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New Zealand golf bodies make sustainability pledge

The R&A strongly advocates for national associations and individual golf facilities to be proactive in sustainability and works with the GEO Foundation to encourage adoption of the OnCourse® platform to ensure best practice in golf course management.

Last month, the golf bodies of New Zealand announced their unified support for a new national initiative that will drive the sport’s sustainability performance to new heights over the coming months and years.

The bold statement came at the launch of OnCourse® New Zealand, a national version of the international program developed and assured by the GEO Foundation.

Dean Murphy, the CEO of New Zealand Golf (NZG), which is an affiliate of The R&A, launched the initiative from Remuera Golf Club in Auckland – the home of NZG, the Golf Managers Association of New Zealand (GMANZ) and the New Zealand Golf Industry Council (NZGIC).

“All of the associations felt it was time to take our existing efforts in environmental stewardship and social value to the next level,” said Murphy.

“We see this as vital to the long-term health of our clubs and the sport and we also want to make a meaningful contribution to the issues that we know are of significant concern for the people of New Zealand.

“OnCourse New Zealand will become the engine room of club support and engagement, performance measurement and sharing many inspiring grassroots stories, that’s why New Zealand Golf is committing investment to these important issues and support for our clubs.”

Spencer Cooper, board member of the NZ Golf Course Superintendents Association, said, “This is a very exciting moment for golf in New Zealand and a tremendous reinforcement of the stewardship and care that greenkeepers try to deliver day in and day out across the country. Joining OnCourse will enable our members to review and track their practices, key performance data and highlights, which will also help them plan and deliver new and exciting projects.”

The NZ Golf Industry Council chairman, Des Topp, added, “These important issues need the whole of golf to unite in the commitment, the action and the promotion of the results. We look forward to helping coordinate and represent what this great sport does to foster nature, conserve resources and build healthy, sustainable communities across New Zealand.”

Steve Isaac, Director of Sustainability at The R&A, said, “This is an important step for the golf bodies in New Zealand and the adoption of OnCourse as a national initiative will help to set the standards for sustainability and encourage best practice in the management and maintenance of golf facilities throughout the country.”

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