Golf Course Architecture - Issue 70, October 2022

35 TEE BOX GEO Foundation hosts first ever Sustainable Golf Week GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf has hosted the first ever Sustainable Golf Week to ref lect, celebrate and accelerate the efforts towards a more sustainable future for the golf industry. The inaugural event, hosted on 3-9 October, was centred around the theme of ‘Driving the Green’, encouraging several mainstream and social media initiatives to support the sustainable work that has been carried out across the industry. Sustainable Golf Week celebrates the eco-friendly actions of golf courses, developers, designers, tournaments, players and communities in more than 75 countries, as well as promote actions and steps to help deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to the event, Jonathan Smith, executive director of GEO Foundation, said: “Sustainable Golf Week provides an opportunity for people across the sport to connect around a common purpose – to make sure that golf becomes established as a credible global leader in sustainability and climate action. “It is about helping to bring some stronger collective focus to the issues, as well as building ever greater energy and momentum to golf ’s contribution. We are excited about the ways in which this week can go on to be an ever-stronger catalyst for more action and visibility for golf and sustainability around the world.” Suzann Pettersen, sustainable golf champion and captain of the 2023 Solheim Cup, said: “Many environmental issues are fundamentally important to our quality of life. So, whilst taking action is vital for the future of golf, we also have to play our part amongst communities, in business and also with governments. We have to be at the forefront of the global movement in sustainable sport.” Read about Sustainable Golf Week at or follow @sustainablegolf on social media Royal Wellington in New Zealand is one of the pioneering courses that has been GEO Certified for many years Photo: Royal Wellington