OPAL starts work with the golf industry

The Golf Club Management magazine has reported that a national project to survey the golf sector’s potential contributions to the environment has been launched in collaboration between OPAL/Imperial College London and Environmental Solutions International as well as organisations from the golf industry, which include the British and International Golf Greenkeepers' Association (BIGGA), the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) and England Golf.

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Tony Hanson, managing director of Environmental Solutions and Golf Environment Organisation sustainability associate, has sent out a questionnaire to golf clubs in the UK to obtain information on environmental and resource uses. BIGGA, CMAE and England Golf have asked its members to complete and return the questionnaire, which covers total site size, close mown area, managed areas, broad habitat types, and clubhouse size and consumption for electricity, heating and water.

OPAL has piloted the use of our citizen science surveys to monitor biodiversity and environmental quality of golf courses. Going forward, this offers excellent potential to measure and value the ‘Natural Capital Value’ provided by the golf industry, to bring together golf, conservationists as well as local communities and ultimately to develop a simple method of increasing the area of courses friendly to nature. OPAL Director, Dr. David Slawson, describes this as “giving nature a sporting chance” and adds, “it is hugely exciting that the golf industry has come together to gather some basic data on total land area, close mown area, managed areas, broad habitat types, clubhouse size and consumption for electricity, heating and water. This information will underpin future work, which ultimately could return large areas of land to nature, save golf courses money and improve golf’s public reputation”.