The Value of ACSP Golf Certification

NCC LogoAchieving certification in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP) is a significant accomplishment. A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary designated golf course demonstrates environmental leadership in the golf industry.

Golf course staff and members can take pride in knowing that Niakwa Country Club provides significant wildlife habitat and is maintained in an environmentally responsible manner.

By managing the property with a high degree of environmental quality, certified courses provide green space for people and wildlife while contributing to climate conservation for future generations.

Niakwa Country Club is well on its way to completing all 6 Certification requirements within the 2022 golf season.


This spring, the out-of-play area between the 10th and 12th Tee boxes will become the location of a Wildflower Garden to offer a habitat for Monarch butterflies.

42 species of tall grass prairie, short grass prairie and wetlands plants have been ordered with a heavy emphasis on wildflowers including Milkweed – needed by Monarchs to sustain their life cycle.  

All plants are sourced from Prairie Originals, a local native plant grower working only with local genetics. Once mature this garden will support nectar loving birds, butterflies, bees – but not deer! …along with enhancing the natural aesthetics of the golf course. 


A Wonder of the World, Monarchs have declined by more than 90% over the last 2 decades.  NCC joins with Audubon International to restore a habitat and migration area for Monarchs in out-of-play areas of our golf course and creating awareness of how the golf course can contribute significantly to a world-wide conservation challenge.

NCC Horticulturalist, Daphne Stapley leads the naturalization of woodland and the seeding of Milkweed off the river bank at Hole 10 to the back of the 12th tee complex. Milkweed provides the environment where Monarchs lay their eggs and is the food that larvae need to complete their metamorphosis into adult butterflies.  This area will be declared environmentally sensitive, denoted with appropriate signage.

NCC’s participation in #MonarchsInTheRough contributes to the ecological naturalization of our golf sanctuary and serves a community leadership role in global conservation stewardship.

Niakwa Turf Team’s Milo wins 2022 Dog of the Year

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Dog of the Year honours are awarded annually at the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of  America Conference and Trade show in February with Milo taking top honours over 12 other  calendar finalists and featured on the cover of the 2022 calendar. Milo is a 1-year old German  shorthaired pointer who was just 10 weeks old when he joined the team at Niakwa.  

Milo starts his work days running from hole to hole, looking for an opportunity to chase resident  squirrels, deer and geese. In the afternoon he catches a ride in the cart with his owner and  NCC Assistant Superintendent, Shane Bell, or catches up on sleep in the office. Outside work,  Milo can be found chasing rabbits from the garden or cuddling on the couch!  

Shane is an assistant superintendent at NCC and a valued member of the turf team where he  has worked for nine years. A graduate of the Greenspace Management Program at Red River  College Polytech and a 4-year member of the GCSAA, Shane enjoys ice fishing and winter  camping.

Niakwa’s Watershed

One of the greatest concerns facing golf courses is to ensure a consistent water supply. Niakwa uses water from two retention ponds on the golf course. The pump house to the left of Hole 13 draws water from the Seine River into the pond systems to maintain the water supply in the ponds.

Retention ponds provide both protection from the forces and runoff from storm water as well as water quality treatment and purification.  The retention time and still water promotes pollutant removal through sedimentation and a thriving natural aquatic ecosystem offers additional treatment.  Runoff water returns to Seine River via the10 tee box with help from a sump pump situated under gully under the Niakwa bridge by the 18th hole.

Niakwa’s naturalization efforts, such as increasing natural grasses and extending turf are a part of these Water Quality Management improvements.


Shawn Major


Pack of Coyotes out for a cold morning walk by the Turfcare compound.

Call for SOS Board Directors


 Do you know someone who would be great for the SOS Board?

The SOS Nominations Committee is now making its annual call-out, seeking any interested people who would like to serve on the Board of Directors.

This year we are particularly looking for people who have a background or interest in finance, governance, fund development, environmental protection, human resources, or land development issues.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15, 2022.

Directors will be elected at SOS’s annual general meeting in April 2022 (stay tuned for an upcoming announcement on the AGM date!)

Please submit your nomination or indicate your own interest using the online form at

Please tell us the following about yourself or the person you are nominating:

  • Why are you/they interested in the Board?
  • What skills/background do you/they bring?
  • What do you/they want to get from being on the Board?
  • Contact information

You can learn more about being a Board Director with SOS here.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


Robert Urbonas


Mom and Baby along the 13th

Baby turtles

Brenda Cleverley


Hatchlings leaving nest.
In the practice bunker
3:00 p.m. Monday, Sept 13, 2021

Red Tailed Hawk

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Cory Frank


Red-Tailed Hawk between 13 and 15. It had a squirrel pinned down. 5pm Aug.31 2021.