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Course Open Preferred lies in play in all areas cut at fairway height or less. Updated: 20th May 2024

WHERE GOLF AND NATURE CAN CO-EXIST IN HARMONY

Sustainability

At Bush Hill Park, we acknowledge the social responsibility and environmental stewardship we inherently possess as a golf club located in an urban area. We are committed to upholding the longevity, resilience, and sustainability of the game of golf, supporting the local community, and safeguarding the planet.

Our Sustainability Programme represents our ongoing efforts to establish an enduring legacy of the game we love.

On the golf course, our programme is defined by continually assessing and enhancing greenkeeping practices that make the course less dependent on water, fertiliser, and chemicals, reducing energy and water wastage, and maintaining and promoting vital ecosystems and habitats for wildlife.

Off the course, we strive to cascade our efforts by strengthening community and business ties by sourcing locally for a greener supply chain, and actively reducing the Club’s carbon footprint.

Our Pledge to Sustainable Golf

We are committed to social and environmental responsibility, in and through golf.

We recognise the importance of playing our part to protect and restore nature, conserve resources, take climate action and strengthen communities.

We will seek to use our reach to raise awareness and positive action amongst golfers, partners and the wider public.

We will make an important difference, and help golf become a valued leader in sustainability.


Water, Chemical, and Energy Reduction

On the course, we seek different ways to reduce fungicide usage, which include, different grass species that are more disease resistant, more use of metals such as iron, copper, and manganese in addition to phosphite's, reducing organic matter and increasing the root depths to help make our greens more sustainable.

Our on-site waste to water cleaning system allows us to reduce our water usage by recycling dirty water in a tank for re-use. Harvesting water from the greenkeepers shed to make it require zero mains water supply is under review.

A commitment has been made to undertake a review of the restoration of an ancient pond on the course with the intention of recycling the water to keep our ponds topped up, and to reduce water usage from our borehole.  

When they are of a standard and quality good enough for golf courses, our aim is to incorporate the use of electric machinery. Using hybrid machines will reduce fuel, hydraulic oils, and noise pollution. 

Our electricity supplier was selected for being 100% Certified Green Electricity.

LED lighting has been installed in the greenkeeping shed.

All our golf buggies are electric.


Biodiversity and Conservation

The golf course is home to vital habitats for a diverse and flourishing wildlife population with Egyptian Geese, Swans, Ducks, Moorhens, Coots, Herons, various species of fish, Foxes, Muntjac Deer, Bats, and Badgers.

We create log piles from felled trees, which create a sanctuary of food and shelter for insects particularly stag beetles. They find solace in the damp nooks and crannies a log pile provides, and as the wood decays over time, log piles attract an even greater range of wildlife like badgers, which may otherwise cause damage to the golf course.

Through naturalisaition, we introduce wildflowers and grasses to different parts of the golf course, eco areas, and uncut fescue grasses in the spring and summer seasons. Allowing natural vegetation to grow, these become important areas for providing valuable food sources for wildlife, attracting pollinators such as bumblebees, butterflies, and other insects, enhancing biodiversity and the course aesthetically.

During the Winter 2023/24 Programme, the Greenkeeping team constructed a bug hotel, as well as bird and bat boxes, utilising upcycled and recovered materials. These structures were then strategically installed across the golf course.

We aspire to establish beehives with the assistance of local professional beekeepers.

Community and Local

Whenever feasible, we prioritise local suppliers. Our kitchen procures ingredients from a nearby butcher, dairy, and vegetable supplier, while the bar is supplied by a local brewery.

Our seasonal menus cater extensively to vegans and vegetarians, featuring a wide selection of options, including a Beyond Meat® offering.

Bike racks have been installed in the carpark.

Waste Management and Reduction

Food waste and kitchen oil are collected for proper disposal.

Recycling receptacles for paper, cardboard, plastic, cans, and glass bottles are conveniently located throughout the Clubhouse.


Purchasing Power

Off the course and into the Pro Shop - all tees, markers, and pitch forks available for sale are made from bamboo.

The Pro Shop also retails a PUMA range made from recycled plastic bottles.

Membership bag tags are made from bamboo and carry accreditation from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and our membership cards have transitioned from plastic to eco-PVC.

In the Clubhouse, single-use plastic water bottles have been replaced with water cartons.  





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