The Whistler Golf Club has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Stu Carmichael, assistant superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property. We are proud to be the 95th course in Canada and the 901st in the world to be designated as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
“Whistler 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 Tara Pepperman, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.
“To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas,” explained Pepperman. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
“I’m very proud of our maintenance team for their commitment to a high degree of environmental initiatives” said Alan Kristmanson, General Manager. “There is no question their efforts have had a direct impact on both the Crabapple Creek fish population and our local bear population through enhancements of their wildlife habitats, outreach and education and chemical use reduction”
The Whistler Golf Club is an Arnold Palmer designed facility in the heart of Whistler Village and home to numerous species including but not limited to black bears, deer, rainbow trout and kokanee, waterfowl, raccoons and more.
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.
For more information on our on course environmental initiatives, contact Geoff Barnett, Golf Course Superintendent at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-938-5883.