The R&A Backs GEO
The R&A has announced a significant package of investment into the ongoing development of GEO’s OnCourse suite of tools and guidance - which support the environmental and social performance of golf clubs, and culminate in the GEO Certified award.
Left: St. Andrews Old Course from the balcony of The R&A Clubhouse. Pictured L to R: Peter Dawson - Chief Executive, The R&A; Jonathan Smith - Chief Executive, GEO; Steve Isaac - Director, Golf Course Management, The R&A; Gordon Shepherd, GEO Advisory Council and Strategic Adviser to WWF International.
Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A, said:
“The R&A invests in initiatives that we believe are in the best interests of the sustainable development of the game. Our support for GEO will assist them in further developing a programme that can help golf clubs improve and gain recognition for their contributions to people and the environment. We believe this will be of great benefit to those working at golf facilities, and to the overall reputation of golf.”
GEO Chief Executive Jonathan Smith commented:
“GEO is dedicated to supporting golf with credible advocacy, guidance and recognition. This funding will enable us to provide greater support to both clubs and our national partners, and to promote the programme more strongly to drive participation. We are hugely grateful to The R&A for this developmental backing.”
GEO works in partnership with an international network of golf industry organisations, leading environmental groups and corporate sponsors, including The European Tour, European Golf Association, UNEP, the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association, the Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations, and the Club Managers Associations of Europe, America and China. During the last 12 months, GEO has joined forces with a number of national golf federations to jointly promote the GEO OnCourse programme.
Steve Isaac, Director – Golf Course Management at The R&A, added:
“GEO’s OnCourse programming brings a new way to evaluate and report on the environmental progress of golf clubs, which sits well with the role of The R&A. Our funding support is intended to help GEO to further establish itself as a credible and respected sustainability organisation in golf.”
The announcement follows the recent launch of the GEO Legacy Guidance for Sustainable Golf Development, a project that was supported by a grant from The R&A.