BOCA RATON, Fla., June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Andrews Country Club has received certification in Wildlife and Habitat Management from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP), an international program administered by Audubon International designed to help landowners preserve and enhance the environmental quality of their property. This most recent certification, their third, follows the Water Conservation achievement earned in October 2011. St. Andrews Country Club is seeking to earn certification in all six categories, all of which involve projects that enhance habitat for wildlife and preserve natural resources for the benefit of the local community.
George Kervern, St. Andrews Country Club Director of Golf Course Maintenance and his professional team, were commended for increasing the native vegetation around the club and golf courses, providing a positive impact on many species of birds and small mammals by providing them with much-needed food. Kervern stated, "We've increased the wooded under story in our forested areas, which Audubon notes is vital to the survival of these species. Audubon also commended our efforts to increase vegetated shorelines, which both provides a habitat for native animals and also buffers and protects the water on our property."
"Our participation in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program is an example of our commitment to protecting and preserving the habitat and wildlife found around the club," said Craig D. Martin, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager St. Andrews Country Club. "We're proud of what our team has accomplished—and this recent honor is another reminder of what we can accomplish when we work together. It directly ties in to our brand promise to follow an operational path that leads to increasing real estate values within the community."
Additional certifications currently being worked on include Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Quality Management, and Outreach and Education. For more information on golf and the environment, visit www.golfandenvironment.org.
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses provides an advisory service to help existing golf courses develop effective conservation and wildlife enhancement programs. This worldwide effort is coordinated by Audubon International and is sponsored in part by the United States Golf Association.
Audubon International is an environmental organization dedicated to educating, assisting, and inspiring millions of people from all walks of life to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them. In addition to businesses, Audubon International also provides programs for golf courses, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.auduboninternational.org.
About St. Andrews Country Club
St. Andrews Country Club of Boca Raton, a resident-only Platinum Club of America and an Emerald Club of America, internationally recognized for magnificent estate residences. The Club features superior amenities, two 18-hole championship golf courses, including an Arnold Palmer Signature Design®. The club offers a comprehensive Golf Performance Center with an indoor hitting bay, private practice area, covered patio with complimentary beverage station, state of the art V1 Digital Coaching System and FlightScope Launch Monitor® technologies and a Callaway Golf® branded club fitting area. The Club also includes 15 clay tennis courts, including a European red clay court, a full service spa and fitness center and a 125,000 square foot Clubhouse in the center of it all. The Clubhouse provides unequaled culinary delights, a year-round social calendar and offers spectacular views of the lakes, fountains, fairways and manicured greens. St. Andrews has played host to numerous PGA golf exhibitions led by touring pros such as Phil Mickelson, Arnold Palmer, John Daly and Rocco Mediate, and is the home course to LPGA Touring Professional Morgan Pressel. For more information, please visit www.standrewscc.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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