Carnoustie wins at IAGTO Sustainability Awards

Carnoustie – Championship Course


On Tuesday 30th November 2021, the eighth annual IAGTO Sustainability Award winners were announced.

Carnoustie Golf Links are extremely proud to receive the very first Climate Action Award.

As part of their ongoing commitment to sustainability, IAGTO and the GEO Foundation introduced this new award to recognise a facility that has made a strategic commitment to taking climate action, with practical steps to reduce emissions and manage their landscape to maximize carbon sequestration.

Michael Wells, Chief Executive of Carnoustie Golf Links said “Being awarded this Climate Action Award means a great deal to us. As an organisation, we are, and have for some time, been very conscious of our environmental impact on the planet. Being sustainable is one of our core values and we encourage every one of our team to make decisions with that value in mind. We have invested in more sustainable practices both on and off the course, and we are on a continued journey of improvement. Our Links Superintendent, Craig Boath, is an inaugural GEO Sustainable Golf Champion for his leadership in this area and he has been instrumental in helping us on this journey.

As a company, we are known for leading the way within the sport and our sustainable practices are another example of how we intend to influence and drive change. To be the first organisation to win this award is real honour and privilege.

Craig Boath, Links Superintendent of Carnoustie Golf Links said “We are delighted that IAGTO and the GEO Foundation are supporting such an important cause and highlighting the excellent work that’s being carried out in the industry. We are pleased that our efforts have been recognised by way of this award. We have such diverse eco-system of plants and wildlife here at Carnoustie and we will continue to protect it, and if possible enhance it, whilst still providing the exceptional test of golf that everyone expects from Carnoustie.

The Open Championship venue have made sustainability an integral part of their vision and have been GEO Certified on three occasions in – 2013, 2016 and 2019 (and are preparing for a fourth). They were also named ‘Environmental Golf Course of the Year’ at the STRI Environmental Awards in 2018.

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Carnoustie Golf Links boasts four courses, the Carnoustie Championship Course, The Carnoustie Burnside Course, The Carnoustie Buddon Course and the free-to-play five hole Carnoustie Nestie Course.

Awards and accolades:
In 2021, Carnoustie Golf Links received the Climate Action Award at the IAGTO Sustainability Awards, The Carnoustie Championship Course was named No.5 in the top 100 golf courses in the UK and Ireland by Golf Monthly Magazine and as an Outstanding Venue by In 2019 Carnoustie Golf Links Championship Course was awarded World’s Best Golf Course, Europe’s Best Golf Course and Scotland’s Best Golf Course by the World Golf Awards. In 2018, Carnoustie Golf Links was awarded Environmental Golf Course of the Year and the Championship Course was voted Best Golf Course in Scotland over £100, the second time it has won the award in the past three years. CGLMC gained charitable status in 2014.

The Carnoustie Championship Course has hosted The Open eight times and the AIG Women’s Open two times. It has also hosted The Senior Open Championship on two occasions, in addition to hosting The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship annually.

Carnoustie’s Championship Course is one of the courses that every golfer in the world wants to play. It is undoubtedly one of, if not the most, memorable golf courses that you’ll ever play, not just in Scotland but in all of golf. Known as the toughest venue on The Open rota, it’s a course that challenges each person who visits and is rightly known as Golf’s Greatest Test. It will make you think on every shot, there’s no escaping the course once you’ve started, one of the beauties of Carnoustie’s Championship Course is the way in which it grabs hold of you, immerses you in the landscape and takes you on a journey. That deep breath that’s taken on the first just before teeing off is only exhaled on stepping off at the 18th.

The Carnoustie Burnside Course oozes character and from the back tees is a splendid test of golf. It was on this course in 1953 where the great Ben Hogan shot 70 to help him qualify for the Open Championship which he subsequently won.

The Carnoustie Buddon Course is the newest of the three 18-hole courses at Carnoustie, originally designed by Peter Alliss and the late Dave Thomas on land that was formerly part of the ladies’ course and Ministry of Defence land, hence the reason why the holes are named after battles. The course was opened in 1979.

The Carnoustie Nestie Course is the newest course at Carnoustie and is free for anyone to play. It has recently been re-designed as a short five-hole course. This course is ideal for kids or anyone new to golf.

The Open, golf’s pre-eminent Championship, was played for the eighth time at Carnoustie in July 2018, with Francesco Molinari lifting the Claret Jug.

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