Anthem Golf and Country Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence
We are proud to announce that Anthem Golf & Country Club has been re-certified by Audubon International for wildlife preservation and wildlife support on our Golf Courses and Facilities! Anthem Golf and Country Club is one of 15 courses in Arizona and 860 course in the world to hold the honor! To reach certification, a course must demonstrate a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management. Through extensive research, care and continued efforts by our Director of Agronomy, Dave Dube and Assistant Superintendent, Diana Lubich, have led the Anthem Team to another preservation victory. One whose goal is to enhance wildlife habitat and protect environmental quality through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program!
"Anthem Golf and 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 Tara Pepperman, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.
This year the recertification process, coordinated by David Dube, Director of Agronomy, and Diana Lubich, Assistant Superintendent, required a visit by a local community representative. Kai Umeda, Extension Agent in Turfgrass Science for the University of Arizona, was given a tour of the course and sent his observations to Audubon International.
“Anthem Golf and Country Club strives to preserve the desert by encouraging wildlife and native species to thrive in their community,” Umeda reported. Kai was impressed with our continuing efforts to create naturalized areas on the golf course, which provide valuable water, food and habitat for wildlife in the area. In particular, he noted the bat boxes, the nesting owl, and the desert trees and vegetation shading edges of your water bodies. He was also impressed that fallen cacti are left to provide habitat. Anthem Golf and Country Club can take pride in preserving the natural resources in its backyard.
The re-certification of Anthem Golf & Country Club as an Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary is a very proud and excellent achievement for Club and for the community. We would like to thank everyone who has been supportive and involved in our efforts.