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How does a golf course differentiate itself from others in a crowded market and add value by improving public relations and marketing opportunities that attract new members?  Audubon International is recognized around the world as an organization devoted to the preservation of nature, but may not be known as well for their association with the game of golf.

 The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses is an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf.  By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, the program serves as vital resource for golf courses.
 Membership in the program is open to golf courses in the United States and internationally, including private clubs, public and municipal courses, PGA sites, 9-hole facilities, resort courses, and golf residential communities.

 Audubon International provides a Site Assessment and Environmental Planning Form to provide guidance, as well as educational information to help with environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, chemical use and reduction, water conservation and quality management.  Written and photographic documentation is required to achieve certification.  Membership for American courses costs $200 and includes A Guide to Environmental Stewardship, a certification review and Audubon staff support and direct consultation via telephone, written communication and e-mail, with site visits available on a fee-for-service basis.  Recertification is required every two years to ensure that members continue to uphold certification standards.

Southwest Florida
is the home to a number of such environment-friendly courses. Only minutes from the center of Naples and tucked alongside the Cocohatchee River, The Old Collier Club is the first Audubon International Certified Gold Signature Sanctuary in the world. This 18 hole Tom Fazio designed course shares 267 acres with a wide variety of wildlife including eagles, osprey and gopher turtles, with no residential real estate.  Collier's Reserve, also along the Cocohatchee River, was the first Certified Audubon Signature Sanctuary in the world and ...

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