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Golf Ireland Drives the Green with new action plan

March 28 2024 - News Release News Editorial

Golf Ireland has launched its Sustainability Action Plan titled ‘Drive the Green’, while also assembling a new team to focus on advancing environmental initiatives. 

Golf Ireland Drives the Green with new action plan

The plan covers 2024 to 2027, and was launched at the governing body’s recent Annual General Meeting.

Golf Ireland’s aim is to lead and assist its 379 affiliated golf clubs across the country on their sustainability journeys, on and off the course. The action plan will help clubs to address major challenges and opportunities for golf, while also providing a strategic approach to advancing sustainability.

This includes key action areas, priorities and ways for clubs to play their part and benefit from course resilience, operational efficiency and overall reputation.

The governing body has also assembled a team of sustainability experts to work alongside its new Sustainability Manager, Ann Courtney. The team features leading ecologists Anja Murray and Alan Lauder, as well as GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation, the Association of Turfgrass Professionals Ireland (ATPI), decarbonisation consultant Jim Young, and sustainability advisor Gráinne Kelliher.

"Together, we can ensure that golf thrives as a force for good in our communities and the natural world.” Paul Haran, Chairperson of Golf Ireland

Paul Haran, Chairperson of Golf Ireland, said: “We are delighted to launch our action plan. Sustainability is not just a goal; it’s a responsibility we all share. Each of us, from club members to staff, plays a crucial role in this endeavour. Together, we can ensure that golf thrives as a force for good in our communities and the natural world.”

Golf Ireland’s plan outlines goals for the next three years, including making golf facilities more sustainable, popular and profitable; to deliver tangible and measurable positive outcomes for nature, climate and community; and for Golf across Ireland to become recognised as a leading sport in sustainability.

Mark Kennelly, Golf Ireland Chief Executive, added: “We urge all stakeholders in golf, including members, staff, partners, facilities, manufacturers, media, and event promoters, to actively engage and contribute to fostering a more sustainable future. Our commitment is to provide increased support to clubs on their sustainability initiatives.”

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