Mach Dunes Receives GEO Certification, 1st in Scotland! would like to congratulate one of our newest contributors, Keith Martin of Machrihanish Dunes (Check this post), who just received full Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) Certification. Congrats! First in Scotland and one of the very few to meet this standard in the world.

From the Verifiers (Carolyn Hedley) Certification Report:

My visit to Machrihanish Dunes has confirmed that even in the most sensitive of sites such as this SSSI designated area, this golf development not only protects the special habitats in which it exists, but enhances and improves the ecological value of the area while at the same time providing a wonderful natural links golf experience for visitors.

The management team have taken the challenges of addressing the planning conditions set and turned them into positive strengths of the course, with long term action plans in place to manage and monitor the habitats and species.
Addressing nature, landscape, heritage and turf management issues successfully have ensured the course produced is of the highest standard, in harmony with the land. Policies of water, waste and energy resource efficiency, along with low chemical use, show the all-round sustainability of the facility.
Go here to see the full report.

Here's a recent GolfInc article about this great course.
GolfInc NewBreed Fall2010 Full Article