Trade Associations and Business Support Organisations for the golf sector.

Northern Ireland

Golfing Union of Ireland 

The Golfing Union of Ireland administers men's amateur golf on the island of Ireland. There are four branches, split into the provincial areas of Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. The Ulster Branch supports clubs across Northern Ireland.


Scottish Golf

Scottish Golf is the governing body for the sport of golf in Scotland. Scottish Golf’s role is to lead our clubs, develop champions and provide the opportunity for everyone in Scotland to play golf for life. A member of the Netregs Business Advisory Group, Scottish Golf provides sustainability best practice advice and support to affiliated golf clubs as part of their club services.

Scottish Golf & Club Managers Association (SGCMA)

The SGCMA is the professional Association for managers of Scottish Golf and Sports Clubs. The objectives of the Association are to improve the management of clubs through education, networking and assistance and support of club officers.

Scottish Association of Golf Course Architects (ScotGCA)

The ScotGCA is the body representing the golf course architecture profession in Scotland offering support and guidance to new golf developments and to existing Scottish clubs, helping them with sustainable course improvements.

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The R&A

The R&A governs the sport of golf worldwide, promoting sustainable golf to help grow golf throughout the world in a commercially and environmentally sustainable way.

British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA)

BIGGA represents greenkeeping professionals across the U.K. promoting best practice and providing training in turf management and sustainability.

GEO Foundation (GEO)

GEO is an international not-for-profit organisation, promoting sustainability to the golf industry and providing clubs with the GEO OnCourse® programme and Certified® eco-label.

Amenity Forum

The Amenity Forum is the leading organisation within the UK amenity sector for promoting safe and environmentally friendly use of pesticides.

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