Sentosa Golf Club has further expanded its sustainability agenda by announcing a new partnership with Porsche Asia Pacific.
Five new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have been installed as part of Porsche Destination Charging, a global charging network available at premium lifestyle destinations, making Sentosa the first golf club in Singapore and the Southeast Asia region to join the programme.
From today, the AC destination chargers (11kW) are available for use by all plug-in-hybrid or fully electric vehicles that use a Type 2 connector, enabling members to top up their cars free of charge whilst going about their day-to-day business at the Club.
It coincides with Sentosa Island’s plan to transform into a carbon-neutral destination by 2030 and Singapore’s ambitious target to phase out all internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040, as well as to create 60,000 EV charging points by 2030 to pave the way for a greater uptake of electric vehicles. As of January 2021, there were just over 1,200 electric vehicles, out of a total car population of 636,483 units (0.2%), and 1,800 EV charging points in Singapore.
Sentosa Golf Club will use the opportunity to encourage its members to take a more sustainable approach and go electric for the good of the environment.
The installation is the latest sustainability initiative to be rolled out at Sentosa Golf Club, following its reduction of single use plastics, the introduction of numerous water conversation measures, housing bee colonies on the golf course and plans to grind down waste to reuse it as fertiliser.
The Club also became the first golf club in the world to sign the UN Sports for Climate Action Initiative last year and is widely recognised for its commitment to sustainability through campaigns such as Keep It Green and, more recently, GAME ON.
Sustainability is also a top priority for Porsche with the brand committed globally to reducing negative environmental impact while further reinforcing positive influence on society.
Andrew Johnston, General Manager & Director of Agronomy at Sentosa Golf Club, said “We are delighted to have reached an agreement with Porsche Asia Pacific and Porsche Centre Singapore to have five electric charging points installed at Sentosa Golf Club. Porsche are one of the most credible and best-known makers of top-quality luxury vehicles in the world and it is fantastic to be working with them on this project.
“This agreement aligns itself closely with our overall sustainability agenda, especially our #KeepItGreen campaign that has become one of the Club’s key pillars and a way of life. With this new introduction, we will encourage our members to act in a sustainable manner by going electric and helping us on our journey to becoming carbon neutral.”
Henrik Dreier, Director New Business Fields at Porsche Asia Pacific, said “We are continuously working with partners such as Sentosa Golf Club to provide more charging points at convenient locations that match and seamlessly integrate into the lifestyle of our customers. By leading the charge in expanding charging infrastructure for drivers in Singapore and around the globe, we hope the adoption of electric vehicles will become more widespread. Our goal is to become the most sustainable and recognised brand for exclusive and sports mobility in the world.”
Sentosa Golf Club’s latest environmental campaign, GAME ON, was launched at the SMBC Singapore Open in 2020 and is designed to help educate and illustrate to the wider golfing community how important modern sustainable practices are for the betterment of the environment, acting as inspiration for golf clubs around the world to make changes to reduce their own carbon footprint. Sentosa Golf Club also works closely with international sustainable golf non-profit, GEO Foundation, to pioneer innovative practices and elevate Sentosa’s commitment to serve as a centre of excellence.
Porsche launched the Taycan, the first all-electric Porsche, in Singapore last year. The highly lauded electric sports car has been declared the most important innovation driver in the global automotive market by the Centre of Automotive Management (CAM).
By 2025, Porsche aims to have 50 per cent of its vehicles sold to be either fully electric or plug-in hybrid models. The production process of the fully electric Porsche Taycan at the main plant in Zuffenhausen is already CO2-neutral. Porsche also involves its partners and suppliers in its sustainability strategy. For example, battery cell suppliers may only use electricity from renewable energy sources in their production processes. At the same time, Porsche is working to re-use or recycle used vehicle batteries once they have reached the end of their service life.
Sentosa Golf Club, regarded as one of the world’s most sustainable sporting venues, has announced a commitment to become the world’s first ever carbon neutral golf club by 2022.
The announcement comes during Sentosa Golf Club’s hosting of the HSBC Women’s World Championship, dubbed ‘Asia’s Major’, where 69 of the world’s best players are set to battle it out on The Tanjong.
Contributions from golf rounds over the next 12 months will be set aside to support the purchase of certified carbon offsets through regional Forestry or Blue Carbon projects, that will sequester atmospheric carbon while defending against deforestation and fostering conservation of forests, mangroves and reefs.
Sentosa Golf Club is also aiming to join the United Nations’ Race to Zero (carbon emissions) campaign following its pledge to neutralise the Club’s carbon footprint by 2022.
This latest goal builds on the Club’s various carbon mitigation measures over the past few years, including achieving Singapore’s Green Mark (Platinum) certification through enhancing the energy efficiency of its clubhouse, the first in the region to introduce lithium battery golf carts and increasing the efficiency of its irrigation system by deploying some 1,200 water saving sprinklers across the golf courses.
The Club has already undertaken the important first step of establishing its carbon footprint against the Green House Gas Protocol, in conjunction with Sentosa Development Corporation’s (SDC) island-wide carbon profiling efforts and GEO Foundation, the international non-profit dedicated entirely to inspiring, supporting, and recognising sustainable golf.
Moving ahead, the Club will further realise its carbon neutral goal by stepping up its efforts to pursue solutions that will make club operations and grounds maintenance more carbon efficient, including golf equipment and maintenance fleet electrification initiatives and renewable energy sources.
Sentosa Golf Club’s commitment is aligned with SDC’s goals towards sustainability. SDC announced in March 2021 that Sentosa Island would be transformed into a carbon neutral destination by 2030 as a key goal in its sustainability plan, bringing on board some 200 businesses within Sentosa to work towards the collective aspiration of island carbon neutrality.
Having become the first golf club in the world to join the United Nation’s Sports for Climate Action Initiative last year, Andrew Johnston, General Manager / Director of Agronomy and Resident Golf Course Designer at Sentosa Golf Club, commented on the latest pledge saying: “We are excited to set the aspiration to become the first golf club in the world to go carbon neutral. Since joining the United Nation’s Sports for Climate Action initiative in 2020 it has been our goal to become carbon neutral and hopefully inspire others around the world to follow suit.
“The Club is also proud to be aligned with Sentosa Island’s recent commitment to become a carbon neutral destination by 2030 and we are looking forward to working closely with SDC and other businesses on the Island to achieve this goal. Our vision is to deliver a world-class facility of exceptional quality, and our commitment to carbon neutrality will safeguard the Club’s long-term future and allow us to be a model for sustainability in golf worldwide.”
Thien Kwee Eng, Chief Executive Officer at Sentosa Development Corporation, added “Sentosa Development Corporation is excited by Sentosa Golf Club’s commitment to become the world’s first carbon neutral golf club. Golf can act as a catalyst in the fight against climate change and it is great to see one of Singapore’s premier golf clubs leading the way in reducing carbon emissions. The Club’s sustainability agenda is closely linked to that of the Island’s, and we are looking forward to working alongside the Club as we progress towards achieving Sentosa’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.”
This announcement is the latest in a long list of sustainable initiatives and commitments made by Sentosa Golf Club since the launch of its newest environmental campaign, GAME ON, at the 2020 SMBC Singapore Open. The campaign is designed to help educate and illustrate to the wider golfing community how important modern sustainable practices are for the betterment of the environment, acting as inspiration for golf clubs around the world to make changes to reduce their own carbon footprint.
Sentosa Golf Club intends to continue developing its sustainable initiatives in 2021 by installing two food and horticultural waste digesters to limit carbon emissions by grinding down waste on-site and reusing it as fertiliser on its two championship courses.
The Club also continues to explore alternative energy solutions such as solar, as well as other sustainable food produce options, whilst its collaboration with GEO Foundation aims to pioneer new innovative practices and report credible results to share with other golfing organisations around the world.
Singapore’s Gregory Foo fired two birdies in his closing three holes to sign for a superb eight-under-par 64 and win the second leg of the Singapore Pro Series Invitational presented by FTAG by two shots over veteran Mardan Mamat at the Tanah Merah Country Club on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Foo, who started the day with a three-shot deficit following an opening 75, highlighted his card with an eagle and eight birdies against two bogeys to finish with a two-day total of five-under-par 139 at the Tampines Course.
Overnight leader Mardan, a five-time winner on the Asian Tour, returned with a commendable 69 to take second place while countryman Mitchell Slorach took third place on 146 following a battling 72.
Commenting on his win, Foo said, “I am very satisfied with my score today. This is my best score ever on this course in a tournament setting, and it is an amazing personal achievement for me. I hope this will propel my golf journey from here on.”
A total of 24 players, including seven amateurs, participated in the tournament this week. At the end of the opening round, 18 players, including five amateurs, successfully progressed into the second and final round after making the cut set at 12-over-par.
Amanda Tan, who flew the flag for Singapore at the prestigious HSBC Women’s World Championship last week, emerged as the leading female player after registering a 71 to sit in fourth place.
Young talents Hiroshi Tai and Ryan Ang took the honours of being the joint-low amateurs of the week as they shared sixth place on matching 151s.
Ang said, “To be able to go head-to-head with the pros in these tough course conditions helped me realise what I need to improve on to become a better golfer. I am very grateful to everyone who made this series possible, and the opportunity to be able to play at such amazing courses.”
Launched by the Singapore Golf Association (SGA), the series of local professional golf events – consisting of a total of eight legs held across two venues – aims to provide 18 Singapore top professionals and six local national amateurs who are aspiring to be tour professionals, the chance to play and compete during the ongoing global pandemic, which will prepare them for their tour events and major games to come.
The first leg kicked off at the Sentosa Golf Club on March 24 and the tournament will conclude with a final leg in January 2022. In total, 16 tournament days, or eight legs, have been scheduled for the inaugural season – where touring professionals, both male and female, and leading national amateurs will compete over two days (36 holes) for a S$10,600 prize fund.
Each leg will also count towards the ‘Race to FTAG Cup’, where the winner of the Order of Merit will receive a bonus of S$10,000.
There are parallels to be drawn from that epochal week of the Volkswagen Masters – China this day in 2004 as Rahil Gangjee gets ready for the Japan Players Championship. We are talking of events across two global tours, but for Rahil his maiden win on the Asian Tour 17 years ago on May 2 holds out lessons for the following week on the Japan Golf Tour.
By Robin Bose
In a race to secure his card in Japan for next season, there are quite a few similarities. What isn’t is 2004 was Rahil’s rookie year on the Asian Tour and here he’s a proven winner. Going with it, there are expectations that the work on the swing will pay off and a strong weekend is just round the corner. Already, there are signs of a revival with Sunday’s T29 at The Crowns Rahil’s best finish in three starts since he landed for a restart.
Back Then, it was about a “brand new boy on Tour” arriving at Beijing’s Pine Valley Golf Club with nothing in the head, no expectations”. “Just looking to quietly play golf,” says Rahil. The buildup too was anything but ideal. The trip to the Asian Tour Q-School at the end of 2003 did not work; what bailed him out was a country spot for 2004. The prelude to China was a top-20 and two missed cut that included the Indian Open.
But once at Pine Valley, Rahil’s stars started to rise. For the first time, he got a taste of being in lead, and went into Sunday tied for the top spot. Tonight, as Rahil quietly observes the anniversary with perhaps a meal of steak and beer in remembrance, he talks about the insecurities of a rookie.
Happy that the work on the swing with long-time coach Ajai Gupta was paying off, Rahil was eager to repeat the “right things” on the golf course. Off it too as well, and that meant having steak and beer through the week with fellow pro and now Professional Golf Tour of India CEO Uttam Singh Mundy.
Looking back, he feels “it was my time to win”, and that is attributed to Ryder Cup player Phillip Price failing to make the playoff. “Had he come through, he would have kicked our ass,” says Rahil. Needing to birdie the 18th to make it a three-way affair with Rahil and Korea’s Mo Joong Kyung, at 15-under, Price fell short.
Sudden death panned out normally with Rahil leaving himself a very short putt for par. Just when he thought the trophy was his after Mo duffed his bunker shot, Rahil experienced an unexpected tingle. “The head started shaking so much that I got worried. Luckily, the ball went in.” The relief was immense and he shared the flood of emotions with Tour buddy Amandeep Johl waiting by the edge. It was a tight hug from a golfer towering by Rahil’s standards, but that debate got dissolved in the affection and enormity of the occasion.
Story was first published on thegolfinghub.com.