UPDATE: Entry to the 2018 Golf Environment Awards is now open – good luck to everyone!

Golf is enjoyed by millions across the globe, as participants and spectators. There are now more than 30,000 golf courses worldwide, each having an important part to play within their local environment.

The Golf Environment Awards were created in 1997 (originally the BIGGA Golf Environment Competition) to highlight effective and sustainable projects being managed by individual golf courses across the UK. There aim was to reward the individuals that are making real improvements to their local environment and quality of life for the future.

The three winners are announced at an Awards Dinner each January, during BTME, winning a 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. The winning golf clubs and runners-up receive considerable publicity in national and regional media in addition to their individual prizes.

Entry to the awards is free, and we encourage every golf club in the UK to consider submitting an application, no matter how big or small.

The Golf Environment Awards are managed and administered by STRI and each entry is independently judged, not on the scale of project or financial investment, but on what the golf course has achieved and how it has benefited the environment.

From 2018 The R&A will become a lead partner of the GEA. It will work alongside STRI to bring greater credibility and recognition to what is the most valued and established award programme, that directly promotes golf’s positive environmental standing.

The R&A’s involvement in the GEA Awards does not constitute or imply its endorsement for the sponsor’s products or services.

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