The winner for 2019-2020 is the ST FRANCIS LINKS GOLF CLUB in St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and a Special Mention Award to Eagle Canyon in Gauteng.
What St Francis Links does well is to link the importance of biodiversity in a practical way, and demonstrating the Club is committed to good land stewardship principles and taking positive steps towards addressing biodiversity loss. This includes assessing their relationship with nature and putting in place stronger environmental policies and accountability measures to help drive changes in behaviour to protect nature and acting now to increase ambition and accountability for its protection. Furthermore, in its small way, the St Francis Links is contributing to the mitigation of the five main drivers of biodiversity loss within the St Francis Links area, these include, land use change, prevention over exploitation of plants and animals, awareness of climate change, the management of pollution and the management of alien invasive species. There is no doubt that It is the application of these principles that form part of the club’s ethical foundation which underpins its licence to operate.
The John Collier reviewers were really impressed with the work that is being done at St Francis Links Course and it is fitting that on World Environment Day the club should be appropriately recognised. Special congratulations must go the St Francis Links Members, their Management team
including but not limited to the CEO Jeff Clause, the Estate Superintrendent Charl Blaauw and his staff, and the St Francis Links Environmental Committee.