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BURLINGAME, CA – Crystal Springs Golf Course, the sixth golf course in the state to be designated as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS), the educational division of Audubon International, has been recertified as an official Audubon certificate holder. Crystal Springs Golf Course is managed by CourseCo, Inc, a Petaluma-based golf course management and development company.
Crystal Springs Golf Course prides itself on its dedication to sustaining the surrounding environment. Tim Powers, CGCS, Superintendent of Crystal Springs Golf Course and recipient of the 2003 Environmental Leader in Golf award from Golf Digest and GCSAA, is quick to point out Crystal Springs' dedication and commitment to the environment and admits, "The setting and the public trust inspire our work. This is one of the most environmentally recognized golf courses in the country." Crystal Springs is located in close proximity to the Crystal Springs Reservoir, with the Coastal Range just off to the west, a virtual haven for native animal and plant species.
"CourseCo prides itself on the ability to manage golf courses in a manner consistent with our strongly held environmental values," said Ray Davies, CourseCo's director of golf course maintenance and construction. "The recognition received by Crystal Springs Golf Course under CourseCo management has shown our effectiveness in meeting the demands of golfers and the environment with courses located on environmentally sensitive sites."
Among numerous awards, Crystal Springs Golf Course has received the Golf Digest Environmental Leader Award, 1998; the Business Environmental Award from Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation, 1998; and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's Environmental Steward Award, 1997. Crystal Springs Golf Course was also the first golf course to be certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council in 1998.
Two other CourseCo management courses have recently become fully certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries. Both Mather Golf Course and Lawrence Links Golf Course received this distinction in 2003.
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. Golf courses from theUnited States, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. Audubon certified courses in Central California also include: Lawrence Links Golf Course in Sacramento; Del Monte Golf Course, Pebble Beach Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Spyglass Hill Golf Course, all in Pebble Beach; Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento; Mather Golf Course in Mather; Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz; Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco; Riverbend Golf Course in Madera; and Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose.