The R&A - Working for Golf

SUSTAINABILITY

The R&A considers sustainability in and through golf to be the sport’s contribution to wider society and the effect the game has on nature and resources, delivered by enduring businesses which provide a positive sporting, environmental and social legacy for future generations. The R&A strongly advocates sustainability across the nature, communities and resources agenda. To be considered sustainable, the golf operation (be that a new development, existing facility or golf tournament) should protect nature, benefit communities and conserve resources.

Sustainability for golf is relevant to where we play and what we play on. Golf and golf facilities can also offer much to people who don’t play the sport. Building and managing the courses on which we play golf and on which we host golf tournaments impacts on nature, communities and resources. Everyone involved in golf should do their best to ensure that these are positive impacts, whilst providing a great golf experience.

NATURE, COMMUNITIES, RESOURCES

The sustainability agenda for golf can be described under these three headings.

Nature reflects the environment in which golf is played; its impact on the sport and the sport’s impact on the natural world.

Communities concerns how golf can benefit the people that live close to a golf facility, and the interaction between golf and its neighbours.

Resources considers the requirement for manpower, machinery and materials and how a sustainable approach to the development and management of golf courses can bring cost savings and enhance revenue opportunities.

NATURE

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NATURE

A large part of the enjoyment from playing golf is derived from the natural location of its courses.  We need to work with nature in the design and management of our courses, adapting to climate change and measuring  our impact.

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITIES

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COMMUNITIES

Golf positively contributes to the financial, environmental and social well-being of the communities in which it is played.  Society now expects businesses to address concerns around water, pollution, energy and waste.  Golf must face up to its responsibilities and play its part in addressing societal issues.

RESOURCES

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Golf needs to conserve scarce resources and utilise others in an efficient manner, which will contribute towards the success of the business. The resources required by golf would include labour, machinery, water, fertiliser, pesticides and materials such as sand.

Support

Greenkeeping scholarships

An R&A Greenkeeping Scholarship provides a contribution towards education costs and a unique range of opportunities which will enhance any CV.

 

OnCourse

This online service features best practice self-assessments, guidance and resources, a data centre to gather and track key performance indicators, a highlights tool to help share stories and a tool which generates an annual sustainability report.

 

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The ‘R&A Evidence Fields’ describes the key metrics that should be recorded to assess the quality of the golf experience across the nature, resources and communities agenda. 

‘How you can help care for your course’ encourages golfers to show respect for their fellow golfers and greenkeepers by showing respect for, and caring for, the golf course.

‘Affordable golf facility development: growing the game’ describes the wide range of golf facilities that can be built; from driving ranges and pitch and putt courses through to full length 18 hole courses.  There is guidance on what is required to develop and maintain a golf facility, together with examples of successful developments that provide access for all and good business models.

‘Course policy document’ provides all the information you will need to produce your own management guide on roles and responsibilities, course management objectives and policy, course set-up and usage, course development and environmental management, and communication.