for Golf Facilities

Sustainable Golf Facility Program

The basic objective of the Sustainable Golf Facility Program is to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, create healthy, productive environments, and inform the public, residents, guests, clients and employees about the benefits of sustainably managed golf facilities. 

Audubon-ISC Seal-CertifiedISC-Audubon assists golf facility managers, staff, and planners who desire to manage and operate their golf facilities sustainably. The program is geared toward assisting those seeking to become local, regional, national and international models of sustainability by incorporating sustainable principles, concepts, and management strategies.

Once a facility meets all of the requirements of the program we will issue Certification on the entire golf facility.  Afterwhich, based upon an evaluation process and the results of the optional Sustainability Audit the facility may be awarded between one and five stars, and earn the right to use the International Sustainability Council’s Seal of Sustainability.   

"The Sustainable Golf Facility Program is right on target, and very timely for the integration of sustainable management for various turf areas."
- Robert Carrow, University of Georgia

"I think the Sustainable Golf Facility Program is a great program for golf courses. Your program allows golf courses around the world to make a concerted effort to become more environmentally aware.  Overall, this lays the groundwork to enhance the image of golf course maintenance, and show that we too are concerned about the environment while we strive for great playing conditions for our members/customers.  This was one of the reasons I wanted to be involved with ISC-Audubon. What a great way to start the new year!!"
  - Justin Ruiz, The Rim Golf Club, Payson, Arizona

Sustainable Golf Facilities Workbook Cover
Sustainable Golf Facility Workbook
Download the Certification Workbook
for Golf Facilities and Amenities
Download the Certification Workbook 
for Golf Course Landscapes
The Definition of a Sustainable Golf Facility: 
A sustainable golf facility is an economically sound business that provides safe, healthy and enjoyable environments for all employees, members, visitors, and guests.  A sustainable golf facility is sited, designed, and constructed in ways that enhance the local community, and reduce or eliminate its impact on natural resources.  It is managed in ways that provide balance between optimum playing conditions for golfers, and good stewardship of the natural environment. Management strategies are based upon scientifically sound site specific best practices that improve the quality of all life on the site, regionally, and beyond. Through outreach and education a sustainable golf facility is a champion and advocate of sustainability."

As defined by the Sustainable Golf Facilities Advisory Council 

The Sustainable Golf Facility Program was created and continues to be modified through a collaborative process that involves experts in the fields of golf facility management, wildlife management, general sustainability, and other specialized disciplines. In particular we would like to thank the Sustainable Golf Facilities Advisory Council for participating as advisers to ISC-Audubon.  Without their support, the program would not be as comprehensive as it is.  


Step 1: Become an ISC-Audubon Platinum Member
Step 2: (OPTIONAL) Use The Golf Facility Self Assessment Guide
Step 3: Complete and Submit the Natural Resourses & Golf Facility Survey
Step 4: Complete The Sustainability Certification Workbook for: Golf Facilities & Amenities
Step 5: Complete The Sustainability Certification Workbook for: Golf Course Landscapes
Step 6: (OPTIONAL TO GET RATED) Submit the The Sustainable Golf Facilities Program Audit         


The Sustainable Golf Facilities Program Launches!
Read Letter of support from the American Society of Golf Course Architects
Read Letter of support from Golfpreserves     


The Sustainable Golf Facility Program - Brochure
The Sustainable Golf Facility Program - Overview
The Sustainable Golf Facility Program - FAQ's







$25 Annually $100 Annually $250 Reg / $100 Annually


Sponsors are a critically important part to the success of ISC-Audubon. As a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating sustainability, we offer all of our programs to our members free of charge, and are publicly available for download on our website.

ISC-Audubon is proud to extend the opportunity to select businesses and organizations to become sponsors of our sustainability education and advocacy programs. As a sponsor, your business or organization can realize significant value.

Click here to learn more about this opportunity. 


A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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