Dundonald Links Golf Club in Ayrshire has secured the prestigious Environmental Sustainability Award at the International Association of Golf Tour Operators awards presented last week in Italy.
Golf courses in Scotland, Dubai, Puerto Rico and Portugal have been honoured in the second IAGTO Sustainability Awards, which reward excellence in the fields of environmental and social responsibility in the global golf tourism industry.
The awards were presented at a gala dinner marking the 15th annual IAGTO Awards in front of 1,500 industry professionals at Villa Erba, on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como, on the final night of the International Golf Travel Market.
Launched as a result of a strategic partnership between the world’s golf tourism trade organisation, IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators), and GEO (Golf Environment Organization), the Sustainability Awards have proved to be a huge catalyst in encouraging golf courses to register their environmental projects and the work that they are doing with local communities. This year’s awards have seen a huge leap in entries, with more than twice as many courses entering and embracing GEO’s sustainability programmes compared with the inaugural honours, presented last year in Costa Daurada, Spain.
As last year, the 2015 Sustainability Awards recognise four golf courses for their achievements in sustainability. There are three category winners and one overall winner:
Overall Winner of the Environmental Sustainability Award – Dundonald Links, Scotland
GEO Certified Dundonald Links has won the overall award due to exceptional management standards within golf’s sustainability issues – nature, water, energy, supply chain, pollution control and community. The club has demonstrated a deep, integrated commitment throughout all aspects of sustainability since opening in 2003 and is now recognised among the most progressive clubs in the world with its dedication to environmental and community initiatives.
Zero Waste, numerous and specific biodiversity projects, habitat improvements, “outdoor classrooms” for local schools, campaigns and partnerships with a large variety of local and national organisations, public nature trails with education boards, are among the many activities embedded in the culture of Dundonald Links.
Runners up for overall winner award were Machrihanish Dunes (Scotland), La Galiana (Spain) and Golf della Montecchia (Italy).