Grøn Golfbane på Samsø
Purpose and description
Through Energy and environmentally correct initiatives to make Samsø Golf Club pioneer in the industry – both in Denmark and abroad.
To become the inspiration and learning platform for other golf clubs, for the training of greenkeepers and for park rangners wortking for the municipality.
Samsø is already known as renewable energy island, so the golf course also wanted to contribute to this project on several different fronts. The goal was to show that a golf club and a leisure activity can work without the use of fossil fuels, and at the same time do something good for the environment.
As part of this, Samsø Golf Club has set a goal of becoming environmentally certified in the Golf Environment Organization (GEO)
7. Affordable and Clean Energy. 13. – Climate Action. 15. – Life on Land. 17. – Partnership to achieve the Goal
Progress and conclusion:
It started with an energy check in order to energy optimise the buildings, but developed into a geothermal system and became the starting point for a large number of sustainable and environmentally sound initiatives at the Samsø Golf Club.
The energy and environmental solutions that greets the golfers and the visitors to Samsø are many. The project has developed over the years. Samsø Golf Club considers the environment and leads the way for other golf clubs around the world. Now the golf club, along with various suppliers and the Samsø Energy Academy, are developing products and methods that other sectors also can benefit from. Innovation through collaborations can cause environmental solutions that without working together across industries never would have been developed and implemented. On Samsø they can be tested before they are propagated and scaled up. Visualisation promotes understanding of environmental problems and solutions and it promotes more innovative initiatives.
Samsø Golf Club, Samsø Municipality, Samsø Energy Academy, Local farmers
Grundfos, DLF trifolium, PRODANA, Svenningsen maskiner
Partnerships on the golf course between the energy and environmental sectors, municipalities, private companies as well as input from aroad can lead to the development of new energy and environmental solutions.
Therefore, the Energy Academy supports and facilitates cooperation between the parties at local level to ensure:
1. Barriers are identified and the solutions implemented
2. A faster realisation of environmental goals
3. Better environmental conditions than the rules require
4. Involvement, co-ownership and positive behavioral impact of civil society
No donor – Voluntary support from Samsø Energy Academy and Samsø Golf Club
Criteria for success:
Samsø Golf Club was presented with The Golf Environment Prize in 2015 as proof of the great environmental effort the club had made and continues to make.. The prize was founded to focus on the many green initiatives the country’s golf clubs are implementing.
The Golf Sports Environment Prize was awarded by a committee consisting of representatives from the Danish Golf Union, the Outdoor Sports Council, the Danish Sports Federation, the Danish Society for Nature Conservation, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the Danish Greenkeeper Association.
Already, the pilot project with micro-clover and algal fertilizer is being used on Samsø Municipality’s football field and the municipality’s other green areas.
Ecology and sustainability consideration is still growning on Samsø. The growing environmental conscious German market and the other neighboring countries inspires.
It is easy to imagine the difference in the calculation of the environmental impact on a green green compared to a traditional green.