The golf course is the main attraction and most valuable asset of any golf club, placing the management and development of the course at the very essence of the golf clubs business.
Our Course Management section aims to provide you with relevant, up-to-date information and guidance on many aspects of golf course management, including sustainability, and tracking and reporting your course-related business. Within this section you can directly access information on;
In addition, at the GreenerGolf micro-site you can access information and guidance on topics including water and energy usage, chemical use and wildlife & nature conservation. Greener Golf is also an important resource for finding out more about policies and regulations, funding opportunities and advisory services available in England.
GreenerGolf is also useful for clubs who want to generate a customised long-term environmental policy. By completing a step-by-step questionnaire your club can generate a unique environmental policy, developing a written record of your environmental objectives aiming to bring about legal compliance and environmental improvements at the golf club, find out more here.
Furthermore, as another part of England Golf’s commitment to a sustainable future for golf, we support the reduction of carbon footprints, keeping golf clubs more profitable in the process. You can use a free Carbon Calculator tool.
Sustainability is more than a buzz word, it has the power to build golf’s reputation and strengthen individual golf businesses. Bringing sustainability into greater focus can unlock cost-savings, improved reputation, operational efficiencies, and customer attraction and loyalty.
Knowing quickly where you might be able to improve, and then confidently telling the story of your great golf environment is now easier with the OnCourse™ programme and GEO Certified™.
England Golf recommends the OnCourse™ programme as a practical, straightforward and free tool to help you get the most out of sustainability – including saved time and money, course enhancements, and a way to represent your sustainability to help build reputation.
Answering a series of questions online gives you:
• A step by step plan to consider the most relevant areas of your facility
• Simple, practical ideas for how you might improve in each
• A report that credibly and positively tells the story of all of the great work you’re doing across nature, water, energy, supply chain, pollution control and community.
Once you’ve answered the OnCourse questions you are eligible to be awarded GEO Certified™, golf’s international ecolabel and the symbol of great golf environments worldwide.
To begin using OnCourse™ or learn more about GEO Certified™ click here.
A new free business performance tool from the R&A can help you record, track, compare and report data internally. CourseTracker is designed for golf course managers and club secretaries to record the income derived from the course and what is spent on its maintenance.
The secure system allows golf clubs to monitor their performance over time and identify strengths, weaknesses and areas where savings could be made in terms of energy and water, for example.
Using simple information from your balance sheet, CourseTracker can help you plan for the future, tracking, assessing, and reporting:
• Course-related revenue streams
• Course-related expenditure
• Staff time allocation on the course
The reports can be useful for communications with committees, Boards, owners and members. And you can also anonymously benchmark your performance.
Resource consumption is one of the areas tracked in the tool, and as an important aspect of sustainability, these reports can be helpful to show how much money can be saved through effective resource management within a sustainability effort.
Read more about CourseTracker here.
Golf Course Maintanence Manual, available to purchase from the England Golf Participation & Club Support deptartment. Please contact Participation & Club Support on 01526 354500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.