The R&A has launched a new website, targeted at decision makers in golf facilities with the executive power to initiate and drive change, which focuses on the sustainable management and development of golf courses.

“The launch of the new The Golf Course website is a natural evolution of The R&A’s continuing commitment to improving the sustainability of the game’s playing environment” said Peter Dawson, The R&A’s Chief Executive.

“As golf’s environmental credentials come under ever-increasing legislative scrutiny, The R&A remains dedicated to providing front-line support and guidance to assist golf courses to meet these challenges.”

With guidance on sustainable practices and a database of international case studies, features and news bulletins, the website will provide decision makers at golf facilities with practical help, so that they can realise the benefits of adopting the principles of sustainable management.

The Golf Course website promises increased revenue through the development of greater year-round playability and reduced costs through more efficient practices and reductions in unnecessary inputs.

The new website also encourages a four-fold process of developing and maintaining high standards of playing performance, building financial security, protecting and enhancing natural ecosystems and promoting the game’s environmental benefits to wider, non-golfing audiences.

For more about how golf courses can become more profitable, for the business, the environment and the community, and to find out how The R&A employs environmental best practice at The Open each year, visit