by Sophie Vukelic, Ecology consultant
The STRI ecology and environment team has completed the final longlisting process for the 2018 Golf Environment Awards.
This heralds the onset of the even harder task of creating a shortlist of entrants who will compete to win the GEA trophies next January.
Here are the final 12 golf clubs in the longlist. If you missed part one you can read it here. Watch this space as we will be announcing the finalists in November.
13. Aldeburgh Golf Club – Years of patience with gorse and bracken removal has paid off to create beautiful diverse rough grassland and heathland at Aldeburgh Golf Club. Visit aldeburghgolfclub.co.uk
14. Ipswich Golf Club – A paradise for reptiles with a mosaic of well-managed habitats at Ipswich Golf Club. This slow worm surprised us all. Visit ipswichgolfclub.com
15. A visit to John O’Gaunt Golf Club where Operation Pollinator 2017 Winner, Stephen Thompson, is creating habitats that encourage a rich diversity of wildlife. Visit johnogauntgolfclub.co.uk
16. Then onto Blyth Golf Club which is situated in an old mining community in Northumberland to view the 18 hole parkland course. We spotted these hedgehogs hiding out under a windblown pine. Visit blythgolf.co.uk
17. St Andrews Links – At St Andrews, conservation efforts extend outside of the golf course with the club engaging in effective coastal protection resulting in the extension of the dune system. Visit standrews.com
18. Carnoustie Golf Links – Pond management took centre stage at Carnoustie on the Buddon Links, creating a much more natural margin for wildlife. Visit carnoustiegolflinks.co.uk
19. Montrose Links – An abundance of waxcaps (Blackening Waxcap in photo) and the hemiparasitic plant, Eyebright, hinting excellent grasslands at Montrose. A sure fire hit with the local pupils as part of the golf clubs education programme. Visit montroselinks.com
20. Loch Lomond Golf Club – where a sea of rhododendron is in the midst of transition back to peat bog. Visit lochlomond.com
21. A trip to Greenburn Golf Club in West Lothian, Scotland was well spent, where good drainage is key and in turn, the ponds created provide a biodiversity hotspot within the wider countryside. Visit greenburngolfclub.co.uk
22. Travelling a little further across Scotland to Ravenspark Golf Club in Irvine, to view the course where areas that were previously mown are now allowed to flourish, resulting in the return of orchids & heather. Visit irgc.co.uk
23. Dundonald Links – A club with sustainability at the forefront of all decisions, from events management to the clubhouse menu. Visit dundonaldlinks.com
24. Royal Troon Golf Club – A wet and windy day didn’t dampen spirits when we headed out to take a look at the impressive sand scrape areas and gorse removal works. Visit royaltroon.co.uk
Visit the Golf Environment Awards website for more information.