Southwoods is the 175th golf course in the world to receive the honor, the third course outside of North America, and first in the Asia Pacific region. Audubon provides guidance to golf courses to help preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, protect natural resources, and enhance environmental awareness its boundaries and its surrounding communities.
Ms. Joellen Zeh, Staff Ecologist for Audubon International said “Manila Southwoods Golf & Country Club has shown a strong commitment to its environment program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property. To reach full certification, a golf course has demonstrated that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas”. The Club has demonstrated the required qualities in the following categories: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach & Education, Water Conservation, Integrated Pest management, and Water Quality Management.
Southwoods Chairman Robert John L. Sobrepeña expressed his appreciation and full support for the Club’s environmental stewardship efforts. “Through the success of the Audubon program at Southwoods, we have shown that properly-managed golf courses provide numerous benefits to the environment and the local communities. We trust that theSouthwoodsAudubon Program will serve as a model to be followed by others. Every year since 1997, the Club has been successfully recertified.
Visit www.auduboninternational.org to see the list of fully certified cooperative sanctuaries worldwide or for more information on golf and the environment.