Aspen Golf Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Aspen Golf Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence


Contact: Steve Aiken, Golf Course Superintendent, 970-920-5718


ASPEN, COLO. (May 24, 2010) – The Aspen Golf Club golf course has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.  Steve Aiken, Golf Course Superintendent, led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on the course.  Aspen Golf Club was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 1999 and is one of the 32 courses in Colorado and 758 courses in the world to receive the honor.


The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provided 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, Mexico, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.


“Aspen Golf 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.  Courses go through a recertification process every two years.  For more information on golf and the environment, visit


Audubon International is a not-for-profit, environmental education organization dedicated to education, assisting, and inspiring millions of people from all walks of like to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.  Its award-winning education and certification programs, has helped more than 5,800 businesses, golf courses, schools, communities, and new developments improve environmental performance and manage natural resources responsibly on more than one million acres of land.  For more information, contact Audubon International at (518)767-9051 or or visit their website


Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010