The internet contains thousands of resources produced to support greenkeepers and golf management teams.
Here is a selection of the best from the UK and beyond:
What is Sustainable Golf?
Visitors to golfenvironment.org are invited to take a quick tour through the action areas for sustainable golf. GEO’s ‘What is Sustainable Golf?’ discusses the key issues and opportunities for golf course managers and their club colleagues. This section of the GEO site also features PDF resources and links to other internet resources of note.
Also worth exploring the Play your Part section of the GEO website, linked directly from the GEO home page.
R&A The Golf Course
The R&A defines sustainability as: “optimising theplaying quality ofyour golf course, in harmony with the conservation of its natural environment, undereconomically sound andsocially responsible management”.
The Golf Course website at randa.org is targeted at golf club decision makers with the executive power to initiate and drive change, which focuses on the sustainable management and development of golf courses.
With guidance on sustainable practices and a database of international case studies, features and news bulletins, this website provides decision makers at golf facilities with practical help, so that they can realise the benefits of adopting the principles of sustainable management.
Greener golf is a new initiative from the EGU, part funded by The R&A, and developed by STRI.
It aims to provide high quality, golf-specific, environmental advice to all English golf clubs and encourages golf clubs to form an environmental sub-committee and to generate an environmental policy document.
English Golf Union Carbon Calculator
The EGU Carbon Calculator is a quick and easy way of determining your golf club’s carbon footprint. Once complete, the resultant figure indicates your club’s baseline carbon footprint level which can be annually monitored and compared following the implementation of energy saving initiatives at the club.
The Carbon Calculator also provides a breakdown of the factors contributing to your club’s carbon footprint. This in turn allows the club to develop a more tailored approach to becoming a more efficient and sustainable facility.
Scottish Golf Union/Scottish Golf Environment Group guidance
Check out the SGEG website for a huge range of environmental guidelines comvering ecology, water, energy, waste and much more.
The Greenkeepers Training Committee
Employers and greenkeepers have support through training and often free expert advice to develop a practical policy document to ensure members and visitors enjoy their golf and at the same time enjoy the flora and fauna.
The GTC has also written environmental best practice and sustainability into their educational modules and standards for greenkeeper education.
- Rough Guide to Semi-Mature Tree Transplantation (0.99MB)
- Wildflowers in Ecological Rough (2.41MB)
- James Hutchinson's Report on Wildflowers in an Ecological Rough
- Quantifying Ecosystem Services of Golf Courses (1.65MB)
- Quantifying Ecosystem Services of Golf Courses by Alex Caldwell
- Greenish Warbler Article (845kb)
- Checklist - Water Efficiency MoT - Making Every Drop Count (120kb)
- Checklist - Drought MoT (116kb)
- Checklist - Water Resources Permitting MoT (101kb)
- Checklist - Water Resources Management MoT (107kb)