Two of the world’s top golfers have tried out the latest in golf cart technology while competing at a special event in China.
Taking time out from their head-to-head challenge match on the Blackstone course at the Mission Hills resort near Haikou, Tiger Woods and Holywood’s Rory McIlroy took a spin in one of the luxury course’s new solar-powered buggies.
The impressive facility – reputed to be the largest golf resort in the world – has taken delivery of 200 of the environmentally-friendly machines.
The Blackstone course in Hainan Province is built on ancient volcanic lava and has maintained many existing features – including centuries-old houses, walls, shrines and graves.
This week the carts have been well-utilised transporting players, tournament officials and television crews around the resort.
Dr Ken Chu, chairman of Mission Hills Group, said: “This is the latest initiative by Mission Hills to promote sustainable and environmentally responsible golf.
“We remain absolutely committed to sustainable golf development and over the years we have taken many sustainability initiatives in areas of course development, fertilisation, water preservation, energy efficiency and heat management.”