Anaheim Hills Golf Course Wins Certification by Audubon International
BrightView’s Golf Course Maintenance brings course up to Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary standards
The Anaheim Hills Golf Course in California received its Audubon Certification after years of dedicated work by BrightView’s Jeff Fagerhaug, Golf Course Superintendent.
As a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the course is now recognized for its efforts to preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf, for enhancing its natural areas and wildlife habitats, and for minimizing any potentially harmful impacts that come with daily golf course operations.
In order to be certified, the crew at Anaheim Hills had to follow the Standard Environmental Management Practices developed by Audubon International, with the help of industry experts, environmental professionals, and researchers.
These practices include environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, water-quality management, and outreach and education.
“Anaheim Hills Golf Course has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program,” said Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International. “They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property.”
We are proud of the efforts that all our Superintendents put towards this focus and we especially celebrate those like Jeff Fagerhaug, who are able to achieve Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status.
- Kevin Neal, BrightView Golf Course Maintenance Vice President General Manager
Achieving the certification for Anaheim Hills took a little longer than usual – about three years – owing to Fagerhaug using a turf reduction project as the case study, which required more than a year to complete.
“A big part of the certification was the turf removal project,” Fagerhaug said. “We replaced 29 acres of turf with either native grasslands or drought-tolerant plants.”
In addition to that, no-spray zones were added to the groundwater stream which runs through the course, including the body of water in front of the 7 tee.
Helping Fagerhaug was a resource board made up of local golf staff and residents.
"BrightView Golf Maintenance is dedicated to maintaining all of our properties with a commitment to environmental quality,” said Kevin Neal, Vice President General Manager. “We are proud of the efforts that all our Superintendents put towards this focus and we especially celebrate those like Jeff Fagerhaug, who are able to achieve Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status.”
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