‘Home of Golf’ wins prestigious ecological award

By Alistair February 20, 2015 22:52 Updated

St Andrews Links, the ‘Home of Golf’, has earned the prestigious GEO Certified® ecolabel in recognition of its long-term sustainability commitment and achievements.

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St Andrews Links Trust, which manages the seven courses including the Old Course, at Europe’s biggest golf complex was the first Open venue to achieve the certification in 2011 with the re-certification coming as the Links prepares to host the 2015 Open Championship in July.

The Links has operated a sustainability programme for many years with GEO’s three-yearly re-certification process highlighting the high standards for sustainable management of links turf based on traditional practices as well as the strength of the interrelationship between the courses and the town.

A number of sustainability measures were highlighted, including:

  • A new sheep grazing project to improve grassland species’ diversity and habitat on over two hectares of grassland.
  • Very significant improvements in waste reduction, energy conservation and water conservation.
  • The implementation of a rainwater harvesting project at the Jubilee Maintenance Facility.
  • A new food waste composting facility at the Eden Maintenance Facility.
  • Significant improvements in the efficiency of the irrigation system.
  • Construction of the new Tom Morris building, incorporating multiple passive energy saving measures and giving energy savings in the storage and distribution process.
  • Significant improvements in the proportions of supplies sourced from within the 100 mile distance band.

Jonathan Smith, CEO of GEO and editorial advisor to Greenkeeping, said: “As the most iconic place in golf we are delighted that St Andrews Links Trust continues to develop and implement innovative measures within their stewardship of nature, effective and efficient resource management, and community involvement.”


By Alistair February 20, 2015 22:52 Updated

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