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Olds Golf Club recertifies its Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Status

 

The summer of 2013 we invited Tracy G. Scott , Head – Industry and Government Relations – Alberta  with Ducks Unlimited Canada to come and do a site assesment of our facililty. Tracy is reqwuired to do a detailed inspection of our facility based on a Audubon check list. We are pleased annouce we have again achieved certification. Below is a few quotes from the letter we recived from Doug Bechtel Associate Director of Environmental Programs with Audubon International.

January 21,2014

Dear Jason,

Thank you for your continuing efforts to enhance wildlife habitat and protect environmental quality through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program!  Your commitment and positive attitude places you at the forefront of golf management.  Your experience is a valuable asset to others, and we hope you will share it as your schedule allows. 

Tracy Scott of Ducks Unlimited Canada, was impressed with your golf course and facilities during his site visit this past July. He thought the course was an excellent example of how a golf course can provide wildlife habitat; he was especially impressed by your songbird inventory and bird banding program. As a result of helpful comments and observations from the reviewer during his site visit, we are pleased to recertify Olds Central Highlands Golf Course as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. 

Tracy was impressed with your continuing efforts to create naturalized areas on the golf course, which provide valuable water, food and habitat for local and migratory wildlife in the area. In particular, Tracy noted connected patches of native habitat between the holes offer wildlife corridors for movement, and he was impressed by a clear effort by your staff to improve shoreline buffers. Olds Central Highlands staff can take pride in preserving the natural resources in its backyard.  

We are pleased that you had success with so many projects, including your nest boxes, butterfly garden(s), and brush piles that provide enhanced habitat for the many wildlife species on the course. 

Your commitment to shoreline un-mowed buffer along shorelines was of particular note to the reviewer and is another excellent method of ensuring proper water quality on the golf course.  These buffer areas are a simple, yet very effective method of helping to slow and filter course runoff prior to entering surface water. Native aquatic vegetation also provides important habitat and food for wildlife. 

Your pest management methods at Olds Central Highlands are good, and we applaud your use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods. These contribute heavily to enhanced water quality and the beauty of the course.  Your chemical and maintenance facilities, water storage and recycling for irrigation, and washing and chemical practices are all excellent and are models for other courses. 

Tracy noted that your efforts to use water more efficiently are enhanced by your careful attention to weather patterns, targeted irrigation heads, and routine irrigation system maintenance.  Overall, your water conservation practices are a good model for efficient irrigation.

Tracy particularly noted your efforts to engage club members, employees, and the community through your ACSP display and signs in the clubhouse and on the property.


 

Jason Jaffray Charity Fundraiser Event

On Saturday July 23rd.  Winnipeg Jets Player Jason Jaffray hosted his 2nd Annual Charity Fundraiser.  Funds generated from this years event went to benefit Christian Crowell, a young 3 year old boy fighting Cancer.

 July 16,2010   

New Course Record

Shown below Todd Halpen who shot the official course record under the new tees with a 67 from the Gold tees in the Rockies Tour Event held here on the 16th of July. Congratulations Todd.

May 26,2010

 

Olds Central Highlands Golf Course Recognized for Environmental Excellence

OLDS, ALBERTA – Olds Central Highlands Golf Course has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Jason Clouston, Course Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Olds Central Highlands Golf Course is the 13th course in Alberta and the 769th in the world to receive the honor.

“Olds Central Highlands Golf Course 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.

“I only just want to reiterate what I have read many times that the certification is achievable at any size of a golf course. The process made us much more aware of the  habitat aspect of our property and our impact on the environment. The Outreach and Education projects have really gotten our members to buy into stewardship and habitat creation/preservation. Working with kids and the bird houses was very also rewarding….I get called the bird guy around town from the several years of grade 3 students we have brought out to our facility during tree swallow nesting season” said Jason Clouston.

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

For more information on golf and the environment, visit www.golfandenvironment.org. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments. For more information, contact Audubon International, 46 Rarick Rd., Selkirk, NY 12158, USA, (518) 767-9051, e-mail them via the Internet at acsp@auduboninternational.org, or visit their website at www.auduboninternational.org.