Our Environmental Credentials
High Post Golf Club was formed in 1922. The course lies on an area of natural beauty and blends unobtrusively into the existing contours of the chalk downland. Golfers enjoy far reaching, all round views, from the Iron Age hill forts of Sidbury and Danebury in the north, to Britain's tallest cathedral spire in the south.
Golf rarely (and not surprisingly) attracts praise from the environmental lobby for its consumption of water, the use of heavy machinery and application of fertilizers. However, if golf courses didn't exist, then even more of the downland around Salisbury, would be covered in high density housing. Our 120 acres of this prized resource offers healthy and enjoyable exercise to many, while also providing a haven for indigenous wildlife.
At High Post, sympathetic environmental management, in consultation with English Nature, minimises human impact and encourages many species of plants and wildlife to flourish, for the benefit of members, visitors and others enjoying the bridleways on foot, bicycle and horseback. As custodians of this area of natural grassland, the membership tries to share the environment responsibly with nature. This results in the course supporting a wide range of species, including wildflowers, fungi, bees, butterflies, small mammals, bats and birds, all of which enhance a round of golf.
Ecological conservation forms part of the Club's Management Plan, which takes us to our Centenary in 2022. With the help of green-keeping staff and volunteers, relatively simple but effective conservation measures include:
- Implementing sustainable green-keeping practices. This includes carefully managed water abstraction, in conjunction with the Environmental Agency and the use of deep rooted, drought resistant grasses on our greens.
- Using less nitrogen per hectare than the recommended guidelines.
- Controlling invasive scrub and managing rough grassland to provide ecological corridors for invertebrates, small mammals and ground nesting sites.
- Restoring and preserving wildflower patches to provide habitat for pollinators.
- Creating piles of decaying timber for invertebrates.
- Erecting nesting boxes to attract kestrels, owls,woodpeckers and bats.
While we can't call on David Attenborough, we do have an outstanding wildlife photographer on our staff, in the shape of Deputy Head Greenkeeper Paul Hope. Scrolling through his portfolio, offers many examples of how successful we are, in welcoming and safeguarding our resident flora and fauna.