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New Opportunities for Sustainable Golf Tourism

Strategic partnership between GEO and IAGTO announced
At the latest International Golf Travel Market in the Portuguese Algarve region, a strategic partnership was announced between the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) and the Global Organization for Golf Tourism (IAGTO). The goal of the partnership is to support and promote sustainability in golf tourism around the world.

KLM Open again the most sustainable golf event on the tour

Results released of second Sustainable Golf Index of 82 global golf tournaments
On September 18, 2012, international CSR consultancy Between-us revealed the results of the second Sustainable Golf Index, a benchmark measuring the perceived sustainability of professional golf tournaments. The Netherlands’ KLM Open, an official tournament on the PGA European Tour, is ranked as the most sustainable golf event on the tour after a close finish with the Belas Clube de Campo Senior Open de Portugal.

PGA of America and PGA Village receive sustainable certification

Audubon Sustainable Golf Facility Program helps golf courses become more sustainable
Founded in 1916, the PGA of America is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and is made up of more than 28,000 men and women golf professional members. As “the experts in the game and business of golf,” the PGA of America’s undertaking has been to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.

Golfing destination Catalunya: Sustainability holds positive business case for top courses

Results released of sustainability research with five Catalan top golf venues
In Barcelona, International CSR consultancy and initiator of the Sustainable Golf Project, Between-us, revealed the results of the research project on sustainability with five Catalan courses. The courses were benchmarked on people, planet, profit issues according to the benchmark methodology of the Sustainable Golf Project. The study revealed that although the Catalan courses consume less water than the sector average, they can save significant amounts. Based upon consumer pricing this can add up to €900.000,- per year on eco-efficiencies such as water- and energy use.

Results Golfers Survey announced

Golfers appreciate a more sustainable golf course
During the summer of 2012, a questionnaire was distributed amongst golfers from across the globe. The objective of the survey was to identify drivers and the level of willingness of golfers to contribute to a more sustainable golf course. The main research conclusions were:
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Golf courses improve water quality

Employee education and efficient irrigation
Sanibel Natural Resources director James Evans told City Council Tuesday that Sanibel's golf courses have made tremendous improvements in the past year toward complying with the city's Golf Course Nutrient and Lake Management program.
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Effective sustainability strategy in practice: KLM Open

Solar powered golf carts at the event
The Dutch KLM Open was awarded the most sustainable golf event in Europe over 2010. The organizers of the KLM Open, TIG Sports, are proud of having achieved this. GOLFjournaal is interviewing Emilie Fokker of TIG Sports.
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A ‘Zero Waste’ Golf Course: Is It Possible?

Waste not, want not
Grandpa used to say, “Waste not, want not.” Dairy Creek Golf Club in San Luis Obispo, Calif., is taking that phrase literally and making efforts to become the first zero-waste golf facility in the nation. The overall goal is to recycle and reuse all products used at the golf facility and completely eliminate the need to haul any waste to the landfill.
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Sustainable innovations in golf

How active are European golf events on sustainability?
Golf courses and golf events need to become more sustainable. The Dutch Golf Federation invests €250k for certification of golf courses by the Golf Environmental Organization (GEO). A recurring issue at golf courses in southern Europe is water management. To preserve golf courses, large amounts of water are needed. Water, that especially in these regions is scarce. An innovation to combat this problem is bio-membrane technology.

Rice given green jacket as Augusta National lets women join club

Home of Masters admits women for first time in 80-year history
The hallowed fairways of Augusta National, the home of golf's annual Masters tournament, are being opened up to women for the first time, ending an increasingly controversial and anachronistic ban on female membership which had survived for 80 years.
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