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Ironhorse Golf Club recognized for environmental excellence

Leawood, Kansas (May 9, 2023) – Ironhorse Golf Club in Leawood, Kansas has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Ironhorse was first designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2014. After designation, courses go through a recertification process every three years.

Ironhorse Golf Club is one of only nine golf courses in Kansas and one over 900 courses in the world to hold certification from Audubon International. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. 

"Ironhorse has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International. 

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Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Kane. “It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken behind the scenes to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.”

“Ironhorse Golf Club is very proud to retain our designation as a ‘Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary’ through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses,” said Ironhorse Golf Club General Manager Ryan Eckroat. “Special thank you to Ironhorse Superintendent James Kennedy who has spearheaded our certifications.”

Since opening in 1995, Ironhorse Golf Club has been recognized as one of the top golf facilities in Kansas by Golf World magazine, Golf Advisor, Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine.  The Michael Hurdzan-designed course is the only Troon-managed facility in the Kansas City metro area.

For more information on Ironhorse Golf Club, visit or call 913-685-4653. 

About Audubon International

Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities. For more information on Audubon International, visit

About Ironhorse Golf Club

Sitting just off the state line of Missouri and Kansas, Ironhorse Golf Club is a Troon Golf managed property just 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City and minutes away from Overland Park. Amenities at Ironhorse Golf Club include the Vista 154 restaurant, a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse and fully equipped practice area that features a three-hole practice course, two putting greens, chipping green, and two practice bunkers. The 2,500-square-foot practice tee provides ample space for players to work on their full-swing technique with five target greens set at various distances. 

About Troon

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 765-plus locations, including 760-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf and ICON Management. For additional news and information, visit

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