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Greens That Are Really Green

Much lip service is paid to golf course sustainability, but Kittitian Hill Resort, situated on 400 acres of fertile tropical farmland on the north tip of St. Kitts, is redefining what it means to be green in the Caribbean. Irie Fields, the resort’s new golf course designed by Ian Woosnam, will be 100% sustainable, with founder Val Kempadoo insisting that no chemical fertilizers be used in the nurturing of the turfgrass. Instead of spraying weed killer, superintendent Chris Biagi hires workers to pull weeds by hand: This practice actually is cheaper than using expensive imported herbicides, plus the money goes directly into the local economy. Biagi is using dry organic nutrients for the grow-in of the course and reports rapid growth. Once the irrigation system is completed and a pump station installed, Biagi will treat the fairways by spraying “tea” extracted from the dry organic fertilizer. “My vision is to bring together community and culture, along with mindful conservation of natural resources,” Kempadoo said. The resort is tentatively scheduled to open this month, and caddies have been trained to share their tips on where to pick the ripest, juiciest fruit on the course.

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