Marriott Golf goes green

34 courses to meet Audubon Certification by end of 2008

This week Doral Resort and Spa will earn the distinction of becoming the second course to host the WGC-CA Championship for back-to-back years since the first two years at Valderamma, the host of this September’s Ryder Cup competition.Doral Resort and Spa's White Course

Another honor will also be bestowed upon Doral this week, as it becomes the first-ever Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in North America to host a World Golf Championships event.

In conjunction with Doral receiving this distinction, Marriott Gold announced this week new standards requiring 34 of the company’s managed golf courses throughout North America and the Caribbean to become Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, by the end of 2008.

To date, Marriott Golf has six golf courses including Doral that have Audubon certification. Two of those, Grande Pines Golf Club and the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, are in Orlando.

In order to achieve Audubon Certification, a golf facility is required to demonstrate that it is maintaining the highest degree of environmental quality in several areas including Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach & Education, Chemical Use Reduction & Safety, Water Conservation and Water Quality Management.

Marriott Golf manages 62 golf courses at 46 locations in 13 countries, offering more than 1,000 holes of championship golf. Marriott has been managing golf operations since 1970 and is one of the world’s premier golf operators.

“Marriott Golf is proud to be part of the company’s broader green initiatives by supporting Audubon Certification, golf’s environmental golf standard,” said Robert Waller, senior director of grounds for Marriott Golf in a statement released by the company. “Our goal is to engage our guests and associates from around the world in this unique process to further our commitment to promoting the game of golf in an eco-friendly way.”


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