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April 2, 2007

Audubon International recognizes CW's Golden Horseshoe Golf Club for environmental excellence

Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS), the educational division of Audubon International. The Golden Horseshoe was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2001 and has maintained the status continuously.

Rick Viancour, golf course superintendent for the Golden Horseshoe, and Randy Rogers, course horticulturist, are being recognized for their environmental stewardship by Audubon International for their successful efforts in maintaining sanctuary status on the course.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf courses is endorsed by the United States Golf Association and provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitats and protect natural resources. A total of 597 golf courses from the United States, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program. To obtain certification, a course must maintain a high degree of environmental quality in a number of categories, including environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management. Courses must complete the recertification process
every two years.

“The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program,” said Joellen Zeh, program manager for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs. “The staff is to be commended for its efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property.”

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation,
operates a resort that includes more than 1,000 guest rooms, 10 restaurants and 66,000 square feet of conference space in properties including the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, Woodlands Hotel & Suites, 26 individual Colonial Houses, four Historic Area dining taverns, The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg and the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, site of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.
Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at or

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