Sustainability Leadership at the Scottish Open
As the players and spectators set out across Gullane Golf Club this week for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, they stepped onto a course in excellent playing condition – and also flying a new accolade as a GEO Certified® golf club.
The club recently received the highest international marque of distinction for sustainability in golf, recognising their efforts to foster nature, conserve resources and benefit their local community.
In doing so, the club joins previous Scottish Open hosts Royal Aberdeen, Castle Stuart and Dundonald Links in demonstrating the sport's sustainability standards, and helps deliver on the European Tour's stated policy of encouraging venues to be run in an environmentally and socially responsible way.
Stewart Duff, Course Manager said: "This award is recognition for the care and responsibility the entire greenkeeping team applies to their work. We are all very proud of the local environment and want to do everything we can to protect and enhance it, for golfers and to the wider benefit of the community. We are extremely grateful to Scottish Golf’s Environmental Advisory Service for their excellent and invaluable support."
David Morgan, Club Manager said "The process of becoming Certified using the new OnCourse® programme has helped us take a more consistent and comprehensive approach across all parts of the facility. We now have not only a good baseline understanding of what we are doing well, but also clarity on things we can improve over time. We're proud to have that recognised by GEO Foundation.”
A few of the highlights of the sustainability work at Gullane include:
- Only 23% of 200+ hectare site is maintained turf and only 50% of the maintained part is irrigated
- Seasonal wetland habitat creation to increase biodiversity and outstanding grassland management
- Air-source heat pump providing renewable energy to the staff area of the maintenance facility
- Extensive composting and green waste storage area for organic material recycling
- Longstanding excellent reputation as a welcoming course with a particularly good programme for juniors
Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of GEO Foundation said: "Gullane Golf Club is a great example of the overall positive impact golf can have in local communities, and the visibility provided through the ASI Scottish Open extends the reach of that message way beyond Scotland’s Golf Coast. We also hope this award can inspire other clubs to integrate sustainability into their operations and step forward themselves as valued leaders on important issues”.
For more information or higher-resolution photos, please contact GEO Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:
GEO Foundation - www.sustainable.golf
Gullane Golf Club - www.gullanegolfclub.co.uk
Scottish Golf – www.scottishgolf.org/environment