Receives Green Award
The Belfry, venue of next September's Ryder Cup match, and Gleneagles, front runner
to stage the biennial transatlantic confrontation in 2009, are among the first
15 European golf clubs to be commended by the Brussels-based Committed to Green
Stubbs, the Foundation's executive director, said: "All these clubs have
shown a commendable effort to prove their concern and care for the environment.
Many are 'typical' small golf clubs, simply wishing to be seen to be responsible
managers. But whatever their situation, large and small clubs alike have devoted
time and effort to achieving worthwhile environmental improvements. It is still
an early stage in our programme and we are delighted to have such committed pioneers
to help us in our mission."
The recognition process involved clubs submitting an environmental statement
reporting on their policies, achievements and future targets across eight
categories. To ensure the credibility of the programme, each statement was
subject to on-site verification by independent specialists.
The other British courses to be recognised are Kilmacolm, Linlithgow and
Elmwood College in Scotland and Kenwick Park in Lincolnshire. The
also went to Vilamoura and Carvoeiro in the Algarve, Belas near
in Denmark and five Finnish clubs - Kurk, Rantasalmi, Ronnas,
more clubs across Europe are in the final stages of preparing their
to Green statements and further awards of recognition will be