Seminar 6: Halting the Green Tide - Management of Links Golf Courses within Designated Sites


Golf courses that reside within sensitive habitats have a statutory obligation to safeguard these areas. The balance between conservation and amenity can often be contentious, however research into management techniques has highlighted that conservation management alongside amenity can be mutually beneficial. Research into site‐specific course management provides a quantifiable rationale into course management as well as safeguarding amenity practices from statutory legislation. A review of research undertaken at Sandwich Bay across three links golf courses, shows how it can be done and the benefits.

Learning Outcomes:

• Identify negative impacts to sensitive sand dune habitats

• Rationalise management techniques to benefit the course and designated areas

• Where to go for advice and help

• Identification of key plant species that can indicate eutrophication in the environment

• The cost benefit analysis of two different management techniques

• First hand perspective of this management from the head greenkeeper

Presented by Graham Earl, Senior Specialist - Air Quality, Natural England and Paul Larsen, Head Greenkeeper, Royal St Georges Golf Club

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