Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
for Golf Courses (ACSP)
is an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses
protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf.
By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that
golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful
impacts of golf operations, the ACSP serves as vital resource for golf courses.
Membership is open
to golf courses in the United States and internationally, including private
clubs, public and municipal courses, PGA sites, 9-hole facilities, resort
courses, and golf residential communities. Golf courses must be open for play;
those under development or construction may join an
Audubon Signature Program.
Getting involved is
easy. To join, simply fill out the registration form and send it along with the
registration fee to Audubon International.
Your next step is
to take stock of
environmental resources and potential liabilities, and then develop an
environmental plan that fits the course’s unique setting, goals, staff, budget,
and time. Audubon International provides a Site Assessment and Environmental
Planning form to provide guidance, as well as educational information to help
your golf course assessment, we provide a site-specific report and work with you
to implement your plan.
The ACSP offers
educational information and assistance, but all decisions regarding the
operation of the course remain with the golf course itself.
How does a golf
course obtain certification?
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Certification improves the practice of golf course
management. Your course can
achieve certification by implementing environmental management practices in the
above areas and documenting your results. Certification demonstrates your
leadership as a steward of the environment and publicly recognizes and rewards
your environmental achievements.
Get involved and get results!
ACSP golf courses receive A Guide to Environmental Stewardship on the
Golf Course; an attractive membership art print; a subscription to our
Stewardship News; and a Certification Handbook
to help plan,
organize, and document environmental efforts.
Membership also includes
certification review by Audubon International ecologists and staff support and
direct consultation via telephone, written communication, and email. Site
visits are available on a fee-for-service basis.
is all about results. Participating golf courses improve environmental
performance and community relations, reduce liability, save money, and
contribute to the conservation of our environment.
does it cost?
fee: $150 (US)/$200 (International)
For more information please e-mail Joellen Zeh, at
[email protected] or call (518) 767-9051 x14.