Monday, January 27, 2014

Olde Scotland Links Golf Course Is Recertified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary




Olde Scotland Links Golf Course, 695 Pine Street, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, was recently recertified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Olde Scotland Links Golf Course has proudly held this designation since 2004 through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Tom Rioux, Golf Course Assistant Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and his environmental stewardship and practices represent a role model for the industry.

To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

Reviewers lauded that ”Olde Scotland Links can take pride in preserving the natural resources in its backyard.” They said, “they were impressed with continuing efforts to create naturalized areas on the golf course, which provide valuable water, food and habitat for local and migratory wildlife in the area.”

The reviewers recognized “efforts to use water more efficiently are enhanced by your careful attention to weather patterns, targeted irrigation heads, and routine irrigation system maintenance and use of hand watering and ongoing upgrades and maintenance to the irrigation system”. Reviewers noted that Olde Scotland’s pest and turf management methods were excellent, contributing to enhanced water quality, while maintaining the beauty of the course.

Town Manager, Michael Dutton, praised the efforts of the golf course maintenance team and the guidance of the Golf Commission.

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 also achieved certification in the program.

In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments. For more information, visit http:///www.audoboninternational.org

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