In addition to being the 12th golf course in Alberta that has been certified under the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, The Glencoe Golf & Country Club has taken a number of additional measures to preserve and protect our natural environment for the future. With this program, the Club has an environmental plan that strives to protect habitat, conserve water, safeguard water quality and encourage communication of our efforts to staff, members and neighbours alike.
The Glencoe Golf & Country Club has over 2900 members, with valued traditions and prestige. It provides a high standard of facilities and services and is committed to maintaining a balance between our environmental impact and golf activities.
By making changes to daily Club operations and setting short and long-term goals, the staff and membership of The Glencoe Golf & Country Club help to preserve and protect our natural environment for the future.
The mission of our Club is to promote environmental awareness while working to implement a Reduce, Reuse and Recycle perspective at the Club.
The Club implemented a recycling program in 2008. Every year, The Glencoe Golf & Country Club diverts over 30,000 pounds of its waste from the landfill. The Club has also begun using several biodegradable products both inside the Clubhouse and on-course.
Retrofit of energy saving light bulbs;
Replacement of hot water heaters and boilers for higher efficiency.
Full recycling throughout the property (Clubhouse, on course and in our Turfcare areas).
Replacement of irrigation system enabling the Turfcare staff to fine tune irrigation and conserve more water, Our irrigation foreman is a Certified Irrigation Auditor.
Implementation of Integrated Pest Management Program to monitor the health of the turf, limiting the chemicals applied to the golf course and protecting the Elbow River ecosystem and drinking water for Calgarians.
Biodegradable food containers in all food and beverage areas;
Participant of the Alberta Birdlist Project reporting on bird observations throughout the year to the Federation of Alberta Naturalists for inclusion in their provincial database.
Participant of the Alberta Volunteer Amphibian Monitoring Program run by the Alberta Conservation Association. Our contributing observations are also submitted into their provincial database.
Construction and distribution of approximately 50 nesting structures for birds throughout the property;
Continuous planting of many grasses and trees native to Alberta on our 440 acres of property;
100% wind-powered golf cart fleet.
GROUNDS & WILDLIFE
The Glencoe Golf & Country Club strives to balance the needs of our members with the needs of our native wildlife. During your round you might see deer or a moose, an osprey fishing in a pond, or a coyote stalking prey in one of our many natural grass areas. The focus of our habitat management program is to provide a variety of habitats that satisfy the needs of our wildlife for food, water and shelter.
Of the 440 acres that make-up the property, roughly 180 acres are maintained as golf course. The remaining acreage is composed of forest, natural grass areas, wetlands, ponds and streams. The Elbow River Valley is a historic wildlife corridor that is being increasingly developed for residential uses. The golf course property provides extensive habitat for large and small mammals, birds, fish and a few species of amphibian. The surrounding forests provide a travel route around the golf course while the on-course natural grass and riparian areas provide corridors for wildlife movement through the property.
Maintenance of habitat areas is kept to a minimum with winter tree removal being limited to hazardous trees or trees that create difficult growing conditions for greens. Maintenance of natural grass areas involves the burning of some areas in early spring or mowing in fall in an attempt to replicate the natural cycles of evolution of these grasses. No maintenance occurs in these areas during bird nesting season from May to August.
Our aquatic habitats are likewise maintained with minimal interference. Mechanical removal of leaves and other organic matter from ponds and streams limits algae growth and eliminates the need for chemical controls. By fostering the growth of native riparian vegetation like sedges, rushes and cattails, we are providing nesting material, shelter and a food source for muskrat, ducks and other birds.
Bird observations made by volunteers are compiled and submitted to the Federation of Alberta Naturalists (FAN) Alberta Birdlist Project for inclusion in a provincial database of bird populations. Amphibian observations made by our staff are submitted to the Alberta Volunteer Amphibian Monitoring Program (AVAMP) to get a better understanding of the fate of amphibians in the province.
We hope that you enjoy the unique natural setting that is The Glencoe Golf & Country Club and take pride in the way it is integrated into the environment.
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGMENT
An Integrated Pest Management Program has been implemented to monitor the health of the turf, limiting the chemicals applied to the golf course and protecting the Elbow River ecosystem and drinking water for Calgarians. As a result of this program, Turfcare works closely with the Alberta Volunteer Amphibian Monitoring Program run by the Alberta Conservation Association. Our contributing observations are also submitted into their provincial database.
The Glencoe Golf & Country Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Darin Hull, Environmental Management Coordinator at The Glencoe, led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and has been recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International.
The Glencoe Golf & Country Club is the 12th course in Alberta and the 654th in the world to receive the honour. "The Glencoe Golf & Country Club 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 Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation and Water Quality Management. Courses go through a recertification process every two years.