Ransomes gets environmental certificate for test golf course

The Golf Environment Organisation has certified the three-hole golf course at Ransomes Jacobsen's European headquarters near Ipswich.

The RJ National joins many of the world’s top courses in achieving the accreditation and leads the way for short courses in doing so.

GEO chief executive Jonathon Smith said: "We are delighted that the RJ National has attained certification as it demonstrates a pioneering approach from a short course. It also shows that you don’t have to be a high-profile, internationally-recognised facility to reach and maintain environmental standards in the management of golf courses.

By protecting and enhancing ecosystems and biodiversity, maximising resource efficiency, reducing waste and conserving their cultural heritage and local landscape, Ransomes Jacobsen has shown its commitment to environmental best practice in a golf course context.

The unique three hole course was designed to provide a test site for Ransomes kit and was the brainchild of managing director David Withers.

Withers said: What I had in mind right from the outset, was a small course that would be the ideal showcase for the products we manufacture here in Ipswich. We have been supporters of GEO ever since the organisation was created back in 2004 and we have further supported the organisation with the accreditation of our golf course. I’m still amazed that we sit there among some of the most illustrious courses in the world.

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