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Golf Environment Awards 2021 launched

  • STRI opens up entries for the 2021 GEA.
  • Clubs from across Europe invited to apply.
  • Award categories include Environmental Golf Course of the Year and Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year.

STRI has announced that the application process for the 2021 Golf Environment Awards is now open.

The GEAs provides the platform from which the golf industry can demonstrate environmental excellence in all its forms, ranging from relatively simple but effective projects to grand scale schemes.  The awards recognise clubs and individuals that are highlighting the wide-ranging environmental benefits of golf.

Golf clubs and greenkeepers around Europe are invited to apply for the Golf Environment Awards 2021, with awards available in four categories:

  • Environmental Golf Course of the Year
  • Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year
  • Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year
  • Operation Pollinator.

Applications are being accepted up to midnight on 7 August 2020 to give entrants additional time to put together an application during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

This year, for the first time, a panel of judges selected from across the golf industry will choose the winners from this year’s entrants.  A £750 grant will be awarded to the winner of each category to invest in environmental and ecological projects at the club.

A shortlist of finalists will be chosen from categories’ entrants and they will receive a visit from an STRI consultant who will perform an onsite ecological and environmental assessment, using current social distancing advice from the government in relation to Covid-19.

Senior environment consultant, Sophie Olejnik, said “We are so excited to be launching the 2021 Golf Environment Awards and, despite current circumstances, we want to remain positive and celebrate all that is good in golf. We hope that the addition of our new judging panel and prizes will entice more of you to enter and be part of the Golf Environment Awards family.”

The R&A is the lead partner for the GEA and its Director – Sustainability, Steve Isaac, said “We would encourage all clubs, however big or small, to enter. Entry is free and each entrant will be assessed upon its own merits.  This is an opportunity to showcase the depth and variety of sustainable action being undertaken by the vast majority of golf clubs.”

Golf clubs from across Europe can now enter the 2021 Golf Environment Awards at 

For more information contact STRI’s planning and environment team, on +44 (0)1274 565131 or email