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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.

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.

Padraigs 830-metre par three

Playing from a vertical height of 430 meters
Situated within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa, the Legend Golf and Safari Resort is home to the longest and most extreme par 3 in the world. Only accessible by helicopter, the par 3 is played from a vertical height of 430 meters. A hole-in-one on this extreme golf hole will earn the lucky golfer one million US dollars.

Sustainable Development at KLM Open

The most sustainable event in the world
From 6 to 9 September the most sustainable Golf event in the world (KLM Open) was played at the Hilversumsche Golf Club.

‘Best of British Day’ at Ricoh Women’s British Open

Stakeholder engagement at the Women's British Open
The Ricoh Women’s British Open will celebrate an amazing year of sporting triumph, the Olympics and national pride of the Diamond Jubilee with a special ‘Best of British Day’ on Saturday, 15th September of the 2012 Championship.

Environmental initiatives at Pearl Valley Golf Estates

Best practice case
Pearl Valley Golf Estates' has instituted a range of initiatives in its evolution to becoming an environmentally-friendly estate by implementing a sustainable initiative that goes beyond the golf course green. The estate is placing major emphasis on ecological activities in the food and beverage, and residential areas.

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.

Putting Golf’s 2020 Vision into Focus

HSBC's vision on future golf
Are the money launderers and interest-rate fixers at HSBC trying to peddle half-truths about the future of golf?
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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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