Having a Club Environmental Policy and adopting an Environmental Action Plan at your golf facility will ensure that previous environmental achievements, current environmental practices and future planned projects are properly understood, documented and coordinated to ensure positive progress is achieved. In the long term, it will assist in resource and financial planning for activities and aid communication and continuity with staff and committee members.
An Environmental Action Plan including a range of environmental activity across the whole facility can:
Help to protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the facility.
Help avoid negative impacts on the environment and ensure full legal compliance.
Ensure efficient use of resources and reduce wastage of materials leading to cost savings.
Increase environmental knowledge and understanding amongst staff, members and visitors.
Identify sources of advice, funding and other resources through appropriate external partnerships and community involvement.
Drive performance, improve forward planning and could lead to gaining local and international respect and recognition
We would recommend that all golf facilities utilise our free downloadable guidance documents and contact us for assistance and the use of our templates to produce an Environmental Policy and Environmental Action Plan which covers all the relevant environmental issues affecting a golf facility.
Recording, monitoring and benchmarking
Effective recording and monitoring of all chemicals, materials and labour resources used in course management is important to monitor course performance.
We recommend the free online system provided by The R&A Coursetracker. This system can also enable a club to monitor past usage and trends and to compare and benchmark usage anonymously against similar courses in the country. See https://www.coursetracker.org/ or contact us directly for for more information.
In the wider golf facility other resources such as water, energy and waste should also be recorded and monitored so savings can be made. See our Supply Chain advice pages for more info on support available.