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New Edition of Sustainable Golf Development Guidelines

Golf Environment Organization

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First released in 2010, this updated edition of the guidelines brings together over 55 innovative examples and compelling insights from leading figures in golf development from across the globe demonstrating why golf continues to be more than a game.

In recent years, the sport has shown that it is adapting to address future challenges, and new projects are pushing the boundaries of conventional golf course design. The examples within this new edition have come about to meet challenges faced, such as resource availability, personal time constraints, tighter land restrictions and increasing social challenges. This next generation of golf developments are delivering greater benefits for their social and natural environments whilst providing multiuse recreational facilities for all generations.

Endorsed by many of the major industry associations in golf development and sustainability, the guidelines examine the process of realising a golf development from site selection right through the design and construction process to opening day and beyond. The guidelines compliment the OnCourse® Developments programme’s ethos by being open and applicable to every kind of proposed golf course from large resort developments to smaller scale golf facilities.

Sam Thomas, Manager of Golf Development at GEO explained: ‘Since 2010, the industry has moved forward at pace and there have been so many great examples of sustainable golf development. The guidelines have been refreshed to include these new real-world examples and also to more closely align with the current dialogue in the sustainability world; along with last year’s release of the International Voluntary Standard and OnCourse®Developments programme for golf developments.’

In this publication are examples of river restoration in the South of Portugal; Zero chemical construction and maintenance in the Caribbean and Scandinavia; renovation with 33% reduction in resource consumption in the U.S. and support for local communities and education in South America. This whole world view of sustainable golf development and the alignment with the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals is vital to the continued growth and prosperity of the sustainable golf development movement.

View the full story and download the guidelines here.

Schupan Recycling Is The LPGA Volvik Championship’s Official Sustainability Partner

By The Original Golf Blogger

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Michigan’s Schupan Recycling, the nation’s largest independent processor of used beverage containers, has once again partnered with the LPGA Volvik Championship to provide recycling and composting of waste materials.

The LPGA Volvik Championshipo will be played May 22 – 28 at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor.

“At the 2016 LPGA Volvik Championship, we achieved a 28 percent diversion rate through recycling and compost programs,” said Jessica Loding, Assistant Director of Events for Schupan Recycling. “That translates to 3.54 tons of recycled and composted material, equaling 7,080 pounds of material, diverted from the landfill.”

At the 2016 LPGA Volvik Championship, Schupan Recycling collected:

  • 1,556 lbs of plastic (primarily water bottles)
  • 192 lbs of aluminum cans
  • 3,960 lbs of cardboard
  • 119 lbs of scrap metal
  •  825 lbs of paper
  • 428 lbs of food waste

“We’re thrilled to work with the LPGA and the LPGA Volvik Championship again,” said Loding. “Last year proved the need to expand on-course compost collection while maintaining used beverage container and cardboard recycling.”

The LPGA Volvik Championship’s and Schupan’s sustainability efforts are being recognized. In June, Loding and Tournament Director Keith Karbo will travel to the Green Sports Alliance Annual Summit in Sacramento, California to represent the LPGA in a panel discussion and presentation about sustainability in golf.

“We are honored to be included in the Green Sports Alliance program this year,” said Karbo. “When we created the Volvik Championship, we wanted to create a new standard for best practices. We’re incredibly proud of what the tournament has accomplished and look forward to growing the sustainability program in the years to come.”

Read more here.

Two Big Steps for Sustainability in Golf

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The Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Association (FEGGA) has developed a new strategy for sustainable golf course management and San Francisco’s Olympic Club has become the first club in North America to release a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

FEGGA’s 24 European national greenkeeping organisations will promote and endorse the association’s plan, which ’embraces golf’s potential to produce multiple benefits for nature and man’.

The plan outlines a three-dimensional sustainability strategy for the industry.

It focuses on achieving positive results in resource consumption, biodiversity, waste, pollution and extent of managed turf.

Other areas include research and education, and improving transparency and developing community outreach.

Olafur Thor Agustsson, Chairman of FEGGA, said: “This is the first time that the daily practitioners of golf’s grassroots movement agree on a strategy for such an important aspect of our industry’s future”.

FEGGA has released a document showing how progress will be monitored and how awareness of the strategy will be raised.

Steve Isaac, Director of Sustainability at R&A, said: “It is extremely encouraging to see the greenkeeping profession in Europe, through FEGGA, promoting sustainability for golf course management…The R&A has led this cause, but only the implementation of accepted best practice by the professionals who care for our golf courses, and transparent reporting through systems such as OnCourse, will convince everyone that the sport can bring economic, environmental and social benefits.”

In addition, the R&A will host two Sustainability in Golf seminars in Japan and Korea, exploring sustainable practice to encourage responsible and practical golf facility development, renovation and course management and a wide range of issues including the social and environmental opportunities and threats facing the development and management of golf facilities.

Elsewhere in the golf community, San Francisco’s Olympic Club has become the first club in North America to release a comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, detailing transparency in operations related to the environment, community, and economy as well as showing the aesthetics, performance, and playability of a top 100 course.

Read the full article here.

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