(St. Helena Island, SC – Representatives of Dataw Island Club today announced that the club’s Cotton Dike and Morgan River golf courses have retained designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

Dataw Island Club is the 23rd club in South Carolina and one of 816 clubs in the world to receive the honor. The club first received the Audubon designation in 2008.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and Audubon International are not endorsed or supported by the National Audubon Society.

To become certified, Dataw’s Cotton Dike and Morgan River courses had to complete six program components including: environmental planning; wildlife and habitat management; chemical use reduction and safety; water conservation; water quality management; and outreach and education.

“Dataw Island has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program,” said Jim Sluiter, staff ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. “They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on their golf course property.”

“We are greatly honored to be recognized through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program,” said Ted Bartlett, general manager and chief operating officer of the Dataw Island Club. “Here at Dataw Island, we are committed to being a nature-friendly community and working through the guidelines set through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program helps us to provide a better environment for not only our residents, but also the sensitive ecological system that surrounds us here on the island.”

About The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program
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.

For more information on golf and the environment, visit GolfandEnvironment.org. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities and new developments. For more information, contact Audubon International visit AudubonInternational.org.

About Dataw Island
Dataw Island is located just outside of the antebellum town of Beaufort, S.C. and encompasses a life of privacy and luxury. Recognized as one of the top coastal residential communities in the Southeast, this secluded 870-acre gated community offers residents the best in South Carolina Lowcountry living. Adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and lush marshes, the Dataw community provides its residents with two of the finest championship golf courses, elegant dining and an active lifestyle. For more information, contact Dataw Island at (866) 683-2829.

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