The USGA's Environmental Commitment

The USGA will work to make the game more sustainable through research, education, and a commitment to protecting the environment 

Golf, perhaps more than any other sport, is dependent upon a healthy environment. As the national governing body for golf in the United States, the USGA recognizes the importance of taking proactive steps to minimize our environmental footprint and integrate environmental considerations into all aspects of our activities.

To further our priority as a responsible citizen, the USGA will continue a rigorous evaluation of our consumption of natural resources and energy use, the integration of new technologies, and changes in behavior. Decisions concerning environmentally-responsible practices must be economically sound and maintain a healthy balance between established management systems and environmental sustainability.

To realize our commitment to the environment, the USGA will:
  • Develop a comprehensive environmental management plan for the Association that proactively promotes awareness and protection of the environment.
  • Train and educate staff to consider and incorporate environmentally-sound principles and practices into daily business decisions and operations.
  • Embrace environmentally responsible technology that it is fiscally sound.
  • Conduct championships in an environmentally-responsible manner given the distinct and local challenges of each event.
  • Measure environmental responsibility with the goal of continuous improvement.
  • Continue to support turfgrass and environmental research and focus research efforts on pesticide and nutrient fate, protection of water quality, and water conservation.
  • Promote and encourage environmental responsibility among golfers, Member Clubs, allied associations, and vendors through education and support.


January 2009 

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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

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IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit

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Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit

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