The Wilderness Golf Course in the heart of the Northland recently became re-certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This is a very prestigious sustainability certification.
Shannon Gwash, the Marketing and Sales Director at Wilderness Golf Course told me, "Its a certification that only approximately 3% of golf courses in the work have. Vince and his staff pay close attention to the natural wildlife and the natural habitat of the wildlife and make sure to keep things intact"
The Wilderness golf Course is surrounded by natural beauty and is the home to many native creatures. To be certified there are many standards that need to be met and checked regularly.
Vincent Dodge, the Golf Course Superintendent said, "We do water testing really every year and send the test to Audubon to make sure we're not polluting adjacent waterways, lakes on the golf course, Lake Vermilion."
Reducing fertilizers and good water management practices are used to prevent chemicals from intruding into the natural landscape.
Dodge is also working with their customers who come to enjoy the pristine greens and environment.
"Educate golfers and get them to be more accepting of conditions that aren't quite perfect anymore so we don't have to use anything at all. Perfection isn't the goal environmental sustainability is." says Dodge.
After all, golfers are sharing the land with the numerous native species in the surrounding wilderness, making this a unique and special place.
"Every year we come up with a list of all the different wildlife that we've seen on the course and the list is very, very extensive. I mean everything from moose to snakes to bats, mice, any kind of bird, so many birds, bald eagles, golden eagles." says Gwash.
The Wilderness Golf Course is also transitioning to electric carts and more hybrid equipment for course management.
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