Game Changers

GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation has identified EGD’s, Gary Johnston as an individual who has gone above and beyond in his measurable day-to-day actions. Gary has taken leadership steps to raise awareness of important global issues, while working hard to find effective, sustainable solutions for course sites and their immediate environments.

Thanks to the project’s focus on positive social and environment impact, Irie Fields at Kittitian Hills, St.Kitts was the first golf course globally to attain the GEO Certified Development status. Irie Fields was designed by Gary Johnston from European Golf Design (EGD) in partnership with Ian Woosnam.

“Sustainability was integral in everything we did at Irie Fields, from the moment we picked up our pencils through to seeding the last hole,” said Gary Johnston. “We are incredibly proud to have been part of this project. We have already recommended the GEO Developments programme to other developers and we hope that Irie Fields is just the first of many golf courses that we are involved with that will gain the GEO Certified Development mark.”

Gary has a long list of design projects under his belt including Dubai Hills Golf Club which was named ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ in 2019. Gary is also a Senior Member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects and sits on the EIGCA’s Council.

Irie Fields Achievements

– World’s first “zero-chemical” construction of a warm season golf course
– More than 97% of bulk construction materials sourced from the island
– Over 25 hectares of new edible landscapes integrated throughout the golf course
– 95% of construction labour workforce came from the island

Find out more about the Sustainable Golf Champions at https://sustainable.golf/champions/designers-and-constructors/