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Departures Magazine June 2016
Martha’s Vineyard, with its postcard villages, grand beaches, and secluded country lanes, has long been one of the most desirable summer retreats in the country. Full article >

Golf MagazineNovember 2015

Best New Private Course honors go to Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass. Full article >

Golfdom September 24, 2014
It is graduation weekend, and Gil Hanse’s daughter Chelsea is graduating from Villanova’s School of Law. People are flying in at this very moment. But Hanse doesn’t seem rushed.Full article >
The MV TimesAugust 21, 2014
The Vineyard Golf Club, an exclusive 18-hole golf club off Edgartown-West Tisbury Road, has quietly become a friend to the Island community in 13 years of operations, dispensing $1.8 million to Island nonprofits through the Vineyard Golf Club Foundation.Full article >
The Boston Globe August, 2013
There have been less-frequent visits to a pair of nine-hole courses open to the public, but when President Barack Obama wants to get serious about his golf while he’s vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, he heads to Edgartown. Full article >
Boston Common Magazine June, 2013

The nation’s only all-organic golf course has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation as a natural beauty since it opened in 2002. Seamlessly integrated into 235 acres in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, the club has been favorably compared to the great Surrey heathland courses in England. Full article>

Golf Week March, 2013

Most kids who spend their youth playing in a sand box eventually grow out of it. The lucky ones who never overcome the thrill of pushing dirt around become golf course architects. Full article>

Links Golf Magazine October, 2012
At 48, almost two decades after hanging out his own shingle, Gil Hanse was ready for his close-up. Full article >
Golf Digest March, 2011
Featuring some of the top "risk-takers" in the world of golf including Ian Poulter, Greg Norman, Donald Trump, Pete Dye and Vineyard Golf Clubs' Jeff Carlson. Carlson provides a "healthy alternative" to course maintenance and oversees the most environmentally sensitive layout in America. Full article >
The New York Times September 19, 2010
Mr. Bloomberg seemed a bit awed by the experience of hitting the links with President Obama on Martha's Vineyard. The mayor and the president played together on Aug. 27 at Vineyard Golf Club teaming up against Vernon Jordan, a former adviser to President Clinton, and Marvin Nicholson, a White House aide. Full article >
The New York Times August 22, 2010
Gene Mulak, the golf pro at the Vineyard Golf Club on Martha's Vineyard, does not know how many golf lessons President Obama has taken. But Mulak is certain he was the first to tutor him on his bunker play. Obama played at the Vineyard Golf Club twice last summer and again last week while on vacation. The club, which is believed to be the only entirely organic golf course in America, features treacherous, British Isles-style bunkers. Full article >
The Martha's Vineyard Times August 26, 2010
The private Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown has gotten much favorable attention. The New York Times highlighted the club's turf management practices, in a front page story published on August 16, "Exclusive Golf Course is Organic, so Weeds Get In." Full article >
The New York Times August 16, 2010
Opened eight years ago, the club is thought to be the only completely organic golf course in the United States, its 18 holes groomed without the use of a single synthetic pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide or other artificial chemical treatment. The staff at the Vineyard Golf Club are now seen as environmental pioneers, with many in the golf industry examining their methods. The club's organic model could become the successful experiment that helps push thousands of courses toward using fewer pesticides, less water and more natural grass-growing procedures. Full article >
The New York Times August 27, 2009
The First Golfer brought his duffer's game to Martha's Vineyard this week. By Thursday, Mr. Obama had logged three golf games in four days, appearing at one island course after another. He spent... several hours playing Thursday afternoon at the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown. Full article >
Boston Herald August 21, 2009
The word on the Vineyard is that the Secret Service has scoped out the oh-so-exclusive Vineyard Golf Club to prepare for a possible golf outing between President Obama and golf great Tiger Woods. Now that is a photo op for the ages. Full article >
American Way Magazine January, 2009
The skunks and crows come to Vineyard Golf Club, not to try their hands at the par-72 course but to dine on grubs. The insects, along with errant weeds and rough patches on the greens, are a few of the maladies Carlson faces in maintaining one of America's only organically managed golf courses. Full article >
The Martha's Vineyard Times June, 2008
In 2002 the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown opened under strict environmental stipulations set by the Martha's Vineyard Commission. After much skepticism, the club is thriving in its' sixth year, and is one of the most environmentally sensitive golf courses ever built. Full article >
Golf Digest May, 2008
Jeff Carlson, Superintendent of the Vineyard Golf Club on Martha's Vineyard gives a Q & A to Golf Digest reporter regarding the challenges of creating and maintaining one of the most environmentally sensitive golf courses in the world. Full article >
The Martha's Vineyard Times October, 2007
The Vineyard Golf Club, built on the site of a failed 148-house subdivision, opened quietly in 2002. Six years later, the membership roles are almost full. But well before the first member ever teed off, the developers of the private club navigated through one of the Island's fiercest regulatory storms in recent history. Full article >
GCSAA Press Release September, 2007
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has selected Jeff Carlson, GCSAA certified golf course superintendent at Vineyard Golf Club to receive its 2008 President's Award for Environmental Stewardship. Carlson oversees an all-organic turf care regimen at Vineyard Golf Club, one of the few golf courses in the country that is considered organically managed. Full article >
GCSAA Press Release December, 2004
Another highly respected member of the golf industry has agreed to serve on The Environmental Institute for Golf Advisory council. Owen G. Larkin, president of the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., will join eight other members to comprise the nine-person advisory council. Full article >
Golf Digest March, 2004
The Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards co-sponsored by Golf Digest and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America honors Superintendent Jeff Carlson of the Vineyard Golf Club as the 2004 National Private Course winner. The Vineyard Golf Club on Martha's Vineyard, has a completely organic layout and uses no chemical pesticides. Full article >
Vineyard Gazette June 11, 2002
The way golf enthusiasts talk about the Island's newest course- which officially opened just over a week ago- you would expect to see guys walking around the clubhouse wearing kilts. The course at the Vineyard Golf Club may be an unforgiving Scottish-inspired design, but the garb is just the kind of pastel microfiber blends you'll find on most any golf course in the country. Full article >
Golf Business Magazine July, 2007
The way golf enthusiasts talk about the Island's newest course- which officially opened just over a week ago- you would expect to see guys There's no time like the present for the Golf Industry to assert and promote its leadership role in preserving the environment. Full article >
The Martha's Vineyard Times July, 2006
40 golfers competed in The Buchwald Celebrity Golf Tournament 2006 at the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown. Full article >
On Earth Magazine Winter 2006
It's not easy keeping grass free of weeds, pests and fungi with nothing but organic materials, especially when it is subject to constant stress from being cut short and trampled flat by people pursuing a little white ball. At the Vineyard Golf Club superintendent Jeff Carlson burns weeds or pulls them by hand and sprays bacterial insecticides to control bugs. Full article >
Golf on Cape Cod Magazine Spring 2005
When the Vineyard Golf Club opened a couple of years ago, the fanfare came with two refrains- it was designed by Donald Steel, and it was the first course around to use no harmful chemicals on its turf. Full article >
Commonwealth Golf Magazine 2/2003
On first blush, the Vineyard is not the place you'd think of for golfing royalty and Presidents- or at least it wasn't until the opening of the Vineyard Golf Club. Designed by the Brit, Donald Steel the Vineyard Golf Club is the kind of place that CEO's and visiting congressman call home. Full article >
Environmental Leaders in Golf (GCSAA) 2003
After more than three decades in golf course management, CGCS Jeff Carlson has been on quite a roll, proving that you can indeed teach an old salt a few new things. The 2003 ELGA makes the 55-year-old Carlson the first repeat national winner in the GCSAA program since the mid-1990s. Full article >

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
AWARD RECIPIENT YEAR
GCSAA President's Award for Environmental Stewardship Jeff Carlson 2008
The Environmental Institute of Golf Advisory Council Owen Larkin 2004
Environmental Leaders in Golf Award- Private Course Jeff Carlson 2003