Trump Golf Commits to Environmental Certification in Advance of WGC Cadillac Championship

03/05/2014 3:10 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)
Focused attention on the Trump Doral Golf Course this week at the Cadillac Championship highlights Donald Trump’s recent move to enroll Trump Golf in Audubon International’s certification program for golf. Trump Doral is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, and now Trump Golf has announced that all of its courses will pursue the environmental certification. This includes all 20 Trump Golf courses which are located on 13 Trump Golf properties in the U.S. and one in Scotland.Photo:

“I have a deep respect for Audubon International’s work,” said Donald Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization. “They help courses protect the natural assets that are part of the golf experience: nature, coastlines, rivers, grasses and trees. I’m proud that Trump Golf courses are located in some of the most beautiful places with stunning views and environmental features. Preserving the landscapes that make golf such a great experience has always been important to me personally and throughout Trump Golf. Doral, which is certified, is an example of how Audubon International helps us care for the environment while maintaining high standards for play.”

Audubon International, a not-for profit organization, works to protect and enhance the natural resources of properties and helps improve the environmental sustainability of each facility’s overall design and operations. The majority of Trump Golf’s courses are enrolled in the organization’s largest program called the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf. In this program, each golf course will undergo a review process examining environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, and water quality management, with a goal of making voluntary improvements toward greater sustainability. In addition, outreach and environmental education are required components of the program.

“Trump Golf is nationally and internationally known for its premier golf courses and has emerged as a global leader in the golf industry,” said Ryan Aylesworth, President & CEO of Audubon International. “We are excited to work directly with the Trump Organization and help Trump Golf both achieve bold environmental goals and promote their success industry-wide. This commitment will demonstrate how golf facilities offering the highest level of playability and guest experience can be designed and managed to simultaneously improve environmental quality, conserve water and energy, protect and
 restore wildlife habitat, and safeguard a wide range of other nature resources.”

About Trump Golf
With 20 courses throughout the world, Trump golf properties offer a new level of challenge, luxury, service and performance that have become synonymous with the Trump Golf experience. Trump National and International Golf Clubs are some of the most sought after clubs worldwide and are considered to have the highest standards in golf course design, maintenance, and management. Trump courses combine the most spectacular landscapes with the talents of the world’s best golf course architects such as Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Martin Hawtree, Arthur Hills, Gil Hanse and Tom Kite, creating a timeless blend of beauty and challenge on every hole.


  • 03/06/2014 11:33 AM | Terry Mock
    Land Developers and Planetary Emergencies
    Sustainable Land Development International | September, 2008

    Isn’t it ironic when land developers can provide practical solutions to problems that have been debated among experts for decades?

    Recently, more than 120 scientists, engineers, analysts and economists from 30 countries hunkered down once again for the 40th annual conference on “planetary emergencies” in Erice, a pre-Medieval town built over the ages on a bluff jutting nearly a half mile above the azure Mediterranean in Sicily. The panoramic view presented of this large island west of Italy’s “toe” speaks volumes about some enduring, troublesome human habits. Sicily has been largely deforested for thousands of years, and fittingly, the issue of desertification has been one of the experts’ fifteen identified “planetary emergencies” for some time. There continues to be contentious debate among analysts about what might be done to arrest or reverse the environmental and economic impacts of desertification.

    The daunting nature of the problems did not seem to blunt the experts’ determination to look for answers far and wide. “What option do I have?” said Richard Wilson, a Harvard physicist and an expert on nuclear power and environmental risk. “I could go down to Hilton Head (S.C.) and take a little club and knock a ball around the course, but I don’t find that a very attractive thought.”

    That’s too bad Dr. Wilson, because I respectfully suggest that you might have learned something about the practical solutions to desertification and sustainable development if you had. In contrast to the denuded Sicilian town of Erice, where the scientists and analysts repeatedly meet and debate, the Town of Hilton Head Island is well known for its “eco-friendly” development. The town’s Natural Resources Division enforces the Land Management Ordinance which minimizes the impact of development and governs the style of buildings and how they are situated amongst existing trees. As a result, Hilton Head Island enjoys an unusual amount of tree cover relative to the amount of development. After being extensively logged and farmed before the Civil War, by the 1950s, Hilton Head Island was extensively covered with second-and third-growth forest. The stage was set for what became a model for modern residential development on barrier islands.

    Utilizing land his family owned, a young developer named Charles Fraser began implementing a plan to create a community on Hilton Head where homeowners could live side-by-side with nature, a major innovation for developers at the time. Charles Fraser was a committed environmentalist who changed the whole configuration of his Hilton Head Island marina just to save an ancient live oak. It came to be known as the Liberty Oak and Fraser was buried next to the tree when he died in 2002.

    Five golf courses on Hilton Head Island have all achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by Audubon International – a SLDI member and partner. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including environmental planning, wildlife & habitat management, outreach and education, integrated pest management, water conservation, and water quality management.

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