Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi has hit several momentous environmental milestones.
The club, managed by Troon International, has worked hard to position itself as a leader in enhancing, protecting and nurturing the property and its surrounding area. These standout achievements landed Saadiyat Beach Golf Club a nomination for the World’s Best Eco-Friendly Golf Facility in the 2021 World Golf Awards. The winner is set to be announced later on in 2021.
Sustainability and environmental best practices have been at the forefront of Saadiyat Beach Golf Club’s strategy since opening. The club provides a thriving sanctuary for over 160 bird species, 250 plus mountain gazelles and a rejuvenation of native plants. Within the 160 bird species spotted at Saadiyat Beach, there was one extremely rare bird sighting recorded; a juvenile Steppe Whimbrel was captured on camera, resulting in worldwide excitement. The discovery of a Steppe Whimbrel in Abu Dhabi confirms the migration route of the sub-species passes through the Arabian Peninsula region. The sub-species was declared extinct in 1995 and it is the first-time ever, anywhere in the world, that a juvenile Steppe Whimbrel has been seen in field.
The team has also been supporting the efforts of Saadiyat Island’s Hawksbill Turtle Conservation Programme, and thanks to the collective efforts, hawksbill sea turtles continue to nest on the island’s sweeping beachfront.
Shortly after achieving Audubon Certification in 2020, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club made impressive strides in environmental practices by converting to 100 per cent treated effluent irrigation water. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is approximately a 140-hectare facility, with 120 hectares being irrigated through an automatic system. The conversion of the irrigation water source is a major positive move for the island.
Enthusing on the achievements, cluster general manager, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi, Francisco de Lancastre David said: “Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, with the commitment from Aldar & Troon, continues to evolve its sustainability practices throughout the entire facility. With the completion of the Audubon certification, a push for a plastic free environment and changing the irrigation to fully recycled treated water and the reconversion of all fairways to Pure Dynasty Paspalum turf to accommodate for a more sustainable sanctuary, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club continues in its mission to lead the way in the Middle East and become globally recognised as the most sustainable golf course.”