Ryder Cup story from Adare Manor to become more sustainable

The planting of as many as 6025 trees at the Irish resort of Adare Manor is the result of a birdie initiative launched during the JP MCManus Pro-Am, which preceded the British Open. In addition to Tiger Woods, numerous other world-class professionals, including Rory McIlroy, took part. A total of 1027 birdies were played in the team competition, while the professionals scored 178 birdies in the individual competition. For every birdie, five new trees are planted on the Estate, which has already made 16,000 new plantings since 2016.

The tree-planting project is part of a sustainability program Adare Manor has launched with both its hotel and golf course. Given that the Irish venue for the 2027 Ryder Cup is heavily in the public eye and Ireland has committed to reducing its CO₂ emissions by 51 percent by 2030, it’s hard to put a positive spin on the luxurious 5-star facility without a sustainability program.

ISO 2021 certification

Golf activities kicked off at this year’s JP McManus Pro-Am with the event’s first-ever certification to the ISO 20121 standards for sustainable events. The ISO standard is considered much more demanding than, for example, the GEO standard, which is only used for golf.

ISO 20121 is now used at a great many major events, including the Olympic Games, and is designed to ensure better energy and waste management, for example. In the case of the JP McManus Pro-Am, data for the event was collected in the first year of certification. Among other things, these are now to prepare the ground for measures to reduce the carbon footprint in the coming years.