Eureka Golf Course Recognized for Environmental Excellence

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Don Roller, Superintendent

Eureka, CA – Eureka Golf Course has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS), the educational division of Audubon International. Don Roller, Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Eureka Golf Course is managed by CourseCo, Inc and is the firm's sixth managed course in California to achieve full certification of the 33 courses certified in the state. It is the 517th in the world to receive the honor.

Eureka Golf Course is located in a 4200 acre sub-watershed of the Elk River surrounded by redwood forest. Eureka Golf Course "has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Joellen Zeh, Program Manager for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs.

"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree to environmental quality in the number of areas," explained Zeh. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

Superintendent Don Roller said, "By earning certificates from Audubon International we have melded environmental concerns with the golf course,typically thought to consume natural resources in excess. When you're out for a game of golf at Eureka, be sure to remember that the environment takes first priority, and enjoy the view!"

Other CourseCo managed properties in California to receive certification as cooperative sanctuaries include Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame, Lawrence Links Golf Course in Antelope, Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose, Mather Golf Course in Sacramento, and Riverside Golf Course in Fresno. CourseCo manages 12 properties in Northern California and all are participants in the program with a goal of all facilities under management achieving certification by 2006. CourseCo earned California's "highest and most prestigious environmental award", the 2003 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA).

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources.

In addition to golf courses, the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System also provides programs for schools, individuals and businesses. For more information, contact Audubon International, 46 Rarick Rd., Selkirk, NY 12158, USA. (518)767-9051, email them via the Internet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit their website at www.audubonintl.org.