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These are still very uncertain times for people and businesses across golf. Around the world, some courses and clubs are operational, while many are on minimal course maintenance, and happily, some are now coming back from hibernation to welcome golfers again.

Unfortunately, some are likely to have been more deeply affected and now need to think more strategically and substantively about how they re-emerge.

So, what’s the relevance of sustainability at a time like this - when things are changing day by day, urgent and financially led? 

Sustainability is directly linked to efficiencies, customer loyalty, innovation and new collaborations - in ways that can save money, diversify revenue, build new partnerships - and draw customers to the product and experience you offer. Sharing golf through a sustainability lens also helps to position it favourably within the local community and with
governments and regulators.

How can these things come together to put you in the best possible position - to emerge more sustainable, more efficient and more popular than ever? We hope the content and links in this newsletter help and look out for our upcoming blogs as well.

Sending you strength and encouragement as you navigate the challenges and uncertainty.
We remain here to help and proud to keep sharing your success stories.

Golf's Sustainability Champions

The inaugural list of golf's Sustainability Champions was announced earlier this year, recognising and celebrating individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to fostering nature, conserving resources, strengthening communities and climate action.

Earth Day 2020 - Climate Action

Wednesday 22nd April was the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Click to see the video with examples of clubs taking climate action from across the world.

Tournaments in the news
while play can't go ahead

A number of leading tournaments have recently achieved GEO Certification including the Foshan Open in China and the Waste Management Phoenix Open in the US.
Swiss and Dutch leadership
to the fore

Golf in the Netherlands reached a significant milestone with the announcement of its 100th
GEO Certified® course.
And despite the COVID-19
crisis, sustainability is becoming increasingly important
in Switzerland.
Read this article

Outside the ropes

The Olympic Games is to become climate positive from 2030, the Guardian asked whether Earth Day 2020 could be the year we stop taking the planet for granted? and Liverpool FC has announced details of its new sustainability partnership covering Europe and Australia.  
The 19th Hole
Green Sports Alliance webinar

GEO's Jonathan Smith took part in a webinar organised by Green Sports Alliance focused on how climate change is impacting sport. Click on the heading to hear it.
50 of the best

As part of Earth Day, the Sport Ecology Group curated a resource of the 50 digital resources for sport sustainability. Click the heading for free access.
Unusual wildlife
on the course

Click the link above to see some local residents enjoying the peace and quiet on a course in South Africa
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