Golf turns 10 with big award


Jack's Point Golf has been honoured with the prestigious IAGTO 2019 Sustainability Award for Nature Protection presented at an international ceremony on 18 October in Slovenia.

Jack’s Point was selected by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ sustainability partner, the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) to receive the 2019 Nature Award.

Jack’s Point Golf General Manager, John Griffin says the team are thrilled to have been recognised for their long-term commitment to sustainability and nature protection.

“We are delighted to have achieved this international recognition for our ongoing work to preserve our unique natural environment at Jack’s Point,” he says.

Jonathan Smith, GEO Foundation Executive Director says Jack’s Point Golf Course won the 2019 Nature category due to its extraordinary preservation of the breath-taking natural landscape. The winners this year highlight the fact that golf has the potential to improve the land and the lives of people who come into contact with it.

“Completed in 2008, the course construction was so sensitive that only five per cent of the entire 3000-acre site will ever be touched,” he says.

The judges were impressed by the range of natural materials utilised, with recycled on-site materials incorporated, including local wood and stone. The judges highlighted that man-made structures were sited appropriately below sight lines and away from natural bluffs and elevated areas.

The award also recognised that wetland habitats created, while existing ones were regenerated with improved water quality. The course has its own irrigation supply and waste water treatment system.

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