Winners 2015

STRI, the world’s leading sports turf consultancy, honoured the winners of the 2015 Golf Environment Awards at Hotel Du Vin in Harrogate on Wednesday night (21 January 2015).

The 2015 winners are:

  • Environmental Golf Course of the Year – Royal St David’s Golf Club, Harlech in North Wales
  • Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year – John Kelly, Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport in Lancashire
  • Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year – Hockley Golf Club, Twyford in Hampshire
2015 Golf Environment Winners

From left to right, Glenn Kirby, Hockley Golf Club, Rhys Butler, Royal St David’s Golf Club, Gordon McKillop, CEO – STRI, John Kelly, Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Each award winner showcased sustainability, best practice and presented a clear understanding of planning current and future environmental projects across the golf course. Each entry for the awards was independently judged on demonstrable environmental achievements and outcomes and the winners were selected following a rigorous inspection of 25 golf clubs across the UK by STRI’s team of experts.

Bob Taylor, STRI’s Ecology & Environment Manager, said: “The standard this year was incredible and highlights the considerable contribution golf courses deliver to their natural surroundings. Environment and ecology issues continue to be a major factor for managers as they not only enhance landscapes but directly influence the quality and overall playing experience of golf courses.

“All this year’s winners have shown a remarkable level of commitment and energy in delivering high quality courses, as well as successfully improving their local environment. All of our finalists are showcasing excellence and best practice in the management of sustainable land management.”

The three winners each receive the trip of a lifetime to Europe and the chance to visit some of the world’s leading golf facilities and sites of specific ecological interest.