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Clubs announced for participation in 2020 Golf Course Sustainability Project

Thursday 06, Aug 2020


In June, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association announced the launch of a one year Golf Course Sustainability Project in Australia, in conjunction with the GEO to review and tailor the OnCourse® sustainability platform for the Australian environment.

The Association were quite overwhelmed with the level of response to be involved with the project, with a very high number of Clubs, Managers and Superintendents expressing interest, highlighting the degree to which Australian golf clubs value sustainability and environmental management.

Working with the R&A, Golf Australia and GEO to determine a final list of Clubs to be involved in the Project, unfortunately for many who expressed interest, not all Clubs that applied could be involved in the Sustainability Program.

A group of 25 Australian Golf Clubs have been selected to take part in the 2020 Golf Course Sustainability Project.  This final Project list comprises a comprehensive mixture of facilities from regional and metropolitan areas, large and smaller maintenance teams, public and private facilities and will deliver a variety of feedback in the development of a tailored OnCourse Australia® platform.  

The list of Courses/Clubs that have been successful in applications to be involved in the Sustainability Project are:
 

Golf Club

State

Barwon Heads Golf Club  Victoria
Bonnie Doon Golf Club New South Wales
Brisbane Golf Club Queensland
Busselton Golf Club Western Australia
Cairns Golf Club Queensland
Cape Wickham Golf Links Tasmania
Emerald Golf Club Queensland
Gisborne Golf Club Victoria
Glenelg Golf Club South Australia
Headland Golf Club Queensland
Kew Golf Club Victoria
Kooringal Golf Club Victoria
Lake Karrinyup Country Club Western Australia
Lakeside Golf Club Camden New South Wales
Launceston Golf Club Tasmania
Manly Golf Club New South Wales
Metropolitan Golf Club Victoria
Moore Park Golf New South Wales
Rowes Bay Golf Club Queensland
Royal Adelaide Golf Club South Australia
Royal Sydney Golf Club New South Wales
Secret Harbour Golf Links Western Australia
The Anglesea Golf Club Victoria
The Cut Golf Course Western Australia
The Grange Golf Club South Australia


 

Project Overview

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Sustainability Project, supported by both the R&A and Golf Australia, has been developed to work with Golf Clubs in Australia to understand and trial the OnCourse platform and to gather feedback from Members over the course of a year on the existing platform functions, outputs and benefits in order to develop a tailored OnCourse Australia® platform.  

These clubs will be provided access to the OnCourse platform to use at their facility and provide feedback on standards, operations and functionality of the system.  This feedback from members and clubs involved will be used to develop an OnCourse platform tailored for Australia, and specific to Australian conditions and improving the available information relating to sustainability activities and benefits of golf courses in Australia.  

The Project will inform areas of development required to tailor the OnCourse® dashboard, data entry requirements and outputs to Australian courses, and feed a national roll out of a tailored and tested  ‘OnCourse® Australia’, as the leading support program for sustainable club and course management, and forms a critical pillar to the development of the Golf Course 2030 Program for Australia. 

 

Project Outcomes

The 2020 Australian Golf Course Sustainability Project aims to capture feedback from involved Clubs and Superintendents, and develop a tailored OnCourse Australia® platform to capture best practices, key data, and sustainability examples to be used by golf facilities to report and develop case studies and information for members, Boards and communities.  


Information will also be reported by facilities who undertake the additional step to become GEO Certified®, after an independent verification. 
With this OnCourse Australia® platform developed to capture reliable, up-to-date information directly connected to the Standards, Australian Clubs and golf as a sport can individually and collectively measure and represent golf’s progress and value at all levels.  Once developed, the tailored OnCourse Australia® system will have the power to:

  • Identify priorities for improving performance
  • Bring a new era of transparency to the sport
  • Earn confidence from public and government groups
  • Improve golf’s image at local and global levels
  • Become an inspirational, community-engaged and high profile leader of sustainability

Additionally, GEO measures the reach of the sustainability system and strategies through monthly monitoring activities and country or region detailed reporting and analysis is established.  Real-world examples around sustainability topics, successes and improvements from facilities who are OnCourse® or GEO Certified® are collected and shared.  

More information on the 2020 Australian Golf Course Sustainability Project is available on the Association website, and for any queries please contact the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association on (03) 9548 8600.