New World China Land Limited ("NWCL"; stock code: 917.HK) announced that its Foshan Golf Club, located in the Canton First Estate, Foshan City, Guangdong Province, has attained the authoritative GEO (Golf Environment Organization)Certified™ ecolabel. Foshan Golf Club has become the second golf club in China to receive theprestigious international award for sustainable golfclub and it is the first golf course which receives the accolade in Southern China.
Foshan Golf Club has a long history, and when New World China Land took over the operation of the Club, the Group preservedmost of the ecological forest landscape in the rehabilitation and transplanted native plants to further enhance the environment. Canton First Estate was designed as an ecological community project through the corporation of a roughly 270,000 sq m water recycling planning, a 470,000 sq m plantation optimisation and transformation, and a large-scale running water garden. Both artificial wetland and floating island were introduced in the planning stage, through which rain water collected is discharged into the lakes and used for irrigation, saving an estimated 1.2 million cubic metres of water annually.
The International Golf Tournament "European Challenge Tour and China PGA Championship" was held in Foshan from 17 to 20 October, and it attracted the best players from across the globe. The three-time European Tour winner Nick Dougherty, theItalian player Andrea Pavan, who is the leader of the Challenge Tour Rankings, Daan Huizing from Holland,Francois Calmels from France, as well as the Chinese players such as Huang Wenyi, Zhang Xinjun, etc., will compete for championships in this tour.
Foshan Golf Club is located at the Canton First Estate which occupies the core area of Nanhai District, Foshan Hi-tech Development Zone and the economic core axis of Guangzhou, Foshan City. The project spans 2.6 million sq m which includes low-density residences and villas, Foshan Golf Course, New World Foshan Hotel, Guangzhou Foshan Club, Heart of Guangzhou-Foshan Exhibition Centre and a world-class environmental and ecological showcase area, becoming one of the international sustainable communities in Southern China.
GEO is an internationalrenowned non-profit organisation in the golf industry. Itbases on six areas of sustainable golf namely nature, water, energy, supply chain, pollution control and community to evaluate the environment of golf courses. Its strict and high standards of certification system are widely respected as the highest ecological honor standards in the international golf industry.