Carnoustie Golf Links among 2018 Golf Environment Awards finalists

Carnoustie Golf Links is delighted to be named amongst the finalists for the 2018 Golf Environment Awards (GEA), recognising golf clubs and individuals that strive to undertake environmental best practice.

We are honoured to have been nominated in the Environmental Golf Course of the Year category alongside Aldeburgh Golf Club, Dundonald Links and Warrington Golf Club.

Making the final four in this category is recognition for the fantastic environmental work carried out by Links Superintendent, Sandy Reid; Craig Boath, Kevin Stott and Steve Mitchell, Head Greenkeepers of the Championship, Burnside and Buddon Links courses respectively, and the rest of the greenkeeping staff.

Speaking about the awards, Craig Boath, said: “We are very happy to be one of the many finalists who are ensuring that ecology and wildlife management is now an integral part of the day to day maintenance of a golf course.”

The GEA provides the platform from which the golf industry can demonstrate environmental excellence in all its forms. This has been demonstrated by past finalists and can range from relatively simple but effective projects, to grand scale schemes.

Set up over 20 years ago, the Golf Environment Awards are highly regarded in the industry and for 2018 have been joined by The R&A as lead partner.

Over 25 longlisted clubs were visited earlier in the year by STRI ecology consultant and GEA judge, Sophie Vukelic, and painstakingly whittled down to 12 finalists.

Representatives from the finalists will attend the awards ceremony on Wednesday 24th January 2018, at The Crown Hotel in Harrogate where they will be vying for the honours of either Environmental Golf Course of the Year, Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year, Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year or the Operation Pollinator award.

This year, for the first time, all finalists will receive entry into the Foundation Award in Amenity Horticulture course, recognised by BASIS, and the lucky winners will be able to enjoy a European Golf & Environment Trip of a Lifetime to Portugal.

Golf Environment Awards judge, Sophie Vukelic, said: “This is my third year of judging the awards and it is not getting any easier choosing the finalists. We had an outstanding array of applications this year, with familiar faces and exciting newcomers to the awards. I hope you will all agree, that we have decided on some magnificent finalists, all of whom showcase the highest environmental stewardship within golf.

“I’d also like to congratulate and commend those golf clubs and individuals who didn’t quite make it to the final, you shouldn’t be disheartened – keep on shining a good light on golf and thank you for allowing me to visit your golf courses.”


The Golf Environment Awards 2018 finalists are as follows:

Operation Pollinator

Bowood Golf Club            Jaey Goodchild

Kingsdown Golf Club       Tom Freeman

Ufford Park Golf Club      Michael Halliday

Warrington Golf Club      John McCloughlin


Environmental Golf Course of the Year

Aldeburgh Golf Club

Carnoustie Golf Links

Dundonald Links

Warrington Golf Club


Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year

Cumberwell Park Golf Club           Jon Keepen

John O’Gaunt Golf Club                  Stephen Thompson

Montrose Links                                 Les Rae

Notts Golf Club                                  Phil Stain


Outstanding Environmental Project of the Year

Abergele Golf Club                          Wild Land – Tir Gwyllt

Minchinhampton Golf Club          Connecting the Land – Dead Hedging & Stumperies

Ipswich Golf Club                              Heathland Restoration & Silver-Studded Blue Conservation

La Moye                                               Knocking Back Succession


For further details about The Golf Environment Awards please visit