acosol delivered this Friday own first seal of quality which has been awarded to Finca Cortesin through a plaque that has been placed in its Club House. Present at the event were the general CEO of Acosol, Carlos Cañavate, the executive CEO, Manuel Cardeña, the second vice president of the Commonwealth of Municipalities of the Western Costa del Sol, José María Ayala, the first deputy mayor of Casares, Juan Luis Villalón, in addition to the president of the Andalusian Golf Federation, Pablo Mansilla, and the managing director of Finca Cortesín, Vicente Rubio, and members of the Xtratega company, which has been in charge of developing the protocol that will be applied to grant this distinction.

Carlos Cañavate, CEO of Acosolhas stated that “it is a great day for Finca Cortesin and for Acosol since we work intensely in the care of the environment and always under the premise of sustainability and what better example of this than the delivery to Finca Cortesin of this award that accredits it as the first golf course to comply with the protocol based on criteria and indicators carried out in a technical, dynamic and participatory way to obtain the ACOSOL certification in the efficient use of recycled water on golf courses”.

Thus, he added that “after a few critical months in which water reserves were at a minimum, now fortunately we have water resources to supply, and for this reason, this Seal must also be one more tool for raising awareness and valuing effective water management, and in this case, reclaimed water. In addition to complementing it with the different awareness campaigns that we carry out throughout the year and that are essential to make the population aware of such a limited resource”.

Another important aspect highlighted by Cañavate was “the importance of the involvement of different sectors of the Golf in the elaboration of the criteria for which the Royal Spanish and Andalusian Golf Federation, and the Spanish Association of Greenkeepers will be counted on, as well as a reference course, in this case Finca Cortesín, which has served as an evaluation model”.

For his part, the President of the Andalusian Golf Federation, Pablo Mansilla, has highlighted that “it is a pride to participate in this delivery to Finca Cortesin of the first Acosol Reclaimed Water Quality Seal. The final objective and the commitment of the Andalusian golf sector is none other than to continue working until the consumption of conventional water in our courses is reduced to a minimum”. In addition, he continued by emphasizing that “today, the Costa del Sol is a benchmark in the use of reclaimed water on our golf courses, Finca Cortesín, which will host the Solheim Cup in 2023, is undoubtedly the best showcase to show abroad our commitment to the environment and the leadership of our destination in water resource management”.

The CEO and President of Finca Cortesin, Vicente Rubio Mörch “Receiving our Acosol certification today is the culmination of many years of hard work by the resort team and aptly reflects the positive moves we are making to ensure our sustainability standing, ahead of hosting next year’s Solheim Cup.

Water and responsible use of it, forms an important part of this work and is something that I have cared passionately about for a long time. Also becoming a model template for other golf courses to target is a remarkable feat that will help generate a wider appreciation of our golf course and its excellent condition throughout the year.”

For his part, the second vice president of the CommonwealthJosé María Ayala, has highlighted that “this Acosol seal created together with the matrix that is the Commonwealth recognizes the use of reclaimed water and its use in the irrigation of golf courses, and joins other certificates of recognized prestige the “ISO 14001 Environmental Management System” certificate, the “GEO Certified Golf Course” certificate and the “Audubon Certified” seal, currently highly valued nationally and internationally.

Finally, Juan Luis Villalón, first deputy mayor of the Town Hall of Casares, has commented that “the Casares City Council and the Commonwealth itself understand that everything related to tourism must go hand in hand with sustainability, these are times to think green, and in this case Cortesin has made a commitment and a very important with the change of grass that allows everything to be irrigated with reclaimed water. In addition, we have to try to carry out a more sustainable activity in all sectors, especially in tourism, which is the main engine of the Costa del Sol”.

The badges will initially be given to those fields that meet the requirements set forth by acosolto later move on to a second phase in which it will be the fields themselves that decide to apply for the seal of quality.

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