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River-Friendly Golf Courses become leaders in environmental stewardship by protecting water quality and important ecological areas while providing unique recreational opportunities. This program is designed to help golf course superintendents and staff implement proactive environmental stewardship strategies that benefit the environment and the golf course.






We also publicly recognize participating courses to connect them with the community and reward their stewardship initiatives. Benefits of this program include healthier turf, lower operating costs, decreased water usage and presence of beneficial wildlife. 

Your River-Friendly contact works with you to help develop specific goals and requirements for certification. By joining, courses receive ongoing technical information, support and guidance for implementing environmental projects tailored to the unique location, resources and needs of the golf course.











  • Protects natural resources and preserves and restores New Jersey's native landscape.

  • Provides public recognition for achievements through receipt of a River-Friendly Golf Course sign, personalized award, certification ceremony and media announcements.

  • Creates healthier turf.

  • Reduces costs by decreasing use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.

  • Lowers operating costs due to decreased use of equipment in no-mow zones and no-spray zones.

  • Maintains course aesthetics and creates a unique golfing experience.

  • Decreases water use.

  • Increases natural habitat and attracts beneficial wildlife.

  • Decreases golfer and worker exposure to pesticides and other chemicals.

  • Promotes a positive relationship between the community and the course.

Certified Participants

  • Green Knoll Golf Course (Bridgewater)

  • Heron Glen Golf Course (Ringoes)

  • Neshanic Valley Golf Course (Neshanic Station)

  • Quail Brook Golf Course (Somerset)

  • Spooky Brook Golf Course (Somerset)

  • TPC Jasna Polana (Princeton)

  • Warrenbrook Golf Course (Warren)

In Progress Participants

  • Bedens Brook Golf Club (Princeton)

  • Springdale Golf Club (Princeton)

  • Knoll Golf Club (Morris)

USGA Water Resources Center

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