Dahlonega, Ga. (October 27, 2009) – Achasta has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Achasta is the 17th golf course in Georgia and the 787th in the world to receive the honor. Achasta Golf Course Superintendent Jeff Bridwell and Assistant Superintendent David Walker led the effort to obtain sanctuary status.
To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas. The areas include: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, and water quality management.
“Achasta has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program,” said Jim Sluiter, staff ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs. “They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property.”
“The Achasta golf course staff and community are excited about our designation as a ‘Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary’,” said Ron Larson, managing director of Achasta. “We welcome the daily challenge of improving our environmental performance and doing our part in preservation and conservation.”
Achasta is a Reynolds Signature Community from the creators of Reynolds Plantation, providing an award-winning lifestyle with world-class amenities. Located along the banks of the Chestatee River, Achasta is in historic Dahlonega, Georgia, site of the first American gold rush. Achasta’s centerpiece is its 6,995-yard, par-72, Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, which includes an island hole, the 5th, surrounded by the Chestatee River. Home of the 2007-2008 AT&T Classic Qualifier, this upscale community also features a clubhouse with casual dining, practice facilities, a golf shop and a member swim and tennis center. Southern Living unveiled one of just two Idea Houses in the country at Achasta in 2009, while 2008 featured the debut of the first-ever Points North Magazine Signature Home. The upcoming Mountain Club will be the hub of the community and member social activity, with a fitness center, aerobics room, locker facilities and tennis center. For more information about Achasta, please call 706-867-1660 or visit www.achasta.com.