Nations Step Forward to Get Golf On Course
Finding ways to live, work and play sustainably is one of society’s greatest challenges. In an unparalleled step ten golfing nations have committed to support and development for sustainability in golf.
Native Grass Areas and Movement Corridors
Not every acre of a golf course has to be highly maintained. At The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay 50 acres of highly maintained turf has been removed from weekly maintenance. Eliminating the irrigation of these 50 acres has reduced irrigation demand by ove
Proper Turfgrass Selection
In 2003 The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay converted the turfgrass on its greens from bentgrass to Champion Ultradwarf bermuda grass. This change was to provide a better putting surface for golfers during the summer months when most golf is played, but it al
Remotely located in the South of Kintyre, Machrihanish Dunes recognised a substantial benefit to using local suppliers. This has allowed the club to save thousands annually and provides valuable support for the local community, strengthening both the role
Using Basic Mowing Patterns Makes “Cents”
Fairways mowed with fancy striping patterns are very eye catching but are extremely labor intensive. The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay switched from striping fairways to mowing in a “traditional cut” pattern - one side of the fairway mowed towards the green
Electric Equipment Initiative
Conversion of 18 pieces of gasoline powered golf course maintenance equipment to fully electric powered units allowed The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay to eliminate the use of over 9,000 gallons of gasoline in a single year saving over $27,000.
More Biodiversity, Greater Savings, Less Maintenance
By minimizing the amount of amenity turfgrass and increasing the size of habitat corridors Carnoustie Golf Links has saved between £2–3,000 since becoming GEO Certified®.
Energy Initiative Cost Savings
St Andrews Links undertook a policy to diversify energy and fuel supply. By installing solar panels on the roofs of their maintenance facilities The Links is able to sell the energy produced directly to the national grid.
Reduced mowing results in cost and nature benefits
By reducing the mowing of the out of play areas by 15%, Golfpark Nuolen has saved €2-3,000 annually. Subsequently this has encouraged the re-naturalization of native areas and the creation of wild life corridors.
Finding Cost-savings Through Efficient Energy
Looking to lower electricity use – and costs - Coventry Golf Club completely re-lamped the club’s buildings with low energy, sensor lighting. Costs have been cut by 28.5%, amounting to £8,000, which will offset their investment quickly.