Remuera Golf Club

GEO Certified® 09/2016
New Zealand
Telephone: +64212298550

Remuera Golf Club is a well-established, high profile course located in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. It is in a suburban neighbourhood close to the central city and is bounded by neighbouring residences, a road and Waiatarua nature reserve.

Facilities include an 18-hole, par 72 golf course, large practice range, practice green, clubhouse buildings, pro-shop and starter’s hut. There are also 3 residences on the course which house staff.

The course is busy, hosting around 60,000 rounds per annum, with 1600 active members. Membe…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Remuera Golf Club (18 holes, 6222 metres, year opened 1974)
2 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Halfway House(s)
2 Other


The course is set in in suburbia not far from Auckland city center. On three sides of the course we are surrounded by residential areas and the remaining boundary we share with the Waiatarua Reserve. The course is a parkland style layout with a large array of native and exotic trees and a slope rating of 116. The soil type is predominantly clay with USGA type constructed Greens and Tees. There are 4 ponds on the golf course which are fed by storm water or ground water that is pumped into them from the nearby Stonefields quarry. There are a couple of remnant native wooded areas where indigenous species thrive but most of the course is mown. We have begun to introduce naturalized grassland areas to parts of the course we do not need to highly maintain in order to reduce our carbon footprint and increase habitat.

Consultation & Surveys

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding landscape heritage conservation:

  • Sports Surface Design and Management
  • Department of Conservation
  • Koru Environmental Consultants
  • Andrew Barrell Consultant Arborist
  • Brown NZ Limited
  • Auckland City Council Biodiversity Team

The following landscape assessments and surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Tree Management Plan Andrew Barrell 2014/12/02 Download
Course Replanting Concept Stephen Brown 2015/08/01 Download
Thesis Research Summary Ange Chaffe 2016/06/08

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding ecosystem protection and enhancement:

  • Department of Conservation
  • Koru Environmental
  • Sport Surface Design and Management
  • Brown NZ Limited
  • Andrew Barrell Arborists
  • Auckland City Council Biodiversity team

The following ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Biodiversity Advice Jacinda Wooley - Auckland Council Biodiversity team 2015/09/30 Download
Remuera Golf Club Plant Species list Angela Chaffe 2015/09/01 Download

Rare, protected and notable species occurring at this golf facility:

Local name Scientific name
Kauri Agathis australis
Pohutukawa Metrosideros excelsa
Totara Podocarpus totara
Puriri Vitex lucens
Norfolk Pine Araucaria heterophylla

This golf facility regularly monitors the following species as indicators of environmental quality:

Local name Scientific name
Spur-winged Plover Vanellus miles novaehollandiae
Kauri Agathis australis
Paradise Shelduck Tadorna variegata
Mallard Duck Anas platyrhynchos
Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Urban open space and recreational area. Auckland City Council

Area of habitats / vegetation types, and associated designations at this golf facility:

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Parkland style golf course. Native and Non Native flora 70 Local Government


Size and estimated species composition of amenity turfgrass maintained at this golf facility.

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.3 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 90%
Poa annua 10%
Tees 0.8 Hectares Lolium perenne 50%
Poa annua 50%
Fairways 12.0 Hectares Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 50%
Lolium perenne 50%
Semi Rough 30.0 Hectares Lolium perenne 50%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 50%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
New Zealand is ideal for the growth of these species and in particular this site with the soils being mostly clay. These species have now become 'naturalized' to New Zealand and are actively bred, produced and sold locally.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: Day months

This golf facility consults the following individuals / organizations regarding its grassing plan:

  • Will Bowden - Sport Surface Design and Management
  • PGG Wrightson
  • Prebble Seeds
  • Turfgrass Specialists

This golf facility is making the following efforts to manage the playing quality expectations of customers:

Activity Description
Establishing clear internal policies for irrigation, fertilization, colour, cutting heights, overseeding etc The club has developed a clear course strategy to become environmentally sustainable which has become part of the clubs overall management strategy. This strategy has been communicated to all members via Annual general meetings and regular newsletters. The policy for the course itself is to seek new ways to improve our product while decreasing our carbon footprint. We have adopted a management policy that minimizes the amount of preventative inputs into the course. As a rule there are no more preventative pesticide applications and fertilizer applications are on a 'spoon feeding basis' only.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough We have just implemented a plan to naturalize areas of the course that do not need to be highly maintained and this will be implemented over then next 3 seasons. On the playing surfaces we have refined and promoted more cultural practices such as coring all mown areas to improve drainage, turf health and promote healthy soil biology.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces As we naturalize some areas to become lower maintenance then we will find there is a significant reduction in cost. We have also just sourced a local supply of good organic fertilizers and microbial solutions at lower prices that will help to reduce other inputs and costs. The organic fertilizers are so effective that we actually need to apply less of it per season.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance We have implemented a regular course update newsletter which is emailed to all the members and the readership is tracked. We also used social media(Facebook) to communicate new things going on on the course. We have a course committee in place comprising members and management which meet once a month to discuss matters and the committee also communicates to members either directly or via email. We also make ourselves available at club prize givings to answer any questions from members about the course and are in the process of creating a 'Green Keepers Revenge' golf day to create awareness.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces This forms part of our communication strategy and ties into the fact that we currently host the new Zealand PGA Championships. This proves that a golf course can be managed to a better environmental standard and still produce a product that is worthy of a professional event.

Conservation & Enhancement

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve landscape character:

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture We have a policy to naturalize areas that can be returned to good habitat and reduce inputs. We also only mow as ground conditions allow especially in winter when it is too wet. In summer we allow the semi-rough to 'burn off' where there is no irrigation in areas where there is little play. When this happens it also allows us to reduce the frequency of mowing.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Most of the year we try and choose mowing patterns that reduce the amount of turning and thus wasting of fuel and turf wear/stress. We frequently use contour following mowing and 50/50 or 'Block' cuts.
Protection and restoration of historic features There are no real historic features on the course yet.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We have begun to replace all old on course metal/tin signage with wooden Macrocarpa signs that add to the feel of the woodland/parkland setting while using non native timber that is locally sourced from trees that have not been forestry grown for the market. Our old plastic tee markers have been replaced with locally sourced treated pine Tee markers that we made ourselves to once again enhance the theme of the course. We are busy upgrading benches on the course with Macrocarpa timber.
Conservation of specimen trees As per our tree Management Plan described above.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features As per the native tree Replanting Concept described above and implemented according to budget requirements. Such tree planting has already commenced with 70 trees having been planted to far to screen out Ngahue Drive and a small part of Winstone Drive/Lunn Avenue.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the landscape ecology of the golf course:

Activity Description
Minimizing the amount of amenity grass As described above we have implemented a phased approach of 'naturalizing' areas of the golf course that do not need to be mown and where new habitat can be created. Once implemented these areas will amount to approximately 50 000 square meters. Added to this is the tree replanting plan which has already begun. We have also been actively removing non-native trees as per the Tree Management plan above. We have introduced Bee Hives and Bird Feeders in naturalized areas of the course to create habitat and attract more wildlife.
Increasing the size of habitat patches As stated in the section above we are increasing habitat by a planned 50 000 square meters over the next 3 years and encouraging native flora and fauna.This is to be supplemented by predominantly native tree planting which has already begun.
Connection of internal habitat patches This forms part of both the naturalizing plans and tree replanting plan. The aim is to connect existing wooded areas together by means of naturalizing corridors between them and specifically planting the correct native trees to create such connections or corridors.
Connection of patches with external habitats As above. We are very aware of the fact that we share a boundary with the Waiatarua Reserve and we are actively creating a connection between our site and the reserve as far as possible.
Creation of habitat corridors As above and part of the plan to Naturalize areas as well as the Tree Replanting Plan.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation Once again as described above. We are aware that while we need to remove dead and non native/pest plants we also need to avoid habitat fragmentation.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges As described above.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the quality of habitats on the golf course:

Activity Description
Creation of botanically rich rough grassland As described above we have started to create and additional 50 000 square meters of grassland which will be phased in over the next 3-4 years. This will be done by growing the existing grass to a mature, natural length and then selectively remove any undesirable specials. The emphasis being on promoting environmentally beneficial grasses and flowering plants. Invasive species such as Kikuyu(Pennisetum clandestinum) are then removed. Our first trial areas has delivered exciting results so far and hence the introduction of more areas. Dr Robyn Simcox from Landcare research is interested to help.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation This forms part of our Tree Management program as well as our Tree Replanting Plan which we have implemented.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands This forms part of our Tree Management program as well as our Tree Replanting Plan. Much work has been done already as is witnessed in the old photo's of the site when the golf course was first built to what it looks like now and how it continues to improve. An important aspect of our re planting plan is to create varied canopy heights of growth within woodland environments that we are creating which will provide a much healthier and diverse habitat.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas This forms part of our Tree Management program as well as our Tree Replanting Plan. These concepts have already been introduced to the course and have scope for further development.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation This is an area that is already healthy but more work needs to be done. We will consult more with specialists on this matter before enhancing the existing wetlands.
Naturalization of linear habitats This forms part of our Tree Management program, Tree Replanting Plan and areas that we have identified and implemented for naturalization.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve and enhance biodiversity on the golf course:

Activity Description
Provision of nesting and nectar for pollinators We have installed bee Hives and a Bird Feeder for different species. We will also be making nesting sites in dead exotic trees such as Macrocarpa's that are planned for removal. As part of the tree replanting Plan there are many species of native flowering plants planned to be introduced in order to promote habitat for various species.
Installation of nest boxes As above. We will also look into making or buying dedicated breeding boxes for specific bird species. We actively protect ground nesting sites of Plovers and others.
Provision of feeding tables We already have on on site adjacent to the Pro Shop with more planned.
Control / management of alien species As per our Tree Management plan. Rabbits and Possum's are also a pest species and cause damage to the course and are controlled using environmentally friendly, humane, non-chemical solutions.
Provision of hibernation areas As per the Naturalization plan, Tree Management Plan and Tree Replanting Plan. We also have a number of natural forest areas on the course along with permanent wood/brush piles and mulch areas.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) As described above. We actively mulch all trees that have been removed from the course and re use that much as far as possible around the base of trees and other areas. This helps to create micro habitats. Stone piles/walls are also a critical design feature along the water features on the course which will provide habitat. We have also created a wood log pile in an area that was formerly used as a waste dump site. This entire area(between hole 1 and 9) has new been grassed and we will begin planting native trees of various species and heights/growth habits to create a natural woodland there.


The Clubhouse and all parts of the maintenance facility except for the wash down bay are supplied by potable water from the Auckland Council. The water which supplies the dams on the course is supplied from storm water from surrounding areas but mainly through a pipeline which fills the dams on Holes 13 and 15 from the Stonefields quarry. The Stonefields quarry collects storm water as well as ground water. Should the supply from Stonefields and storm water not be sufficient for irrigation we do have the option to irrigate the golf course with Potable water supplied by Auckland Council.

Sources & Consumption

The following water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Irrigation Water Testing Eurofins Laboratories 2015/08/20 Download
Irrigation Water Testing Eurofins Laboritories 2015/08/20 Download
Irrigation Water Testing Eurofins Laboritories 2014/05/30 Download
Irrigation Water Testing Eurofins Laboritories 2014/11/20 Download
Irrigation Water Testing Jenelyn Isleta 2015/03/23 Download

The water used at this golf facility is drawn from the following sources:

2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 107,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 100% 23,026,356 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 0% 0 Litres
Other Public / Potable 0% 0 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Tees Daily in season
Fairways Daily in season
Semi-Rough Daily in season
Rough Never

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:
Fully computer controlled

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 3 months

Upgraded every 10 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to maximize irrigation efficiency:

Activity Description
Selection of grass species We have begun to introduce grass species such as fine Fescues and Creeping Bent grass that are more drought tolerant on Tees and Surrounds. All greens have over the last few years been converted from Poa annua to Bent Grass which has made the greens more drought tolerant. We are exploring possible future integration of these grasses to fairways as well.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Autumn and Spring Coring plus top dressing to Greens, Tees and Surrounds. Coring once a year to Fairways. Regular dusting of Greens. Verti Cutting of greens as and when needed. Regular use of surfactants on Greens. We have also begun the use of microbial solutions for reducing thatch in greens and improving aeration. We will evaluate the effects of these beneficial microbes frequently to evaluate the effects and what benefits they are having.
Timing and dose of water application Only as needed when plant shows signs of stress and/or the use of a Soil Moisture probe.
Analysis of soil moisture Only apply water when soil moisture is below 15% within the top 4 inches of the greens and tees. The goal is to try and keep the moisture levels deeper down in the root zone in order to encourage deeper and more dense root growth which will result in a healthier turf. Basically we are trying to keep the surfaces as dry as possible.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Yes, we use the data collected for our weather station which calculates Evapotranspiration as a guideline for irrigation needs.
Use of wetting agents Yes, monthly on greens through the year and soon to be monthly in summer on Tees, Surrounds and Fairways.
Overall reduction in irrigated area None. Our irrigation system only covers critical highly maintained areas. However we have just completed an upgrade of the irrigation system from the use of inefficient Travelling Irrigators to and automated computer control Toro underground irrigation system.
Targeting of sprinkler heads Yes, we are constantly refining the run time and efficiency of every single sprinkler. In fact we have turned all our green sprinkler to 360 degree arcs to improve efficiency. Also looking at the arcs of all other sprinklers to look for efficiencies.
Optimizing system pressure We use variable Speed drive pumps in conjunction with a central irrigation computer with flow management software to maintain optimal pressure and flow.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Ongoing progress is made with this as part of our upgraded underground system and the introduction of a full-time irrigation technician. As we redevelop each hole on the course we are upgrading the irrigation hardware in the ground and along with that new nozzle technology is being used.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve / reduce / minimize water consumption:

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets These are installed as standard throughout all facilities.
Use of water efficient appliances Already in use in the form of low flow shower heads etc. We are continually looking for save water and energy by incorporating new techniques and technologies.
Use of efficient shower technology Low flow shower heads used.
Repairing leaks With the introduction of a new full-time irrigation technician we now have the ability to seek, diagnose and fix leaks faster. We do have a 'hybrid' system of old and new hardware so maintaining the hardware is a high priority. We have repaired many large leaks on the course in the last 18 months that have been leaking for many years.
Water awareness signage Still to be implemented.


All of our Electricity use is from the 'Grid' and supplied by Energy Online. Our course maintenance equipment comprises more or less a 50/50 split of petrol and diesel machinery which are supplied by a storage tank of each fuel on site and they are refilled once a month or so. There is a very small consumption of LPG gas, Oxyacetylene as well as firewood from felled trees from the course itself use for fireplaces and our pizza oven. New Zealand is very proactive in finding ways to be energy efficient and Remuera Golf Club is always looking to reduce energy cost and usage.

Sources & Consumption

The following energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Lightclub Waste Retrofit and energy action plan Claire Keeling 2016/01/18 Download

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Biogas (Litres) 0 0 0
Biomass 0 0 0
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydrogen (Litres) 0 0 0
On-site Hydro (kWh) 0 0 0
On-site Solar (kWh) 0 0 0
On-site Wind (kWh) 0 0 0
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 94466 118868 141832
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0 0 0
Wood from sustainable sources 50 50 50

Consumption of non-renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Litres) 15727 16502 18050
Heating Oil (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 18 72 380
LPG (Litres) 180 0 0
Natural Gas (Litres) 13850 15195 9984
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 94466 118868 141832
Petrol (Litres) 8405 9804 11611
Propane / Butane (Litres) 0 0 0
Wood from unsustainable sources 0 0 0

Energy Efficiency

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to diversify energy and fuel supply:

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Have contacted Energy Online about this, we do already receive this kind of supply but we will explore options with other suppliers in the future for going with greater renewable suppliers.
Installation of small scale wind turbine None planned. Will be proposed for future budgeting.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels None planned. Will be proposed for future budgeting.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources None.
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Only used for a fireplace inside the clubhouse and cooking.
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol None as of yet. We will explore these options over the next 12 months.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles We make use of 24 electric Golf Carts. As part of our Asset Replacement plan we are always looking at the use of more electric or hybrid vehicles. There could well be an increase in usage in the future.
Use of recycled oils None at present. Will need to contact possible supplies and explore the options.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to reduce energy consumption:

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems As far as possible, the clubhouse is heated with the use of LPG burning fires as well as wood from the golf course. Heating units are continually being upgraded to low energy use technologies to reduce cost. At least 2 new energy efficient units have been installed at present along with Direct Ventilation Systems. Insulation of buildings is extensively used throughout.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration These are adjusted according to season requirements to minimize cost and increase efficiency. Most systems are turned off when not needed.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities All buildings are well ventilated with windows. No plans for further natural ventilation.
Upgrading of building insulation All buildings are all well insulated using foam and windows and doors are sealed. There will probably be upgrades done or new building built in the near future and as is normally the case, insulation is a standard feature in building plans.New Zealand's Building Code of Compliance clause H1 requires enclosed spaces where temperature or humidity are modified to provide adequate thermal resistance and to limit uncontrollable airflow in certain buildings.It also sets out physical conditions likely to affect energy performance, and requirements for hot water systems, artificial lighting and HVAC.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) Course mainenance shed has got clear panels in the roof to let light in so the building is well lit. The clubhouse makes use of panoramic windows to supply most of the lighting needs.
Installation of low-energy lighting Low energy lighting us used as a standard throughout.
Use of motion sensor lighting These are widely used around the course maintenance facility and around the clubhouse.
Transition to energy efficient appliances This is an area that needs more work and improvements can be made as assets are replaced.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting There is a limited use of timers but are not really needed as staff turn off appliances, heating and lights when not in use.
Educating staff and customers This is another are that we can improve on. We will create awareness through our various outlets and communication. Regular meetings are held and documented where staff are asked to switch off lights and appliances before leaving for the day.

Vehicles & Transport

The maintenance fleet at this golf facility uses the following fuel sources:

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 32% 92% 71%
Diesel 68% 8% 14%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 0% 14%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 0% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

Additional vehicles operated by this golf facility use the following fuel sources:

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 4% 0% 0%
Diesel 0% 100% 0%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 96% 0% 0%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 0% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

This golf facility has established the following schemes to encourage reductions in staff and customer transport emissions:

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives Our clubhouse and maintenance building does include good staff areas where staff can shower with lockers provided. Some of our staff do ride together to work and 2 walk to work. Public transport is also easily accessible. More work can be done with this regard.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) None planned as public transport is easily accessible.
Secure cycle parking Available at clubhouse and maintenance facility.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables Public transport is already widely used and taxis are often used to transport people to and from other public transport facilities.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) We do have many lockers available as well as storage space which has been used in the past for staff and events.
Staff showers Staff have access to showers and are used from time to time.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling This will need to be explored more with regards to tax law in New Zealand
Promotion of walk to work campaigns A number of our staff that live close to work do already walk to work but we will address this in future minuted staff communication meetings.

Supply Chain

The main products supplied for our facility are aimed at catering for the hospitality industry, retail and golf course maintenance. All services supplied are with a focus on those three main areas of operation as we have a food and beverage outlet, a pro shop and obviously the golf course maintenance. Nearly all of our products are sourced through suppliers from the Auckland metro area but there are some suppliers in the greater Auckland region. As a rule we generally do not buy any products directly from overseas although due to New Zealands' small size, many products do come from overseas. As far as possible we do buy New Zealand made products due to their costs generally being lower.We are also aware of the need to buy as many products locally as we can in order to reduce our carbon footprint.

Purchasing Policies

This golf facility undertakes the following ethical / environmental purchasing activities:

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source As far a possible we buy all goods in bulk to avoid packaging waste. Thought is also given to purchasing from suppliers who are also environmentally recognized or considerate which would give us an indication of how they produce their products. We maintain strict financial disciplines to avoid wastage or return of unused product. We are fortunate that New Zealand is quite proactive in terms of waste management.
Use of local suppliers The use of local suppliers is very much a priority. Given the geographical location of New Zealand, the time it takes for products to be imported from other countries is significant along with the extra costs involved. Therefore we support local business as far as possible and many of our suppliers are within a few kilometers of our location. This helps reduce our costs as well as the ability to be able to procure stock at short notice.
Use of local products As above, local products are always our first choice as it is faster and more cost effective to source. New Zealand made products in general are of a very high standard and are well supported. For example, we use organic fertilizer for the fairways which is made from Human Waste here in New Zealand, wines for the restaurant are locally made and we use kelp extracts for plant health which is made here with raw products found along the coastlines to name but a few. We are looking at the possible use of Bio Diesel which is now being made here too.
Selection of certified products This is an area that we are focusing on quite a bit already and there is a strong push in the local market to use products/services that are 100% New Zealand (Kiwi) owned and operated. We also look at using products on the golf course that are Bio Grow certified, energy products that are EECA (Energy, Efficiency and Conservation Authority) certified is also really important.
Use of recycled and recyclable products To this point this is an area that we have not investigated thoroughly enough and more work needs to be done with this.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging As mentioned before, selecting products with minimal packaging is important to us and ties in well with purchasing in bulk to avoid cost and waste. New Zealand has strict packaging and health and safety policies and packaging must comply with those guidelines.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) This is an area that we also need to do more investigating into. New Zealand is very pro active in terms of environmental matters but it would seem that there are not many companies/businesses that have this form of accreditation yet.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Kilometres Total number of suppliers within 100 Kilometres
Food & Beverage 16 14 1
Catering Supplies 17 12 4
Retail 25 9 3
Trade & Contractors 137 101 28
Maintenance Equipment 26 16 6
Course Supplies 20 9 7

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses We have begun to introduce Fescues into our Tees and Green Surrounds as part of our regular seeding program during coring/renovations. We are also introducing Fescue to all newly seeded areas to improve drought tolerance. We have also noticed that some Cynodon has started to thrive in summer on many fairways where before they we only managed to encourage Browntop and Rye grass. We have adjusted our spraying and management plans to encourage the Cynodon to grow and spread on the fairways. We are also looking for possibly seed the fairways with such species but more trial work needs to be done.
Managing stress and wear Our management of the turf in general is to let the turf 'stress a little' without permanently damaging the turf. We are looking for firm fast playing surfaces without compromising turf quality. During periods of drought we spend much time using 2 soil moisture probes to determine soil moisture and then we hand water accordingly on all Tees, Greens and green surrounds to manage stress. We also use extensive amounts of ropes and stakes to manage traffic wear on the golf course. These ropes and stakes are evaluated 3 days a week and moved when needed. Tees are moved every day.
Enhancement of soil structure We know we are deficient in Calcium throughout the course so there is a concerted effort to add Calcium to the soil as much as possible to improve soil structure. The greens, tees and greens surrounds are cored and top dressed twice a year with monthly verti-draining of the greens. Fairways are cored once a year.
Optimization of the growing environment The environment here is really good for growing grass so we do not need to do too much to optimize the growing environment. We try to strike a balance between reducing our inputs while producing healthy turf. We have a clear strategy to only feed when needed and maintain the correct soil moisture and aeration as much as possible to maximize growth and plant health. Organic fertilizers play a big part of our strategy as well as use biological controls where we can. We are also investigating the potential of using entomopathogenic nematodes to control various beetles on our greens and tees.
Managing thatch levels As mentioned previously we have an extensive coring, thatch removal plan and operation in place for all closely mown areas of the course. Added to this is regular top dressing. For the last year we have also been spraying Tees and Greens with microbes which feed on thatch in order to reduce levels. Regular sampling and testing of thatch levels gives us guidelines of our effectiveness in this regard.
Managing surface moisture The club has spent large sums of money every year installing drainage on fairways which has helped very much in winter. So much so that the course is almost always open for play whereas in the past it might not have been. Regular coring and verti-draining has helped drain surface moisture and we are on a monthly program of using surfactants/wetting agents/penetrants on greens and Tees to manage surface moisture. During summer, wetting agents are used on fairways monthly to manage surface moisture levels there too. All these cultural practices are designed to encourage deeper and dense roots.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease With the use of an integrated pest management plan we are now actively scouting for pests and diseases and constantly evaluating the levels of these problems. We do use preventative spraying unless we have a tournament and only spray curatively once a pest or disease is really threatening damage on an unacceptable level. Should we decide to spray we will only spray the effected areas.
Scouting for pests and diseases As described in the previous paragraph we constantly scout for problem pest and monitor the problem levels before taking the appropriate action. Each member of staff is responsible for scouting and the information is then reported back to the Superintendent who makes the final decision on a plan of action.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Once again, each member of staff helps to monitor plant health as part of their training and development. The team will then discuss what they are seeing and approach the superintendent with their observations at which point a decision on what is needed will be made by the superintendent. We do not spray or apply fertilizer unless it is absolutely needed. We let the plant health and visual cues from the plant determine how to manage it.

Fertilizer use at this golf facility in the last three years (kg):

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 50 0 0
Fairways - K - Organic 5 0 0
Fairways - N - Inorganic 40 0 0
Fairways - N - Organic 40 0 0
Fairways - P - Inorganic 30 0 0
Fairways - P - Organic 10 0 0
Greens - K - Inorganic 110 0 0
Greens - K - Organic 10 0 0
Greens - N - Inorganic 150 0 0
Greens - N - Organic 25 0 0
Greens - P - Inorganic 60 0 0
Greens - P - Organic 5 0 0
Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 120 0 0
Tees - K - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - N - Inorganic 120 0 0
Tees - N - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - P - Inorganic 50 0 0
Tees - P - Organic 0 0 0

Pesticide use at this golf facility in the last three years (kg):

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 3 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 36 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 1 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 2 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 24 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 5 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0.3 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 3.6 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 50 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 65 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 10 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 2 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 3 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 10 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 1 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 2.6 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 2 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.4 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 1.2 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1.2 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 48 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 4 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 4 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 8 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 3 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 1 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 1 1 1
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 2 0 0

This golf facility undertakes the following actions to optimize pesticide use:

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products New Zealand has quite strict regulations with regards to the application of pesticides as well as Health and Safety regulations. At all times we make use of the Novachem manual as well as Growsafe training when deciding what products to use and when so as to chose the most effective, selective and least harmful products available. We are also a very busy golf course in terms of play so choosing the safest possible products is our priority. We are also actively using new technologies coming onto the market and using biological controls as far as possible in our integrated pest management plan.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Again, this is where the use of the Novachem handbook and supplier recommendations is vital in choosing the the appropriate products to make sure that we are getting very selective products on the course. New products are trialed before widespread application begins.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers We do a large amount of spot treatments and currently employ 4 knapsack sprayers, a 2 reels hose sprayer, 2 weed dabbers and 2 weed rollers along with 4 'Cut and Paste' bottles. Obviously, spot treatments are much preferred to broadcast spraying especially of our golf course which is surrounded by properties and is always so busy.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Our sprayer are calibrated once a year but we do need to increase this to at least 2 times a year. New nozzles are fitted once a year as a standard and calibrated. we are tooling to invest in a new greens sprayer soon as our current one is old and is prone to spray pressure problems.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We use Air Induction nozzles with anti drop features as a standard. We do not have shrouds for our sprayers yet but are looking to invest in this when we purchase a new sprayer. We also use spray drift reduction adjuvants for all foliar applications. We are also sending our regular spray operators on Growsafe training in order to become better operators and make better decisions.
Non-chemical weed control We are looking into the possible use of some 'organic' herbicides and very limited manual weed removal is done. We are trying to manage weeds by maintaining the correct nutrient levels and the appropriate cultural practices.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. We are currently using Phosphites, Bacillis subtillis and Trichoderma spp to help reduce disease pressure and improve plant health. This combined with the use of more organic fertilizers should improve plant health and reduce pest problems. We are also investigating the possible use of carnivorous nematodes to reduce insect activity on the greens. We try to maintain a 10 day stand down period between organic and inorganic spray applications.

Waste Management

No waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass false true false false
Plastic false true false false
Aluminium false true false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings true false false false
Cores & Turf true false false false
Sand true false false false
Wood / Timber true false false true

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to continue the lifecycle of materials and resources:

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials We are actively separating all solid waste as much as possible so that as much as possible is being re used. New Zealand has a great recycling industry in place and we take full advantage of it including old chemical containers, waste oils, used tyres, scrap metals and so on.
Establishment of recycling centers Packaging Forum/Love NZ have just awarded us funding to install 3 large dual recycling stations at the clubhouse for public use as well as dual recycling bins for each hole on the golf course. That seperated waste is then moved to 2 collection points where Waste Management picks up our waste and sends it to the appropriate places for re use or disposal.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways We return all our clipping to the course and only the clippings from greens and tees are collected but then spread out on other parts of the course, mostly in the rough where we do not spread any fertilizers.
Education of staff and customer education As part of our regular training we educate the course team to be as careful as possible when discarding any waste and how to make full use of useful waste and the benefits there of. All staff are aware of our environmental plans and goals. We have also posted GEO information and notices all over the golf course to let them know what we are trying to achieve and how they can help. Regular newsletters are also sent out to our members to keep them up to date with progress and to educate them too.
Waste awareness campaigns This campaign is still in its early stages and is set to be rolled out along with the introduction of the dual recycling bins all over the site. These bins will be branded appropriately along with the LOVE NZ branding which is synonymous with recycling and keeping New Zealand beautiful and clean.

Pollution Control

As we share a boundary with the Waiatarua Reserve and many home owners we are very aware that we need to take all possible steps to make sure that we do not have any negative impact. In fact, we need to contribute to the health of the reserve as well as surrounding neighbourhood because we can provide an additional 'green space' within the city. We use organic fertilizers as much as possible to reduce possible nutrient leaching and are very cautious of what we spray and when. All storm water from the course does filter through the course into the reserve and we are aware that should any water become contaminated on our site then it would end up in the reserve and possibly the Hauraki Gulf. The wetlands in the reserve were designed and built to act as a natural filter before water ends up the Orakei basin and finally in the Hauraki Gulf. We have begun to mark drains around our buildings as either storm water or sewer lines and we have detailed plans of where they are and where they go. Consent is always applied for before any earthworks are done to and silt traps installed to prevent silt from entering the storm water system. Our chemical control, storage, handling and disposal is all registered and carried out according to NZ GROWSAFE regulations and we have current Location Test certificates and Approved handlers Certificates.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Yearly Yearly Daily
On-Site Yearly Yearly Daily
Outflow Yearly Yearly Daily

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Stormwater Drain Yes
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer Yes
Wash Pad Mains Sewer Yes

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials at this golf facility are handled and disposed of as follows:

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents true false
Cooking Oils true true
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true true
Fertiliser Bags true true
Oil Filters true true
Batteries true true

Pollution Prevention

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution from its maintenance facility and clubhouse:

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas All our hazardous substances are stored in well-ventilated rooms inside buildings with impervious floors and access control measures in place. We are inspected yearly to assure our compliance in order to receive our location test certificate. The risk of pollution from incorrect storage is extremely unlikely. We have to perform monthly site checks to ensure safety of these products as per health and safety regulations.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Again this is a requirement of receiving a location test certificate so we have to make sure that all equipment is maintained properly. We also perform monthly site checks as part of our health and safety obligations
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas We have a dedicated undercover imperious pad with all the emergency equipment needed there such as spill kits etc. Mixing etc is only allowed in that are and we follow strict rules for this according to the Health and Safety act. These procedures are also covered in our compliance to receive a Location Test certificate.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces As described above, we only mix these substances in the dedicated are and it is a certified imperious surface with the correct containment in place.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks We have 2 above ground, double skinned fuel tanks which have current Electrical Compliance certificates and are subject to the Location Test Certificate as well and meet all regulations to prevent possible pollution.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel This is installed in the form of a double skin on the tanks as well as drains in the concrete surface to catch split fuel. Again this is a requirement of getting a Location Test cerficate
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials As per regulations we have all the required booms, absorbent materials and spills kits in place. it is required to get a Test Location certificate.

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution on its golf course:

Activity Description
Eliminating leachate and run-off through careful timing of turf inputs Firstly, the use of organic and stabilized fertilizer products is much preferred and used on the golf course. We do not fertilize the course any more than is absolutely needed and we only apply when the conditions are perfect for applications. We are extremely aware that any leaching could end up the wetlands of the Waiatarua reserve and so we are careful not to apply when much rain is expected. In winter which is our wet season, foliar feeding the grass is the order of the day which almost eliminates risk of leaching and we only apply granular fertilizer in winter if there is no option.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies We only have 4 ponds and all of them have strips buffer strips around them to a large extent.We will continue to manage and enhance these buffer strips.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan This is in place as part of our Health and Safety and Location Test certificate requirements.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge Should we conduct any large-scale earthworks we need to receive consent from local council and they physically inspect which measure we have put in place to prevent erosion and sediment discharge. We use erosion bags and drainage cloth to stop erosion and sediment from getting into storm water drains. This is something that is highly regulated and monitored by the local council.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones We have begun and are busy implementing a plan to 'naturalize' parts of the golf course so that they can eventually become pesticide free. Hopefully we will eventually have about 5 Ha of these areas. Most of our mown roughs are almost maintained as pesticide free and we are looking at was to safely control pests in these areas without the use of pesticides. We have even included the installation of Bee Hives on the course to create awareness of pesticide free zones.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off The course is in the middle of a redevelopment of all holes on the golf course and the formation of swales etc. is a part of the plans for the course to improve filtration. Most of the drainage of the course ends up in the wetlands of the Waiatarua Reserve which is designed to be a bio filter for the storm water collected for the surrounding areas. That being said we will do more to improve this aspect and the creation of 'naturalized areas on the course will go a long way in helping to help act as Bio Filters,


Remuera Golf Club leases the land it is situated on from Auckland City Council on a long term lease. It is public area and there is are no real restriction for people in the community coming onto the course other than health and safety restrictions. The golf club is very well supported in the community and we have a very active junior golf development program which is well supported. Auckland Golf has its offices located at the club and this all helps to grow the golf industry locally. In 2015 and 2016 we have hosted the New Zealand PGA Championships and the local community has been very supportive of the tournament. In December 2015 we held our first Green Keepers Revenge tournament for some time. It is a fun day for all who enter but the competition is also used to raise funds for local conservation causes. With the first event we managed to raise of $3000 for Motuihe Island Trust in the Hauraki gulf which went towards the purchase and successful installation of a bird calling system to attract Fluttering Shearwaters to nest on the island which hasn't happened on the island for many years. The event is also used as an opportunity to convey our environmental goals. We also host many other fund raising events for charities in the area. We have future plans to create more lifestyle and entertainment options for the community such as possibly introducing a Tennis section, Bridge club, Aqautics centre to go along with our driving range which is open to the general public. We know we are an important part of our community and actively participate in neighbourhood security and support groups.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 4
Course Management 11
Food & Beverage 6 4
Golf Coaching 2 2
Retail & Leisure 4 2
Other 1

The sustainability working group at this golf facility is comprised of:

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist
  • Local Government

Employees at this golf facility receive the following formal and informal environmental education:

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides The use of pesticides is very restricted and is only allowed by senior staff under supervision for the assistant superintendent or superintendent. we currently have 1 spray technician who is undergoing theoretical and on the job training by the superintendent. Access to the chemical store room is very restricted by way of a combination lock on the door. Once we have finished spraying, all equipment and containers are triple rinsed and stored. Empty chemical containers are then punctured and taken to Agrecovery for recycling for specific recycling for chemical containers.
Efficient water management Our irrigation water use is managed carefully because of the poor soil conditions that the golf course is built on and great care is made to not over water the course. We have recently upgraded our irrigation control software to increase efficiency and we employ a full-time irrigation technician to repairs leaks and faults. Our system has become far more efficient over the last 2 years as a result. During summer, much emphasis is placed on hand watering and every day we make use of 2 soil moisture probes to assess soil moisture and hand watering needs. We have a weather station to calculate ET
Management of accidents and emergencies Health and Safety of our staff is our #1 priority. We have very strict Health and Safety systems in place and make use on Safety Seek online monitoring and tracking of Health and Safety. As a result we have regular meetings with staff on H+S issues and everyone has input. Our rule of thumb for maintaining the course is that if it is not safe to mow etc. then do not mow at all. As the greens staff are all Turftech employees, Turftech is responsible for taking care of staff in case of an emergency.
Management of habitats and vegetation We have had a large number of staff leave lately so formal and informal education of staff on habitats and vegetation has been very limited. once all our new staff are fully trained on mowing and maintaining the course then we will move onto such education.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling We have spent much time talking to and training staff especially the greens staff on the importance of waste minimization and recycling which is paying off. Are are starting to see less waste produced and our separation and recycling only needs minor adjustment and monitoring.
Health & Safety Our Health and Safety systems are very detailed and robust. A large amount of time is spent on meetings about Health and Safety and well as the more informal on the job discussions and training. All staff have access to all our Health and Safety system and documentation online and are shown how to use it. The greens staff are also in the process of training with the aid of the Operator Training video's relating to each piece of machinery.
Energy Saving We do regularly communicate all our staff about the need to turn off unused lights and appliances but this is an area we do need to do more to inform and educate. We have begun to put stickers at switches to remind people to turn things off when not in use. We do monitor fuel usage and implement strategies to maintain the course more fuel efficiently such as transport/mowing routes as well as using fuel efficient mowing patterns and only mowing when needed. Our fuel usage has decreased nicely as a result.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage As we have a very new team, this is another area that we have been lacking in some education and will look into doing more.
Environmental management planning As we have a very new team, this is another area that we have been lacking in some education and will look into doing more.

Community Relations

This golf facility engages with local community groups in the following manner:

Activity Description
Neighbours Its is extremely important to us that we have a strong relationship with all our neighbours as we are in the middle of a very densely populated urban area. We take an active part in the neighbourhood watch and are active on an online information sharing service called Neighbourly. We do frequently receive communication with our neighbours on many different issues and we make great effort to help our neighbours and support them. We have made use of letters drops to inform neighbours of any environmental or 'naturalization' works that we are doing that might affect them.
Local Government We have a very strong relationship with local government as we do lease the land from Council. We engage with them on issues such as water quality, planning, development and environmental issues and they have been active in helping and supporting us in return. The current Prime Minister is a member of our golf club.
Local Environmental Groups We have approached the 'Friends of the Waiatarua Reserve' to partner with them to achieve a common goal. We also consult with and assist the Department of Conservation as well as the Auckland City Council Biodiversity team which has been most helpful to us.
Local Community Groups We are active participant in the online Neighbourly groups, the Meadowbank and St. John's Ratepayers Association as well as the local neighbourhood watch.
Media We are fortunate to have been the host of the Holden New Zealand PGA for the last couple of years which has helped us promote ourselves in the mainstream media. A regular TV show called the Holden Golf World frequently films on site. From time to time we do try and get some good news out in the printed media about the club and our environmental goals but we have much competition in this area.
Local Businesses We are fortunate to have a large membership that predominantly live in the nearby area and have their businesses in the area too. We are very lucky to have much support from those businesses. Added to that we actively make use of local business as it is more efficient for us to do so. being located in the middle of the largest city in New Zealand is a huge asset in this regard but due to traffic volumes we tend to support the most local businesses more if possible.
Schools & Colleges We do have a good relationship with St. Thomas's School and have now formed a relationship with the Careers Advisor at Selwyn College and are looking to help develop opportunities with young people. We have recently helped give a student there, Will Jeffries, time to gain some valuable work experience here while still at school. We have also allowed a student at Auckland University to conduct environmental research on our golf course for her thesis. In return she shared her data and insights with us.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

This golf facility provides access and diversified land use for others through:

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths We currently public have access to the golf course and the Waiatarua Reserve via numerous foot paths for the surrounding communities. We maintain them as best and we have plans to improve on our public access paths and are looking at introducing a safer and more user friendly path from the entrance at #10 tees, past the clubhouse and down to the Waiatarua reserve.
Creation of new paths and nature trails This is a project that we have exciting plans for when we plan to redevelop the 9th green and 10th tees. We need to explore the possibility or more paths but security and health and safety issues need to be addressed first.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage At this point this is an area that we are possibly lacking in and can do more. if we were to become recognized by GEO we would certainly erect for signage and inform the public of our GEO status.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) As detailed earlier we have exciting plans in place to further develop our facilities in order to offer more sports and recreational activities such as a Tennis/Racquet club, a bridge club and possible aquatics facility.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) We are looking to join forces with the management of the Waiatarua Reserve in order to fulfill this idea. The reserve has already got numerous woodlands and I believe we add to those woodlands and do something similar on our side of the fence and connect with those areas.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities None as of yet. We would need to investigate this possibility further.

No archaeological or heritage surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage.

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to conserve cultural heritage features:

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) None, there are no such buildings on the site.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) None that we are aware of.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) None.


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display We have placed information up on all our notice boards in the locker rooms, cafe and proshop regarding GEO, the policy statement and what our performance is being evaluated on. I have been writing regular updates by way of electronic newsletter to all our members and that has created much interest. We have put temporary signs on the golf course regarding projects such as naturalization areas and bee hives.
Members evenings and course walks We have not done any course walks yet but I have on a few occasions spoken at prize givings about our environmental goals and our green Keepers revenge golf day was our biggest opportunity to communicate our environmental projects and plans. We will continue to spread the word as much as possible via these opportunities.
Course guides / brochures Unfortunately we do not have a physical course guide but we do have beautiful glossy brochures and in the future we will communicate our environmental plans and achievements in them.
Interpretation panels & course signage We have made use of temporary such panels or signage recently but will make permanent panels or signs in the future when budget allows.
Establishment of a nature trail None as yet and none planned as the Waiatarua Reserve next door to us already has all these in place. Our site is very compact and there are Health and Safety issues that need consideration as people can easily get hit by golf balls.

This golf facility undertakes the following social and environmental advocacy activities:

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures We have issued one press release noting our affiliation to GEO with the goal of becoming sustainable and hopefully recognized. In our club brochure it is noted that one of our club strategies is to become more environmentally sustainable and all members and prospective members should be made aware of our goals. We are planning to add more detail of environmental matters to our already interesting and detailed website.
Supporting campaigns As mentioned in previous sections we are currently supporting D.O.C, the Motuihe Island Trust to name but a few and this relationship is set to continue and improve.
Course walks / open days We do have golf open days but do not have any course walks planned due to safety concerns. The course is open to the public though and people can often be seen walking their dogs on the course in the evenings.
Attending community meetings We do actively attend and support community meetings. however, because we have a fully functioning board room and conference room we are able to host community meetings frequently.
Joint practical projects with community We are exploring the possibilities that the Remuera Rackets Club move their facilities to our site and join forces with them which is an exciting project that could meet many shared goals and the Auckland Bridge Club might make use of our site as well.