Ironwood Golf Course Recognized for Environmental Excellence
The City of Gainesville’s Ironwood Golf Course has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. 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.
“Ironwood Golf Course 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 Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International. Ironwood Golf Course is one of 103 courses in Florida and 905 courses worldwide to hold the honor. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. The golf course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 1999. After designation, courses go through a recertification process every three years.
This year the recertification process, coordinated by Jeff Cardozo, golf course manager, required a visit by a local community representative. Sally Wazny, Morningside Nature center education supervisor for the City of Gainesville, was given a tour of the course and sent her observations to Audubon International. “We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Kane. “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.”
For more information, please contact golf course manager Jeff Cardozo at firstname.lastname@example.org.