PGA Catalunya Resort, Spain’s official candidate host venue for The 2022 Ryder Cup, and its dedicated team of greenkeepers have been rewarded for its on-going commitment to sustainable practices, by being named Champions of the Green for August by GEO.
In 2013, the resort became the first European Tour Destination to be awarded with the prestigious international sustainability ecolabel, GEO Certified®.
Viewed as the global mark of sustainability for golf businesses, GEO Certified® is administered by the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) according to strict codes set by ISEAL, the global leader in defining credibility in sustainability standards.
Led by Course Manager David Bataller, the team at PGA Catalunya Resort have delivered a number of tangible benefits to the venue and its surrounding communities. By exploring opportunities for renewable alternatives and diversified sources, David and his team have managed to reduce demand on main grid supplies and position PGA Catalunya Resort as a leading example of sustainability in golf within Spain.
Resource efficiency has been a focus for the Costa Brava-based resort, with 100% of water used for irrigation coming from treated effluent water from nearby villages and on-site buildings, while photovoltaic panels and a geothermal heating-cooling system are also used on site.
David Bataller explained: “We are delighted to be recognised for the work we do to maximise our positive impact on both the environment and the community. Our staff and members are actively engaged in supporting this work and take huge pride in it.”
“We’re always looking for new opportunities to optimise our sustainability performance and the OnCourse® programme was very valuable for this. It helped to guide us through our operations, providing ideas and suggestions, as well as giving us the platform to confidently promote the great environmental and social actions things that we’re doing.”
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