Case Studies

The Energy and Carbon case studies provide examples of golf clubs that have undertaken environmental work in partnership with the Golf Union of Wales.  There are currently three Energy and Carbon case studies of golf clubs with varying clubhouse and maintenance facilities and at different stages of carbon and energy management. 


In each case study there were significant opportunities for cost savings and reducing emisions.  Other Golf Clubs can download the case studies and their data to benchmark their own carbon footprints, calculated using the GUW Carbon Calculator, and can use advice from the case studies to help reduce your own emissions and costs.

Case Study Clubs:


Conwy (caernarvonshire) Golf Club, Wales
  • 18 hole links course
  • 620 members
  • Annual footfall – 9000
  • Clubhouse constructed – 1996
  • Course irrigation – borehole
  • No previous carbon management

 Annual carbon footprint: 221 Tonnes


Alresford Golf Club, Hampshire

  • 18 hole parkland course
  • 675 members
  • Clubhouse constructed - 1980’s
  • Course irrigation – borehole plus mains
  • Already have innovative measures in place to reduce energy use

Annual Carbon Footprint: 126 Tonnes


The National Golf Centre, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

  • 36 hole facility + conference centre
  • 600 members
  • Large visitor numbers – annual footfall in excess of 75000
  • Clubhouse constructed in 1905 with additions in 1995 and 1998
  • Irrigation water from 2 reservoirs
  • No previous carbon management

Annual Carbon Footprint: 326 Tonnes