Eagles Pride Golf Course, located at the West Coast's largest military installation of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., was the the 1,000th golf course to be designated a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary," part of Audubon's Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP) program, begun in 1991, that helps more than 2,300 U.S. courses protect the environment.
If such a system of caring for nature and a golf course's surroundings is important to players, one needs look no further than South Carolina, which boasts 26 courses holding ACSP certification - including the state's two best-known and highest-rated, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island's Sea Pines Resort.
The program issued its first certification in 1993, and now includes courses in North and Central America, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.
Here's a complete listing of S.C. courses holding ACSP certification. For more information, click here.
Chester Golf Club, Cougar Point (Kiawah Island), Daniel Island Golf Club, Dataw Island Club Cotton Dike and Morgan River courses (Beaufort), Fort Mill Golf Club, Hampton Hall Club (Bluffton), Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point By Pete Dye (Sea Pines/Hilton Head), Kiawah Island Club River Course, The Ocean Course (Kiawah), Moss Creek Plantation North and South courses (Hilton Head), Oak Point (Kiawah), Ocean Course (Sea Pines/Hilton Head), Old Tabby Links at Spring Island (Okatie), Oldfield Club (Okatie), Osprey Point (Kiawah), Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes (Hilton Head), Seabrook Island Club's two courses (Johns Island), Secession Golf Club (Beaufort), Springfield Golf Club (Fort Mill), Sun City Hilton Head Okatie Creek and Hidden Cypress courses (Bluffton), Turtle Point (Kiawah).