In another move signaling the industry’s growing emphasis on making golf environmentally responsible, the R&A announced it’ll provide nearly $390,000 over three years to the Golf Environment Organization.
R&A officials said the financial aid is intended to help the GEO, a nonprofit international organization, establish itself as “a credible and respected sustainability authority in golf.” The GEO is charged to invest the money in its programs that evaluate golf facilities’ impact on the environment and society.
“The R&A invests in initiatives that we believe are in the best interests of the sustainable development of the game,” said Peter Dawson, the R&A’s chief executive. “Our support for GEO will assist them in further developing a program that can help golf clubs improve and gain recognition for their contributions to people and the environment. We believe this will be of great benefit to those working at golf facilities and to the overall reputation of golf.”
GEO works in tandem with an international network of golf industry organizations, environmental groups and corporate sponsors. Its partners include the European Tour, European Golf Association, United Nations Environment Program, the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association, the Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations and the Club Managers Associations of Europe, America and China.
“GEO is dedicated to supporting golf with credible advocacy, guidance and recognition,” said Jonathan Smith, the group’s chief executive officer. “This funding will enable us to. . . more strongly drive participation.”