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STRI UK environmental golf course of the year 2014

Dundonald Links continued efforts to demonstrate environmental sustainability and best practice, whilst maintaining a world-class golf course, have been recognised after the course has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘UK Environmental Golf Course of the Year’ 2014 by the world’s leading sports turf consultancy, STRI.

The STRI Golf Environment Awards highlight effective and sustainable projects being managed by individual golf courses across the UK and reward the individuals that are making real improvements to their local environment and quality of life for the future. The winners from the three awards categories were revealed during BTME, Europe’s leading showcase for turf professionals and buyers.

The 2014 winners are:

Environmental Golf Course of the Year – Dundonald Links, Ayrshire

Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year – Richard Owens, Boston West, Lincolnshire

Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year – Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire

The awards are supported by a group of sponsors committed to supporting and promoting proven sustainable projects within golf clubs – Syngenta, County Turf, Ransomes Jacobsen, Farmura, Greenkeeping, Golf Monthly, Operation Pollinator, BIGGA and Greenkeeper International.

Each award winner showcased environmental sustainability, best practice and its importance in ensuring the perfect playing experience. Winners were selected following a rigorous inspection of over 30 UK golf clubs by STRI’s team of experts. Each entry was independently judged on demonstrable environmental achievements and outcomes.

“The standard this year was higher than ever and it is abundantly clear that, amongst the clubs we visited, environmental considerations are a top priority. Eco issues are certainly a key issue for club managers as they directly influence the quality and overall playing experience of the facility.

“It is encouraging to see just how many golf clubs are ensuring that ecology and wildlife management is now an integral part of the day to day maintenance being carried out on UK courses. With our new awards format in place, this year’s winners have all displayed an unrivalled level of commitment and energy in delivering first class courses whilst successfully enhancing their own local environment at the same time.”

Bob Taylor, STRI’s Ecology & Environment Manager

Frank Clarkson, Dundonald Links course superintendent said:

“Dundonald Links is delighted to be the recipient of the prestigious Golf Environment Awards Course of the Year 2014. We are honoured and humbled to sit amongst some of the country’s finest examples of golf clubs who embrace best practice.

“The one thing which repeatedly echoed throughout the awards ceremony was the enthusiasm for sustainable golf, deriving from not only passion for land management, but also a good understanding of social responsibility and economics. By embracing all of these factors, golf club employees are effective contributors to the business of golf.”