Apr 6 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A GOLF course has been praised for going green and winning a top award.
Dundonald Links has been awarded a zero waste to landfill prize.
It is thought to be the first links course in the country to scoop such an award.
The club’s environmental pledge to reduce its carbon footprint and enhance bio diversity has won it widespread praise.
Steve Isaac, of the R&A, said: “Dundonald’s achievement in getting to a position of zero waste to landfill demonstrates what can be done to minimise golf’s impact on the environment.
“Waste management is one of the key issues regarding the game’s social responsibility.
“Hopefully, the efforts at Dundonald will inspire others to investigate how they can move towards zero waste to landfill.”
Staff have worked hard to recycle card, paper, plastics, scrap metal, food, timber and green waste.
They have also used inert soil to construct a sandbank for nesting migrant Sand Martin birds.
All of that has been done while maintaining a championship links golf course.
Guy Redford, director of golf, said: “The commitment and teamwork from all the staff through the years has been tremendous.
“All staff training has been received in a positive manner and played an integral part in getting everyone on board.
“The combined efforts of the club and the William Tracey Group has taken us one step closer to our goal of sustainable golf.
“We believe we are the first links golf club to have achieved zero waste and hope that we can act as inspiration to other clubs in creating a waste free, friendly environment for golfers and wildlife.”
Dundonald Links is owned by Loch Lomond Golf Club and is widely recognised as a leading course, which has hosted the European Tour Qualifying School and will play host to this year’s British Senior Open Championship qualifying in July.