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Teeing Off On An Environmental Treasure

Indian River County has seven Audubon International certified golf courses and six more working toward certification.

A female anhinga sits on a wood-duck house on Vero Beach Country Club’s third hole. The year-round resident is also called the snakebird.

A female anhinga sits on a wood-duck house on Vero Beach Country Club’s third hole. The year-round resident is also called the snakebird.

If you were to make a list of good stewards of the environment, golf course superintendents might not immediately come to mind. But special programs designed to make golf courses environmentally state-of-the-art have been gaining momentum throughout the world for over 20 years, and several Indian River County golf clubs have jumped on the band wagon.

Audubon International has been certifying golf courses as well as residential and commercial development projects since 1991. The organization is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society although both groups share the goal of protecting land, water, wildlife and other natural resources as well as educating the public about the importance of responsible environmental stewardship.

Read the entire article in the July 2014 issue