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About the Classic Sanctuary Program

The Classic Sanctuary Program is for existing golf course properties who are planning or undergoing a renovation of any size while maintaining the same use.  The Classic Sanctuary Program is based upon Audubon International’s experience working with multiple property types and also takes into account that some properties have been developed for certain uses and might be constrained by the prior development. For a full list of all golf courses certified in ACSP for GolfSignature, or Classic Programs, click here


Redeveloping for the Environment

Members of the Classic Program must meet minimum program requirements, plus any additional site-specific requirements identified by Audubon International.  In the process of seeking certification, members host several site visits, submit monthly project progress reports, and implement a Classic Property Management Plan (CPMP). Standards for certification are equivalent to those of the Signature Program, and are subject to a final on-site audit of the property.

The property manager or superintendent will be the key contact for Audubon International.  Proper construction and subsequent operation of the property in a sustainable manner consistent with the CPMP is key to the success of this program.  To become a Certified Audubon Classic Sanctuary, a property must meet the general minimum requirements applicable to all members.   In addition, the properties must meet additional site-specific conditions and requirements that are reasonable considering site specific resources, features, facilities, and other circumstances.  

These additional conditions and requirements are identified and negotiated with the property owner and manager during development of the CPMP and other environmental stewardship planning documents for the property.  A project that complies with the minimum requirements for all Classic projects and meets applicable site-specific requirements is designated as a Certified Audubon Classic Sanctuary.

These additional requirements are identified and negotiated with the property owner and manager during development of the CPMP and other environmental stewardship planning documents  for the property. A project that complies with the minimum requirements for all Classic projects and meets applicable site-specific requirements is designated as a Certified Audubon Classic Sanctuary.


In order to join the Classic Program a property must apply for membership. Applications will be reviewed by Audubon International to ensure that the proposed project is a good fit for the Classic Program. A one-time, non-refundable program membership fee of $4,500 (USD) is required once the application has been approved. Annual program membership fees thereafter are $500 (USD) for all properties. 


 







For information about joining the
Classic Sanctuary Program,
Please contact Georgie Nugent at


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