Carnoustie Golf Links has become only the second Open Championship venue to be certified by the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO).
The GEO certification was awarded after Carnoustie Golf Links proved it had met a wide range of stringent standards in areas such as nature conservation, water conservation, energy usage and pollution control.
The award also recognises that the links is committed to continual improvement in a wide range of sustainable practises moving forwards.
Graeme Duncan, general manager of the Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee (CGLMC), told the Guide & Gazette: “We are delighted to announce that the Carnoustie Golf Links has passed the stringent standards required to obtain GEO certification.
“The R&A has requested that all Open Championship venues obtain GEO certification and we were happy to oblige because for some time we have been committed to a wide range of sustainable practices that will benefit the Links and the wider area as a whole.”
Since 2007 the maintenance programmes for all three Carnoustie courses have adhered to practices set out in a comprehensive Ecological Management Plan prepared for the CGLMC by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI).
In addition, the town’s championship course also receives an annual ecological assessment by the STRI on behalf of the R&A in accordance with its position on the Open Championship rota.
The GEO applauds the CGLMC for its adherence to sustainable practices.