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Golf Business News – Local organisations highlight climate impacts during Genesis Scottish Open

Professional golfers from the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR joined forces with local organisations and residents to participate in an educational coastal walk in North Berwick on Tuesday, July 10, 2024.

Delivered by the locally-based but globally-connected GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation, in partnership with the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick Golf Club and East Lothian Council Ranger Services, the special beach walk focused on highlighting the current state of our coastlines, seas and oceans.

The event, which started at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick harbour, brought together local children and families to learn more about the beautiful but fragile, ever-changing coastline and how they can help protect it.

England’s Dan Bradbury and America’s Stewart Cink, in town for the Genesis Scottish Open scheduled for July 11-14 at the nearby Renaissance Club, enthusiastically joined in on the activities at West Bay Sands, taking a break from the Genesis Scottish Open to learn more about the pressures and impacts along the coast.

Despite the pristine appearance of the coastline in question, the team found, collected and removed numerous bags of mostly microplastic waste, details of which will be tracked and analysed.

Jonathan Smith is founder and executive director of the GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation based in North Berwick but working with golf courses and tournament partners around the world. It was Smith’s team who organised the educational coastal walk: “As much fun and learning as we had this morning, today this session has helped to shed light on the current state and impact of climate change on the coastline in East Lothian and indeed across Scotland,” he said.

“Golf’s relationship with the environment is unique and symbiotic and, in fact, the game is based on the responsible management of the natural resources and communities in which it is played. A number of positive actions were taken by the DP World Tour, PGA TOUR and other stakeholders associated with the event throughout this week and we were delighted to play a small part in raising awareness of the role golf can play in ensuring a responsible future for the game.”

Hosting the closing session of the training session at the famous West Links, North Berwick Golf Club’s course manager Kyle Cruickshank highlighted the impact of recent weather conditions on the local dune system and the work being carried out by the club.

“Recent weather patterns have significantly impacted the local dune system in North Berwick,” explained Cruickshank. “We have undertaken extensive work, working with a range of stakeholders, to stabilise and protect these vital coastal features.

“It is important, not only for our dedicated team at the Club, but also for the whole community, that more effort is made to preserve the natural landscapes that golf has to offer, ensuring both the sustainability of our environment and the continued enjoyment of the game for future generations.”

The DP World Tour’s ‘Green Drive’ initiative has been at the forefront of driving new ideas and innovation in sustainable and responsible event delivery for several years. The 2024 Genesis Scottish Open continues to develop this best practice.

Maria Grandinetti-Milton, Head of Sustainability at the DP World Tour, said: “We are delighted to support the GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation and its partners in highlighting the impact of climate change on the coastlines where the event takes place.

“Golf makes a significant contribution to tourism, commerce and general well-being in Scotland and we are determined to ensure the Genesis Scottish Open continues to play its part in taking progressive steps that increase community engagement, raise awareness and deliver social and environmental legacies.”