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Florida’s Audubon Certified Sanctuary Golf Courses
Audubon International’s Version
of Florida Golf Course Living”

        Florida golf course owners are being asked to do their part to protect wildlife habitat in the ‘Sunshine State’. Here is an updated list of all the Florida golf courses that have been certified as wildlife sanctuaries by Audubon International as of 11/1/2009. Make sure your golf course is a great place to live for both people and wildlife. All of the lucky animals pictured here enjoy ‘Florida golf course living’.

The Audubon Signature Program provides comprehensive environmental planning assistance to new developments. The program helps landowners and developers design for the environment so that both economic and environmental objectives are achieved. Once construction is complete, involvement in an Audubon Signature Program ensures that managers routinely apply sustainable resource management practices in the long-term stewardship of the property.

This otter lives on a Florida golf course with a conscientious superintendent, that is careful not to poison his habitat with runoff water contaminated with chemicals.

Audubon International Certified Signature Sanctuary Golf Courses
in Florida as of 11/1/2009 = 28 (7 Bronze, 14 Silver, 7 Gold)
Program Member Name Location Date Certified
Bronze Collier’s Reserve Naples Jan 30, 1994
Bronze Indian River Club Vero Beach Nov 10, 1995
Bronze PGA Golf Club Port St. Lucie Sep 17, 1996
Bronze Bonita Bay Club East Naples Feb 26, 1998
Silver WCI – Lost Key Golf Club Perdido Key July 29, 1998
Bronze Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes Longwood April 8, 1999
Bronze West Bay Golf Club Estero Sep 13, 2000
Silver Club at Mediterra Naples May 30, 2001
Gold Old Collier Golf Club Naples Sep 12, 2001
Bronze The Talon Course at Twin Eagles Naples Mar 6, 2002
Gold WCI-Raptor Bay Golf Course Bonita Springs Mar 7, 2002
Silver The Villages of Marion: Total: 63 holes Lady Lake May 7, 2002
• Nancy Lopez(27); • Oakleigh (9); • Amberwood (9); • Briarwood (9); • Walnut (9)
Silver Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Panama City Oct 24, 2002
Gold WCI-Pelican Preserve Ft Myers Aug 20, 2003
Gold WCI-Venetian Golf & River Club North Venice Mar 31, 2004
Silver St. James Bay Carrabelle Aug 25, 2004
Gold WCI-Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club Naples Oct 27, 2004
Silver The Villages of Sumter Phase I:Total 63 holes The Villages April 26, 2005
• Palmer Legends (27); • Belvedere (18); • Sunset Pointe Pelican (9); • Heron (9);
Silver The Villages of Sumter Phase II:Total 54 holes The Villages April 27, 2005
• Belvedere Belmont (9); • Mallory Hill (27); • Cane Gardens (Allamanda 9; Hisbiscus 9);
Silver The Villages of Sumter Phase III: Total: 18 holes The Villages July 18, 2006
• Key Large (Bacall (9), Bogart (9); The Villages Total Certified: 198
Silver The Master & Memorial at Eagle Ridge Golf Club Summerfield July 19, 2006
Gold Tuscany Reserve Golf Club Naples Mar 20, 2007
Silver The Aerie Course at TwinEagles Naples Mar 21, 2007
Gold WCI-Old Palm Palm Beach Gardens April 3, 2007
Silver Old Corkscrew Golf Course Estero Oct 31, 2007
Silver Eagle Creek Orlando Aug 14, 2008
Silver Juliette Falls Dunnellon July 28, 2009
Silver Sarasota National Golf Club Venice Sep 10, 2009

This female Black bear watched this putt at Legacy at Alaqua Lakes in Longwood, Florida. The golfer seems oblivious to the bear.

Grey Fox Kits keeping an eye out for mom,
at Indian River Club, Vero Beach

At home on a Florida golf course, this newborn fawn lies motionless, hiding in tall grass on the outskirts of a protected area.

Sandhill Crane parents with their young at
Indian River Club, Vero Beach

A Bald Eagle & Eaglet in their nest at Lemon Bay Golf Club.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) is an education and certification program that helps golf courses protect the environment while enhancing their bottom line. The "plan-do-check-act" approach of the program offers information and guidance to implement an environmental management plan that improves efficiency, conserves resources, and promotes conservation efforts. Audubon International awards certification to publicly recognize and reward the environmental achievements and leadership of ACSP members.

Updated List of Florida’s Certified Audubon International
Cooperative Sanctuary Golf Courses

Aquarina Country Club, Melbourne Beach
Arlington Ridge Golf Club, Leesburg
Audubon Country Club, Naples
Bent Creek Golf Course, Jacksonville
Bonita Bay Club, Bonita Springs
• Bay Island Course
• Creekside Course
• Marsh Course
Black Diamond Ranch, Lecanto
Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton
Brooksville CC at Majestic Oaks, Brooksville
Camp Creek Golf Club, Palm City Beach
Card Sound Golf Club, Key Largo
Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club, Clearwater
Copperleaf Golf Club, Bonita Spring
Country Club of Florida, Village of Golf
Country Club of Naples, Naples
Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne, Key Biscayne
Crown Colony Golf & Country Club, Fort Myers
Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Miami
Eglin Golf Club, Niceville
Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott, Orlando
Floridian, Stuart
FoxFire Golf and Country Club, Naples
Gainesville Country Club, Gainesville
Golf Club of Jacksonville, Jacksonville
Grand Harbor Club, Vero Beach
Grande Pines Golf Club, Orlando
Hammock Dunes Club, Palm Coast
• Creek Course
• Links Course
Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club, Palm City
Harmony Golf Preserve, Harmony
Hawks Landing GC,Marriotts Orlando World Center
Hawk’s Nest Golf Club, Vero Beach
High Ridge Golf Course, Lantana
Hole-in-the-Wall Golf Club, Naples
IGM – Arrowhead Golf Course, Naples
IGM – The Habitat Golf Course, Malabar
IGM – Sandridge Golf Club, Vero Beach
IGM – Spessard Holland GC, Melbourne Beach
IGM – The Savannahs, Merritt Island
Interlachen Country Club, Winter Park
Ironwood Municipal Golf Course, Gainesville
Isleworth Golf & Country Club, Wyndermere
John’s Island Club – West Course, Vero Beach
Lake Buena Vista Club, Lake Buena Vista
Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, Bradenton
Laurel Oak Country Club, Sarasota
Lemon Bay Golf Club, Englewood
The Links at Boynton Beach, Boynton Beach
Loblolly Pines Golf Club, Hobe Sound
Magnolia Golf Course, Lake Buena Vista
Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club, Port Charlotte
Mizner Country Club, Delray Beach
The Moorings Country Club, Naples
Naples Lakes Country Club, Naples
Okeeheelee Golf Course, West Palm Beach
Old Marsh Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens
Olde Florida Golf Club, Naples
Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, Orchid
Osprey Ridge Golf Course, Lake Buena Vista
Palencia Golf Club, St. Augustine
Palm Golf Course, Lake Buena Vista
Palmetto Golf Course, Miami
Pelican Marsh Golf Club, Naples
Pelican’s Nest Golf Club, Bonita Springs
Pelican Sound Golf & River Club, Estero
Plantation Preserve GC & Club, Plantation
Quail Ridge Country Club, Boynton Beach
Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club, Destin
Renaissance Vinoy Resort & GC, St. Petersburg
The Rookery at Marco Island, Marco Island
Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Naples
The Sanctuary Golf Club, Sanibel Island
Shadow Wood Country Club, Bonita Springs
Shadow Wood Preserve Country Club, Fort Myers
Southwinds Golf Course, Boca Raton
Southwood Golf Club, Tallahassee
Spring Run Golf Club, Bonita Springs
St. Johns Golf and Country Club, St. Augustine
Stonebridge Country Club, Naples
Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club, Tampa
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa - Jupiter, Jupiter
The Ritz-Carlton GC at Grande Lakes, Orlando
The Ritz-Carlton Members Club, Bradenton
Tiburón Golf Club, Naples
TPC Eagle Trace, Coral Springs
TPC Prestancia, Sarasota
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Verde Beach
TPC Tampa Bay, Lutz
TPC Treviso Bay, Naples
Venice Golf and Country Club, Venice
Vero Beach Country Club, Vero Beach
Victoria Hills Golf Club, Deland
Wilderness Country Club, Naples
Windstar Country Club, Naples
Wyndemere Country Club, Naples

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