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Cape Kidnappers Golf Course Recognized for Environmental Excellence

HAWKE’S BAY, NEW ZEALAND – Cape Kidnappers Golf Course has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Steve Marsden, Course Manager, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Cape Kidnappers Golf Course is the 1st course in Australia or New Zealand and the 792nd in the world to receive the honor.

"Cape Kidnappers Golf Course 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," explained Sluiter. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Hotel and restaurant on a golf course
This lodge is a golfer’s paradise but it also has a whole lot more to offer. The golf course meandering along the top of the green cliffs is just one of the many reasons to stay at this lodge with its modern and inviting interior design. Nestled in a great wine region, the lodge is an ideal base from which to discover the surrounding estates and find out more about the country’s wines. Outside, lucky visitors may have the moving experience of getting up close and personal with the endangered Kiwi bird. Rafting and fishing in the rushing torrents, galloping along the immense beaches on horseback, relaxing in the spa, and embarking on helicopter and hot air balloon rides are just some of the many pleasurable ways to spend the days here. ...Read more
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