R&A Sustainable Golf Seminar in Japan Hailed a Success
The R&A with the support of the Japan Golf Association (JGA) successfully conducted a Sustainability Seminar at Yokohama Country Club on Monday 13th March. Over 250 representatives from the Japanese golf industry attended, including JGA board members, golf club owners, managers and superintendents, and golf course architects.
World-leading experts in the fields of golf and sustainability delivered presentations at the seminar, including:
- Steve Isaac, The R&A, Sustainability Director
- Takeo Tanaka, Tokyo 2020, Sustainability Director
- Jonathan Smith, CEO, Golf Environment Organization
- Paul Jansen, Owner, Jansen Golf Course Design & Construction
- Micah Woods, Chief Scientist, Asian Turfgrass Center
- Bill Coore, Coore and Crenshaw Golf Design, Partner
- Dominic Wall, The R&A Director Asia-Pacific
The seminar showcased sustainability solutions that are helping golf clubs deliver measurable improvements in the efficiency and sustainability of their day-to-day operations. During a wide-ranging discussion the principal focus areas were golf course and club management, golf course renovation and development, and tournament staging.
"It was a great opportunity and experience for us to host this important seminar with The R&A,” said Andy Yamanaka, JGA Executive Director. “I believe everyone that attended will return to their home clubs, companies and businesses with a greater appreciation of sustainability and ideas to share with their fellow members and colleagues. As a national federation the Japan Golf Association is committed to working on sustainability and helping as many people as possible to understand its importance.”
Steve Isaac, The R&A’s Sustainability Director said: "The R&A is working with national governing bodies around the world to raise awareness of golf's responsibility to the environment and communities. This seminar provided a great opportunity to share expert knowledge and experience and to see how this can be applied in Japan.”
Dominic Wall, The R&A Director Asia Pacific added: "Japan is the second largest golfing nation in the world and we believe that Japanese golf clubs have a great opportunity to showcase sustainable management practices and show how golf makes a positive contribution to the environment."