Golf Business International member Stefano Boni is celebrating after achieving GEO certification for Castelfalfi, one of Italy’s leading golf resorts.
Working in his role as agronomist and ecology officer for the Italian Golf Federation, the principal of Stefano Boni Golf Services Company has now guided 12 clubs to achieve ‘golf’s most comprehensive and widely regarded sustainability distinction’.
Boni, who is based in Livorno, Italy, said: “This is the 12th club I have helped, on behalf of the Italian Golf Federation, to achieve certification or re-certification, and the first of 2019. This achievement is a credit to the entire Italian golf community. Here, sustainability permeates every aspect of the management: clean energy production; irrigation with harvested and reclaimed water; organic farming; multi-functionality and community engagement; cultural heritage protection; and much more. I am sure GEO certification will help this excellent and prestigious facility to acquire an even greater profile on the international stage.”
In addition to his degree in agronomics, Boni, who joined Golf Business International last year, also has a four-year superintendent diploma, a five-year club manager diploma, a CMAE club manager diploma, and is a qualified rules official.
As a member of Golf Business International, he provides freelance consultancy services to golf clubs and associations, and has been with the Italian Golf Federation as agronomist and ecology officer since 2011. He helps the federation provide turfgrass and sustainability services to all affiliated clubs; promotes the GEO certification and the use of OnCourse program at national level; carried out Ryder Cup 2022 environmental initiatives; and had a supervisory role at the Italian Open.