New guide for sustainable course renovations
A new guide created by GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf is set to help courses improve value and productivity as they embark on significant renovation projects.
Sustainable Golf Renovations showcases worldwide examples of courses that have invested to increase their resilience against external pressures and innovate for the long-term future.
With the recent global pandemic, extreme weather events and cost of living volatility, golf businesses around the world have been exposed to unforeseen challenges, sometimes in addition to cost pressures of replacing equipment or infrastructure coming to the end of its lifecycle.
The guide addresses ways to mitigate against these pressures through ways such as diversification, securing control over water and energy supplies, minimizing reliance on external supply chains and enhancing the local environment.
Sustainability in focus
Earlier this month, Sustainable Golf Week brought an increased focus on the importance of sustainability and the measures courses around the world are taking now to improve and enhance the environment around them with an eye on the future.
You can learn more about the sustainability efforts of clubs, organizations and individual change-makers who are preserving, enhancing and innovating to protect the future of golf and the planet here.
Commenting on the week, Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf, said: “The world has limited time to overcome the twin challenges of nature loss and climate change. We need leaders, and golf has both the natural fit and natural advantage to deliver amongst all sports.”
Fighting the tide
While course improvements and enhancements play a pivotal role in futureproofing a golf course business, so too does the storytelling around it.
Golf & Social Media: Sustainability revealed a negative perception towards golf courses, particularly on the subjects of land use, water and its impact on nature.
It emphasized the need for golf courses to “speak up” about the work they are doing to improve and enhance the natural environment, cut down on resources and engage with their local communities.