Gainesville’s golf course earns environmental excellence award

With 18 holes, gleaming waters, stately trees and innovative landscaping, Gainesville’s Ironwood Golf Course has earned many accolades, and now can boast environmental excellence as well thanks to recent recertification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Fewer than 900 courses worldwide qualify for the status, which Ironwood first earned in 1999. Located at 2100 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville, the course has demonstrated a superior degree of environmental quality consistently for the past decade and a half.

The news was welcomed by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA), which issued the announcement together with the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce; interim golf course manager Jeff Cardozo was credited with leading the effort to maintain sanctuary status.

“Ironwood Golf Course has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program,” Tara Donadio, Audubon International’s director of cooperative sanctuary programs, said. “They are to be commended for preserving the natural heritage of the area by protecting the local watershed and providing a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property.”

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses is endorsed by the United States Golf Association. Audobon International is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Troy, New York. It provides programs for businesses, schools and communities as well as golf courses to further environmental awareness in everyday pursuits.

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