Good golf club sustainability starts with a golf club’s value system and a principled approach to doing business and is supported by King IV Principles such as 10 and 11 of 17 which refer to ensuring that the appointment of, and delegation to management to contribute to role clarity and the effective exercise of authority and responsibilities and the governance of risk in a way that supports the organisation in setting and achieving its strategic objectives. Certainly, good governance and environmental compliance are part of a golf club’s foundation that underpins its licence to operate;

Over the past year, the John Collier Team have once again been collating data from golf clubs throughout South Africa, and according to recent research results published in the John Collier Annual Survey the response rate to the request to participate in the John Collier Survey was 39% with a national compliance level of 31%. On reviewing these Survey responses there are always those Clubs that stand out as being exceptional in good governance and environmental compliance. Once again there were a number of strong contenders; however, this year the KINGSWOOD GOLF CLUB in George is the winner of the TOP CLUB in South Africa for the Good Governance and Environmental Compliance Survey Reporting.   The reviewers were really impressed with the work that is being done at the KINGSWOOD GOLF CLUB and it is fitting that on World Environment Day the club should be appropriately recognised.

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5 June each year and is a day that stimulates awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and public action. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. Above all, World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. That “something” can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd. Everyone is free to choose. Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution. The KINGSWOOD GOLF CLUB Survey illustrates a programmatic and wholistic approach to environmental compliance, for example in their management of waste which fortuitously aligns with the World Environment day theme of beating plastic pollution. Special congratulations must go the Kingswood Management team of Lisel Niehaus and Mike Quinn, Danie Obermeyer, Course Designer and Greenkeeper, and Robert Wiederkehr, Head Coach and PGA professional.

At your next meeting why not introduce a short talk-topic on the agenda on sustainability, using World Environment Day and the achievement of Kingswood Golf CLUB to illustrate this important agenda item.

By John Collier