Ocean View Golf Course and Eisenhower Golf Course recently received word of a big honor as both were recently re-certified as Audubon International Certified Cooperative Sanctuary facilities.
To reach certification or be re-certified, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including water conservation and management, wildlife and habitat management, chemical use reduction and community outreach and education. The courses are two of just 907 in the world to receive the certification. The certification lasts two years, then clubs are subject to a re-certification process.
Among the measures the facilities are taking include:
- Nest boxes for birds throughout the courses
- Connected patches of native grasses in between holes
- Vegetation buffers around water hazards to slow down and filter runoff
- Reducing grass stress by changing mowing heights as conditions demand
- Flower beds for birds and butterflies
"These facilities have shown a strong commitment to their environmental programs. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Doug Bechtel, executive director of Audubon International.