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Third course at La Quinta recognized for environmental excellence
February 2, 2011

With the recent designation of The Arnold Palmer Golf Course at PGA West as a Certified Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary, La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West now have three Audubon International certified courses, and remain keenly focused on obtaining that designation for all nine of their championship caliber courses. 

According to Dean Miller, director of agronomy at La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West, the Arnold Palmer Course at PGA West is the 61 st course in California and the 810 th in the world to receive this important honor.  

"The Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses is endorsed by the United States Golf Association," said Michael Kelly, executive director of golf for La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST. "It enables golf facilities to protect the environment by enhancing precious natural resources and preserving wildlife habitats." 

"The Arnold Palmer Course has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program, and is to be commended for its efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife," added Jim Sluiter, staff ecologist for the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Programs. To obtain certification, a course must demonstrate a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas, including environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation and water quality management.

The Citrus Club course at La Quinta Resort and the Greg Norman course at PGA West have also each been designated as a "Certified Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.  "We have significantly elevated environmental standards within our golf organization and are well on our way to completing our goal of having all nine private and public courses at La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West Audubon-certified," Miller said. "Our staff is honored to be a part of this forward-thinking program, which demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and the environment."

The Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses provides information and guidance to help golf courses protect the environment. Golf courses from throughout 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 . In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments. For more information, visit

La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West feature world-class accommodations, dining, golf, tennis and fitness. Known as The Western Home of Golf in America®, the world-renowned destination is home to 90 holes of award-winning golf courses - designed by legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Tom Weiskopf - as well as instruction at the Jim McLean Golf School. In addition to great golf, La Quinta Resort features 796 elegantly appointed casitas, suites and villas; 23 tennis courts; the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta® with 41 pools and 53 hot spas; and exceptional cuisine at Morgan's in the desert, Twenty6 and Adobe Grill. La Quinta Resort & Club is a member of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. For more information, visit

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