Being a responsible environmental manager is a key part of running a successful golf course, but, if you are like many people, you may not have the time or expertise to investigate and plan environmental strategies suited to your golf course. Audubon International can help. We understand that in order for you to green your golf course it has to be done a way that greens your bottom line. Below are just a few of the ways you can do that:
As a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program you will receive:
- The expertise of Audubon International’s staff
- Step-by-step instructions to create or enhance your course sustainability effort
- Tools for engaging and educating golfers and members about sustainability
- Subscriptions to Stewardship News, our quarterly newsletter
- Regular email updates with new resources
- Fact sheets on common topics
- Access to a network of courses facing similar issues
- Assistance with promoting your successes
But what kind of return might you expect on that investment? In strict financial terms, some of your efforts will pay off immediately and start saving or earning you money. Other efforts will have an up-front cost, but will have a definite payback period. Others still will not be as easily measured in economic terms, but will pay off in other ways that are just as meaningful, tangible, and important.
In addition, by becoming a more sustainable golf course you can expect to see many of the following long-term results:Improved Image and Reputation–Proven environmental performance can help a golf course differentiate itself from others in a crowded market and add value by improving public relations and marketing opportunities that attract new customers.
- Customer/Employee Satisfaction-Enhancing the nature of your business can enrich customers' experience and employee attitudes.
- Financial Performance-An effective environmental management program can result in reduced insurance premiums, as well as reduced costs for energy, water, pesticides, fertilizers, equipment wear, and labor. Read Golf’s Green Bottom Line: Uncovering the Hidden Business Value of Environmental Stewardship on Golf Courses for more information.
- Worker Safety and Reduced Liability-Best practices for chemical management reduce exposure and liability risks associated with storing, handling, and applying chemicals.
- Improved Efficiency-Proper environmental management cuts down on waste and promotes efficient operations.
- Environmental Quality-The environmental management practices required for certification help golf courses to improve the quality of our land, water, and air, and to conserve natural resources for future generations.