Golf and nature conservation are not mutually exclusive. The St. Leon-Rot Golf Club offers a living example of this in a special way. Large biotope and compensation areas, many wetlands and reed areas, sun-exposed sandy lawns and a renatured section of the Kraichbach offer numerous animal and plant species undisturbed habitat in an otherwise heavily used agricultural and settlement landscape. Active species promotion projects such as the creation of the orchard "Pomona Palatina" or the installation of wild bee hotels and bumblebee boxes are important components of the ecological concept, which is constantly being expanded in cooperation with external consultants and organizations.
When Dietmar Hopp founded the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in 1996, it was very important to him not only to integrate the course into the nature of his homeland, but also to turn it into a particularly beautiful, nature-loving area. The perfect harmony of golf, people and nature has noticeably succeeded in St. Leon-Rot to this day.
In order to achieve the ambitious goals in the area of environmental and species protection, the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club has been working closely with the German Golf Association and its experts since 2007 as part of the “Golf & Nature” certification program.
In addition, the golf courses in Baden-Württemberg, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment, the Baden-Württemberg Golf Association (BWGV) and the German Golf Association (DGV) launched the pilot project "Golf Course Habitat - We Promote Biodiversity" in 2019 the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club participates. The aim of the project, which will initially run for two years, is to increase the quantity and quality of the existing biodiversity areas on golf courses in Baden-Württemberg. As part of this, further measures to protect species will be implemented in the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in the coming months and years.
In addition to numerous partners such as the European Tour Properties, the Greenkeeper Association Germany e.V., Leading Golf Clubs of Germany e.V. and many others, there is also a regular exchange with the nature conservation authorities.