GEO Foundation

GEO Foundation is the international not-for-profit dedicated to helping golf to deliver and be recognized for a positive impact for people and nature.


GEO Foundation-sustainability strap line RGB

Inspiring golf to fully embrace sustainability and promoting a shared understanding of issues and solutions, working with and through industry associations and businesses.

Providing practical, straightforward online guidance programmes and mentoring, to make it easier for clubs, developments, and tournaments to ask the pertinent questions, improve now and in the future, and confidently share their successes.

Strengthening the reputation of golf clubs and developments and helping golf celebrate great golf environments on the basis of a new collection of real-world data and highlights.  

Connecting the efforts and knowledge of the global golf community and recognizing people who are a part of golf’s sustainability movement.

GEO provides three programmes and also administers golf’s sustainability assurance, GEO Certified® - the symbol of great golf environments worldwide, available for golf facility operations, for Developments, and for Renovations. 

OnCourse Facilities - online programme to help clubs get more from sustainability

OnCourse Developments - guidance and mentoring with credible assurance for golf developments

OnCourse Tournaments - guidance , mentoring and communications for golf tournaments

GEO is known for a positive outlook and collaborative approach, and we are proud to serve many people in and around golf: from course managers to course owners, land developers to governments, national federations to governing bodies.

As a not-for-profit organization, our work is made possible through support and input from a wide variety of stakeholders.  We are governed by a Board of Directors and follow input from a group of Advisors, and three Expert Working Groups.  We also actively seek input from a wide range of stakeholders inside and outside of golf.  

Our guiding principles include the highest standard of credibility and transparency; commitment to real-world results throughout the global golf community; and an ethos of continual improvement and collaboration.

To meet the team at GEO, click here.