Justin Timberlake is putting the finishing touches on the first LEED-certified golf course in the United States. The 27-year-old singer is an avid golfer and his latest business venture, called Miramichi Lakes, takes his love of the sport to a new level.
Timberlake revealed in an interview how he saved the struggling golf course last year from development and decided to open up his own, eco-friendly version. “Originally it was called Woodstock Hills, and it was the first place my dad taught me to hit a ball,” he said. “And last year we found out they were going to auction it off and turn it into a development. 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.”
“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.” 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.”
According to an article in the Memphis Daily News, all of the buildings on the 303-acre course will be built to the highest LEED-certified green building standards available — a considerable investment. In addition the location will sport “a renewable energy field and a walking trail with educational placards and seating for the public to learn about responsible energy and natural resource usage.”
Wow. Clint Eastwood could learn a bunch from this. Nice work, Justin. Look for Miramichi Lakes to open this October.
Edit: Timberlake’s Golf Course is opening July 25, 2009.