Golf Environment Awards announce nominees

Golf Environment Awards 2024

The nominees for the 2024 Golf Environment Awards (GEAs) have been announced.

Aiming to recognise, reward and promote outstanding individuals and golf courses for the time and effort they put into protecting and preserving their surroundings, the GEAs were launched in 1995 and consist of six categories, each tailored to a different environmental focus.

Syngenta supports the Operation Pollinator Award, which recognises outstanding ecological habitat creation and management and was won last year by Corhampton Golf Club.

Richard Stuttard, director of STRI Group, which hosts the awards, said: “We’re so impressed that after 28 years we continue to receive an incredible number of submissions from golf clubs across the UK and internationally. 

“The standard of entries is high every year and it is amazing to see the work that golf clubs do for the environment and nature."

Stella Rixon, senior turfgrass agronomist at STRI Group said: “Shortlisting the applications this year has been a joy. From working alongside golf clubs on a day-to-day basis, you see first-hand how much greenkeepers care about conservation, sustainability and the ecology on the grounds. It’s great to shed light on the continuous activity taking place at clubs.”  

Syngenta’s recent report ‘Golf & Social Media: Sustainability’ highlighted a need for the golf industry to “speak up” on sustainability and communicate positive case studies and stories.

Huntercombe Golf Club

A final judging day for the GEAs will take place in November 2023 with representatives from The R&A, Aquatrols, BIGGA, Jacobsen, Syngenta and Tillers Turf. This will determine the winner of each category, set to be announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 24 January 2024 at The Crown Hotel, Harrogate.

All winners receive a £750 grant to help fund further ecological and environmental projects at their clubs, a visit from an agronomic consultant, entry to the Foundation Award in Amenity Horticulture Course, BIGGA membership for the Conservation Champion award winner and promotional materials to display across digital platforms.

The 2024 Nominees

Conservation Champion

  • Brampton Golf Club
  • Garmouth and Kingston Golf Club
  • Huntercombe Golf Club
  • Nairn Dunbar Golf Links

Ecological Project of the Year

  • Canterbury Golf Club
  • Cirencester Golf Club
  • Formby Ladies Golf Club
  • Wentworth Club

Operation Pollinator Award

  • Goring & Streatley Golf Club
  • Heswall Golf Club
  • Huntercombe Golf Club
  • Warren Golf Club

Sustainable Project of the Year

  • Kingarrock Hickory Golf Club
  • Royal Dornoch Golf Club
  • St Andrews Links
  • Carnoustie Golf Links

International Environmental Golf Course

  • Golf della Montecchia Italy
  • Minthis Golf Club, Cyprus
  • Mjölby Golf Club, Sweden
  • The Royal Dublin Golf Club, Ireland

UK Environmental Golf Course of the Year

  • Colmworth Golf Club
  • The Gog Magog Golf Club
  • Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club
  • St Anne’s Old Links Golf Club