Golf is enjoyed by millions across the globe, and there are now more than 30,000 golf courses worldwide, each having an increasingly important part to play within their local environment.
Golf courses are seeing tangible results from introducing environmentally sustainable management projects across their golf courses. These projects are achieving an increase in habitat varieties, improving playing experiences for golfers and providing a positive contribution to wildlife.
With the ever-increasing spotlight on environmental matters, it is fundamentally important for golf courses worldwide to assess what they can do to achieve environmental sustainability protect while continuing to maximise the enjoyment of golf.
Since 1995 the aim of the Golf Environment Awards (GEAs) is to recognise, reward and promote outstanding individuals and golf courses, no matter how big or small, for the time and effort they have put into protecting and preserving their unique surroundings.
If you think your golf club is providing a positive contribution to the environment then why why not enter the awards.
Applicants to the Golf Environment Awards can choose from four categories to enter:
1. Environmental Golf Course of the Year
Rewarded to golf clubs that brilliantly demonstrate efficient management across each of the following areas:
- Nature Conservation Management
- Turfgrass Management
- Waste Management
- Water Management
2. Conservation Greenkeeper Award
Rewarded to outstanding individuals who make significant contributions to the success of the clubs environmental and ecological management and hence make a fundamental positive impact on the surrounding landscape and biodiversity.
3. Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year
Rewarded to golf clubs who have implemented a successful environmental project, with clear objectives and targets on it’s contribute to a better environment and are making sound progress in fulfilling the goals of the scheme.
4. Operation Pollinator Award
Rewarded to golf clubs who consistently deliver outstanding ecological habitat creation and management to benefit pollinating insects.
A winner for each of the three GEA categories and Operation Pollinator is announced at an awards evening each January during BTME in Harrogate. The three big winners are rewarded with a £750 grant to help fund further ecology and environmental projects at their clubs and entry to the Foundation Award in Amenity Horticulture course, (BASIS recognised). The winning golf clubs and runners-up also receive considerable publicity in national and regional media in addition to their individual prizes.
For more information on this and other prizes awarded, please see the prizes page.
Entry to the awards is completely free, and we encourage every eco-concious golf club in the UK to consider submitting an application, no matter how big or small.
Getting involved is very easy, simply go the entry page and answer the questions.
The Golf Environment Awards are managed and administered by STRI and each entry is independently judged, not on the scale of project nor their financial investment, but on what the golf course has achieved and how it’s achievements have benefited the surrounding environment and local ecology.
For more information on the Golf Environment Awards please email firstname.lastname@example.org