Sustainable Golf Development Consultation

GEO is seeking input from interested parties on the proposed international voluntary standard for New Golf Developments'. Setting an international voluntary standard for golf development represents a significant step for golf as an industry to take. It signals a consideration for the impacts and a protection of the integrity of the industry.

Golf developments and renovations can embrace sustainability for valuable business benefits, prestigious global recognition, and to ensure a positive legacy.

The ‘Sustainable Golf Development Guidelines’ were consulted upon and drafted by GEO and a wide range of stakeholders in 2012 aimed at setting context and integrating sustainability in golf developments. The guidelines were the first step to establishing a platform to raise awareness and promote industry discussion on sustainable golf development issues.

Since 2012 GEO has been collaborating with several real world projects to field-test these guidelines, collecting data and feedback to help inform the drafting of an international voluntary standard for golf developments.

The proposed voluntary standard has now been drafted, consulted upon by the Expert Working Group (created to provide a balance of views and opinions from different technical aspects and geographical regions) and once by the general public. The second round of public consultation process will now begin.

In line with ISEAL code of standard setting, this second round of public consultation will be organised in order to allow all interested and affected parties to provide their comments and contribute to the process.

Consultation Open: February 22nd – March 30th 2016


New Golf Developments Criteria Public Consultation Scoping Document FINAL

New Developments Scoping Document
Background Information, Terms of Reference, and Scope of the standard being developed

New Golf Development Criteria Public Feedback Proforma Ver1 0

New Developments Consultation Comments Form
Please respond to these questions and provide comments on specific criteria 

New Golf Development Criteria Ver1 1 LR Version

Sustainable Golf Development - Voluntary Sustainability Standard v 1.4
The draft criteria being consulted upon  - read online

New Golf Development Criteria Background Notes Ver1 1

New Golf Development Background Notes
Background to the Project 

All comments will be taken into account, discussed and tested against current technical knowledge by the Expert Working Group for New Developments and the GEO Advisory Council.  GEO's governance structures outlining how decisions are made can be found here.

GEO's standard setting process, including how comments are taken into account and decisions made are outlined in A5 GEO Standard Setting Procedures.

All formal drafts for consultation will be available in English.   If a group would like to be involved where this will act a barrier, please contact us at: or +44 1620 895100 (Sam Thomas).