Education is key
It is our own responsibility to not only educate ourselves on this topic, but also to pass this information onto the enthusiastic golfers who turn up to play on our ‘little gem’ of a golf course. One of the main goals of the European Tour is to make sure that the golf course is playing firm, fast, and true. This is more important than how the golf course looks aesthetically, which is also important, but the gameplay comes first. Lush green golf courses are less likely to support the traditional way the game should be played as the surfaces tend to be slower and encourage a ‘target’ golf idea instead of the old school ‘bump and run’ style.
A balanced eco-system
Bernardus is in the middle of a Natura 2000 location, so we must make sure that we focus on encouraging and maintaining a balanced eco-system that allows wildlife to flourish. Our nature areas are just as important to us as the playing surfaces. Our main goal is to maintain the whole site in the most sustainable way possible, which means limiting the use of precious resources. By doing this we don’t just play our part in protecting our wonderful planet, but we also can maintain our world-class golf course in a way that allows the game to be played how it once was, and to show people that a little bit of brown isn’t the worst thing in the world. Together we can make brown beautiful again!
Niall Richardson, Golf Course Superintendent, Bernardus.