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  • Writer's pictureNepahwin Lake Watershed Stewardship Group

Idylwylde Scores a Birdie for the Environment

Updated: May 11, 2021

On August 4, 2020, the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club (IGCC) achieved certification in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf (ACSP-Golf). The IGCC is one of 96 golf courses in Canada and ~900 around the world to join this international, award-winning education and certification program. ACSP-Golf helps golf courses protect the environment while preserving the natural heritage of the game.

Pollinator Gardens

To achieve ACSP-Golf certification, IGCC has met Audubon International’s standard environmental management practices related to wildlife and habitat management, chemical use reduction, safety, water conservation, water quality management and outreach and education.

Located between Laurentian University, Lake Ramsey and Nepahwin Lake, the 186-acre property providing a 6600-yard golf course provides habitat for a flourishing tree swallow population (supported by birdbox nesting sites), otters and turtles, amongst many other wildlife that visit or call it home.

Eastern Bluebird

Founded in 1922, IGCC purchased the farm of Dr. William and Mrs. Florence Howey, who called their summer camp on Ramsey Lake Road the “Idyl in the Wild” or Idlywylde. The camp went on to serve as the original club house until 1962, when it burned and was replaced by the present club house on Walford Road. With ongoing environmental stewardship, the IGCC is committed to living up to the original meaning of its name.

To learn more about the IGCC’s Audubon certification contact Jay Sisko, Idylwylde Golf Course Superintendent at

Images provided by Jay Sisko

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