Golf is enjoyed by millions across the globe, both as participants and spectators, and there are now more than 30,000 golf courses worldwide, each having an increasingly important part to play within their local environment.
In recognising the importance of golf courses and the greenkeepers that look after them, the Golf Environment Awards were created in 1995 (originally the BIGGA Golf Environment Competition), their main aim being to recognise and reward the most environmentally focussed golf clubs within the UK.
Applicants can choose from three categories to enter: Environmental Golf Club of the Year, Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year, and Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year. In addition, entries for our partner Operation Pollinator award can now also be submitted as part of the GEA application.
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 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. For more information on other prizes up for grabs, check out the Prizes tab in the menu above!
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.
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.
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.