Royal Troon Golf Club recently became the fourth Open Championship venue to be awarded the GEO Certified™ ecolabel, thanks to its commitment to sustainability. The Club has worked hard to meet the GEO criteria across the main areas of nature, water, energy, supply chain, pollution control and community.
David Brown, the Secretary at Royal Troon, expressed his delight in attaining certification, “This is the culmination of many years of effort to raise standards both on and off the golf course. The links environment of our courses provides a variety of habitat for a wide-range of wildlife and Course Manager, Billy McLachlan, and his team, work closely with ecology experts to enhance their natural value at every opportunity.”
In his report, GEO Verifier Bob Taylor, highlighted a number of initiatives being taken by the Club:
- steady annual reductions in natural gas consumption due to purchase of energy efficient appliances
- annual reductions in clubhouse water consumption resulting from an external audit
- the high number of ecological surveys carried out to which the club fully complied with any recommendations
- recent installation of motion sensors throughout the club
- positive attitude given from all line managers into the commitment to reducing their carbon footprint
- sourcing of recycled materials for on course pathways and bridges.
David Brown added, “Whilst nature has endowed us with great opportunities on the links, it is the recognition of the Club’s investment in sustainability measures off the course that is most pleasing. It is this aspect that has proved the most challenging, but also the most rewarding.”
The Open will return to Royal Troon in 2016 when the 145th Championship will be played along this wonderful stretch of the Ayrshire coast.