 (regular cost $50), if purchased before May 31, 2010, through Cards purchased before June 1, 2010, can be used for travel through May 1, 2011.