Play your Part
Join the Team
Just like the Ryder Cup itself, sustainability is a team effort.
As a spectator, or stay-at-home fan, you can play a part in reducing your own environmental impact and that of the event.
Travelling to Gleneagles has the greatest impact on the environment, but you can do something very meaningful about that...
Support the Ryder Cup Outreach Projects
Making a small contribution will compensate for the impact of your travel, and go a long way to helping each of the recipient organizations achieve their non-profit missions to work with communities to enhance the environment.
Our guide is €10 or $15 for international travellers, and £5 or €6 for spectators within the UK (based on average travel fuel consumption and emissions ).
And stay-at-home fans can also contribute, helping The Ryder Cup take a proud position as a leader in sustainability and leaving lasting legacies in the community around Gleneagles.
Organizations that have already pledged and are Driving the Green
Other Things You Can Do
Coming to the event?
- Plan your travel carefully to use as much rail and coach transport as possible - see train services to Gleneagles station and bus provision from major towns and cities.
- Share your car - share the costs of parking, reduce congestion and benefit from the efficient and speedy park and ride services
- Avoid bringing polystyrene and other materials that can't be recycled and don't biodegrade.
- Take care when walking around the site, and try to avoid entering the various Sites of Special Scientific Interest around Gleneagles
- Use the reuse and recycling points.
- Stay in environmentally accredited accommodation - check out the Green Tourism Business Scheme website for local and national options.
At your Golf Course
- Ask the club and course managers if they are involved in golf's international sustainability programme, OnCourse™, and have or are working towards golf's ecolabel, GEO Certified®.
- Suggest sustainability related improvements to your club management or captain (such as the provision of recycling bins and water fountains).
- Make the effort to repair your pitch marks and divots; this will reduce the inputs required from greenkeepers to repair turf and green damage, and aid the condition of the course.
- Walk the course instead of using a golf cart, if you must use a cart, consider seeking a club with solar powered ones, or suggest it at your course.
- Recycle, sell or pass on any old equipment such as clubs, bags and electric trolley batteries.
- Look out for opportunities to share a car to and from the club.
- Encourage the use of energy saving lighting and appliances throughout the club. They last far longer for the same performance and run on less energy.
- When dining at your golf club, ask where the food comes from and choose items that use local and organic ingredients in order to support your local farmers (consider the environmental impact associated with the transport of food across great distances).