Sustainable Golf Resources

Photograph by: Gareth Roberts - Hankley Common Golf Club

Find the BIGGA selected, best resources produced to support greenkeepers and golf management teams from the UK and beyond.

What is Sustainable Golf?

Visitors to 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 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

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 - Environment and Sustainability guidance

Check out the Scottish Golf website for a range of environment and sustainability best practice guidance, tools, links and case studies covering topics such as nature, resource efficiency, community, funding and training opportunities.
Please visit to find out more and follow @EnvironmentGolf #sustainablegolf for Environment and Sustainability news on twitter.  
For Scotland and N. Ireland environmental legislation guidance and compliance self-assessment checklists, please visit the NetRegs website

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.



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