The Northbrook, Ill. club was first designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2015. During a recent course renovation process, environmental concerns were at the forefront of design with enhanced naturalized areas and enlarged ponds to better manage stormwater after rainstorms.
Heritage Oaks Golf Club in Northbrook, Ill. has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program, the Chicago Tribune reported. Bill Meyer, Northbrook Park District’s Division Manager, led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on this course.
Heritage Oaks Golf Club was first designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2015 and is one of more than 900 courses in the world to hold certification from Audubon International, the Tribune reported.
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources, the Tribune reported. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, Mexico, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.
“Heritage Oaks Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for preserving the natural heritage of the area by protecting the local watershed and providing a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” Christine Kane, Audubon International CEO, said in a release.
“To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas,” Kane explained.
These categories include Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management, the Tribune reported. Courses go through a recertification process every three years, according to the release.
During a recent course renovation process, environmental concerns were at the forefront of design with enhanced naturalized areas and enlarged ponds to better manage stormwater after rainstorms, the Tribune reported.
“A large part of our mission is to practice environmental stewardship,” Molly Hamer, Northbrook Park District Executive Director, said in a statement. “The Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary designation is a testament to our talented staff members who maintain and preserve our golf course and additional park assets in an environmentally responsible manner. An amazing byproduct of this work is a stunning course featuring 27 holes of golf for the community.”