Portuguese course cited as environmental steward
Monday, March 14, 2011
At a time when environmental stewardship in golf is becoming paramount, Belas Clube de Campo in Portugal can make an important claim: It’s the first golf facility in its country to achieve the GEO Certified award – an internationally recognized sustainability assurance from the Golf Environment Organization.
“Belas Clube de Campo fully understands the ecological value of our site and has embraced the opportunity to present a naturalized golf course, as have many other courses in Portugal,” said Pedro Texeira, Belas’s environmental manager. The course opened in 1998.
“Between 2000 and 2010 our comprehensive woodland management strategy led to the planting of four thousand indigenous trees,” Texeira said.
André Jordan, developer and owner of Belas, underscored the practical business benefits of running an environmentally sound facility.
“Golf development that works against the environment is costly, time consuming and creates a legacy of resource inefficiency over the long-term,” he said.
GEO chief executive Jonathan Smith said the facility earned its honor, in part, to “great attention to detail and due diligence in risk management has delivered innovative projects in energy, waste management and water use. . . . We look forward to seeing how they use their position of leadership to promote sustainability in golf.”