A key component of Johnston’s strategy has been to create five-star conditioning with an environmentally sustainable platform, with a number of innovative initiatives implemented to help reduce the club’s overall carbon footprint.
These include eight stingless bee colonies around the golf courses, created to address the awareness needed in the global decline of bee population. Whilst large reservoir lakes, installed as part of Tanjong’s redevelopment in 2016, have allowed the club’s two courses to become self-irrigating by recycling excess storm run-off water collected as irrigation. The club also grinds down its food waste to reuse it as fertiliser on the courses, and in 2020 became the first golf club in the world to sign the UN Sports for Climate Action Initiative.
Many of these initiatives and the model adopted at Sentosa, under its latest sustainability campaign called GAME ON, are now being mirrored by golf clubs around the world, as the industry looks to future proof the sport for generations to come.
Speaking about his achievement, Johnston was quick to credit his team at Sentosa Golf Club, saying: “I am extremely proud and honoured to have been selected by Golf Inc. magazine in their list of Most Innovative People in Golf, but the overall success showcased at Sentosa is down to the collective culture of the team, not individuals. It takes a great team to build the foundations for success and without their support and hard work we would not be in a position to make a difference through our ongoing environmental strategy.”
He added: “We will continue to think outside the box as we look to unveil the next stages on our sustainability journey by working closely with our owners and partners to promote action against climate change, both in Singapore and the golf industry.”
Having hosted the Asian Tour finale, the SMBC Singapore Open, in recent weeks, Sentosa will be staging the HSBC Women’s World Championship on the Tanjong course next month (March 3-6).
Source: golf business news