Scarboro Golf and Country Club in Toronto has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.
Assistant superintendent Lesley Thomas led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for environmental stewardship by Audubon International.
Scarboro Golf and Country Club is one of 55 golf courses in Ontario and 903 in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
“Scarboro Golf and Country Club 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 Tara Donadio, director of cooperative sanctuary programs at Audubon International.
“To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas,” said Donadio.
These categories include environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, and water quality management.
“Scarboro members expect world-class conditions when they play their course and reaching this certification is a testament to all of the hard work of the greens department to meet those expectations,” said Thomas.
“Our goal is to not only be environmental stewards, but leaders in the industry for best practices around a golf course. We will continue to work to improve our approach and share our passion for wildlife and the environment with other,” added Thomas.
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, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.