Practical Ways to improve Energy Efficiency in Golf Facilities (SGEG 2007)

Key steps in producing an Energy Policy and Plan (SGEG 2010)

Energy Savings Trust (EST) Flyer

Energy Savings Trust –Audit Application Form (2010)

Small Business Loans Brochure (EST 2010)

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

SGU / R&A Fund for Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies

Useful EST publications

Carbon Trust - Business Carbon Calculator

Useful Carbon Trust Publications

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Energy use spans across all areas of a golf club’s activities: in the club house (offices, meeting rooms, bar, restaurant, kitchens, locker rooms and pro-shop) and on the golf course (use of greenkeeping machinery, pumping irrigation water and operation of maintenance facility).

Although in the grand scheme of things, golf clubs are relatively modest users of energy, the average annual expenditure on energy for a typical Scottish golf club is some £15-18,000 which is a significant part of a club’s controllable running costs. Potential savings of 10-20% of a club’s energy bill are in many cases quite easily achievable, simply through a combination of good housekeeping management in and around the club house and energy efficiency projects.

Benefits from being more energy aware may be apparent in other ways too; by more careful management and upkeep of machinery it is possible to extend the working life of equipment through less wear and tear, less frequent breakdowns, less noise and less wastage of fuels and lubricants. While these benefits may not be so visible to golfers, they are, for example, likely to appreciate higher quality, less disease prone playing surfaces resulting from having better maintained mowing machines that run more evenly and have sharper cutting blades.

This is a good illustration to show that energy management is not a stand-alone topic aside from day-to-day golf course management. It is an integral part of best practice turfgrass management, it relates to waste and water management, all of which form part of the wider environmental dimension of golf course and golf club management.

In addition to saving money and increasing durability and efficiency of machinery, clubs can also reduce their Carbon Footprint and contribute to national CO2 reduction targets.

These pages contain downloadable information to help your club become more energy efficient. For more information on how to make your business more energy efficient and financial assistance opportunities go to the Government funded Energy Saving Trust website. The Energy Saving Trust can also provide free Energy Audits. An Application form can be downloaded on the left.

Golf clubs that reach a high level in this area may be eligible for the Scottish Golf Environment Certificate for Energy.