Driving the Green

New Zealand Golf, supported by our many partners across the sport and beyond are committed to a strong and sustainable future for golf, as well as for the environments and communities that we touch.

We recognise that golf can play a valuable role in addressing some of the major concerns of our generation:

  • Nature - loss of biodiversity; fighting off invasive and alien species; protecting habitats; pollution prevention; enhancing air quality 
  • Resources - maximising efficiency in the use of water, energy and materials, and transitioning to clean, renewable and recyclable sources
  • Community - improving health and wellbeing; supporting partners and good causes' delivering environmental, social and economic benefits, and healthy recreation for all
  • Climate - minimising carbon emissions and maximising sequestration value.
We've adopted a simple plan to help the New Zealand golf community to step forward and become a recognised and credible leader:
  • To make sustainability a central pillar for the sports future development
  • To invest in capacity and solutions
  • To encourage our clubs to take action - and in doing so to strengthen their businesses
  • To build a community around credible action and results
  • To seek to inspire and positively influence other sports and sectors, nationally and locally. 
  • Advocacy - we'll be championing sustainability - the what, why and how
  • Education - delivering more dedicated workshops and building measurable performance into continuing professional development 
  • Club support - ongoing development and promotion and incentives for the use of the new OnCourse® New Zealand, online sustainability program for golf club and course management. Get involved, sign up today!
  • Recognition - rewarding the most committed, active and sustainable golf clubs with the internationally and accredited GEO Certified® label
  • Policies - ask that all professional and major amateur events are played at GEO Certified® venues
  • Tournaments - stepping up the action plan to stage a greener NZ Open each year.
  • Generating and sharing many new sustainability highlights, powered by the OnCourse program. Check out club highlights from New Zealand and around the world here  
  • Gathering and communicating progress using key performance data that is provided anonymously from the clubs using OnCourse
  • Building a following and community on social media.
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Our partners 
GEO Foundation - GEO Foundation is the only international non-profit dedicated to helping advance sustainability and through the sport of golf. GEO provides strategic services to New Zealand Golf; manages the OnCourse® New Zealand program; and assures the GEO Certified® label for sustainable golf. Find out more here
Jacks Point, Remuera, Royal Wellington, Tara Iti and Wairakei are all GEO Certified clubs. 
 Liteclub - Liteclub is an entirely free service for community sports clubs helping them be more efficient with electricity, water, and waste. More efficient use of resources saves money, but also reduces environmental impact; win-win!  
New Zealand Golf Course Superintendents AssociationThe NZGCSA has a long history, formed in 1940, to provide support to our Golf Course Superintendents that care for over 400 courses across the country. The NZGCSA seeks to assist its member's professional development and provide educational opportunities that, in turn, will benefit those that enjoy the game of golf.
Golf Managers Association of New ZealandThe Golf Managers Association of New Zealand (GMANZ) comprises club managers and administrators employed at clubs and the wider golf industry across the country. GMANZ aims to help managers with the everyday management of their clubs through the provision of forums for the exchange of views, experiences and information, to provide educational programmes to increase their knowledge of club management and to encourage networking among its local and international databases.
New Zealand Golf Industry Council To encourage coordination and collaboration between organisations in the New Zealand golf industry by providing a forum to work in a coordinated way to grow, support and promote the game of golf.