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Why good environmental management makes sense

Sustainable golf

England Golf recognises sustainability as a crucial priority and acknowledges the role that golf has to play in the global sustainability effort.

As the effects of climate change take hold, golf must recognise its responsibility to adapt to the situation for the good of the game and the planet.

With over 2200 golf courses across the country representing an area of over 1,250km² which is equivalent to the area of the Lake District National Park, we have a responsibility to work on the positive contributions that golf can have on the environment, society and the economy.

As part of this responsibility, England Golf has developed a sustainability strategy for our tournaments, affiliated clubs, and the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa.

Using the 12 principles of the British Association for Sustainable Sport (BASIS) as their foundation, the sustainability team are working to provide resources, recommendations and advice to clubs and golfers alike, to ensure that England Golf’s commitment to sustainability becomes embedded into golf across the country.

 

We aim to deliver Net Zero golf events as well as helping our clubs to upgrade their own facilities and behaviours to promote golf as a sustainable sport for future generations to enjoy. Not just for golfers though, our commitments involve ensuring that golf clubs become social hubs in their community and act in the best interests of their local area.

In partnership with BIGGA, The R&A, GCMA and other key stakeholders in golf, we aim to drive sustainability to the forefront of golfing activities, through Engagement, Education, and Empowerment of stakeholders.

Feel free to contact us at: sustainability@englandgolf.org.

Here are 5 reasons for golf clubs to embrace sustainability:

  1. Long-term protection: taking action now in the face of changing weather patterns and changing legislation will save you time and money in the future, meaning that the club will be resilient and thrive.
  2. Ecological benefits: golf courses are often the only greenspace in largely concrete landscapes. Encouraging good environmental stewardship can help a golf course to increase biodiversity, promote cleaner air and act as a watershed for urban areas.
  3. Pride and reputation: naturalising the golf course and boosting biodiversity can help transform image and generate pride and positivity among golf club members and members of the local community.
  4. Greenkeepers can prioritise: Efficiently managing the course means that greenkeepers can focus more on the areas that matter the most – tee beds, fairways, greens and bunkers.
  5. Monitor and celebrate success: reducing resource consumption, buying more locally produced goods, reducing the clubs carbon footprint, and engaging more with community are all positive effects that golf clubs can point to as success stories and potential participation drivers.

Resources for clubs and golfers

  • Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) Certification – this is a comprehensive modern certification, developed to the highest credibility standard, to help golf facilities, developments and tournaments demonstrate and be recognized for their environmental and social responsibility. Find out more here.
  • On Course for Golf Facilities – A free, easy to use online application built to help golf courses review and evaluate their current performance and material usage and evaluate it over time. Sign up for an account here.
  • Want to know more about how your local community and network can help to improve your environmental initiatives? Here is some information on engagement with the community.
  • Here are some organisations that can help with your club’s resources management.
  • 2021 marked the first year that the England Golf Awards had a Sustainability Project of the Year award. Find our more about the inaugural winner, Whitsand Bay Golf Club, and the endeavours which gave them the top prize.

Explore the directory for support from the experts

We’ve worked with Environmental Solutions International (ESi) to put together advice about resources, nature and community. If you’d like tailored support with environmental measures go to our partners and suppliers directory.