Ahead of the inaugural Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship, Sentosa Golf Club unveiled ‘The Champions Grove’ – a legacy project celebrating the club’s hosting of the event and its dedication to sustainability.
For the planting ceremony of five Pulai trees adjacent to the seventh hole at the New Tanjong Course, Director of Agronomy Andrew Johnston was joined by players - South Korea’s A-Yean Cho and China’s Wenbo Liu - as well as Dominic Wall from The R&A.
Growing up to 40 metres tall, the trees will be a prominent feature on course for years to come, highlighting the club’s status as one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly venues and complementing its recently-launched #KeepItGreen campaign.
Introduced at the SMBC Singapore Open, #KeepItGreen reflects Sentosa’s approach to club operations, which prioritises sustainable golf course agronomy practices and growing the game in the region.
Environmental protection was integral to the New Tanjong redesign, completed in November 2016. Through the installation of six interconnected lakes across the new course, the club has become completely self-sufficient when it comes to irrigation.
Among other impactful measures, Johnston and his design team also embarked on a tree-saving initiative, in which over 300 different species were extricated from the Old Tanjong, kept in an on-site ‘tree nursery’ throughout the project and then replanted on the New Tanjong.
Of the campaign and the relationship between Sentosa and The R&A, which has its Asia-Pacific HQ at the club, Wall said: “Sentosa’s dedication to golf’s most important matters makes them the perfect partner for The R&A.
“Being headquartered here enables us to work together on addressing key issues within the game of golf, not just in Asia, but across the globe.
“The Champions Grove will stand here for the years to come as a symbol of its efforts, and is an activity the R&A is delighted to be part of.”
As well as making history, the winner of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship will earn a place in the field for the 2018 ANA Inspiration and Ricoh Women’s British Open, as well as the HSBC Women’s World Championship, to be held on the New Tanjong from March 1-4.