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Looking after our Environment

Harrogate Golf Club has a passionate commitment to nature conservation and managing our beautiful landscape

Our wonderful green space offers a bountiful variety of wildlife and teems with copious and varied species of flora, endowing a sanctuary that enriches the well-being of members and visitors alike.

GEO Certified

We have achieved GEO Certified status, a prestigious recognition from the GEO Foundation that applauds our efforts in promoting nature, conserving resources, and supporting the community. This certification, based on a transparent and modern sustainability standard, is highly esteemed in the golfing world. By attaining this status, Harrogate Golf Club joins a growing community of clubs and tournaments demonstrating how golf can align with nature, environmental responsibility, and community values. This achievement reflects the vision and hard work of our Sustainability Team, led by Club members David Rance and John Margerison supported by Ken Ward and Joanne McBratney.

We have shown our commitment to fostering nature, conserving resources, strengthening communities and taking climate action by joining GEO Foundation OnCourse dedicated to helping accelerate sustainability in and through golf.


A rich abundance of wildflowers

Throughout the year, wildflowers attract a great variety of bees, butterflies and pollinating insects. Bughotels leftover from tree felling give refuge to a wide variety of insects. Small ponds around the course take advantage of our natural springs and drainage water.

In 2023 our commitment to eco-friendly practices and protecting and enhancing our wonderful course was recognized with a Silver Gilt medal at the prestigious Yorkshire In Bloom Awards. Download Looking after our Environment a leaflet displaying and celebrating the work of our greenkeeping staff and volunteers.

450 year-old English oaks

We have wonderful mature, native coniferous and deciduous trees trees lining our lush fairways, including 450 year-old English oaks a vestige of the royal hunting Forest of Knaresborough.