Annually the Irish Golf & Club Managers Association gathers for educational programs and to share innovative ideas about the golf industry.
Club managers of distinction from around the world are invited to be its keynote speaker at their recent ‘Meet the Manager’ program.
This year’s speaker was Broken Sound Club’s General Manager/Chief Operating Officer and Ireland-native John Crean, who was the only manager from a club in the United States.
He spoke on the day-to-day operations of the Broken Sound Club, where he has worked since 2005, and how it differs here in the United States versus his native Ireland.
He focused on Broken Sound Club’s eco-friendly initiatives that he implemented that focus on sustainability. Working toward reducing the Club’s carbon footprint by first starting with minor changes such as the elimination of Styrofoam cups to the installation of energy efficient lighting and switches.
The Club then built and has been operating its own onsite composting operation that repurposes debris on the golf course and waste from dining operations to fertilize and mulch landscaping.
In 2014, the club planted 24 acres of indigenous wildflowers and then added beehives and butterfly gardens.
He also shared the most recent “Straws Upon Request” program, aiding to reduce the impact of single-use plastics on the environment.
Crean also shared the most recent “Straws Upon Request” program, aiding to reduce the impact of single-use plastics on the environment. The club is working diligently to join others in the community in this movement and aims to supply compostable straws in the future.