Golf Sustainability Roadshow Review

OnCourse® South Africa has been developed in partnership with GolfRSA, CMASA, PGAofSA and GEO Foundation. And we are asking clubs and golf courses to join in, to strengthen and provide recognition to individual clubs and as a united approach to protect the image of the sport as a whole. 

One of the easiest ways to participate is by sharing some of your own ideas and examples – like in this short sample video

Share yours to be included in the next promotional video being created!

Because we feel this is important for the sport, Golf RSA has made it possible for you to join OnCourse South Africa at a 50% discount*. It is just R2200 for year-long access to everything from communication tools and resources and year-to-year data trends, to a connection to the growing community of sustainability leaders, new ideas every month and much more. 

Plus, you can trial the programme and some of the resources for FREE and contact GEO Foundation to arrange a consultation call to chat through your club’s priorities and which parts of the OnCourse subscription can help you meet your needs quickly.

How to get involved:

We look forward to connecting with you and your club and promoting the value of golf in South Africa.

* OnCourse is completely not-for-profit.

We would like to thank all the delegates who attended for their interest and time to the recent sustainability workshops which were hosted across the country in May. Thanks also goes out to our sponsors Toro and Syngenta. 

The Golf Sustainability Roadshows were hosted at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, Victoria Country Club and Atlantic Beach Country Club.

To start off the workshop in each region, Case Studies on the Practical Side of Sustainability were presented. The below case studies were;

  • JHB - A CCJ case study, presented by Matthew Johnstone;
  • KZN - A Victoria CC Case Study, presented by Kriben Govender;
  • WC - A Pearl Valley Case Study, presented by Mike Westman

These course superintendents shared their stories on how they are implementing sustainability within their clubs.

“The workshop was an eye-opener on a number of fronts, namely on the theoretical and practical side of things. The case study was informative and thought-provoking. A series of similar workshops will surely empower a lot of us. Thank you!” - Morontshi Matsobane, General Manager of Randfontein Golf Club.

Sue de Zwart presented on ‘Staff Empowerment’ and ‘Water Quality Management’.

Staff Empowerment

This presentation covered great points such as;

  • The value of a mentor
  • Key Staff Selection
  • Building the teams, we inherit
  • Understanding your employees and how to build them up
  • Training

Water Quality Management

Irrigation water quality has the most influence of
all management inputs, on the future salinity of a
soil. The water source is outside the control of
most golf course superintendents, and this session
provided some solutions in this regard.

“Attending the Roadshow was amazing; the presentations were excellent and relevant. Sad to see that so many clubs did not attend. Education is the future along with creating a sustainable game of golf. Well done to everybody in putting this together and a special word of thanks for the sponsors making this possible.” – Patrick Moroney, Trade Better, Billy Bunker.

We had the privilege of receiving facilitation from John Kemp, the Manager of Oncourse Engagement. John flew in from Scotland to present at theses Roadshows. John presented on the GEO Foundation - What sustainability issues matter to you, and what tools are available through OnCourse.

“Another great workshop. John from GEO was great - new insights and confident presentation of topic.” – Paul Leishman, General Manager of Bryanston Country Club

Kelly Sauerman provided all the delegates with an Introduction and overview of the Turf Grass Academy and what they offer. For more information on this. CLICK HERE

Preferred Supplier of CMASA, Earth Probiotic, gave a short presentation on their offering and focused on Recycling in Clubs – how to turn your food waste into a club benefit.

Bruce Chambers from TORO ended off the workshop with his presentation on equipment and products that reduce your environmental footprint.

From feedback received, the delegates found great value in attending these workshops, and we encourage all our clubs to play their part in creating a sustainable environment.

“Very informative and to the point. All topics were professionally presented. Presenters were, in my opinion, strong influencers in the field and spoke from a strong knowledge base.” ­– Shaun Britz, Course Superintendent at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.