New eco accolade for Coventry Golf Club14th August, 2012 by Rebecca Haydock
Coventry Golf Club, under the guidance of head professional and course manager Phil Weaver, has received recognition of it becoming the first club in England to be certified by eco-body GEO. Joined by club captain Keith Lindsay, Weaver accepted a certificate from GEO board member Gordon Shepherd.
The accolade was awarded due to the club’s outstanding sustainability efforts in its clubhouse and parkland course that have resulted in both positive results for the environment and economic benefits to golf businesses and the surrounding community.
Discussing his role in the development of the project, Weaver stated: ‘We recognise the pressures on the environment at large and understand that golf clubs have an important responsibility to take their stewardship of the land seriously.”
Alongside Lindsay, Weaver worked with club member Professor Ian Foster and president of the club, Robin Bussell, to drive the project forward and to improve the club.
Matt Johns from Johns Associates, the environmental consultancy, also praised the club’s efforts and said:
“What was particularly impressive was the range of environmental aspects covered by the club’s activities. From use of treated effluent for irrigation, to working with the local river’s geomorphology, to renewables, waste management. A great deal of passion, focus, and pride was evident and they have demonstrated commitment, innovation and real-world results”
The Midland’s club’s efforts, commitment and passion ultimately depict the constructive and progressive involvement PGA pros create in golf facilities across the United Kingdom. Sandy Jones, PGA chief executive, stated that: “PGA members bring a wealth of skill and expertise to the golf industry and Phil Weaver’s example at Coventry highlights the significant impact they can make”