Golf club seeks environmental certification

June 3, 2010

By Staff

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The Golf Club at Newcastle is seeking certification from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses for being ecologically conscious by maintaining and fostering the course’s natural surroundings.

The Golf Club is a member of Oki Golf, a group of golf clubs from across Washington state, and is leading the group’s effort to become more ecologically conscious.

The Golf Club’s superintendents Scott Phelps and Trevor Broersma began taking steps last year toward certification.

“Creating and preserving wildlife areas are ongoing efforts we will enrich every year,” Phelps said in a press release. “We continue to add wildlife areas, upkeep the established areas and improve upon them with high standards, such as those set forth by Audubon International.”

The Golf Club at Newcastle is 350 acres and boasts 22 acres of native grassland, 12.5 acres of freshwater wetlands, ponds and lakes, and an additional 102 acres of undisturbed areas that include shrubs, as well as mixed grasslands and forests.

Plant species within The Golf Club include blackberry shrubs, deciduous and conifer forest. Wildlife species include black-tailed deer, raccoons, red-tailed foxes, coyotes, rabbits, frogs and more than 70 bird species.

Furthermore, a bee and butterfly garden featuring native plants was recently added.

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