The Platja de Pals golf course has an extraordinary landscape with its location on coastal dunes maintained by the planting of pine trees at the beginning of the 20th century. The course is also close to the sea which lies some 500 metres away. It is the oldest course on the Costa Brava (it was opened in 1966). Today this gently landscaped course boasts an extensive pine wood with trees of over a hundred years old.
The concern for environmental aspects at the golf course and its facilities resulted in the initiation of an ambitious programme of environmental management in 2004. In 2006 the programme obtained the ISO 9001 international quality award, and the ISO 14001 for the environment.
The environmental management carried out at the Platja de Pals golf course includes; the optimisation of irrigation water used, as aside from coming from the Pals water treatment works, strict control is maintained with respect to water consumption; the minimum use policy with respect to fertilisers and insecticides using integrated agricultural techniques; the minimisation and correct storage of wastes; the preservation of the environment through the elimination of non-native plant species, the undertaking of conservation programmes for insectivore species, and the demarcation of “sanctuary” areas; and the reduction of the playing area to promote the conservation of animal and plant species. An effective policy of environmental communication focuses on both players and the staff at the centre.
The Platja de Pals golf course is a member of the American “Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programme” and we apply its practices. In 2006 the course was a finalist in the “Premio Madera Verde” awards, held by the APAS association in cooperation with the Royal Spanish Golf Federation. The course regularly supports environmental activities carried out in the Basses d’en Coll natural area which lies close to our facilities.