Audubon International Designation
The Dunes Golf and Winter Club is the only golf course in northern Alberta working towards certification with the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP). The esteemed designation recognizes the course’s environmental stewardship, particularly how it preserves and enhances wildlife habitat.
The Dunes, which winds through natural sand dunes, is home to various birds, a family of Canada geese, foxes and some particularly sneaky squirrels, who aren’t above helping themselves to snacks that golfers leave unattended.
The Dunes is involved in projects, such as placing nesting boxes for cavity-nesting birds, using integrated pest management techniques, water conservation, and maintaining natural food and habitat for wildlife, to preserve our natural resources for the benefit of the local community and create a more natural experience for our golfers.
What Golfers Can Do To Help
The golf community is dedicated to preserving the game’s treasured links to nature. As a result, golf courses are now being developed, designed and managed more responsibly than ever before. However, we who play the game also have a responsibility to help ensure that golf remains compatible with nature and that our courses are well-managed and in harmony with the environment.
Recognize that golf courses are managed land areas that should complement the natural environment.
- Respect designated environmentally sensitive areas within the course.
- Accept the natural limitations and variations of turfgrass plants growing under conditions that protect environmental resources (e.g., brown patches, thinning, loss of color).
- Support golf course management decisions that protect or enhance the environment and encourage the development of environmental conservation plans.
- Support maintenance practices that protect wildlife and natural habitat.
- Encourage maintenance practices that promote the long-range health of the turf and support environmental objectives. Such practices include aerification, reduced fertilization, limited play on sensitive turf areas, reduced watering, etc.
- Commit to long-range conservation efforts (e.g., efficient water use, Integrated Plant Management, etc.) on the golf course and at home.
- Educate others about the benefits of environmentally responsible golf course management.
- Support research and education programs that expand our understanding of the relationship between golf and the environment.
- Take pride in our environmentally responsible courses