Loudon, TN & Vonore, TN – All three Tellico Village golf courses: Toqua and Tanasi in Loudon, TN, and the Links at Kahite in Vonore, TN, have achieved the designation as “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Leading this effort to obtain sanctuary status are the superintendents of each course: Chris Sykes at Toqua, Wells McClure at Tanasi and Jordan Clark at the Links at Kahite. They are all being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Tellico’s three courses join a total of 20 course in Tennessee and 887 in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries.
This project was initiated with the Tellico Golf Advisory Committee under the direction of the Director of Golf, Jim West. A 15-person committee, chaired by Chuck James, was formed and included Tellico residents of varied backgrounds: golfers, non-golfers, woodworkers, photographers, water quality experts, environmental experts and the valuable input of the course superintendents.
The current certification is good for 3 years, after which it must be demonstrated that the Tellico courses have been continuing best practices for environmental stewardship.
While all three of the Tellico golf courses are very different in character, they now have one thing in common – being Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary Golf Courses.
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.
Audubon International is a 501 ©3 nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, all Audubon International at 1-844-767-9051 or visit www.auduboninternational.org.