Apes Hill Barbados has been developed around nature, preservation, and sustainability, which have been infused into the very fabric of the experience. The golf course is irrigated solely through rainwater, which is harvested, and stored in a 58-million-gallon reservoir, eliminating the dependence on the municipal supply. There has been significant reduction in the quantity of water and agrochemicals used to maintain the golf course with the introduction of low-maintenance grasses and environmentally friendly practices.
Working alongside members of the local organic farmers association, the team at Apes Hill Barbados has incorporated organic vegetable farming, beekeeping, and free-range animal rearing across the course as part of their upcoming Farm to Fork Initiative. Overgrown spaces are being replanted with local and/or rare tree species. While Apes Hill already incorporates natural landscape features like gullies, indigenous coral rock formations and native forests into the course, exceptional effort has been invested to preserve, promote and restore biodiversity.
Community support and inclusivity are as highly prioritized as environmental motivations, ensuring that the full gamut of sustainability remains at the resort’s core. Much of the environmental and sustainability knowledge being applied in the course’s efforts to become more sustainable are from local experts and practitioners. Through capacity-building initiatives, this knowledge is being passed on to local staff, so that they can transfer this new expertise to their homes and communities.