The Blairgowrie Golf Club, host venue of the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup, has been recognised for its contribution to the environment and community by achieving GEO Certified™ status, the international mark of sustainability in golf.
Celebrating 125 years, the club and its three coursesare steeped in history, located in a stunning landscape on the edge of the Perthshire market town.
To become GEO Certified™, the club demonstrated their commitment and value across diverse sustainability topics, including nature; water; energy; supply chain; pollution control; and community.
Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Director said: “Congratulations to all those involved who work so hard to run the club and courses. Blairgowrie Golf Club is a tremendous local asset – bringing valuable income and investment to the town; providing healthy recreation to people of all ages and also conserving a landscape rich in wildlife. This is another major contribution to the Ryder Cup GreenDrive.”
Hamish Grey, Chief Executive of the Scottish Golf Union added: “This achievement highlights the kind of social and environmental contribution made by many golf clubs across Scotland. Blairgowrie have received environmental advice and support from our subsidiary organisation the Scottish Golf Environment Group (SGEG). We hope other clubs will follow their lead by utilising this free service and the free OnCourse™ programme and become more prominent by achieving golf’s ecolabel.”
Douglas Cleeton, Managing Secretary of the Blairgowrie Golf Club said: “We are delighted to have achieved this great accolade, which is testament to the conscious approach taken by our staff and committee members. Our golfers also gain immense pride and enjoyment from the courses and surrounding landscape, and this process has helped us identify further positive actions we can take in the future.”
Highlights of Blairgowrie’s sustainability work include:
Read the GEO Report about Blairgowrie Golf Club here
The Ryder Cup GreenDrive is a multi-partner initiative, led by Ryder Cup Europe and supported by the Scottish Government, aiming to integrate sustainability across all aspects of one of the world’s most visible sporting events. A comprehensive agenda of social and environmental issues is being addressed across venue management; temporary staging; outreach and legacy; and communications.
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