The Warrington team with their award and dignitaries at Harrogate
Bob Taylor – Head of Ecology and Environment at the STRI
Eddie Hemmings – Captain of Warrington Golf Club
Michael Russell – Greenkeeper Warrington Golf Club
Andy Riley – Senior Greenkeeper Warrington Golf Club
Ben Goodchild – Deputy Course Manager Warrington Golf Club
John McLoughlin – Course Manager Warrington Golf Club
Steve Isaac – Director of Sustainability R and A
Rowan Rumball – Ecologist for the STRI
Some of the honey bee and wildflower projects on the course
Warrington Golf Club, one of Cheshire’s premier golfing venues who regularly host county and regional events, were delighted to win the Environmental Golf Course of the Year award at the 2020 Golf Environment Awards at The Crown, Harrogate, in a ceremony hosted by the STRI Group.
Warrington course manager John McLoughlin and his team had introduced numerous projects including honey bee hives and wildflower areas, the composting of all the green waste and debris from the course as well as large amounts of paper, cardboard and vegetable peelings from the clubhouse.
John said: “What a fantastic week and well done to all of the team for raising the bar!”
The STRI spokesperson added: “If you are looking for a golf course that has consistently shown innovative and direct solutions in reducing damaging environmental practices then Warrington is the cream of the crop.
“From developing a team of experts Warrington has shown a course that can be sustainable in relation to inputs, environmental impacts and water usage, whilst also being ecologically diverse.”
As winners of the award some of the Warrington team will now enjoy a European Golf and Environment Trip of a Lifetime to Portugal.
Photos & copy courtesy Geoff Garnett