STRI Group and The R&A announce the winners of the 2019 Golf Environment Awards
At a ceremony in Harrogate, England, the winners of the four Golf Environment Awards (GEA) categories were acclaimed by their peers.
Aldeburgh Golf Club took the main award, Environmental Golf Course of the Year 2019, for their achievement of producing an almost perfect blend of course and ecology. Nature and playing areas come together to the point where it is hard to tell where one begins and another stops, and this has been managed without sacrificing the playability of the course.
Phil Stain, Course Manager at Notts Hollinwell Golf Club won Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year 2019.
Wylihof Golf Club from Switzerland became the first international winner at the GEA in receiving the accolade of Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year 2019, for building a teeing ground which also serves as a nesting ground for kingfishers, a sanctuary for reptiles and an insect hotel.
Operation Pollinator 2019 was won by Corhampton Golf Club for creating big new expanses of habitat for pollinators.
STRI ecology consultant, Rowan Rumball, said: “Huge congratulations to the winners and finalists of this year’s awards. We have been amazed by the work that golf clubs and greenkeepers are doing for the ecological and environmental wellbeing of their courses and within the local community.”
The R&A is the Lead Partner of the GEA and Steve Isaac, Director – Sustainability, commented: “The GEA is an opportunity to recognise the great environmental work being achieved at golf clubs. All of the finalists have made a notable contribution to protecting nature and, as a result, benefitting communities.”