Edgewood’s stunning golf course is tended to and manicured by a dedicated team of greenskeepers. And while the
task of keeping the greens, fairways and hazards in pristine condition is a tall enough task on its own, the
team has tackled an even more ambitious goal — do it all with the highest level of sustainability possible.
Edgewood’s golf course is a testament to the resort’s deep commitment to environmental stewardship. Everything
wildlife habitat, water conservation, fertilizer management, water filtration and invasive species control is
top-of-mind for this elite team of greenskeepers. And to do it all in a high alpine environment where the
buried in deep winter snows and subject to long dry summers just makes the effort that much more impressive.
Edgewood is unique among Tahoe golf courses. The entire course is positioned alongside Lake Tahoe, but some
greens almost touch the lake. The majestic location makes environmental sustainability even more imperative.
are carefully selected and applied sparingly and delicately. Every water hazard has a second, important
challenging the ability of the golfers who visit Edgewood.
“All of our ponds and streams serve a purpose in cleaning the water before it reaches the lake,” said Brad
Superintendent of Edgewood Golf Course. “The ponds settle out fine sediment, and aquatic plants help remove
from the water. The water you see at Edgewood is not just aesthetic, it is functional.”
In this way these meticulously designed and maintained waterways are critical to improving Lake Tahoe’s famed
All of these environmental commitments will culminate in an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary certification for
course, a prestigious third-party recognition of the environmental sustainability the golf course has
is currently undergoing evaluation and expects the certification to be complete this winter.
But that recognition is just one validation of the wide-ranging sustainability efforts at the golf course —
art and part science. It involves sophisticated weather stations that deliver precise moisture readings and
water-saving irrigation decisions. Wetting agents added to the soil conserve water and reduce irrigation. And
hand-watering of greens ensures that water is applied precisely to the areas that need it most.
This summer, because of drought conditions across the region, water conservation has gone a step further.
have stopped watering out-of-play rough areas, allowing the native grasses to go dormant and saving
“We’re doing everything we can to save as much water as possible,” said Wunderlich.
The golf course team is also working with a team of local Tahoe non-profits and governmental agencies to
invasive species that are contained in some ponds on the property. While the invasive species are controlled
contained, Edgewood’s efforts will ensure that the non-native plants do not make their way to Lake Tahoe and
native plants and aquatic life.
Wunderlich’s involvement in sustainability at Edgewood goes beyond the golf course. As a part of Edgewood’s
sustainability committee, he helps direct efforts like the recent planting of 130 trees across the property,
introduction of compostable to-go containers for Edgewood’s restaurants and the aluminum water bottles that
disposable water containers across the lodge, spa, hotel and pool.
From these efforts to the significant investment in making Edgewood’s golf course a leading example of
the ownership’s commitment to the environment has never wavered.
“Their dedication to protecting the integrity of the lake is amazing,” said Wunderlich.