Authentic golf connected to the people,
qualities and nature of its place.
A selection of success stories from some of the GEO Certified Developments around the world ... regenerating ecosystems, revitalizing communities and delivering remarkable golf. More examples will be added soon.
Sustainability is a great fit with golf development, saving time, money and resources during design, construction and into long-term operations.
All golf projects can use the OnCourse Developments programme, with its constructive mentoring and streamlined reporting - and then at opening, fly the leading international distinction of being a GEO Certified Development.
For more information about the OnCourse Developments programme, and to see how it can support your project click here.
Rio Olympic Golf Course, Brazil
The Rio Olympic Golf Course is located in the south west area of Rio de Janeiro in the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca along the Marapendi Lagoon.
West Cliffs Golf Links, Portugal
West Cliffs Golf Links golf course by Praia Del Rey, is situated less than an hour north of Lisbon – on Portugal’s Silver Coast, in Óbidos (UNESCO World Heritage site).
During the development process, GEO Certified Developments can showcase best practices during the design, construction and operations phases.
The certification means that developments are well-placed to provide substantial and long-term benefits to the land they are built on and the communities that help to build and maintain the site.
Browse some of the OnCourse certified Developments here.
The design vision was first and foremost driven by the desire to create a course that felt uniquely Brazilian and embraced its surrounds.
Gil Hanse ASGCA
Rio Olympic Golf Course
We laid the course into the natural landscape, leaving so much of what was already there untouched.
Cynthia Dye ASGCA
The golf course itself has a deliberately natural look and feel that fits into the rolling landscape and works with natural features.
Gary Johnston EIGCA
After all, we must ensure we take the very best proactive care of Mother Nature and leave the land in a better place than we found it.
Former General Manager
Sustainable golf development is successful golf development. In recent years, the sport has shown that it is adapting to address future challenges, and new projects are pushing the boundaries of conventional golf course design.
The examples within these guidelines meet the challenges faced, such as resource availability, personal time constraints, tighter land restrictions and increasing social challenges. The next generation of golf developments is delivering greater benefits for their social and natural environments whilst providing multiuse recreational facilities for all generations.
The guidelines below explain why and how to integrate sustainable practices into your business - to leave a lasting positive legacy for people and the environment.