View All Dec 22, 2010

Fort Mill Golf Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

FORT MILL, SC – The Fort Mill Golf Club golf course has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Fort Mill Golf Club is the 25th course in South Carolina and the 804th in the world to receive the honor.
"Fort Mill 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 Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs.
"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Sluiter. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
“Fort Mill is the third of our four golf courses to achieve this distinction”, said Tim Patterson, President of Leroy Springs & Co., which owns and operates the club. “It culminates a great deal of hard work and planning by Superintendent Noel Buchanan and his assistant, Nick Jackson, and I congratulate them on their success. As a company, Leroy Springs is committed to responsible stewardship of our environment and we are working diligently towards the certification of our fourth course.”
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 resourses. Golf courses from Canada, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, Mexico, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.

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