John Igoe, Scotland Run Golf Club General Manager, has announced that Ballamor Golf Club has completed construction on a solar energy system with another project slated to be completed at Scotland Run Golf Club in the next several months. Taking advantage of a federal tax incentive, the owners of the sister golf courses decided that the time was now.
According to NJ’s Clean Air Program, “Solar electric or photovoltaic technology converts sunlight into electricity whenever it strikes the electric modules or panels. Photovoltaic panels are installed to capture light and convert it to direct current (DC). A solar inverter then changes the power to alternating current (AC) that is used to meet the electric needs of homes and businesses.”
It is expected that Ballamor Golf Club, located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, will be 90% powered by solar energy while Scotland Run in Williamstown, NJ, with a much larger clubhouse, will eventually run on a minimum of 75% solar power. The solar energy produced each at both courses will be enough to theoretically power approximately 200 homes per year.
Igoe said, “As golf course operators who rely on the land for our livelihood, we have an inherent responsibility to care for the earth and do everything we can to protect it now and for future generations. Adopting a green initiative and going solar is one way we can do that.” Igoe added that the golf courses also participate in other green incentives by composting grass clippings and leaves and recycling a host of items including but not limited to; cooking oil, cardboard, mixed office paper, glass, aluminum and plastic containers, motor oil, tires and batteries. At Scotland Run, the course itself was part of a reclamation project and built atop a decades old sand quarry.
Scotland Run Golf Club, PhillyGolfGuide.com’s #2 ranked Public Course, offers a distinctive blend of wooded, quarry and links-style holes. It encompasses over 200 acres of winding fairways, naturally blue ponds and elevation rises uncharacteristic to the flatlands of New Jersey. The most unique characteristics of the course include large, expansive waste areas, over 10 acres of water and an imposing display of cliffs. It is located in Williamstown, NJ, just 20 minutes from Philadelphia, PA and 45 minutes from Atlantic City, NJ.
Carefully designed out of gently rolling land and dense woods, Ballamor, PhillyGolfGuide.com’s #2 ranked Jersey Shore Course, was designed the nationally renowned firm of Ault, Clark & Associates. The course uniquely blends traditional architecture with subtle modern-day nuances succinctly capturing the distinct beauty of the property. As such, each hole possesses its own individual character with a total package that presents a strong composition, testing every type of golf shot. Ballamor is located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ and is just minutes from Atlantic City and approximately 45 minutes from Philadelphia.