Hershey Golf Collection and Hershey Country Club have earned the following accolades:
Audubon International has now recognized all four Hershey Golf Collection courses as "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries" for their environmental efforts. Spring Creek Golf Course and the East and West courses at Hershey Country Club recently achieved designation through Audubon International; Hershey Links achieved the designation in October 2010.
Established in 1987, Audubon International is a non-profit organization that, through collaboration and partnerships, provides individuals with the education and assistance needed to practice responsible preservation of land, wildlife, water, and natural resources. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitats and protect natural resources.
To obtain certification as a Cooperative Sanctuary, courses must demonstrate that they maintain a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas, including outreach and education, wildlife and habitat management, water-quality management, chemical-use reduction and safety, water conservation, and environmental planning.
Over a two-year period, each course worked to achieve certification in all six categories through projects that would lessen the overall environmental impact of golf course maintenance. Each course developed projects unique to its needs, but there were common goals that all the courses worked toward, including reduced fuel use and a partnership with Milton Hershey School students to build nest boxes on the courses to attract different bird species.