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Troon Highlights Sustainability Practices

Al Mouj Golf in Oman has been re-certified in the GEO and Audubon standards for 2023.

Arizona, United States: Troon is continuing to champion sustainable practices with a range of initiatives taking place across its global portfolio of clubs.

Responsible environmental management is a key component of Troon International’s ethos, and their facilities are relentlessly dedicated when it comes to environmental stewardship. 

In the quest for sustainable excellence, Troon recognises the pivotal role of technology. Leveraging the power of innovation, Troon employs OnCourse, an advanced online platform.

This tool serves as a dynamic compass, empowering club and course managers to navigate through the intricate landscape of modern sustainability with precision and effectiveness.

With backing from many golf industry bodies and wider environmental and government support, the online tool helps facilities evaluate, develop and report their sustainability actions. The programme also leads facilities towards golf’s accredited international label of environmental and social excellence, GEO Certified.

“Witnessing the unwavering dedication of our clubs to sustainability initiatives is truly inspiring,” said DJ Flanders, Executive Vice President of Troon International, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

“From eco-tourism destinations that serve as sanctuaries for local wildlife to implementing innovative measures that minimise environmental footprints and conserve precious resources like water, and even embracing the challenge of going plastic-free, each proactive step leaves a lasting and positive mark on our planet,” he added.

A new alliance for Troon in 2024 was Oman’s oceanfront golf destination, Al Mouj Golf. The club’s reputation for being one of the world’s premier golf destinations is amplified by its consecutive inclusion in the Top 100 Courses in the World in Today’s Golfer, but also its sustainability commitment.

Al Mouj Golf has been re-certified in the industry-leading GEO and Audubon standards for 2023, making it one of only a few golf clubs in the world to maintain both certifications. They are home to five natural water ponds and actively conserve six nesting areas for the 173 bird species that make use of the golf course for resting, nesting and migrating.

Steven Johnson, Golf Course Superintendent at Al Mouj Golf, said: “I feel it’s our responsibility to preserve and protect the wildlife and habitat on our golf courses. It’s also important to promote the sustainable programmes that take place on the courses and the positive impact these have on the environment and greater community. By embracing natural ecology and enhancing the golfing experience, we uphold our commitment to sustainability.

“Through our partnership with Haya Water, for example, we ensure the responsible collection and composting of landscaping green without disrupting golfers. This partnership exemplifies our dedication to environmental stewardship and the preservation of our world-class resort.”

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