Inverugie Golf has a symbiotic relationship with nature and functions though maintaining a harmonic relationship with the environment. Inverugie takes sustainability and its responsibility to the environment very seriously. Conforming to the high standards of the eco-friendly environmental controls, set forth by the province of Quebec.
Each year, Inverugie must undergo a review from a certified agronomist. This report is submitted to the Minister of Environment to discern if all practices and products conform with the rigorous standards set out by the Ministry.
Inverugie also employs a pesticide reduction management program which involves very conservative product usage amounts. Additionally, Inverugie uses alternative techniques and practices by implementing both responsible husbandry and cost constraints. Which can result in outperforming the minimal environmental and pesticide controls and pesticide permit allowance imposed by the Province of Quebec. These methods include such fundamental practices as the type of mower used, height of cut, irrigation methods and water consumption levels. There is a large possibility for water misuse and waste, by irrigating without proper foresight and obligation. Inverugie has its own water source, that has been in operation for 40 years. Due to diligence and maintenance, the natural balance of the pond has never been disturbed, despite being used for course irrigation purposes.
It should be noted that the many species of animals and flora have thrived over the 40 years at Inverugie. This is indicative of the continued growth of a large variance of biodiversity in and around the golf course. This is a strong signal that the delicate environmental balance has been affected by the course in a favourable way.
Wayne McTavish’s maternal grandfather Douglas McGowan was an environmentalist before the term existed. He was a great influence upon Wayne and taught him to work with nature, rather than against it. To preserve the McGowan comitment to the environment, Wayne initiated the exchange of 85 acres of wetlands at a low cost, in the names of McGowan and Stewart Hopps. Hopps was a respected local environmentalist and a member of The Order of Canada, who assisted Wayne with the transaction.
Inverugie has also been designated and registered as a wildlife sanctuary by the Stanstead Fish and Game Club since 1978
Ultimately, Inverugie makes an ongoing commitment to manage the land as a haven and a domain, where both populaces and wildlife may thrive simultaneously.