Golfplan Honoured at Environmental Excellence Awards

The new fourth hole at Seletar Country Club.

Brookfield, Wisconsin, United States: Golfplan has been honoured at the Environmental Excellence Awards for the company’s work at Seletar Country Club in Singapore.

Projects from six golf facilities were cited for their work with American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) members in addressing unique environmental challenges. The programme was presented by Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply.

Seletar was the only one of the six projects outside the United States.

In its citation of the work carried out at Seletar by Golfplan and its Principals David Dale and Kevin Ramsey, the ASGCA said: “The club was losing five acres of golf to a public trail, impacting 10 of 18 holes. A complete rebuild with a new state-of-the-art irrigation system, new drainage (closed system) and new grassing of all 18 holes was incorporated.

“Maintained turf area was reduced by 34 per cent. Adding a new lake and deepening and expanding existing lakes doubled water storage capacity to 139 million gallons. The club is now 100 per cent water self-sufficient. The project gave the club a more visually striking, strategic and dramatic look that has attracted new members.”

The Environmental Excellence Awards programme was introduced in 2019 to recognise the innovative work being done at golf facilities to address the needs of the environment.

“Golf course architects work with course owners, operators and managers to make a positive impact on the game and the host community,” said a statement from the ASGCA.

The submissions were reviewed by a panel of golf industry and environmental leaders, including representatives of Audubon International, GEO Foundation, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and National Golf Course Owners Association.

“This is a stellar group of projects being recognised this year,” said outgoing ASGCA President Jan Bel Jan of the six award winners. “I extend hearty congratulations to each of these facilities’ operators and the golf course architects for their commitment to improving the environmental landscape while also assisting the facilities in becoming more sustainable and profitable.”

A Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, Golfplan has designed golf courses in more than 85 countries across six continents.

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