The GEO® Tournaments certification leads to the internationally recognised distinction of GEO Certified® Tournaments status. Delivering golf facilities that are driven by nature, resilient in operations and connected to true community values.
This certification process has been developed and tested thanks to the input and collaboration provided by the organizations that manage the main international tournaments. Among these, the R&A, the European Tour, the Scottish Open, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Ladies European Tour, the Solheim Cup and the Venice Open by USKids and PlayGolf54.
The 2017 edition of the US Kids Venice Open 2017 was an opportunity to carry out the first studies and checks on the procedures.
After that, the 2018, 2019 and 2020 US Kids Golf Venice Open edition has been officially recognised as a GEO Certified Tournament for its inspiring leadership to advance sustainability in and through golf. It was the first Italian tournament and the first tournament for junior participants in the world to receive the certification.
The initiative was led by the voluntary leadership of the US Kids Golf Foundation and Golf della Montecchia (1), with strong support from the other two host venues – Golf Club Frassanelle (2) and Galzignano Terme Spa & Golf Resort (3).
The event was also backed by the PGAs of Europe.
Golf della Montecchia – GEO® Certified since 2013, IAGTO Sustainability Award Winner 2017 (community engagement); Biogolf research site; three times Italian Golf Federation “Impegnati nel Verde” (INV) Award winner for environmental commitment, for water management and for cultural heritage.
The Venice Open ran and was awarded with the GEO Tournament Certification also in the subsequent editions 2019 and 2020 and is now running to have this recognition also for the 2021 edition.
Frassanelle Golf Club – OnCourse® for GEO Certified®; twice awarded INV Award for cultural heritage and landscape management.
Galzignano Golf Club – OnCourse® for GEO Certified®