Energy use spans across
all areas of a golf club’s activities: in the club house (offices,
meeting rooms, bar, restaurant, kitchens, locker rooms, pro-shop…)
and on the golf course (use of greenkeeping machinery, pumping irrigation
water, operation of maintenance facilities).
the grand scheme of things, golf clubs are relatively modest users
of energy – average annual expenditure on energy for a typical
Scottish golf club is some £15,000 – this is nevertheless
a significant part of a club’s controllable running costs.
Potential savings of 10-20% of a club’s energy bill would
certainly be worthwhile, and in many cases quite easily achievable,
simply through good housekeeping management in and around the club
being more energy aware may be apparent in other ways too: by more
careful management and upkeep of machinery it is possible to extend
the working life of equipment through less wear and tear, less frequent
breakdowns, less noise and less wastage of fuels and lubricants.
While these benefits may not be so visible to golfers, they are,
for example, likely to appreciate higher quality, less disease prone
playing surfaces resulting from having better maintained mowing
machines that run more evenly and have sharper cutting blades.
This is a good illustration
to show that energy management is not a stand-alone topic aside
from day-to-day golf course management. It is an integral part of
best practice turfgrass management, it relates to waste and water
management, all of which form part of the wider environmental dimension
of golf course and golf club management.
this approach, golf clubs will be fulfilling the criteria of the
Scottish Awards for
Environmental Excellence. It is all part of the golf sector demonstrating
its commitment to being environmentally responsible, and through
such recognition, improving relations with local communities, motivating
staff and generating a further sense of pride in one’s club.