With concern over future energy supplies and global climate change, there is increasing pressure on golf courses to show that they are moving towards greater energy efﬁciency. Improving your overall efﬁciency will help to reduce energy use and cut costs, as well as demonstrating your club’s commitment to sound environmental stewardship. It will also ensure you don’t fall foul of the ever tightening legislation which covers the subject.
Taking steps to become more energy efﬁcient can be initiated by following some basic guidelines:
- ensure all machinery, including irrigation pumps, is regularly checked and serviced
- ensure that all staff are trained to use machinery and equipment correctly
- create dry, ﬁrm playing conditions to promote healthy turf and minimise the need for water, pesticides, fertiliser and other, often expensive, materials which all have an energy demand
- co-ordinate work programmes wherever possible so that some tasks can be combined to save both time and fuel
- devise the most efﬁcient travel routes around the golf course for all maintenance operations to cut down on both time and fuel
- use more energy efﬁcient forms of lighting, heating and vehicle fuel
- investigate the use of renewable energy sources.
Monitoring and recording energy use is an important step and this can be usefully achieved by appointing a member of staff as your on-site energy ofﬁcer, to oversee improvements in energy consumption. Government guidance should be followed and there are many other online sources of information on energy efﬁciency available, including free energy audits.