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Turnberry recognised for 5 Star performance

The Turnberry Resort has achieved GEO environmental certification.

The famous tee shot on the 9th hole of the Ailsa Course at Turnberry.  

A four-time host of The Open Championship, the most recent in 2009, Turnberry has been awarded the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) ecolabel.   Turnberry is the world’s original golf resort, with a hotel that was built in 1906, and is instantly recognisable by the landmarks of the lighthouse and Ailsa Craig.  The Ayrshire coastline golf courses at Turnberry are a prime example of links dominated by important coastal dune habitat, including two Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

The management philosophy at Turnberry adheres to a programme of continuous development and sustainability improvement. The result is a well-managed facility that caters for golf, corporate events and includes the involvement of local children in educational activities. Turnberry is a shining example of a golf facility that both understands and works towards sustainable development and management.

Euan Grant, Golf Courses & Estates Manager at Turnberry, reflected on the achievement, “This really has been a team effort as going for the GEO certification required a complete review and reassessment of our practices across the resort.  We will not be resting on our laurels and are already looking forward to the challenges that need to be met to attain re-certification in three years’ time.”

Thanks to a long-term commitment to sustainability, Turnberry performed exceptionally well across all of the GEO assessed categories; Nature, Water, Energy, Supply Chain, Pollution Control and Community.

Ailsa Course 4th
One of the great stretches of links golf, the 4th through 8th holes of the Ailsa Course run alongside the Turnberry Bay Dune Ridge System SSSI.

Bob Taylor, the GEO Accredited Verifier who approved Turnberry’s certification reported that “Positive, pro-active, ambitious and involved are all words that I would associate with Turnberry and it was more than encouraging to see the efforts being made to towards routine (day to day) sustainable management and their consideration given to reducing their overall impact upon the environment.”

Read the full Verifier’s Report here on the GEO website.

For more information on Turnberry’s management of the links for wildlife and conservation, read the booklet produced for The Open 2009.

Find out more about the Turnberry Resort by visiting their website here.