The Nicklaus Design Group has successfully balanced the strict requirements of building a first-class golf course within the delicate ecosystem of the surrounding mangroves, marshlands and tropical rainforest. The golf course is home to blue crabs, iguanas, crocodiles, raccoons and a multitude of species of birds as well as other wildlife, which call this habitat home. Four sets of tees allow golfers of all skill levels to enjoy their round of golf as well as the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings. Because of its strong commitment to an environmental program, in March 2006 Cozumel Country Club became the first golf course in Mexico to earn the designation of Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary from Audubon International. Cozumel Country Club has formed partnerships with several Island hotels, extending varying golf privileges, including cart fee only golf, to their guests. Cozumel Country Club is owned and operated by ClubCorp.