The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame, which is situated on 250 wooded acres next to the northeast corner of campus, has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The course is one of only eight in the state of Indiana to have achieved the certification from Audubon International. The Warren course has been the site of three U.S. Amateur qualifiers, one USGA Senior Amateur qualifier and the 2005 NCAA Men’s Regional Golf Championship.
The Cooperative Sanctuary Program helps golf courses to both protect the environment and also to preserve the natural components of the golfing tradition. To reach Audubon certification, course personnel demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach & Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
Not only does the Warren Course include two lakes in addition to Juday Creek, it also has over 4,000 shrubs and trees planted within it. John Foster, General Manager and Head Golf Professional of Warren Golf Course stated, “We are proud of our designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. We take special care to ensure that the golf course conforms not only to the criteria set forth by Audubon International, but to the standards of environmental stewardship set forth by the University.”
More information about the certification can be found on the Audubon website.