Prince’s Golf Club: With the advantages of bamboo for sustainability

By: February 24, 2020

Last year I talked about possible materials that could be used to replace plastic in our tees (e.g. liquid wood, bagasse, bioplastics, etc.). Now I discovered a new, suitable material for this purpose: the bamboo.

Bamboo is probably the most useful raw material ever to be overlooked. Here are some cool facts:

  • It has a greater tensile strength (or resistance to being pulled apart) than steel;
  • Excellent renewable resource and a substitute for wood.
  • Bamboo’s strength is in its ability to bend.
  • Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen compared to similar plants.
  • Bamboo is an extremely durable material.
Ocean Tee Bamboo golf tee close look

I thought it important to share with you these insights before I tell you Prince’s Golf Club has opted to join the growing movement to reduce the amount of plastic waste in golf by signing up to exclusively offer Ocean Tee’s bamboo golf tees.

A unique eight-week crowd initiative – which aims to use the buying power of 25 clubs across the UK to make a cost-effective, sustainable statement – sees Prince’s make the switch to the environmentally friendly tees.

Ocean Tee is donating 25% of corporate profits to charities targeting plastic pollution and to initiatives that promote the health of marine environments.

This is not the first measure for the sake of sustainability. Last year Prince’s Golf Club became a GEO Certified golf club.

Himalayas-05th-Hole-Princes-Golf-Club bamboo

Bamboo usage in the clubhouse / restaurant

If you consider utilizing bamboo not just as a golfer, but also as a club manager or an F&B manager then it is good to know:

  • Bamboo can be used for drinking straws. They are long-lasting, cost-effective (approximately $7-20 depending on the brand), healthy, chemical-free, durable, easy cleanup, and stylish.
  • Also for cutlery and tableware!