View All Sep 12, 2014

Springfield Golf Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

FORT MILL, SC – Springfield Golf Club has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.  Noel Buchanan, Director of Grounds, led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International.  Springfield Golf Club was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2008 and is one of 44 courses in South Carolina and 906 courses in the world to receive the honor.

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, Mexico, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.

“The Springfield course offers a diversity of wildlife habitat types and extensive wildlife corridors, and is doing and excellent job of protecting water quality,” said site reviewer Janet Watt Steele, Director of Conservation and Development at the Nation Ford Land Trust.

"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Doug Bechtel, Executive Director at Audubon International.  These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.  Courses go through a recertification process every two years. 

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at (518) 767-9051or visit