10 minutes from Geneva International Airport, the Jiva Hill Resort welcomes you in the heart of a private estate covering 50 hectares, located at the foot of the Jura, facing the majesty of Mont Blanc. The contemporary buildings offer up their pure lines. Through the large picture windows of the rooms, the eye embraces an amazing mountain landscape, which competes with the view of Mont Blanc from the panoramic terrace of the restaurant. Between modern French cuisine and treatment rituals provided at the Sangoma Spa, body and mind will be soothed and relaxed. Outside, synthetic greens and 18 tees on the 9-hole course, combining innovation and respect for the environment, will appeal to golfers.
The Jiva Hill Resort has chosen to use artificial turf for all the greens and tees on its golf course. While most courses need to keep their greens in pristine condition, and consume vast amounts of water and “feed and weed” products in doing so, synthetic turf can eliminate these problems at a stroke.
Despite the move being unconventional, the resort has succeeded in making it a differentiator—with the faster pace of the synthetic surfaces offering a challenge, even for more experienced players. What’s more, artificial turf enables golf to be played all year round, avoiding the inconvenience of waterlogging and the risk of damage that players can create during frost.
Jiva Hill’s broader vision is to democratize golf, sometimes seen as an elitist sport. Its course has a thriving permanent membership, operates a golf school for over 100 young people, and regularly hosts taster days to introduce primary children to the sport. It’s a project where leisure and good environmental sense go hand in hand.