THE “NATURE” OF THE GAME……Phyllis Billingsley

Wildlife collage

THE “NATURE” OF THE GAME

As you come in the front doors of the Plantation House here at Brunswick Plantation, you will see a brass plaque that says:

“SMOKEY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL LAND TRUST, INC, A CONSERVATION EASEMENT ON ALL LAND THAT COMPRISES THE 27 HOLES OF THE BRUNSWICK PLANTATION GOLF RESORT.”

“The purpose of the Conservation Easement is to preserve and protect the many species of wildlife located in the area.  Another purpose is to preserve the scenic views of the creeks and open vistas associated with the golf course.”

CAW CAW LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Mason Anderson, President

George A. Sloane, Vice President

Jimmy A. McLamb, Secretary/Treasurer

Audubon International Society is helping golf courses protect the environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf.  Its programs can demonstrate clear, on-the-ground accomplishments that benefit the environment and successfully change people’s attitudes.

Here at Brunswick Plantation we are blessed with a diversity of plants, fowl, and animals due in part to the large number of lakes and ponds.  With a need to protect both the quality of water and the amount of water needed in dry times, Brunswick Plantation is working toward becoming an “Audubon Certified Course” and participates in their “Committed to Green” program.

Rob Vaughn, our Greens Superintendent, has been the main guiding light in implementing the goals outlined by Audubon International.  Some of those goals include:

            Good housekeeping to manage the course, clubhouse, and facilities in ways to minimize unwanted environmental impact and correct use of natural resources.

            Communication and education to ensure the public accurately perceives our environmental attitude, policies, and practices.

Brunswick Plantation has been pursuing these goals since 2009 and it has paid off.  We recently had Great White Egrets on one of our ponds, and many other water fowl call our creeks and waterways home. 

In the past, Greens Management included over-seeding with winter rye.  Under this new program, Rob is using a new “organic stain” to protect and improve the complexion of the golf course.  Brunswick Plantation was the first in the area to experiment with this, and it is now common practice at local courses.  Other Greens Superintendents in the area and Myrtle Beach SC have visited to see the effect and usefulness of this product, and it has been well received.  It also eliminates weed intrusion.

Rob also uses organic fertilizers and protects the buffer areas around our ponds for a more natural setting.

Golf course management practices at Brunswick Plantation are proactive in ensuring that its practices are compatible with the environment.

All of these practices have a positive impact on the golf course and on Brunswick Plantation as a whole.  Lakes and ponds are cleaner and have better water quality.  Water fowl abound and the views of natural areas complement the course.  Less water is used during critical water months.

For more information about our golf course visit www.brunswickplantation.com and www.brunswickvillas.com.

 

 

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