Hever Castle Golf & Wellbeing Winner at National Golf Environment Awards

January 26 2023 | Golf

Hever Castle Golf & Wellbeing was a winner at the 2023 Golf Environment Awards.

The golf club, a mile down the road from Hever Castle & Gardens, beat off competition from St Andrews Links, Royal Mid-Surrey & Pannal golf clubs to win the Sustainable Project of the Year category at the Golf Environment Awards.

The category is designed to recognise clubs who have successfully put in place a sustainable project to ensure a better environment, with clear goals and objectives.

This is down to Head Greenkeeper Rob Peers’ efforts to sustainably access an extra water supply during increasingly drought hit summers whilst providing a wonderful habit for flora and fauna.

Rob has created lagoons to recycle waste water, boosting water supply and also habitats.

The annual awards recognise, reward and promote individuals and golf clubs for the time and focus they have given into environmentally sustainable management projects.

The judging panel was made up of representatives from STRI, The R&A, Aquatrols, BIGGA, Syngenta, Tillers Turf & Textron and the finalists span six countries across 3 continents.

The winners of the Golf Environment Awards were announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 25 January in Harrogate.

Last year the golf club was a runner up in Environmental Golf Course of the Year award and a finalist in Outstanding Environmental Project of the year award.

Hever Castle Golf & Wellbeing was a finalist in the Environmental Project of the Year award for its work creating an area conductive to wildlife.

Worn out tyres from mowers used on the greens were used to create a bug web and more fertiliser drums were transformed into a snake chamber.

The golf course was also a runner up in the Environmental Golf Course of the Year award for initiatives including solar panels, the use of hybrid mowers and the recycling of waste water.