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:
|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|
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.
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:
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.