10 of world’s most eco-friendly golf courses

In 2018, Forbes stated that a whopping 9 million tons of plastic infiltrate the ocean every year. With this in mind, golf courses all over the world are making conscious decisions to eliminate plastic. From the preservation of wildlife to promoting a low-carbon future, the golf community is making strides to contribute to the worldwide initiative to put the environment first.

Here are ten that have joined the movement:

Arabella Golf Mallorca, Spain

Arabella golf course in Mallorca

Arabella Golf Mallorca is one of the only golf courses in Spain with official sustainability certifications. Part of their extensive environmental plan is to go plastic-free and reduce water consumption. By providing mineralised water fountains on the course, golfers can use refillable water bottles to quench their thirst during their round.

Al Hamra Golf Club, Ras Al Khaimah

Al hamra golf club
Al Hamra golf club

Al Hamra Golf Club is the first golf club in the Middle East to go fully plastic-free. By eliminating plastic items and introducing high-quality water filtration solutions, Al Hamra sets a new industry standard and joins the global movement to conserve the environment.

Osprey Point at Kiawah Island Resort, US

Osprey-point

At Osprey Point, they have cleverly looked to nature to provide a way to manage water. All their playing surfaces are made up of the low maintenance turf grass Paspalum. This type of grass leads to the use of natural groundwater without having to add chemicals or other treatments.

Mission Hills Haikou, China

Mission Hills

China’s Mission Hills Haiku golf resort is the largest in the world and implements sustainable measures. The resort is committed to low-carbon, ecology, and environmental protection and use of solar golf carts, artificial lakes to collect rainwater for future irrigation and waste management practices.

Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore

Sentosa Golf Club

At Sentosa Golf Club, turned mangrove swamps and kampongs into rolling greens that make up their golf course. In the 40 years since its inception, they have won several accolades including Sustainability Gamechanger and Sustainability Innovator. Part of their sustainable initiative is the recycling rainwater and the use of bio-friendly products to lithium-ion buggies and reducing their plastic footprint.

Emirates Golf Club, Dubai

Emirates golf club

Emirates Golf Club promotes sustainable measures by transitioning towards a low-carbon future and enhancing energy savings. As one of the latest destinations to house the EV Green Chargers in the city, golfers can leave their cars to charge while playing a round of golf. The club is the first in the region to stimulate daylight to create a unique night golf experience with LED light technology.

Silver Lakes Golf & Wildlife Estate, South Africa

Silver Lake animals

Not just a golf course but a wildlife park too, Silver Lakes is home to a myriad of birds and wildlife. Floating islands have even been created to provide the animals with more breeding space. Their sustainability routine includes recyclable waste, organic fertilisers, and the use of variable speed drive (to improve water consumption).

Laguna Golf Lang Co, Vietnam

Laguna uses greenkeepers and water buffalos

Laguna Golf Lang Co has come up with an ingeniously natural way to maintain their environment; they have put a group of greenkeepers into place alongside water buffalos. From bio-mowers to protecting the traditional Vietnamese landscape by eating excess weeds, these buffalos play an essential role at the golf course – sustainably and innovatively.

Handara Golf Resort, Bali

The Handara Golf Club

The Handara Green Initiative encourages guests to participate in a Green Lifestyle by contributing to the preservation of the natural environment on the course. Handara Golf Resort s the only place where guests get to harvest their salads from Handara’s vegetable garden.

Troia Golf, Portugal

Troia Golf Course, Portugal

One thing that differentiates Troia Golf from the rest of the golf courses is its biodiversity. With over 600 species present in the peninsula, Troia is a haven for wildlife. Since each species has a significant role to play in the ecosystem, the conservation of the environment is a priority at Troia Golf.

7 fantastic pop-up beaches in London this summer

Would you like to feel the sand between your toes but don’t have time to get to the seaside? No worries, you can still have instant gratification because this summer, London has 7 amazing urban beaches where you can enjoy that seaside vibe. There’s bound to be one near you.

The Beach Brent Cross

Brent Cross Beach

Combine your shopping with seaside frolics at the Brent Cross beach. Relax and tan while the kids build sandcastles or go swimming in sandside pool. And when you want a change of scene there’s over 25 different rides that rival those of any funfair.

Running until September 8th, the opening hours will be extended to Mon – Sun, 12pm – 10pm

Where: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, NW4 3FP
Website: www.thebeachbrentcross.com

Fulham Beach

Fulham Beach in London

Pick up a cocktail from one of the two bars and lay down on a cabana or daybed on Fulham Beach. You can literally eat drink and be merry with small plates or a Nutella s’more’s pizza and toasted marshmallows or a plateful of street food.

The beach shows films on Tuesdays at 7pm and there are bottomless brunches at the weekend.

Where: Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY
Website: www.neverlandlondon.com

London Secret Beach

Tucked away in the London Secret Garden is London Secret Beach. As you feel the sand between your toes you can dip into a cocktail sharing bowl and spend an hour or two soaking in the sun on a cosy cabana or a lounger.

Where: 100 Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 4ER
Website: www.londonsecretgarden.co.uk

The Montague On The Gardens

The Montague on the Gardens located in Bloomsbury just a minute from the British Museum, has quite the reputation for al-fresco dining. Every year their fun Hawaiian Beach Bar pops up for the summer. There’s sandy shores, beach-huts with thatched roofs, palm trees and fruity cocktails.

Chefs serve food on the bbq including veggie options.

Running throughout July and August.

Where: 15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BJ
Website: www.montaguehotel.com

London’s Royal Docks

For the seventh year you can take the kids to The Royal Victoria Dock for family-filled fun featuring a huge paddling pool – the biggest they have ever had. Kids can enjoy making building sandcastles while the adults dose off for a peaceful five minutes shut eye in a deck chair.

Running from  July 27th to August 30th.

Where: Royal Victoria Docks, E16 1SL
Website: www.royaldocks.london

Ruislip Lido

The is probably the most realistic beach in the London environs. You get there via the Piccadilly line tube and soon you are in 60 acres of lake and beach in Ruislip.

There’s adventure areas for the kids and lovely walks into the forest. You can also board the Narrow Gauge railway to explore the rest of Ruislip Lido.

Where: Reservoir Road, Ruislip, HA4 7TY
Website: www.ruisliplido.com

Backyard Cinema

Fancy watching a film al fresco on the sun kissed beaches of Los Angeles …in London. Backyard Cinema is offering a West Coast beach theme – but not taking chances on the weather, this is a covered beach. Still, there is a beach bar with plenty of fruity cocktails which you can sip under palm trees.