Area Golf: Legacy recognized for environmental excellence

The ninth hole of the Dutch Legacy at Cragun's Legacy Courses is an example of how Cragun's combines golf course architecture and maintenance practices to be an Audubon Signature Sanctuary for 20 years. Submitted Photo

EAST GULL LAKE — Audubon International is recognizing Cragun’s Legacy Courses for 20 years of certification as an Audubon Signature Sanctuary.

Cragun’s maintained its status through its commitment to environmental stewardship

and efforts to maintain a comprehensive environmental management program focused on wildlife and habitat management, water conservation, resource management, and outreach and education.

“We’re very proud to count Legacy Courses at Cragun’s among our members,” Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International, said. “They made environmentally sustainable golf course management an integral part of their operating principles long before it became an accepted option. Their leadership has already brought many benefits to their community over the past two decades and will continue to do so long into the future.”

To reach certification in the Signature Sanctuary Program, a course must maintain a high degree of environmental quality in several areas. By working closely with planners, architects, managers, and key stakeholders, the program helps landowners and developers design for the environment so that both economic and environmental objectives are achieved and sustained in the long-term. Recertification occurs every three years.


The Legacy is one of 92 courses in the world to be designated as a Certified

Signature Sanctuary. Through participation in this program, the Legacy has been

involved in numerous environmental projects, including conserving energy and reducing water use, utilizing integrated pest management techniques, naturalizing areas, and managing resources in an environmentally responsible manner.

“When our Cragun’s Legacy Courses received the Signature Sanctuary status from Audubon International, we were only the second resort course in the world to achieve this honor,” Cragun’s General manager Eric Peterson said. “We commend our golf course superintendent, Matt McKinnon, for his dedication to maintaining an environmentally sustainable golf course for these past 20 years by integrating the Audubon International principles in all aspects of his operation.”

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