From the very beginnings of Kings Hill Golf Club, one of the key objectives has always been to establish a quality golf course in the most natural and diverse setting that the site offers. To achieve this a policy and commitment to the environment and its improvement and ongoing management were put in place. Kings Hill Golf Club is now well on the way to finding a suitable balance between man and nature, leading to the provision of a first rate leisure facility that provides natural habitats for common and rare species of flora and fauna and that can be enjoyed by all golfers whether members or visitors.
In 1998 an Environmental Management Document was set out, recording history, laying down plans, standards and on going maintenance procedures to maximise the opportunities that the site presents in terms of its biodiversity. To view the entire contents of this document click here.
Over the years, the gradual regeneration and management of the heathland area, combined with careful management of the woodland and native grassland areas has seen the gradual development and improvement of native species of plants and wildlife, some of which are rare to the area. In 2005 Kings Hill Golf Club took part in the 'Adders In Decline' survey by the Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group. To view the Adders In Decline survey click here
Working with our partners at the Kent Wildlife Trust, Kings Hill Golf Club was awarded a CLA Wildlife Sites Award for the excellent conservation work carried out on the site, awarded by the Country Land & Business Association in 2001.
In 2004 Kings Hill Golf Club was a winner for 'Land Management and Biodiversity' in the Environment Awards For Kent Businesses, and is still the only Golf Club in Kent to achieve this prestigious award. For more details on past winners click the dragonfly
The staff at Kings Hill Golf Club are also helping to restore another area of Heath land in Kent which is part of the Kent High Weald Project. This is a commitment to community work with Labour and Machinery being volunteered every February
We are constantly looking at other aspect of conserving the environment. We already have a water recycling facility for machinery wash down, reservoir, weather station and water management software to maximise the use of water for turfgrass and avoid wastage. Other projects we are currently investigating include wind and solar power for buildings, and the option of bio fuels for running the majority of the equipment used in maintaining the golf course.
We have only come a short way and there is so much more to achieve, Environmental work is an ongoing commitment so there is no sitting back. Constant management plus careful dedicated maintenance of all aspect of our impact on the environment will conserve and improve our surroundings.
Next time you play a round of golf, take a moment to look around, the magnificent bluebell woods in the spring, the birds singing in the spring, heather flowering in August and general wildlife enjoying the summer sun in a truly natural environment, who knows what you might spot, while you are waiting your turn to tee off ..............