Singapore: Sentosa Golf Club (SGC) is reaffirming its commitment to the environment and its ‘Keep it Green’ agenda by announcing that it will no longer permit the use of plastic water bottles on its golf carts, instead favouring the installation of a number of water stations on course.
The reduction of its plastic footprint, which is expected to equate to 150,000 water bottles each year, is a continuation of the world Top 100 club’s pioneering efforts to drive environmental awareness and build upon already established eco-friendly agronomic and operational practices.
“Every little helps,” said Andy Johnston, General Manager and Director of Agronomy at SGC, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“We are continually monitoring every aspect of our agronomy programmes and operations to ensure we are doing all we can to work in harmony with the environment. The decision to remove all plastic bottles from golf carts will allow us to considerably reduce our plastic usage and take another positive step in demonstrating what is possible if golf clubs commit to simple measures,” he added.
Sentosa’s agronomic practice has long been considered at the forefront of the golf industry. Continual efforts have been made in developing the most sustainable methodologies and maintenance programmes, demonstrated best in the reconstruction of the New Tanjong Course.
Over the course of an extensive redesign, Sentosa took a number of steps to reduce the environmental impact, including the creation of a temporary nursery to facilitate the relocation and replanting of more than 260 palm trees, the installation of six reservoirs-cum-water features to ensure self-sufficient irrigation and the re-use of concrete from old cart paths as the basis of all new paths.
“The future of the golf industry requires clubs, owners and managers to understand more about what can be done to neutralise and enhance the environment,” said Johnston. “I hope that Sentosa serves as an inspiration in this respect as we continue to find new ways to benefit the environment. From taking food wastage and working it back into the eco-system to introducing bees into the community, there is a long list of small changes we are implementing and we hope other clubs can make that, when combined, can have a lasting and sustainable impact.”
Sentosa introduced its ‘Keep it Green’ campaign at the SMBC Singapore Open, where stars of world golf voiced their praise of Sentosa’s approach to sustainability. Further activity at the inaugural Women’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the LPGA Tour’s HSBC Women’s Champions provided opportunities for the club to promote its practice to a global audience and campaign messaging has so far been viewed by over 500,000 golfers.
The golf club is home to the Serapong Course and the New Tanjong Course, and will host the 10th Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in October, the culmination of a landmark year of major events.
SGC is located on Sentosa Island, which attracts millions of visitors each year. The club is home to The R&A’s Asia Pacific office and is the Official Headquarters of the Asian Tour.
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