The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association and Golf Australia, supported by The R&A, are launching Sustainability Project to a range of Golf Courses in Australia, in conjunction with the GEO Foundation to review and tailor the OnCourse® sustainability and support platform for the Australian environment.
Golf Clubs from around Australia are invited to express their interest in being involved in the Sustainability Project by completing the application form on the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association website.
The Sustainability Project has been developed to work with up to 20 Golf Clubs in Australia, to understand and trial the GEO Foundations’ OnCourse® platform and to gather feedback from Members over the course of a year on the existing platform functions, outputs and benefits.
The feedback from members and clubs involved in the Sustainability Project will be used to develop an OnCourse® platform tailored for Australia, and specific to Australian conditions, thereby greatly improving the available information relating to environmental and sustainability activities undertaken at Golf Clubs and facilities, and develop materials to highlight the benefits of golf courses in Australia.
The Project will inform areas of development required to tailor the OnCourse® dashboard, practices, guidance, best practice guides, case studies and reporting outputs to Australian courses, and feed a national roll out of a tailored and tested ‘OnCourse® Australia’ program for sustainable club and course management.
In addition, the Sustainability Project will see a subset of the OnCourse® Project clubs complete the optional GEO Certified® certification process – enabling testing of the international criteria, identification of potential need for Australian criteria to be added, the approaches to verification (including on site and remote options), pricing and value proposition to clubs, and thereby tailor the GEO certification process to Australia.
Governing bodies, including Golf Australia and the R&A, consider sustainability to be a key priority for golf, and an important element of the sport’s contribution to wider society and the effect the game has on nature and resources. The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association strongly advocates through its members, sustainability across nature, environments and vegetation, communities and resources. Therefore in parallel, the Project will establish parameters to better understand the needs and opportunities for sustainability communications and reporting for golf in Australia, including gathering, analysis and representation of data and case studies that will demonstrate the whole value of the sport, and demonstrate productive use of land by Golf and develop resources for continued advocacy work.
The Project co-ordination between the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association, GEO Foundation, Golf Australia and The R&A, will develop key elements of a National Sustainability Strategy for Golf in Australia, including the vision, approach and means to communicate measurable sustainability outcomes forming a critical pillar in the development of the Australian Golf Course 2030 Program.
For Clubs and Course Managers looking to be involved, the Project will:
Golf Clubs from around Australia are invited to express their interest in being involved in the Sustainability Project by completing the application form via the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association website.