Apes Hill Club - Barbados’ newest golf and polo community has been recognized for its commitment to environmental protection by The Audubon Sanctuary Program – the most prestigious environmental award for golf courses.   

The club, located on one of the highest points in Barbados opened its 18 hole championship course in 2009 and is being developed by local businessman Sir Charles Williams and American Developers Landmark Land. Spanning over 470 acres the club features endless tropical ravines, ponds, and tropical foliage and pride themselves on environmental protection.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses 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. 

According to Jim Sluiter from Audubon “Apes Hill 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”. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

Apes Hill have been praised for their protection of natural wildlife including green monkeys and protected birds. Along with that the course is planted with a salt resistant grass called paspalum– because of this salt based products  can be used instead of harsh chemical pesticides and fertilizers. For irrigation Apes Hill Club uses run-off rain water caught in their two reservoirs. This assists in the conservation of the fresh water resources on the island.

Edward Paskins, Course Superintendent at Apes Hill, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course along with Environmental Officer Ryan Chenry. Ryan reinforced that Apes Hill is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the environment and that their involvement with the Audubon has been instrumental in their commitment of being a responsible environmental steward. “Audubon International provided us with a template upon which to model our conservation and preservation efforts. We have undertaken numerous projects specifically designed to significantly reduce the ecological footprint. These efforts have been examined by and met with the approval of Audubon International and have resulted in our certification status,” explained Ryan.

As a non-profit organization Audubon International is an internationally recognized for their dedication to sustainable development. They provide persons/institutions with the education and assistance needed to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife and natural resources.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programme for golf courses is designed to give golf course managers the information and guidance they need to implement stewardship projects and receive recognition for their efforts.

Apes Hill Club is in the 2% of golf courses in the world to be certified as a Cooperative Sanctuary.

 

For more information on golf and the environment, visit www.golfandenvironment.org. 

In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments. For more information, contact Audubon International, 

46 Rarick Rd., Selkirk, NY 12158, USA, (518) 767-9051, e-mail them via the Internet at acsp@auduboninternational.org, or visit their website at www.auduboninternational.org.

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