A golf facility in the right location, designed, constructed and managed to a high standard, can not only protect the surrounding environment from damage, it can have a positive impact on the land, the air and the water environment.
There is a variety of environmental legislation in Scotland that covers everyday management practices on the golf course and in the clubhouse to make sure your facility is not having a negative impact on the environment. Legislation is set by the Scottish Government and implemented and enforced by our environmental regulators the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and other government organisations such as Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
Legislation compliance should be a priority for your golf facility. Risk assessments should be carried out and the correct procedures in place for all actions involving application, handling, storage and disposal of chemicals, hazardous materials and other turf products brought onto the site. Waste products and containers, waste water and surface water runoff should also be managed and treated to ensure quality of soil, waterbodies and groundwater is not adversely affected.
Rigorous training and awareness raising of responsibilities for every member of staff will help to avoid negligence and prevent pollution however procedures should also be in place in the event of an incident or emergency occurring.
These pages contain links to key environmental legislation affecting golf club management along with best practice guidelines to help make sure your golf club minimises its impact on the environment.