Landscapes and ecosystems cover the surface of the earth providing the canvas on which we live, work and play. Our human interaction with the environment directly affects the health of the planet, and its capacity to support us.
Great golf enhances landscapes and can enrich ecosystems - creating and sustaining beautiful and biologically diverse open spaces - contributing to the resilience of the natural world. That’s good for the planet and helps to offset the impact of the industry’s consumption of resources.
Maintaining biodiversity has always been close to the heart of the game. As Peter Thomson, five-time winner of The Open Championship said - "It's the balance between foul and fair ground that sets the greatest golf courses apart". As well as being integral to the challenge of the game, natural areas are fundamental to its sustainability. Golf can embrace the wild as much as it needs the tamed.
Ecosystems are our planet's life support systems - purifying water, producing oxygen, regulating temperature and climate, recycling nutrients, providing food and vegetation, controlling erosion and providing species’ habitats. Golf can contribute to all of this, but only if a course is configured to find the best landscape and ecosystem fit for its local context. That requires understanding combined with innovation, and an appreciation that sympathetic development benefits everyone.