Haymaker Recognized for 20-Year Sustainability Commitment12/16/2020 04:05PM ● By City of Steamboat Springs
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO- Haymaker Golf Course has been recognized by Audubon International for 20 years of certification as an Audubon Signature Sanctuary. The honor was achieved through a two-decade commitment to environmental stewardship and efforts to maintain a comprehensive environmental management program.
“We’re very proud to count Haymaker among our members,” said Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International. “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 20 years and will continue to do so long into the future.”
As the first Colorado course certified in the program, Haymaker Golf Course joins 92 courses in the world this year to be designated as a Signature Sanctuary. Through participation in this program, Haymaker 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.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized with this distinguished honor,” said Head Golf Professional Cody Hastens. “Our goal across the course is to provide the best experience possible and that starts from the ground up transcending operations and truly becomes the ethos of everyone who works here.”
To achieve 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 stakeholders, the program helps landowners and developers design for the environment so that both economic and environmental objectives are achieved and sustain in the long-term. Recertification occurs every three years.
“We believe it is essential to balance our golf maintenance techniques so that they never lose focus on wildlife and habitat management, water conservation and resource management,” continued Superintendent Adam Sando. “We challenge ourselves daily to provide the best golf conditions for players, but also for the wildlife that also call our course home.”
The 233-acre Haymaker Golf Course, designed by nationally acclaimed architect Keith Foster, features at least four sets of tees per hole, playing from 5,059 to 7,308 yards. It has been heralded as a ‘core layout’ using large greens and gentle undulations, which blend seamlessly with the topography of the region providing uninterrupted vistas of the Yampa Valley and Mount Werner on every hole.