Lahinch GC Part of the Ecotourism Promotion Network
Nature is the regions greatest asset – those who travel to Ireland’s west coast to play golf there, are looking for a combination of first-class golf and pristine landscape. Lahinch Golf Club, known as one of Ireland’s best links courses, is less than 15 minutes’ drive from the Cliffs of Moher, which was already struggling with over tourism at times in the years before the Corona crisis. The sustainable tourism of the region has thus developed into one of the top issues in the area – the merger of 70 local companies in the Burren Ecotourism Network is the result. The initiative has now been recognized by the magazine “Lonely Planet” as the best tourism project in the “Community” category.
The aim of the “Best in Travel 2021″ awards 2021 was to single out pioneering tourism projects that are characterized by sustainable practices. The Burren Ecotourism Network, to which Lahinch Golf Club belongs, excelled as a local community that wants to both strengthen the environment and promote sustainable tourism.
70 companies cooperate in the network. They are all committed to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark‘s Code of Sustainable Practice, which requires, among other things, the presentation of sustainable waste, energy and water management. At the same time, the goal of the companies is to promote the care and protection of the ecosystem. Here the tourist offers in the region are to be largely provided by the companies in the region.
Lahinch Golf Club as part of the network with new projects
Lahinch Golf Club, situated on the edge of the Burren National Park and just ten kilometers from the Cliffs of Moher, has long made sustainable golfing a priority. In 2020, two new projects in particular were implemented: On the one hand, the amount of waste was to be significantly reduced, which is why the sale of plastic bottles was completely stopped at the beginning of the year . Instead, water stations with filtered water have been installed at numerous points on the course. In addition, all cleaning agents used on the golf course have been replaced with environmentally friendly products.
Lahinch also sees itself as an “Eco Links” and follows a traditional management of the two 18-hole courses. Those who want to learn more about it, can find a detailed description under Eco Links on the club’s website. The facility is also known for the so-called ” Lahinch goats “, which are also shown in the club’s logo.