The Club Pelican Bay Recognized for Environmental Excellence
NAPLES, FL – The Club Pelican Bay has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Robert Bittner, Certified Golf Course Superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. The Club Pelican Bay is one of 111 golf courses in Florida and 905 in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
The Club Pelican Bay has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.
"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas, explained Donadio. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
Dave Mangan, General Manager, of The Club Pelican Bay noted, “The Club Pelican Bay is very proud to have received certification from Audubon International. For the last 36 years we have carefully and thoughtfully worked to keep the natural beauty of the area intact, so it made perfect sense for us to become involved with Audubon. It is an honor for The Club to be recognized as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary”. Bob Bittner, Director of Golf Course Operations, stated, “The Membership understands the importance of protecting the wildlife and the environment. Our members support environmental stewardship which will only serve to enhance our unique lifestyle and beautiful community”.
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.
Renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills designed The Club Pelican Bay’s challenging 27-hole course, which originally opened in 1980 and was later renovated in 1999/2000. We are fortunate to have three different combinations of 18-hole courses to enjoy daily. The Club was the first in Southwest Florida to host the PGA Senior Tour Aetna Challenge in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
The Club Pelican Bay will not change their commitment to the environment but The Club facility is changing. Beginning in May we will start constructing a new two-story cart barn which will also feature a state-of-the art spa and fitness center. Completion is slated for November 2016. Simultaneously, we will be constructing a new two-story clubhouse featuring a casual style pub with an indoor/outdoor bar. The Veranda will offer outdoor dining with gorgeous views. Covered and open decks will span the length of the clubhouse with fire pits overlooking the lake. The clubhouse will also feature a wine cellar where you can host a private dinner party offering award winning wines from around the world. This venue will complement our Grille Room that hosts a bar and attached terrace with a fireplace for dining. The Clubhouse is scheduled for completion July 2017. While under construction golf and dining options will not be interrupted.
Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at 1-844-767-9051 or visit www.auduboninternational.org.