GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf and BIGGA are to launch a ‘Highlight of the Month Competition’ to showcase real-life examples of sustainable practices from courses around the world and give people the chance to vote for their favourites.
A new celebration of sustainable golf innovation is launching to help inspire more greenkeepers to share their successes. Sustainable Golf Highlight of the Month will showcase real-life examples of sustainable practices from courses around the world and give people the chance to vote for their favourites.
GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf and the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) have teamed up on the monthly competition to help showcase ideas from grassroots community clubs to large tournament venues and inspire more and more people to get involved.
Three finalists will be selected every month, sharing work in one of three sustainability areas – nature, resources and community. Followers will then have the opportunity to crown a winner by voting for their favourite on social media, with the first vote on Thursday, January 27.
Jamie Graham, Communications Manager, GEO Foundation, said: “We’re always looking for new ways to celebrate the great sustainability work being done on golf courses worldwide and we’re delighted to partner with BIGGA on this initiative. Golf can bring so much value to nature and people and it’s exciting to get more greenkeepers sharing ideas and telling that story.”
Over 1,200 proven examples are already available on the sustainable.golf website. Any golf facility can enter by sharing a Sustainable Golf Highlight before the end of each month with an easy–to-use tool. Examples can be easily filtered by topic or country. Get involved today!
GEO Foundation held a Sustainable Golf Highlight of the Year competition at the close of 2021, with GEO Certified Minthis Golf Club in Cyprus winning the title. Their story described how birds’ nests are hidden in irrigation boxes to keep them and their chicks undisturbed by golfers.
The Cypriot club narrowly beat Glenelg Golf Club in Australia in the final. Glenelg invited diners to ‘eat their way around the course’ by sampling edible indigenous plants and learning about sustainable agriculture.
In addition, GEO Foundation will also have a monthly sustainable golf feature in BIGGA’s Greenkeeper International magazine throughout 2022 and have a stand at this year’s BTME in March where they’re looking forward to catching up face-to-face with people from across the industry.
Follow Sustainable Golf on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to see more highlights and updates from the sustainable golf community. And don’t forget to cast your vote.