Scottsdale, Ariz. Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that Troon North® Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Troon North Golf Club is the 14th course in Arizona to receive this prestigious honor.
Brad Anderson, director of agronomy at Troon North Golf Club, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on the Monument and Pinnacle courses and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. “Our team is extremely committed to the environmental stewardship of our golf courses and we are proud to obtain the sanctuary status,” said Anderson. “The level of dedication we bring to creating unparalleled playing conditions is only matched by our efforts to create a friendly environment that enhances the natural areas and wildlife habitats our courses provide.”
To reach certification, a course must demonstrate it is maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
“Troon North Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program,” said Jim Sluiter, staff ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs. “They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on their golf course property.”
In an effort to celebrate the process of earning this achievement, Troon North’s department of agronomy created an online photo gallery featuring the thriving wildlife living at the 36-hole facility. Click here to view the photos submitted by golfers and associates or visit www.troonnorthgolf.com.
With many Troon Golf-managed facilities in the process of certification, Troon North is one of 18 currently certified by Audubon International. The list of certified courses includes Kierland Golf Club, Sanctuary Golf Course and Talking Stick Golf Club in Arizona; Classic Club and Yocha Dehe Golf Club in California; Fieldstone Golf Club in Delaware; Black Diamond Ranch, Camp Creek Golf Club, Harmony Golf Preserve, Sarasota National and Shark’s Tooth Golf Club in Florida; Forest Dunes Golf Club in Michigan; Seaview Golf Resort & Spa in New Jersey; St. James Plantation in North Carolina; Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club in Puerto Rico; The Westin La Cantera Resort in Texas; and Wausau Country Club in Wisconsin.
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.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon Golf is the world?s largest golf management company, overseeing operations at properties located in 31 states and 26 countries. Additionally, 39 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Oneida Golf & Country Club , Green Bay, Wis.; Troon North Golf Club , Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Golf Club at Equinox, Manchester Village, Vt.; Classic Club , Palm Desert, Calif.; One&Only Ocean Club , Paradise Island, Bahamas; and The Grove, London, England.