Spanish golf courses lead the way in Europe

Spanish golf courses are leading the way in Europe. Picture – Golf Alcanada

Ahead of World Earth Day on April 22, new research by Time2play analyzed how many of Europe’s top 50 golf courses actually make their greens ‘greener’, with Spain topping the list.

Less than a quarter of the most popular golf courses are sustainable, Italy leads the way with three GEO accredited courses, however, Spain has the most popular course in Europe and goes beyond sustainability.

The most popular in Europe golf field, Alcanada Golf Clubd’Alcudia in Spain can celebrate its first place for its popularity, but above all for its efforts in terms of sustainable development.

Alcanada Golf Club has made wildlife conservation a priority and has partnered with a beekeeping company to install six beehives along the coastline of the course, which is now home to around 300,000 bees, including the greenkeeper take care.

In addition to this, the Golf Club has taken various measures to become more sustainable, including installing solar-powered buggies, charging stations for electric cars and only selling water that is reused in Tetra Brik. In addition, two donkeys present on the site are used to remove unwanted plants.

GEO Foundation Certification awards international course accreditation by measuring how sustainably each course is run and maintained with areas such as recyclable tees, redevelopment of surrounding areas and hosting events with zero waste, few -some of the actions taken by the courts.

Picture – Time2Play

Sustainability is a growing issue as athletes, clubs and fans seek to find ways to preserve the games they love for future generations. Looking at how few of the most popular courses across the continent are sustainableit shows that golf still has some way to go to deal with its impact on acres of land across Europe before we can say the greens we play on are truly certified ‘green’.

A Time2play spokesperson said: “It is becoming increasingly important that we maintain our golf courses for future generations. World Earth Day highlights the issue that more environmentally friendly changes need to be made.

“It is shocking to see that less than a quarter of the most popular golf courses have been deemed GEO certified, which reveals that Europe still has a long way to go to reduce the impact of its courses on the environment. environment.”

“We want to highlight those who are already taking positive steps in running a sustainable course and encourage everyone to make greener decisions when choosing to play their next round.”

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Michael C. Ford