Golf Courses

Salmon-Safe Golf is inspiring a new level of environmental innovation in golf course design and management with respect to the protection of urban water quality and the preservation of imperiled West Coast salmon. The project is a collaboration between Salmon-Safe and our Seattle-based implementation partner Stewardship Partners, with significant input from the Northwest golf industry.

Salmon-Safe’s golf standards represent a new level of environmental certification for the industry and were reviewed by technical experts and piloted at multiple golf courses in Oregon and Washington. The standards focus on operation and ongoing management golf courses, but also provide guidance for new facility upgrades within existing golf courses.

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Like our other urban certification programs, the Salmon-Safe process for golf courses begins with a day-long site assessment of management issues including irrigation efficiency, stormwater management, pesticide reduction and stream and wetlands area management. The assessment is conducted by a 3 or 4-member team that typically includes an expert in golf course design and operation as well as a university IPM professional, stormwater expert, and a salmon biologist or other restoration ecologist. The team also reviews management policies and documents related to environmental management of facilities and grounds.

Salmon-Safe Certified Northwest Golf Courses

Salish Cliffs, Shelton, WA 
Druids Glen, Covington, WA
Willows Run, Redmond, WA

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To learn more about Salmon-Safe assessment for your golf course, please contact:

  • For Puget Sound inquiries, contact Stewardship Partners
  • For Oregon and California inquiries, and any other questions about certification, contact Salmon-Safe

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Salmon-Safe independent golf assessment team in the field in western Washington including, from left to right, Jason King, ecologist; David McLay Kidd, golf course architect; Carrie Foss, WSU urban IPM, and Peter Bahls, salmon biologist.

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