Environmental Stewardship - Seymour Golf
Learn about the environmental stewardship and green initiatives that Seymour Golf and Country Club participates in, including Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Audbon Sanctuary Program, and water conservation.
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Environmental Stewardship

We realize how lucky we are here at Seymour to have such a beautiful setting under our stewardship, and we take our environmental responsibilities seriously.

The surrounding forest is what defines our course and provides it with a unique identity.  Mature fir, cedar and maple trees provide habitat for wildlife, from squirrels to black bears, from ducks to eagles, and they shield us from the noise and business of the city.

Seymour has been a leader across Canada and North America in the development of strict protocols for managing noise, water use,  energy consumption, recycling, pesticide applications, tree health, pond health, and wildlife corridors.  Ensuring the protection of our land and resources is an important part of Seymour’s contribution to the greater community beyond our 130 acres.

Our Green Initiatives

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program
  • Audubon Program
  • Water Use

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program

Integrated Pest Management involves a decision-making process that uses a combination of techniques to suppress pests. The BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks promotes this approach to eliminate all but the most necessary applications of pest control products.

All use of pesticides at Seymour golf & Country Club is done within a written IPM Program – our program is based, first and foremost, on growing healthy plants in a well-designed landscape. We understand the concern with pesticide use and environmental safety, and utilize this program to restrict chemical controls to only those areas and times when other alternatives have proven ineffective.

Plant Health BC, administered by the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (affiliated with Kwantlen Polytechnic University) reviewed Seymour’s IPM program recently and gave it full accreditation. Two current members of our staff have successfully passed the Plant Health BC IPM Coordinator exam, and a number of staff members are provincially certified in pesticide application, which includes detailed IPM training.

Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses is an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. The program is utilized to help us enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize any potentially harmful impacts of golf operations.

Seymour Golf & Country Club was the first Canadian golf facility to join the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, in 1992.

Water Conservation Program

Judicious water use at Seymour Golf & Country Club is not only a means to preserving this essential natural resource, but also to growing the healthiest turf and reducing cost to the club.

The Club voluntarily submits a ‘Water Use Plan’ annually to the municipality for their approval. This plan defines watering priorities, sets conservation goals, and outlines the many strategies utilized to minimize consumption while maintaining acceptable playing standards.

Critical to the success of these strategies is a state-of-the-art course irrigation system, utilizing an on-site weather station linked to computer controls.