Las Vegas suburb Henderson, Nevada had become a fairly well-known name during the housing bubble of the past decade…thanks to the banks… “Moving to Vegas?…where…Henderson?”…a common question. The heavily over-built …upscale …Henderson is another story…this story is about a Henderson golf course that has been in the process of making itself Eco-responsible …as have a few others of these luxury green urban islands around the country.
Wildhorse Golf Club in Henderson/Las Vegas offers 7,053 yards of golf from the longest tees …par of 72 . For you golfers’ information…the course rating is 75.2 …and it has a slope rating of 135… whatever that means (we think it means ‘fairly flat’)…and is on Bermuda grass.
Designed by Hubert Green/Robert E. Cupp, ASGCA/(R)Brian Curley, ASGCA, the WildHorse golf course opened in 2004 and has been recently upgraded… it is a public course for you Vegas golf visitors. It’s a wonderful place to wear your Casualmere® bamboo golf shirt (in 7 colors).
The “news” for us at Casualmere® is that the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses provides an advisory service to help existing golf courses develop effective conservation and wildlife enhancement programs…and Wildhorse is one. This worldwide effort is coordinated by Audubon International and sponsored in part by the United States Golf Association (USGA). The Audubon web site has a section on Golf and the Environment you can read all about the program and courses involved near you.
“The open space of a golf course is utilized not only by golfers, but is habitat for a variety of wildlife species,” explained Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for Audubon International. We welcome Wildhorse Golf Club‘s commitment to the environment and to managing the golf course with wildlife in mind.”
Wildhorse Golf Club is certified in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP), an international program administered by Audubon International designed to help landowners preserve and enhance the environmental quality of their property.
The course is still a great place to whack around the little white… dimpled ball …and spend some time in the “beach” (sand-traps for you non-golfers). The plan was developed by Scott Sutton, Golf Course Superintendent, who is also recognized for his effort to plan for environmental stewardship.
By joining and participating in the ACSP, Wildhorse Golf Club will be involved in projects that enhance habitat for wildlife …and preserve natural resources for the benefit of the local community. These projects include …placing nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds…utilizing integrated pest management techniques …conserving water …and maintaining food and cover for wildlife. Good for them!
“The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program benefits both people and wildlife,” said Shuiter. “It’s a great way for the managers of developed properties to work together to become better stewards of land and natural resources.”
Wildhorse features an expansive natural turf practice range..putting green …chipping and pitching green …along with a practice sand bunker. This is the perfect place to improve your game, here you can practice a variety of shots …from full shots …lobs & chips …to pitch and runs … all the way down to the dreaded 3 footers. You can get lessons from the Academy too.
It’s good to know all this beautiful green property is being enjoyed by wild-life and wild-golfers at the same time.
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