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Sonnenalp golf course wins Audubon awards

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EDWARDS ” Sonnenalp Golf Club has been designated a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, the educational division of Audubon International.

Neil Tretter, superintendent of the Sonnenalp Golf Club, also has been recognized for environmental stewardship by Audubon International. Sonnenalp Golf Club is the 29th course in Colorado and the 536th in the world to receive the designation.

“Sonnenalp 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 Shawn Williams, environmental technician for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs.



Courses are judged in the following categories: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, reduced use of chemicals, water conservation and water quality.

“The club is located at the top of their watershed,” William said. “I was really impressed with Sonnenalp’s dedication to preserving the adequacy and quality of the water for those downstream.”



The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the U.S. Golf Association, attempts to help golf courses preserve wildlife habitat and protect natural resources.

Audubon-certified courses in the Vail Valley include Beaver Creek Golf Course, Cordillera Mountain Course, Cordillera Short Course, Cordillera Valley Club, Eagle Ranch Golf Course and the Vail Golf Club.

“The Sonnenalp takes great pride in environmental stewardship,” Tretter said. “We are very committed to our endeavors of protecting the environment for all to enjoy.”



For more information contact Audubon International, (518)767-9051.

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