The TwinEagles Club brings all hands-on deck for conservation and Signature Sanctuary Certification

Nestled in the heart of Naples, Florida you’ll find The TwinEagles Club, a proud Audubon International Signature Sanctuary, and the home of 36-holes of world class private golf. TwinEagles’ flagship course, The Talon, offers a rare glimpse of a course designed by not one, but two Jack Nicklauses – Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II.

The Talon, originally opened for play in January of 1999, is currently in the midst of a renovation by Nicklaus Design that will leave the course and its members revived, excited, and even more sustainable through our updated Signature Sanctuary Certification. To top the renovation off, their clubhouse will also undergo a full interior redesign this year.

As part of their certification efforts, TwinEagles is involving their local community with an outreach and education program combining their interest in pollinator conservation and one of Audubon International’s Conservation Initiatives, Monarchs in The Rough (MITR).

The Club’s Audubon International Committee operates a unique and all hands-on deck pollinator initiative, known as their ‘Milkweed Foster Parent Program’. Sal Pontillo, TwinEagles’ Audubon International Committee Chair describes the program as:

The MFPP or Milkweed Foster Parent Program is the brainchild of TwinEagles’ Audubon International Committee. Its goal is to engage the entire community in the effort to save the Monarch butterfly. Chef Billy V. provides egg crates, Director of Agronomy Darren Gafford provides the potting soil, seeds, and instructions to the members. The members serve as Foster Parents caring for the milkweed until they are ready to sprig and then return them to Darren to plant as part of the Monarchs in the Rough initiative. The reward? The Foster Parents get to keep some of the Milkweed to plant in their home gardens. The bonus? More milkweed in more places equals more Monarch habitat and more Monarchs!”

This unique program not only creates additional habitat for a species in need, but also promotes recycling items from TwinEagles’ restaurant, a win-win for the club and environment. TwinEagles Signature Sanctuary certification will be finalized soon after the renovations to Talon and the clubhouse are complete.

“Part of our mission at TwinEagles is not just to provide our Members with great golf courses, but to be good stewards of our environment. We’re guests in a wonderful habitat that we share with incredible flora and fauna. Cultivating a sense of environmental stewardship and participating in initiatives like the Audubon International Signature Sanctuary and Monarchs in the Rough programs are the best way to show our gratitude for the beautiful places we get to enjoy every day” -Doug Brown, General Manager/COO, The TwinEagles Club

To learn more about TwinEagles, and about their environmental efforts, visit To learn more about Audubon International’s certification for your golf course, community, or business; please visit  

Audubon International, an environmentally focused non-profit organization offers members numerous certifications and conservation initiatives to protect the areas where we live, work, and play. Their certifications are designed to increase environmental awareness, encourage sustainable environmental efforts, and educate both their members and their communities.

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