Salmon are a true symbol of the Northwest, and at Willows Run in Redmond you can shoot a round knowing you’re playing on a Salmon-Safe certified course.
The certification comes from Salmon-Safe, a Portland-based nonprofit that is allied with Stewardship Partners. To earn the certification, a golf course must meet conditions such as water consumption reduction, erosion and sediment control, habitat protection and restoration, pest management planning, and storm water management.
Courses like Willows Run help salmon by reducing the pollution that gets into streams and the Puget Sound.
“If you love golfing, fishing, and the environment, (salmon-safe) golf courses offer a win-win,” said David Burger, executive director of Stewardship Partners.
Willows Run uses less than half the amount of fertilizer per acre normally used at a golf course. A restoration area along the fourth hole has habitat potential by decreasing the need for buffers between the road and course.
The course also participates in King County’s recycled water program. Recycled water reduces the consumption of freshwater sources and also helps preserve the instream flow that is critical to salmon habitat.
If you’re looking for a golf road trip that’s salmon safe, visit Salish Cliffs in Shelton, which was the first Salmon-Safe certified course in the state and the world. Druids Glen in Covington has the certification, too. FORE!