Green Days held in Germany for the first time
It was a German premiere: The Green Days in Hamburg marked the first time that a two-day workshop was held that focused exclusively on sustainability issues. The program included questions of water management, autonomous mowing or even communication. The event was organized by the Hamburg Golf Association with the support of the Schleswig-Holstein Golf Association. “We got really great feedback,” said Michael Paletta, the HGV’s environmental officer, expressing his satisfaction with the event. “Especially in terms of speakers, we had an excellent lineup and were able to shed light on numerous sustainability aspects here that were probably not as well known before,” he noted.
Good mix of topics
“Indeed, far beyond the edge of golf was looked”, summarized also the managing director of the Golf Association Schleswig-Holstein, Kolja Hause satisfied. “From scientific contributions to a look at Hamburger SV or even the sustainability aspects of forestry, there was really a lot on offer here.” A similar conclusion was reached by Marc Biber, as Head of the Environment & Course Maintenance Department at the German Golf AssociationThe Green Golf Day 2023 had an excellent line-up of speakers, and there was an additional opportunity for attendees to expand their knowledge of the latest developments in golf course maintenance and sustainability through the Green Turf Talk. A successful start!
The event was made possible by the sponsoring company Husqvarna, which is active in the field of robotic mowers on the German golf market. “We see ourselves as a sustainable manufacturer and want to be a long-term partner to the golf industry,” explained Silvia Bors, Partnership Manager Golf & Sport for Germany and the UK. “We consider golf to be a sustainable sport and, as a sponsor of these Green Days, we want to contribute to a positive image of the sport.”
Only in terms of the number of participants, according to those responsible for the event, there is still room for improvement. Although the content of the Green Days was also intended for every normal golfer and not just for officials, managers or greenkeepers, the participants came almost exclusively from the circle of those people who are already much involved with the topic of sustainability in golf anyway.