Burhill Golf & Leisure, owner of ten courses in the UK, were the first multi-course owners to sign-up for the GEO OnCourse programme.
Colin Mayes, Burhill’s Chief Executive, announced the group’s commitment to sustainable golf at the European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA) Golf Business Conference in Marbella, Spain saying: “In recent years we have made a conscious effort to bring environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility into the heart of our business model."
“There is no doubt that sustainability is part and parcel of sound business management. We recognise that GEO’s excellent OnCourse programme will help our strategic and operational staff collaborate to build on actions and achievements to date and extend into new aspects of resource efficiency, community engagement and ecological enhancement.”
Burhill has already made significant changes to its operations through a group-wide Environmental Plan implemented in 2009, designed to enrich the environments of its courses and promote sound, sustainable management of its facilities.
- Reservoir construction at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club and Hertfordshire Hoebridge: Making both facilities entirely water self-sufficient.
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) systems across the group: Using proactive management strategies to minimise the effects of pests and weeds.
- Heather regeneration at Burhill Golf club: Quadrupled growth around the classic heathland course.
- Habitat creation and conservation with a newt habitat at Abbey Hill Golf Centre.
- 7,000 new saplings at Ramsdale Park Golf Centre.