Collier’s Reserve Country Club achieves Audubon recertification

03/03/2014

NAPLES, Fla. (March 3, 2014) – General manager Don Crowe has announced that Collier’s Reserve Country Club in North Naples, the world’s first Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary, has once again achieved recertification from Audubon International.

The recertification process required the submission of a comprehensive report completed by golf course superintendent Nicholas von Hofen, CGCS illustrating the rigorous criteria for meeting Audubon’s highest standards.

Collier’s Reserve Country Club initially received Audubon certification in 1994 when the community was just one year old. Since then the community has consistently prioritized environmental efforts. This year’s recertification report covered various topics, including Collier’s Reserve Country Club’s recognition by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America as an Environmental Leader in Golf at the 2013 Golf Industry Show in San Diego. Collier’s Reserve Country Club’s concern for area wildlife was recently demonstrated when von Hofen and his staff helped the Conservancy of Southwest Florida von Arx Wildlife Hospital relocate four gopher tortoises onto the property. The tortoises were found uninjured near a major intersection outside of Collier’s Reserve and were later released into the protected gopher tortoise locations on Collier’s Reserve’s golf course.

Other environmental efforts included renovating the south practice tee with
Celebration Bermuda grass, a hardier and higher drought tolerant turf grass. They recycled the material pulled from the old range tee to build new ‘Audubon Tees’ and four new tees on the course. The team also tracked energy usage to continue to improve conservation efforts; enhanced their recycling program, and reduced the amount of waste that leaves the property.

The report summary lists numerous certifications Collier’s Reserve Country Club achieved in 2013 including Best Management Practices for the Enhancement of Water Quality on Florida Golf Courses.

The full report may be viewed on the website www.ColliersReserve.com.

“These designations are important to all of us at Collier’s Reserve,” said Crowe. “But even more important is our residents’, members’ and staff’s dedication to the environment and their efforts on behalf of the entire community to conserve and protect our planet’s resources.”

About Collier’s Reserve Country Club
Located in North Naples, Florida along the Cocohatchee River, Collier’s Reserve Country Club holds the distinction of being named the world’s first Audubon International Signature Sanctuary. Marking their 20th anniversary year, the private, member-owned equity club encompasses an 18-hole Arthur Hills golf course, lighted tennis courts, a full array of dining and social amenities, and serves as a refuge dedicated to protecting the area’s delicate wildlife and subtropical flora.