Marriott Golf announced that two more of its properties have earned certifications as part of the company’s efforts to ensure that all of its managed golf properties in North America and the Caribbean become Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries by the end of 2008.
Seaview Golf Resort, located just outside Atlantic City, N.J., became the 16th Marriott Golf property to achieve certification after it took on the task of protecting diamondback terrapins, a species of special concern in the state of New Jersey that has been nesting on the resort’s famed Bay Course for the past few years. To help protect the turtles, Seaview created several excluder traps, which are placed over nesting sites within bunkers throughout the course. These excluder traps keep other animals, such as crows and foxes, from digging up turtle eggs, and also prevent golfers from accidentally walking on nests while on the Bay Course.
Willow Crest Golf Club at Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort in Oak Brook, Ill., because the 17th property to earn certification after it converted 14 acres of manicured turf to natural, un-mowed environmentally sensitive areas, which included all banks along its lake edges. With the taller grasses and emerging plants, the banks have become stabilized and have reduced erosion and aquatic weeds, while connecting habitats. Additionally, the increase of shoreline species has provided nesting areas, shelter, and a food source for wildlife.
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