Thursday, August 18, 2011

Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. recognized for environmental excellence

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) - Eastpointe Country Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, joining a prestigious list of the world's top environmentally sensitive facilities. John Spiwak, Course Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Eastpointe Country Club is the 102nd course in Florida and the 849th in the world to receive the honor.

"Eastpointe Country Club 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 Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs.

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

Eastpointe Country Club boasts a 7,011 yard par 72 Fazio designed golf course that many consider to be one of the Fazios' finest. Mature landscaping and an abundance of native wildlife make for a relaxing natural setting for this exceptional course. The members at Eastpointe Country Club have always worked hard to maintain a strong environmental policy and even have a tree program that receives numerous donations throughout the year in honor to or memory of fellow members. Spiwak noted "We have worked hard to achieve this designation and are very proud of our course and our standing as a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary"

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 the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.


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