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Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
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In January 2009, Cranberry Highlands Golf Course received certification in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an international program administered by Audubon International and designed to help golf course owners to enhance the environmental quality of their property. Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

That recognition validated six years of work at Cranberry Highlands led by Golf Course Superintendent David Barber. The Audubon program offered advice which helped guide Barber in developing an effective conservation and wildlife enhancement program. 


That program encompassed the entire golf course. Projects included placing nesting boxes for certain bird species, environmentally sensitive pest-management techniques, water quality management and conservation, maintaining food and protective cover for wildlife, reducing the use of chemicals, educational outreach, and more. 

As a result of that work, Cranberry Highlands maintains a balanced environment in which golfers and wildlife live and play in harmony.  Insect control, for example, is accomplished by providing homes to birds for whom insects are a diet staple. A growing variety of owls, butterflies, bats, hawks, deer, amphibians, fish and small animals now live in a natural ecosystem where wildlife thrives and golfers flourish.

Cranberry Highlands was featured in The Golf Course Trades- June 2011 edition for retaining its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.  The Golf Course Trades- June 2011

Nature Trail at Cranberry Highlands

In the spring of 2009, a nature trail was constructed in a wooded area of Cranberry Highlands, between holes three and four. Guided tours are available upon request. Visit our Nature Trail page


Cranberry Highlands was created to celebrate the hilly wooded landscape that is the hallmark of Western Pennsylvania’s terrain.  Designed by W. R. Love Golf Course Architects of College Park, Maryland on a 332-acre site which includes an assortment of sensitive environmental features, the course was built to showcase the area’s four-season ecosystem and its rugged topography

Of the 332 acres in the Cranberry Highlands site, only 186 have been developed as a golf course. Much of the remaining space has been dedicated to natural preservation, enhancement and educational purposes. Community organizations including the Boy Scouts have been involved in the development of the Nature Trail.  We welcome the active involvement of other organizations which, share the Audubon’s philosophy of land conservation and stewardship. 

 Cranberry Highlands featured in Golfdom Magazine September 2010 National trade magazine profiles Cranberry Highlands' environmental stewardship and nature trail
Golfdom Magazine- September 2010