Leading Tournaments

Many golf tournaments around the world are already showing leadership in sustainable events. GEO works with the following tours and tournaments to enhance their social and environmental value and the benefits for their event, sponsors and hosts. 

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Foshan Open 2019

The 2019 Foshan Open was held from the 24th to the 27th of October at Foshan Golf Club, Guangdong Province, China. The tournament is part of the European Challenge Tour and attracts professional golfers from around the world. The tournament organizers have demonstrated strong team effort to create a sustainable event, managing impacts responsibly and delivering lasting benefits for the local community.

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am 2019

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is contested annually in front of thousands of spectators and millions of television viewers on three of the Monterey Peninsula’s premier golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course. All tournament proceeds benefit charities across the Monterey County, Santa Cruz County, and San Benito County. The collective leadership commitments mean that sustainability is integrated comprehensively across the planning and
staging of the tournament, and that sufficient resources are allocated to ensure depth of delivery.

Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational 2019

The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational was introduced to the LPGA Tour schedule in 2019. 144 of the world's best golfers will tee off again at Midland Country Club in Michigan, July 13-18, 2020. The Dow GLBI is played with 72 two-woman teams competing in a 72-hole stroke play format with alternating rounds of foursomes (alternate shot) and four-ball (best ball). The tournament was founded with the vision of building community and accelerating the efforts of the Great Lakes Bay Region and Dow’s strategy by building a world-class and unique LPGA Tour event that positively impacts people’s lives.

U.S. Kids Golf Venice Open 2018 

The 2018 U.S. Kids Golf Venice Open was held on August 16 – 18, 2018 at Golf della Montecchia, Golf Frassanelle and Terme di Galzignano Golf Resort, in North-eastern Italy. The event brings together over 800 participating children, as well as their families and guardians, for a week-long festival of golf, culture, fun and learning. The event owners, partners and organizers have been eager to bring the themes of environmental stewardship, inclusion, and social responsibility into the heart of the tournament.

RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing 2017

As one of the longest-running and a high profile event on the PGA Tour® roster, the tournament team showed continued commitment to measure and improve on sustainability projects across planning, staging and legacy.  The 2017 event achieved 100% Carbon offset of its operational footprint, was 100% powered by renewable energy, and charitable donations over the years have now totalled $38 million to local charities.  A tournament and venue committed to building on its sustainability foundations!

Waste Management Phoenix Open

The 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open retained its GEO certified accolade after being the first ever to achieve GEO Certified® tournament status in 2017, recognizing years of work and leadership and innovation.  More information can be found in the GEO Certified® Tournament Sustainability Report.   

The European Tour GreenDrive

The European Tour has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, most notably through significant funding for GEO’s work. This will now be even stronger, with a new GreenDrive initiative to support ET Properties, venues and tournaments. The initiative is possible with support from partners and sponsors who have come forward as leaders in their support of sustainable golf.

The Open GreenLinks

GreenLinks is The Open's programme for sustainable development. The Open is committed to conserving the natural links landscapes which play host to the Championship and to addressing the broader sustainability considerations around staging a major sports event. All host venues of The Open hold golf's eco-label GEO Certified® - Facilities. 

The RBC Heritage 2016

In 2016 the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing engaged GEO to carry out a Sustainability Review. The review summarises the sustainability initiatives and carbon emissions associated with the 2016 event. 

The Ryder Cup 2014

The aim of the 2014 Ryder Cup was to carry the lightest possible footprint and generate the greatest possible benefit to people and the environment. The Ryder Cup 2014 GreenDrive programme, managed by GEO on behalf of the European Tour and Ryder Cup Europe supported sustainability across the planning, staging and legacy of this major event. The Ryder Cup 2014 GreenDrive Report summaries the events initiatives and outcomes.