Justin Brasseur, Golf Course Superintendent at the Castro Valley, Calif. club, spearheaded the effort to obtain designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. The process includes environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical-use reduction and safety, water conservation and water-quality management.
Redwood Canyon Golf Course in Castro Valley, Calif. has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.
Justin Brasseur, Golf Course Superintendent, spearheaded the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property, undertaking a variety of environmental programs designed to protect wildlife habitats and preserve natural resources. Redwood Canyon Golf Course is one of more than 900 courses in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
“Redwood Canyon Golf Course has demonstrated a strong commitment to its environmental program,” said Audubon International CEO Christine Kane. “They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property.”
Redwood Canyon Golf Course achieved certification by maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas identified by Audubon International including environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management. Just a few of the course’s environmental efforts include providing extensive native acreage on the property; reducing irrigated areas to conserve water; establishing buffers around water bodies; providing excellent wildlife habitat for a variety of indigenous species; and conducting extensive water quality testing.
“We are very proud of Redwood Canyon Golf Course’s efforts to preserve and protect the environment while at the same time provide the local community with a high-quality venue for golf, dining and special events,” said Steve Harker, CEO of Touchstone Golf, which manages the course. “Justin Brasseur and his team do a tremendous job and we are pleased to recognize their commitment to environmental stewardship. We are also very grateful for the contributions from the Ohlone Audubon Society, Girl Scout Troop 32670 and Pollinator Posse.”
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Redwood Canyon Golf Course’s fairways and greens are framed by thick stands of trees, with the San Leandro creek coming into play on nearly every hole. The course is complemented by a golf practice facility including a short game area and a one-of-a-kind water driving range; a full-service golf shop; and a variety of golf instructional programs and leagues for juniors and adults.
The property’s Meadows Bistro and Event Center offers delicious dining and flexible meeting space for weddings, meetings, fundraisers, tournaments and corporate team-building events.