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We Love our Greens

St Andrews Links has been recognised on several occasions in recent years for its environmental practices. In 2003, it won the Scottish final of the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association’s environmental competition. The following year it received the Scottish Golf Environment Group’s Environmental Excellence Award.

In 2009, the Trust received the Golf Course Environment Award from the Sports Turf Research Institute for protecting the ecology of the Links landscape. The Castle Course Clubhouse was also recognised by St Andrews Preservation Trust for its outstanding design which complements the clifftop landscape.

Click below to read a report on Environmental Management at St Andrews Links written by Bob Taylor (Head of the Sports Turf Research Institute).

St Andrews Links Greenkeepers Time Lapse

Watch this stunning time lapse recorded as the Old Course greenkeeping team, led by Course Manager Gordon McKie, prepared for a day’s play at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, a tournament we welcome annually to the Home of Golf.

GEO Certification

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 follow the below link.

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