Golf News for Monday, September 30, 2013 | Courses

Toronto, Canada's Coppinwood Golf Club earns Audubon certification

TORONTO -- Coppinwood Golf Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Scott Pratt, Golf Course Superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Coppinwood Golf Club is the 52nd golf course in Ontario and the 1017th in the world to receive the honor.

"Coppinwood 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 Joellen Lampman, Associate Director of Environmental Programs.

"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.

"Coppinwood is a club not just dedicated to environmental quality, but also in providing the membership with the best possible golf experience," said Pratt. "We worked with the world's leading golf course architect, Tom Fazio, to build the course with the environment in mind, building on what was already there with minimal changes to the landscape."

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.

About Coppinwood Golf Club
Coppinwood is located on 357 acres of rolling terrain with stunning elevation changes in the midst of quiet farm country 30 minutes northeast of Toronto. The property was designed to integrate a challenging course with the beauty of the surrounding Ontario landscape and has been described by Fazio as "an ideal piece of land, rolling and with great views." For more information, visit www.coppinwood.com.

About Audubon International
Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities.

For more information, contact Joellen at Audubon International at (518) 767-9051 ext. 114 or joellen@auduboninternational.org, or visit the website at www.auduboninternational.org.