Ironwood Golf Course Recognized for Environmental Excellence


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is proud to announce Ironwood Golf Course has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.  Interim Golf Course Manager Jeff Cardozo led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on this course.  Ironwood Golf Course was first designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 1999, and continues to be one of 897 courses in the world to currently be designated as such.

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, Mexico and southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.

"Ironwood Golf Course has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program.  They are to be commended for preserving the natural heritage of the area by protecting the local watershed and providing a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Donadio, director of cooperative sanctuary programs at Audubon International.

"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Donadio.  These categories include: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.  Courses go through a recertification process every three years. 

Come out and try this beautiful, 18-hole, par 72 championship course! Named by Golf Digest as one of the best places to play, the course hosts more than 50 tournaments a year and allows you to enjoy nature at your own pace.

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, New York. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International provides programs for businesses, schools, communities and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at 1-844-767-9051 or visit

For more information, please contact interim Golf Course Manager Jeff Cardozo at