In an effort to improve the course here at Turton Golf Club and offer our members and visitors something extra we are employing good environmental stewardship in all our management practices. This, in some small way, will contribute to lessening our carbon footprint and minimize our impact upon the local environment.

Our main ecological aim at Turton Golf Club is to: Manage a range of incentives designed to optimize the aesthetics, ecology and playing quality of our golf facility by means of appropriate ecological management.

Improving and enhancing biodiversity on the golf course through implementation of good ecological management practice can offer a range of benefits to the club. These benefits include:

  • Creates huge pride & satisfaction amongst members and staff alike in the quality of the course
  • Improved aesthetics & appearance of the course
  • Offers an improved playing experience
  • Raises profile of the club, generating important positive publicity
  • Reverses the trend of our disappearing wildlife heritage

A range of ecological initiatives have been employed by the greenstaff on the course to conserve and enhance the wildlife habitats on the course whilst improving aesthetics and playing quality. These include:

  • Rough Development– management of rough to promote a thinner wispier sward to facilitate easy ball retrieval should anyone land in it.

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Wildflowers and thinner rough help define the 14th & 16th holes whilst providing colour to the course.

  •  Himalayan Balsam Control– we are trying to control this invasive weed before it spreads throughout the course.
  • Heather & Gorse Regeneration– management to encourage growth of heather & gorse which will provide definition whilst improving aesthetics and the wildlife value on the course.

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Heather growing on the course provides a colorful feature whilst enhancing the heathland nature of the course.

  •  Nest Box Scheme– a total of 16 bird & bat boxes have been installed in carefully selected areas on the course of which 9 where occupied during 2011.
  • Heath/Moor Management– removal of selected trees to prevent scrubbing over and eventual decline of this important habitat.

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Turton Golf Course is set amidst important heathland habitat on the southern slopes of Turton Heights.

  •  Pond Management– management of ponds is done in such a way to encourage wildlife whilst providing a pleasant distraction to golfers.

Biological Heritage Site: Hazelhurst Clough & Turton Golf Course Roughs

The Greens Committee & Greenstaff are proud to announce that natural areas on Turton Golf Course have now been given the official designation of Biological Heritage Site (BHS) as they are considered to be outstanding areas of natural heritage and biodiversity. ‘Hazelhurst Clough & Turton Golf Course Roughs’ is the full name given to the BHS in this area, which also includes woodland adjacent to the course. The BHS covers ten hectares of the course and contains valuable wildlife habitats such as wet valley, species-rich acid grassland and lowland heath that provide refuge for rare and threatened plants and animals.

Designated sites form an irreplaceable part of our environment and are a major part of the strategy to conserve the biological richness of Lancashire. Lancashire County Council is required to identify and provide for the protection and enhancement of the natural heritage within their areas. As part of their planning function, they have a responsibility to take account of sites of significant nature conservation value.

The Biological Heritage Site Project is a partnership between Lancashire County Council, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and N. Merseyside and Natural England.  The partnership works with District Councils in Lancashire and landowners / land managers to deliver positive action for biodiversity. Turton Golf Club is now committed to managing the BHS in accordance with published guidelines to maintain and enhance the habitats concerned.

For an account of the Biological Heritage Site please refer to the BHS official document and map.

What is a Biological Heritage Site? (BHS) 

Biological Heritage Site - Site Description  

Biological Heritage Site - Site Boundary Map  turtongolfclub

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