Ridgemark Golf Club & Resort Recognized for Environmental Excellence
HOLLISTER, CA – Ridgemark Golf and Country Club has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. The Ridgemark staff has worked diligently to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Ridgemark Golf Club and Resort is the 59th course in California and the 794th in the world to receive the honor.
“Ridgemark Golf Club and resort 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 Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs.
“To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas,” explained Sluiter. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
The good news arrived from Audubon International in November 2010. The certification process has taken a total of three years and will be on going. The program has given us the opportunity to learn more about our golf course facility and the wild life that surrounds it. The tools that we have gained through the certification process have helped fine tune our Integrated Pest Management Programs and become better environmental stewards. We look forward to continuing our practices and outreach programs within the community through the assistance of the Audubon Sanctuary Program.
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.