In 2011, the Links became the first Open Championship venue to achieve the prestigious GEO Certified™ ecolabel in recognition of its sustainability commitment and achievements. The Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) is an international non-profit organisation, supported by stakeholders across the golf community to help provide practical programmes and reward achievements with the GEO Certified ecolabel.
The GEO verification report stated that not only was the Trust nurturing a 600 year heritage as the birthplace of the game, it was a “standard bearer for 21st Century good practice in golf management.”
A number of sustainability measures at the Links were highlighted by the report, including:
The high quality of the golf courses’ playing surfaces which are maintained with minimal fertiliser, chemical and irrigation inputs.
The restoration of the distinctive dune landscape between the New and Jubilee courses, recreating a natural habitat area.
The comprehensive range of energy efficiency measures in operation in the clubhouses and facilities.
Working in close partnership and co-operation with the local community.
To read the full report and certifications click on the link above.