Crystal Aims to Make Michigan PGA Women’s Open a Zero Waste Event

THOMPSONVILLE, MICH – For the 2013 Michigan PGA Women’s Open, Crystal Mountain is setting the bar even higher when it comes to waste reduction.

Throughout the event (June 21-26), special receptacles will be found throughout Crystal Mountain and its two 18-hole golf courses. Players and guests will be strongly encouraged to recycle or compost all items that might otherwise be thrown into a traditional garbage can and taken to a landfill.

“We are working closely with Bay Area Recycling for Charities on this event,” said Tom Kramer, Crystal Mountain’s Public Relations Manager. “Our staff and guests have always done a great job in reducing the amount of waste at our events, but this year we’re putting a greater emphasis on making the Michigan PGA Women’s Open truly a zero-waste event.”

Crystal’s kitchen staff will be using compostable cups, plates and flatware. Beverages will be sold in recyclable containers, and recycling receptacles will be placed all along the golf course as well as at areas where players and visitors will be gathering.

The three-day Michigan PGA Women’s Open is being played on Crystal Mountain’s Mountain Ridge Course for the 11th straight year. An international field of players will be competing for a share of a $40,000 purse in this year’s tournament. The Michigan PGA Women’s Open begins Monday, June 24th.

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort that is nationally recognized for its skiing, golf, and award-winning spa. Located in northwest lower-Michigan, a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, 36 holes of championship golf, Michigan’s only alpine slide, an outdoor water playground, a variety of lodging and dining options, countless year-round activities and kids programs, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa.

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