The Millsboro, Del., property was originally certified through the program in 2009, and this year’s recertification process required a site visit by an Audubon community representative. The site visit “offers an opportunity to share publicly some of the voluntary actions [golf courses] have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them,” an Audubon representative said.
The Peninsula Golf & Country Club in Millsboro, Del., has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. The golf course was originally designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2009, and is one of eight in Delaware and 889 courses in the world to receive the honor.
Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
“The Peninsula Golf & Country Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Doug Bechtel, Associate Director of Environmental Programs at Audubon International.
After designation, courses go through a recertification process every two years. This year the recertification process required a visit by a local community representative who was given a tour of the course and then sent his observations to Audubon International.
“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Bechtel. “It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.”