Our golf course is sustained by rainwater.
Our drive to be one of the most sustainable golf courses in the world starts by paying close attention to how and from where we consume water.
Barbados is an island paradise, yet this country is still water scarce. To maintain a nourished, healthy turfgrass while protecting the supply to our neighbouring communities, we’ve designed rainwater-based irrigation to Apes Hill Barbados. Our golf course is supported by a 58 million gallon water reservoir that catches rainwater to feed the course among other uses. It’s a solution that our Golf Course Superintendent describes as ‘incredible’.
Paskins explains the process of catching rainwater off of forest and farmland. “We have 58 million gallons of water in a reservoir, a big pond with beautiful peacock bass, coconut trees around it. From there we pump it across to an 8 million gallon reservoir.”
With some ingenuity and cutting-edge technology – we’ve proven that a golf course doesn’t have to drain a community’s water supply.
The entire system is computerized, indicating how many gallons of water are being used, what the psi is, and everything that’s vital to know about the irrigation system. This keeps the grass healthy and nourished, and maintains rainwater supply.
No water is taken from the desalination plant, no water is taken from the community.
The efficiency of water usage at Apes Hill has also been significantly improved with the decision to plant Zoysia grass which is a low water consumption, drought resistant grass. It’s hardy, insect resistant, and thrives in the Barbados climate. We were able to reduce the number of sprinklers required for irrigation on the course here at Apes Hill by around 44%, helping to create a sustainable golf course. By also decreasing the number of bunkers during the redesign, Apes Hill Barbados has made significant savings to the volume of water required without affecting the enjoyment of the game or health of the turfgrass.
Within three years, we aim to be chemically free, severing any reliance on chemically manufactured fertilisers. Instead, we are producing fertilisers made from seaweed, chicken manure and composted material. In addition, through our farming and agriculture initiatives we’ll rear our own livestock and grow our own food.