Vail Golf Club recognized for environmental excellence |

Vail Golf Club recognized for environmental excellence

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL –The Vail Golf Club has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.

Justin Gompf, Assistant Vail Golf Club superintendent, led the effort to maintain the sanctuary status on the course. The Vail Golf Club has maintained the designation for the past 12 years and is one of only 757 courses in the world to receive the honor. “

“We are honored to be one of a few golf courses in the world to be certified by Audubon International,” said Gompf. “We work on a daily basis to help improve our environment on the course and surrounding it.”

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 U.S., Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, Mexico and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program. “

Vail Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program,” said Jim Sluiter, staff ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary 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 including: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.

To gain recertification, which occurs every two years, Gompf says the golf course completed a variety of tasks such as replacing trash and recycling containers with wildlife proof containers, replacing beetle-killed trees with new trees including blue spruce, aspens and white firs and, most notably, working with the town of Vail to replace the course’s 40-year-old irrigation system.

The Vail Golf Club is scheduled to open this month, weather permitting. For details, call 970-479-2260 or visit

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