Golf News for Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | Courses

Florida's Fernandina Beach Golf Club now Certified Audubon Sanctuary

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Fernandina Beach Golf Club - managed by Billy Casper Golf - has been designated a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by Audubon International for environmental stewardship.

In attaining certification from the conservation group, Fernandina Beach Golf Club's 27-hole layout successfully maintains sound environmental practices in six key areas: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction, water conservation, and water quality management.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses helps protect the environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf with optimal efficiency. Fernandina Beach is one of nearly 1,050 courses worldwide honored by Audubon International.

"Environmental conservation and education are key components to golf course operations here," says Buddy Tate, Golf Course Superintendent at Fernandina Beach Golf Club. "We are committed to upholding strict environmental practices that create sustainable places to live, work and play."

Fernandina Beach Golf Club - located in the second oldest city in the United States - features 27 distinctive holes consisting of North, West and South nine-hole layouts of varied difficulty and design. At par-35 and 3,094 yards, the North nine is the oldest course on Amelia Island, opening in 1956. The championship-length West course's No. 2 hole is its signature, a par-5 monster measuring 607 yards from the tips. The South nine was the last to open in 1972 and is considered the most scenic.

A comprehensive practice area with a grass driving range and putting green helps golfers hone their games. Group and individual lessons are available through PGA-certified golf instructors.

Opened in 2000, the well-appointed clubhouse includes a fully-stocked pro shop, restaurant and banquet facilities for up to 200 guests.

For more information or to reserve a tee time: www.fernandinabeachgolfclub.com, 904.277.7370.

About Billy Casper Golf
Founded more than 20 years ago in cooperation with golf legend Billy Casper, the company is the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. with more than 150 properties in 28 states. Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia with regional offices across America, Billy Casper Golf directs all aspects of course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food-and-beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

Billy Casper Golf divisions:
• Buffalo Communications is the leading global golf-lifestyle public relations, branding, marketing-communications and creative services firm representing top brands in and related to golf.

• Buffalo Turf & Landscape Company provides golf course maintenance-only programs with a new fee-for-service structure that allows property owners unfettered visibility into actual activities and costs.

• Women on Course is the nation's premier golf-networking organization, further solidifying Billy Casper Golf's commitment to grow participation in the golf lifestyle.
More information: www.billycaspergolf.com, 703.761.1444.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tommy Glasgow
Billy Casper Golf / Buffalo Communications
703.891.3348
tglasgow@buffalocommunications.com