North of town, and just this side of heaven, lies one of Ann Arbor’s true treasures – Leslie Park Golf Course. Put it on your Places-to-Golf list this season; you won’t be sorry. Golf Digest recently gave Leslie 4 1/2 stars as a Best Place to Play, but did you know that it is top of the leader board in environmental excellence?
Recently Leslie achieved the designation of Certified Cooperative Audobon Sanctuary for Golf Courses. The course has earned distinction in environmental planning, wildlife & habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management. Scott Spooner, LPGC Superintendent, has led the charge and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audobon International.
“One of my favorite parts of the certification process has been the community outreach. It’s great to be able to show our community that golf courses can be good stewards of the environment,” said Scott.
Additionally, Leslie is certified in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program. It is only the second course in the state to be certified in Audobon’s program and the Michigan Turfgrass program.
Next time you tee it up at LPGC, take a minute to look around and appreciate its environmental excellence. A tip of the cap to everyone who has worked hard to make us so proud of our hometown gem!
- Check out Tree Town Turf Guy blog, “life of a golf course superintendent for the City of Ann Arbor.” Scott Spooner, Leslie Superintendent, tells all about maintaining a top-flight course.