In honor of its 25th anniversary of opening and in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas announces its pursuit of Audubon International Certification for its 36 hole golf course facility including the private Cottonwood Valley and TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas, home of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, a PGA TOUR event. This includes reduction in the use of water, chemicals and pesticides as well as the development of larger natural habitat areas and cleaner waterways for the fostering and protection of wildlife including small animals and native bird species. Amidst the pursuit for certification, the Four Seasons will also host three initiatives for their community outreach program.
The first initiative is the Build a Birdhouse, Grow a Tree, a summer program wherein any Sports Club member or guest of the Resort may add on a $50 activity fee during their stay that includes building/painting/personalizing a birdhouse and making a donation to the Texas Trees Foundation. The birdhouses are available at Kids for All Seasons and individuals or families can construct or paint a birdhouse at a workbench adjacent to the playground.
The second initiative is a commitment by John Cunningham, Director of Golf Course Operations at Four Seasons Dallas, to make guest appearances and teach classes in golf course agronomy to the 30 students of the 5th grade science class at the J. Eric Jonsson Community School in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. He is an excellent teacher and has a way of drawing kids into the environmental discussion. This community school is a program of Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers, the primary beneficiary of proceeds from the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
The third initiative is set for Tuesday, May 10 from 9:30 am to Noon. The same 5th grade science class is invited to Four Seasons Dallas for a morning of building birdhouses for native Texas bird species followed by a picnic on the TPC Four Seasons. The birdhouses will be signed and some decorated and then hung in the trees around the resort and golf courses to encourage birds to nest there.
The AI Certification, targeted for completion before 2012, will mean the Resort’s golf courses will be among an elite group of less than seven golf courses in North Texas and less than 25 among hundreds in Texas that have systematically incorporated environmentally sensitive practices into the regular care and maintenance of their golf courses. Good luck Four Seasons!