Driving The Green: Sustainable Golf Week Set For 3 October

Hosted by the GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf, the inaugural Sustainable Golf Week will put the spotlight on industry efforts to build a greener future for the game.

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Between Monday 3 October and Sunday 9 October, Sustainable Golf Week will spotlight golf’s achievements in sustainability; celebrate the eco-friendly actions of many golf courses, developers, designers, tournaments, players and companies; and promote what still needs to be done in this UN Decade of Action to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The week is hosted by the GEO Foundation For Sustainable Golf. Founded 16 years ago, it is an international non-profit organization set up to help reward, support and inspire credible sustainable action taken within golf.

Under its #DrivingTheGreen theme across several mainstream and social media initiatives, Sustainable Golf Week will champion the work of leaders across the golf industry with inspirational examples and ideas on the practical steps that everyone involved in the sport can make to move the green agenda forward. You can follow on social @sustainablegolf

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The Club at Nine Bridges

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The week will focus on a number of key topics and parts of golf including – grassroots clubs and courses, tournaments, developments and innovations – with a range of daily highlights, features and social media posts. It will also help further engage golfers, raising awareness about how they and their clubs can make a difference in fostering nature, conserving resources, strengthening communities and taking climate action.

“Sustainable Golf Week provides an opportunity for people across the sport to connect around a common purpose – to make sure that golf becomes established as a credible global leader in sustainability and climate action,” said Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of the international non-profit GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf. “It is about helping to bring some stronger collective focus to the issues, as well as building ever greater energy and momentum to golf’s contribution. We are excited about the ways in which this week can go on to be an ever-stronger catalyst for more action and visibility for golf and sustainability around the world,” he added.

Sustainable Golf Champion and 2023 Solheim Cup Captain Suzann Pettersen is among those supporting the week’s activities: “Many environmental issues are fundamentally important to our quality of life. So whilst taking action is vital for the future of golf, we also have to play our part amongst communities, in business and also with governments. We have to be at the forefront of the global movement in sustainable sport and equally we should take time to proudly celebrate our positive contributions,” she said.

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West Cliffs, Portugal

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Leading partners and collaborators with GEO Foundation in the acceleration of sustainability in and through golf include The R&A, European Tour group, Ryder Cup Europe, Ladies European Tour, LPGA, The Toro Company, Dow, Vidauban Foundation, Visit Scotland, Galvin Green, Motocaddy, Provision Events, Sky Sports, IAGTO and some 50 industry federations and associations across 25 countries. The effort is closely aligned beyond golf, including UN Sport for Climate Action, The Gold Standard and ISEAL Alliance.

Demonstrating the reach and impact of the sustainable golf community, people and organizations in more than 75 countries are already part of a growing movement. Some of the pioneering courses, certified for many years, include: Ljunghusen GC in Sweden; Golfparc Zurichsee in Switzerland; Hirsala Golf in Finland; Koninklijke Haagsche G&CC in the Netherlands; Costa Rica Country Club; Canuelas GC in Argentina; Golf Della Montecchia in Italy; Golf du Rhin in France; Oslo GC in Norway; Royal Wellington GC in New Zealand; Berkhamsted GC and Burhill GC in England and St Andrews Links, Carnoustie and Royal Dornoch in Scotland.

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin (also of Golf Monthly)... Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?