Building on years of input and collaboration, significant investment from The R&A and other industry bodies, and more recently months of trialling by golf facilities and management groups around the world, a brand-new version of OnCourse® is now available, bringing significant business benefits to golf facilities and helping golf improve its social and environmental reputation.
The widely-endorsed web-app is an innovative use of technology to provide a practical one-stop solution that helps courses easily assess and record their practices, find ideas and guidance for improvement, and then promote their value to nature, resources and community.
The new version of OnCourse® has major improvements including an easier, faster interface and features to find and share ideas, track progress, store data and highlights, and create an annual report and webpages. OnCourse® also provides golf with a collective system to build an expansive library of shared examples and anonymous data – giving the sport a considerable new bank of evidence to strengthen golf’s image and influence.
While still the pathway to take the optional step of becoming credibly certified by GEO, OnCourse® has been transformed into a valuable stand-alone tool providing business benefits every year for all types and sizes of facilities, all over the world. After completing OnCourse®, a golf facility, development or tournament can apply for GEO Certified®, the international mark of credible and comprehensive sustainability in golf. For more information go to http://sustainable.golf/
Now, with additional benefits provided, and after much consultation with clubs and industry leaders, an annual subscription will be introduced in 2018 to contribute to further development of the platform and other not-for-profit work to support and reward sustainability in golf. The regular subscription will be €300/£300/$350 and anyone registered before the end of 2017 will receive 25% off their 2018 subscription.
OnCourse® has already been adopted by a growing number of national golf associations in recognition of the support the platform offers to member clubs, as well as the ability to more strongly and credibly represent the overall social and environmental contribution of the sport. As a result, in some countries such as Sweden and Portugal, OnCourse® is being subsidised by the National Golf Federations, and in the Netherlands the transition to the upgraded version is being carefully supported in the coming months.
Speaking on behalf of the whole team at GEO, the international not-for-profit behind the development and management of OnCourse®, Jonathan Smith said “We are really pleased to be able to invite golf club and course managers to find out more and get OnCourse®. In addition to the direct benefits for your golf facility, your leadership in sustainability will connect with many others – making a meaningful contribution to golf’s image and reputation, as well as generating a significant positive impact in fostering nature, conserving resources and strengthening communities around the world.”
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