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The online RSSGCD programme, the first of its kind in the golf industry, is a major initiative from the EIGCA to elevate the standards of sustainable golf course development. Endorsed and verified by the Golf Environment Organization (GEO), the programme equips participants with the skills and knowledge to respond to the ever-increasing demand for existing and new golf facilities to be designed and operated in environmentally and socially sensitive ways.
Tom Mackenzie, EIGCA President said; "I congratulate Achim on completing our Sustainable Golf Course Development programme. This programme is not for the faint hearted. There are over 30 online seminars, each with a test to be passed, plus a lengthy case study of a project the candidate has undertaken. Only when the case study has been verified by a GEO Sustainability Associate can the candidate be added to the EIGCA Sustainability Register."
Achim Reinmuth is a golf course architect with Städler Golf Courses. His case study involved the University Golfclub Paderborn - Haxterhöhe Links, an 18 hole course he designed in central Germany and which opened in 2011 (see photo gallery below). The overall concept for the project is based around the three pillars of Inclusion, Science and Sustainability, covering all areas of the golf course construction and maintenance as well as the clubhouse operation and staff employment.
Further information on the RSSGCD programme and EIGCA’s work on sustainability can be found on the EIGCA website.
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