Golf tournament in drive to go green

Green golf is the aim of the Butterfield Bermuda Championship as it drives for an environmentally friendly event.

The contest has its eye on the ball for sustainability at the PGA Tour gathering.

Organisers say the event will see a big move against the presence of single use plastic.

A spokesman said: “Water stations positioned throughout the golf course will enable attendees to refill their water bottles with no bottled water available to purchase on-site.

“Aspen Bermuda Limited will giveaway 500 reusable water bottles daily at the entrance gate to promote single-use plastic awareness.

“In addition, the volunteer headquarters is reducing plastic waste by providing reusable water bottles to all Butterfield Bermuda Championship volunteers.

“Concession stands will serve drinks in reusable cups rather than single-use plastic cups.”

Mark Pickering, CEO of Aspen Bermuda Limited, a partner for the event, said: “Aspen Bermuda Limited is proud to be the inaugural sustainability partner of the Butterfield Bermuda Championship as we continue our commitment to our local communities”.

Organisers have also partnered with Bermuda Sands and Cutter and Buck to produce an environmentally friendly uniform.

The polo shirts produced by Bermuda Sands are made from 90 per cent recycled water bottles, and volunteer jackets are also made from recyclable materials.

The 2022 tournament also sees a switch from paper tickets, pairing guides and course maps to a digital format.

A spokesman added: “A continuing partnership with Keep Bermuda Beautiful will help to ensure that areas of Bermuda impacted directly by the tournament are maintained and that the Butterfield Bermuda Championship leaves no trace on the local environment.

“These areas include the ferry docking station, Whale Bay beach, Munro Beach Cottages beach and Pompano.

“The tournament staff also partake in beach clean-ups to help maintain the coastline of Bermuda.

“In addition to this, tournament staff regularly participate in KBB clean-ups to help maintain the beauty of Bermuda, specifically in Southampton and around Port Royal Golf Course.”

The championship is a stop on the PGA tour and, to date, the tournament has raised more than $1.1 million for local charities.

The event will take place at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, between OctoberOctober 27 to 30,.

It will feature 132 players, 72 holes of stroke play and prize money of $6.5 million.

The contest will feature on 14 hours of live coverage on the Golf Channel.

Royal Gazette