Golf Clubs and
Local Authorities throughout Scotland have been provided with a
new and innovative resource, The Golf Bag, aimed at assisting them
with their environmental management.
Golf Union, already world renowned for its stance on environmental
concern having been the first National Federation to appoint a full
time Environmental Adviser, launched the project at the Scottish
National Golf Centre in Fife on 11 June 1999.
The Golf Bag,
the first project of its type world-wide, is designed to disseminate
a wide range of environmental reference material across the country,
specifically on golf course environmental management.
60 Bags are
located throughout the length and breadth of Scotland, ranging from
Dornoch in the north to Southerness in the south. The Bags can be
accessed by any Club, Local Authority or anyone interested in environmental
management of golf courses. They can sign the Bag out and retain
it at their course for up to one month. Whilst they have the Bag
they will have access to advice on issues ranging from coastal erosion
to woodland management, and from pond creation to environmentally
sound pest and turf management. The Bags are co-ordinated at local
level by a group of Bag Managers. Every Club and Council has been
informed as to who their local Bag Managers are, and how they can
get hold of the Bag. An accompanying Handbook has also been produced,
a copy of which has been sent to all Clubs and Councils, to inform
them of what is in the Bag and how each publication may be of benefit.
partners were : The Scottish Golf Union, Scottish Natural Heritage,
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, The Scottish Greenbelt
Foundation, The Committed to Green Programme and Forward Scotland.
It was co-ordinated by the SGEG (formerly the Scottish Golf Course Wildlife Group), and Nike UK
sponsored the bags.
Chief Executive of the Scottish Golf Union said :
" The Union are committed to providing our member Clubs with the
best, most up to date advise on all Course Management issues, and
this project will help meet this aim. It is right that the Home
of Golf leads the way in environmental matters, particularly as
there is such a close relationship between the golfing quality for
which Scotland is world renowned, and the environment in which those
courses are located."
the launch of the Golf Bags, Karen Morrison from Scottish Natural
" Scotland's 500 golf courses can make a significant contribution
to protecting and enhancing our unique and precious natural heritage.
Courses which work with nature and harmonise with their surrounding
landscape are models of good practice. SNH supports the use of the
Golf Bag, to bring sound information to those who can make a difference
to their golf courses, for the benefit of golf and the natural heritage
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