BOLINGBROOK, ILLINOIS – Bolingbrook Golf Club has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Jeff Gerdes, Golf Course Superintendent, completed the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property. Bolingbrook Golf Club is one of over 900 courses in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
“Bolingbrook Golf 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 Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International. The Village of Bolingbrook and Mayor Mary Alexander-Basta are most appreciative to Bolingbrook Golf club for their efforts in water conservation, protecting nature wildlife and increasing native acreage on the property. Bolingbrook Golf Club is a community asset for all residents to enjoy.
“To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas,” explained Kane. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management. Bolingbrook Golf Club’s accomplishments include:
- Extensive native acreage on the property
- Reducing irrigated areas to conserve water
- Establishing buffers around water bodies
- Conducting Outreach & Education activities
“The Village of Bolingbrook’s vision, along with the maintenance team at Bolingbrook Golf Club led by Superintendent Jeff Gerdes, have paved the way for this honor. The leadership and dedication to being stewards of the environment along with being best in class made this certification possible,” said Doug Friess, Bolingbrook Golf Club General Manager.
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.
Located just forty minutes southwest of Chicago, Bolingbrook Golf Club combines the elements of a world-class facility and championship golf. Bolingbrook Golf Club features an Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest designed golf course, an exceptional practice facility with a learning academy, state-of-the-art GPS-equipped golf carts, and a 76,000 square foot clubhouse with two full-service restaurants, and full banquet facilities.
Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at 1-844-767-9051 or visit www.auduboninternational.org.
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