Golf News for Monday, January 14, 2013 | Courses

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort golf course recognized for environmental excellence

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - The Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Grant Backus, Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International.

The Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes is the 24th golf course in South Carolina, the fifth on Hilton Head Island, and the 995th in the world to receive the honor.

"The Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes 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 Joellen Lampman, Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs Director.

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

"We are proud to have achieved Audubon Certification for the Robert Trent Jones Course. There are many reasons we wanted to complete the program. We have a unique coastal environment here at Palmetto Dunes and we want to showcase our diversity of wildlife, provide habitat, and show our commitment to preserving the environment," said Grant Backus, Superintendent.

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, contact Audubon International, 46 Rarick Rd., Selkirk, NY 12158, USA, (518) 767-9051, e-mail them via the Internet at, or visit their website at

Joellen Lampman, ACSP Programs Director
(518) 767-9051, Ext. 114