Golfbaan Landgoed Bleijenbeek

GEO Certified 11/2011 GEO Re-Certified 07/2015
Afferden,
Netherlands
Telephone: +31(0)485530084
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Golf course Bleijenbeek consists of a range of habitats, varying from nutrient-poor species-rich grasslands to dense woodlands. Non-native woody species are now gradullay being removed, and new species introduced. Together with students they started a re-introduction project for the endangered spadefoot. In this project spadefoots were tagged and their migration in and around the golf course will be followed the next years. Water use on the course and in the clubhouse is average for the Netherlands. As the course is situated in a remote area…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Pitch and putt course (9 holes)
Par 3/4 course (9 holes)
Championship course (18 holes)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities

Nature

Golf course Bleijenbeek is a part of Estate Bleijenbeek in Afferden, located in the province of Limburg. Designed by Jol Golf Design, the golf course has a natural, park-like character that distinguishes itself from its surroundings by its openness and its water elements with rich shoreline vegetation. Each hole is distinctively designed and they are interwoven with the landscape. The park-like character is shaped by large solitary elements, surprisingly open views and the presence of beautifully accented water elements. The park-like character and the choice of tree types, not typical to the area, are located in the immediate surroundings of the clubhouse. The golf course borders on National Park Maasduinen, a nature area of high value. Its unique location from both a landscape and geomorphological perspective is of great value to the golf terrain in terms of the nature and landscape present there. The flora and fauna have been inventoried since the course’s inception and especially noteworthy is the richness in variety of species found on the terrain. These include the beaver observed in the brook valley and a large amount of forest edge birds.

Golfbaan Bleijenbeek maakt deel uit van Landgoed Bleijenbeek in Afferden, Noordelijk Limburg. De door Jol Golf Design ontworpen baan heeft een parkachtig, natuurlijk karakter en onderscheidt zich ten opzichte van de nabije omgeving door openheid en de waterpartijen met waardevolle oevers. De holes zijn afwisselend van karakter en liggen verweven in het landschap. Het parkachtige karakter krijgt vorm door grote solitairen, verrassende doorzichten en de aanwezigheid van mooie geaccentueerde waterpartijen. Het parkachtige karakter en de gebruikmaking van boomsoorten die niet gebiedseigen zijn is rond het clubhuis het sterkst aanwezig. De golfbaan grenst aan het waardevolle Nationaal Park Maasduinen. Door de unieke ligging zowel landschappelijk als geomorfologisch is er een grote waarde voor natuur en landschap op het terrein aanwezig. Er is vanaf de start informatie vergaard over flora en fauna waarbij opvallend is hoe soortenrijk het gebied is. Bijzonder is bijvoorbeeld de bever in het beekdal en de grote hoeveelheid randvogels.

Consultation & Surveys

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding landscape heritage conservation.

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

Title Author Date View document
Rapport CTG Bleijenbeek NLadviseurs 2010/02/22

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

  • IVN
  • NLadviseurs

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

Title Author Date View document
Bleijenbeek IVN 2006/06/01
Eindrapport terrestrische levenswijze knoflookpad (9 juli 2014) printversie students 2014/10/31 Download

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

Local name Scientific name
moerasbasterdwederik Epilobium palustre
grote biesvaren Isoetes lacustris
bosaardbei Fragaria vesca
stomp fonteinkruid Potamogeton obtusifolius
valse kamille Anthemis arvensis
muurbloem Erysimum cheiri
wilde narcis Narcissus pseudonarcissus subsp. pseudonarcissus
brede orchis Dactylorhiza majalis subsp. Majalis
kleine ratelaar Rhinanthus minor
selderij Apium graveolens
duits viltkruid Filago vulgaris
Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
Huiszwaluw Delichon urbicum
Wielewaal Oriolus oriolus
Zomertortel Streptopelia turtur
Graspieper Anthus pratensis
Grauwe vliegenvanger Muscicapa striata
Kneu Carduelis cannabina
groene specht Picus viridis
Boomvalk Falco subbuteo
Kerkuil Tyto alba
Steenuil Athene noctua
Rugstreeppad Bufo calamita
Bever Castor fiber
boommarter Martes martes
Groene glibberzwam Leotia lubrica

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

Local name Scientific name
knoflookpad Pelobates fuscus

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Historic Landscapes / Parklands Local
Areas of Scenic Beauty self
National Park National
Geological Local

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 46,2 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 51 National Government
Non Native Plantation Woodland 10 Self Appointed
Open Water Features 12 National Government
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 5 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.7 Hectares Festuca rubra 50%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 50%
Tees 1.2 Hectares Poa pratensis 50%
Lolium perenne 50%
Fairways 21.5 Hectares Poa pratensis 50%
Lolium perenne 50%
Semi Rough 10.0 Hectares Lolium perenne 100%

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 years

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

  • progras

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 A check is being done by the Club as well as the coursemanagment according the NGF developed tool. results of the monitoring test are being evaluated in the Course commission. we also have EC and moister samples taken from the course. We evaluate these numbers and work towards an optimal envirement.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough we have naturly surroundings and try to do as little as possible on the course.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces We set up a lot of cooperations. in these groups we constantly compare our financial results. Also the effect of sunstainabillity is on the agenda.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance A lot of structurel meetings with the club regarding the course. we communicate with our members through the various web-sites.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces an example is the way we try to "work" around our "dassen" . A good sollution witch doesn't hurt the enviremont of the Das. We also "live" together with a Beaver.
LED lighting more Led lights are installed in clubhouse.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Discolouration resulting from drought (to a certain extent) and other factors are seen as an addition to the natural quality of the landscape and the quality of the game.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours The mowing lines of the fairways and semi-rough are well tuned in to the undulations and different elements of the terrain.
Protection and restoration of historic features Present historical elements are restored where possible.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Wooden Furniture and Wooden poles for the obstakels. the shelters are eco friensly produced and made of wood.
Conservation of specimen trees The older, monumental trees on the golf course have been inventoried and are being caringly managed and maintained.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features All our shelters are visualy tuckt away.

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 The surface intensively mowed grass is kept to a minimum. By determining which elements fall outside the game and which are of importance to the character of the natural landscape, only some elements need to be extensively mowed.
Increasing the size of habitat patches Where possible, management is expanded or natural elements are constructed.
Connection of internal habitat patches The nature management plan is aimed at optimising the biodiversity. A part of this includes connecting plant squares, brushwood and water elements.
Connection of patches with external habitats A keen inventory of natural elements both on the course and in its neighbouring landscape allows for improved management and maintenance. For instance, equal goal setting of natural elements on and outside the course can take place.
Creation of habitat corridors The golf course is not located in a national natural ecological corridor. However, connection to and continuity with bordering terrain is actively sought after.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation Those locations with a high nature value have been indicated in the nature management plan and are being duly protected and maintained.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges Edges of plant squares contain borders and casings.
badgers we have a lot of badgers around the course. We try to keep them away from the vonarable places by using electric fences witch blend in, in the natuaral habitat. the badgers create a lot of damage in the envirenment
incorperate the ruine in the golfcourse Getting the foundation of the ruine more involved in the golfcourse and vice versa. In the ruine live a lot of different species. togeteher we are fighting to make the course the official North pasway of the maasduinen.

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 The natural diversity of vegetation is increased by mowing and removal of clippings.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation There is multiannual management plan in place carried out on the basis of a cycle.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands The management plan provides guidelines to an ecologically valuable and durable situation.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas we have establisht several ecozones. There are no golfers allowed and we keep the terrain natural.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation The management of the banks and the cleaning of the ditches and water elements are carried out in phases. This allows for continuity of both thin and thick vegetation.
Naturalization of linear habitats we have made a partition in intensiv en extensiv nature to create a good balance between nature and golf purposes
liquid fertilizer We are looking at the option (like Welderen) of liquid fertilizing. witch has the benifit of using less material and therefore less polution.
watersaving sprinklers research to install water saving sprinklers is being initiated

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 Brushwood, roughs, forest edges and ditches are present at various locations. Special attention has been given to the different types of fauna.
Installation of nest boxes On the terras is a birds house during the winter
Provision of feeding tables On the terras is a birds house during the winter
Control / management of alien species Non-native, exotic plants, are controlled as much as possible.
Provision of hibernation areas Various plant squares contain grooves of branches and piles of wood. This allows mammals and amphibians to forage and hibernate.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Microhabitats have been created at various locations on the course, such as breeding ground, grooves of branches and woodpiles.
Insect hotels We are building places were insects can live. As their numbers grow we also see a increase of birds and reptiles
inventory water quality and amphibians and fishes We have placed a command to make an inventory to the water quality regarding the recidens of the lakes and streams on our property

Water

Originally this area was not marked by open water. During its construction, various small pools were dug that have an important function for water birds, amphibians and fish. The open water in the brook zone is given an extra dimension as a natural habitat for the beaver. The surface water used for irrigation is distributed very effectively due its application through a self-thinking system. This system analyses where and how much precipitation is needed, takes the millimetres of rainfall into account as well as the degree of evaporation. High water pressure allows for the application of large amounts of water in a short period of time which minimises the energy usage of the pump installation. The maximum amount of water usage allowed is 40.000 m3 per year. Yearly usage during the past three years has been around 20.000 m3. Especially noteworthy is the self sufficiency of the clubhouse. Water usage is based on the pumping up and filtering of groundwater. Waste water is filtered and purified before it infiltrates the soil. Also the water from the clubhouse is being transported by this method.

Oorspronkelijk kende dit gebied weinig open water. Bij de aanleg zijn er echter diverse vennen gegraven die een belangrijke functie hebben voor watervogels, amfibieën en vissen. In de beekzone heeft het open water een extra dimensie omdat de bever hier zijn leefgebied heeft. Het voor irrigatie aangewende oppervlaktewater wordt goed benut door de inzet van een geavanceerd “zelfdenkend” systeem. Dit systeem bekijkt waar en hoeveel vocht er nodig is, door niet alleen rekening te houden met millimeters regenval, maar ook met de verdampingsgraad. Door een hoge waterdruk kan veel water in een korte tijd worden toegediend, wat het energieverbruik van de pompinstallatie tot het minimum beperkt. De toegestane hoeveelheid water is 40.000 m3, het jaarlijks verbruik van de afgelopen drie jaar ligt rond de 20.000 m3. Erg bijzonder is de zelfvoorzienendheid van het clubhuis. Voor de watervoorziening wordt grondwater opgepompt en gefilterd. Het afvalwater wordt gefilterd en gezuiverd en infiltreert in de bodem.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
waterquality pro grass 2014/11/19

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

2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Groundwater 4% 1,004,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 77% 18,224,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Groundwater 15% 3,680,000 Litres
Other Groundwater 2% 566,000 Litres
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Groundwater 7% 1,632,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 79% 17,773,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Groundwater 10% 2,345,000 Litres
Other Groundwater 2% 591,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

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

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 years

Upgraded every 1 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 12 months

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species A specialist has determined the choice of grass types specific to the golf course.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Yearly actions are taken to prevent soil compation through aerating and slitting.
Timing and dose of water application The modern irrigation system is computer-driven and arranges the water level.
Analysis of soil moisture we measure the moist intensitie in the ground. We try to make 22%
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data we measure on a regular bases
Use of wetting agents During the seison we use revolution. after the seison we use pervade
Overall reduction in irrigated area we measure on a regular bases
Targeting of sprinkler heads Sprinkler heads are targeted towards playing surfaces only.
Optimizing system pressure The irrigation system contains an automatic pressure regulator that optimises the mains pressure.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Innovations are analysed when adjustments and replacements are needed in order to determine their application and usefulness in the irrigation system.
water consumption in Clubhouse The water used in the restaurant is also retained from the sources
using of the right grasses we try to use grasses witch are very suitable for our turf.therefore we don't need to bring a lot of extra water on the turf.
vervilting tegengaan on a very regular bases aerate the turf.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Toilets are equipped with water-saving buttons.
Use of water efficient appliances Kitchen equipment contains modern water-saving elements.
Use of efficient shower technology The shower knobs are water-saving knobs.
Repairing leaks Leaks are immediately fixed.

Energy

There is a large difference between the newly constructed clubhouse and the old grain barn used as greenkeepers accommodation. Although the clubhouse was constructed and insulated by using modern means, its energy usage is high due to the use of many lamps, equipment and heating. During the renovation of the greenkeepers accommodation, good insulation and other energy-saving materials will be used. The lighting in the open areas of the clubhouse has been adjusted and now exists mainly of LED lamps. Other parts of the clubhouse will change to LED lamps in the next years. For the standard usage of lighting, etc., a transition will be made to energy-saving lamps and motion sensors instead of using conventional light switches. As a result of increasing producer awareness, it is now possible to purchase equipment with a favourable energy label.
Er is een groot verschil tussen de situatie van het nieuw gebouwde clubhuis en de oude graanschuur, waarin de greenkeepersaccommodatie is ingericht. Alhoewel het clubhuis volgens moderne maatstaven is gebouwd en geïsoleerd, is het verbruik van energie groot door de vele lampen, verwarming en apparatuur. Bij renovatie van de greenkeepersaccommodatie zal er gebruik worden gemaakt van goede isolatie en andere energiebesparende materialen. In het clubhuis is in de openbare ruimtes de verlichting aangepast, waardoor het overgrote deel bestaat uit led lampen. In de komende jaren zal het andere deel van de verlichting worden veranderd in led lampen. Voor het standaardverbruik als verlichting e.d. zal zoveel mogelijk overgegaan worden op energiezuinige lampen en bewegingsmelders in plaats van conventionele lichtschakelaars. Doordat er steeds meer aandacht voor is bij de producenten van verschillende apparaten, is het mogelijk bij de aankoop te kijken naar een apparaat met een gunstig energielabel.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2014 2013 2012
Biogas (Litres) 0 0
Biomass 0 0
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0 0
Hydrogen (Litres) 0 0
On-site Hydro (kWh) 0 0
On-site Solar (kWh) 0 0
On-site Wind (kWh) 0 0
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 111222 101655
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0 0
Wood from sustainable sources 0 0

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

2014 2013 2012
Coal 0 0
Diesel (Litres) 19500 22300
Heating Oil (Litres) 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 170 180
LPG (Litres) 3700 3500
Natural Gas (Litres) 120 0
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 0 0
Petrol (Litres) 780 700
Propane / Butane (Litres) 38158 47566
Wood from unsustainable sources 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 We have a contract witch stains that we use energy collected from renuable sources.
Installation of small scale wind turbine we made a project to install three large windmills on our land. unfortuatly the gouverment didn't agree with these plans.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels we don't have them
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources We don't have them
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) some of our cars have LPG installations
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol we don't use them
Use of electric hybrid vehicles is being taken up in the new lease contracts
Use of recycled oils We don't have them

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems A high-yield heating system has been installed.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration we just reviewed our heating system and made adjustment to the system
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities Optimising ventilation was a matter of concern in designing and constructing the clubhouse.

Upgrading of building insulation The clubhouse has recently been extra insulated.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) Various skylights were constructed in the roof to make optimal use of natural light.
Installation of low-energy lighting Energy-saving lighting is attained through the use of as many energy-saving lamps and led-lamps as possible.
Use of motion sensor lighting Movement sensors are used for the lighting in the locker rooms and in the toilets.
Transition to energy efficient appliances led-verlichting is installed in the restaurant
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting There are several rooms equipt with moving sensors to turn on the lights
Educating staff and customers GEO is agended on the 3 monthly meeting between club and coursemanagment.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 0% 100% 19%
Diesel 100% 0% 19%
LPG 0% 0% 6%
Grid Electric 0% 0% 56%
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 0% 0% 0%
Diesel 0% 33% 0%
LPG 0% 67% 0%
Grid Electric 100% 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 we commute together as much as possible.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) only on partys
Secure cycle parking there is an special place to parc your bicycle
Promoting public transport routes and timetables Public transportation bijbuss on call
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) The locker room has been expanded to allow for the storage of not only the bags but also of the trolleys.
Staff showers Showers are available in the green-keepers shed.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling niet van toepassing
Promotion of walk to work campaigns this is very difficult tot organise. we have a remote course

Supply Chain

There is an increasing awareness in purchasing and in the efficient functioning of the supply chains. Course maintenance is carried out through the use of as many certified products as possible. There is a lot of contact with local suppliers and, when available, products are purchased locally.

De aandacht voor producten en ketenbeheer wordt steeds groter. Voor het baanonderhoud worden zoveel mogelijk gecertificeerde producten gebruikt. Er is veel contact met lokale ondernemers en er wordt indien mogelijk dan ook gebruik gemaakt van producten die lokaal leverbaar zijn.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source On critical company processes is being monitored if they meet the ISO standard. We look at the suplly chain.
Use of local suppliers we try to use as many local suppliers as possible. Not only on the enviromentel isseus but also ouit of cost reduction and local suppliers can be members one day.
Use of local products Local suppliers are used for the purchasing of various products.
Selection of certified products Purchasing places special attention to the certification of products.
Use of recycled and recyclable products Pallets are being converted in Insect hotels and all our pet-bottles are being seperatly taken away. We also have segregated waist disposal
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging In order to minimise packaging waste, purchasing is done in bulk and containers as much as possible.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) We check if suppliers have met the ISO norm.

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 5 2 3
Catering Supplies 1 1
Retail 16 2 14
Trade & Contractors
Maintenance Equipment 4 4
Course Supplies 2 2

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Used grasses are optimal for these climatic conditions. This minimizes the water usage and chance for disease.
Managing stress and wear Damage and wear and tear are avoided as much as possible by means of a good maintenance plan.
Enhancement of soil structure Soil structure is improved by means of aerating and through the measurement of results.
Optimization of the growing environment An optimal growth environment is cultivated through a good and actual maintenance plan and through expert advice.
Managing thatch levels Yearly measurements are made by external advisors who also advise on the amount of thatch and the policy to reduce this.
Managing surface moisture we measure on a regular bases
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Ramps have been designed to optimise growth.
Scouting for pests and diseases Contact with the surrounding golf courses and registration of damage provides information about the risks of damage.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health The head of green-keeping keeps a keen eye on the quality of the grass. Ton a regular bases we have samples of grass being cut out.

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

2013 2012 2011
Fairways - K - Inorganic 35 39 43
Fairways - N - Inorganic 57 69 78
Fairways - P - Inorganic 18 21 32
Greens - K - Inorganic 175 189 191
Greens - N - Inorganic 126 135 142
Greens - P - Inorganic 35 32 32
Tees - K - Inorganic 126 136 154
Tees - N - Inorganic 133 135 138
Tees - P - Inorganic 46 48 49

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

2013 2012 2011
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 82 83 43
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2 2 1
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 40 40 30
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 2 2 1
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 40 36 20
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2 2 1
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 63 65 31
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2 2 1
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 23 25 16
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2 2 1
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 40 40 20
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2 2 1

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products we try to keep it to a minimum. if we have to use it we want to use it when the weather and conditions are optimal
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases The correct substances are chosen as a result of the expertise present on diseases and plagues, and the use of pesticides.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers All diseases and plagues are treated locally, besides the greens and foregreens.
Calibration and testing of sprayers The ideal measurement is chosen depending on the substances used and the type of weather, thereby realising usage- and dispersion optimisation.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Spraying is done with anti-drip nozzles.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. we use: algea green (zeewier extract)

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 false true false false
Cores & Turf false false true false
Sand false true false false
Wood / Timber false true false false

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Various materials are recycled.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Fairway grass is not removed but remains on the fairway.
Education of staff and customer education we communicate through Website news letters and memo's
Waste awareness campaigns we promote segregated waist disposal

Pollution Control

Pesticides and fertilisers are applied as needed to the greens, tees and fairways on a yearly basis. The main standpoint in their application is to use them as a rescue measure. The most important objectives in their application are: to obtain a good playable golf course; to minimise their usage; to safely store all chemical substances in an especially designated area.

De greens, tees en fairways worden jaarlijks voorzien van de nodige bemestings- en gewasbeschermingsmiddelen. Uitgangspunt voor het gebruik is alleen het gebruik van het hoogst noodzakelijke aan toevoegingen. Belangrijkste doelstellingen ten aanzien van de bemesting- en gewasbeschermingsmiddelen zijn een goed bespeelbare baan; verbruik van meststoffen en gewasbeschermingsmiddelen minimaliseren; middelen bij opslag bewaren in een daarvoor goedgekeurde ruimte.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Never Never Never
On-Site Never Never Never
Outflow Never Never Never

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Reed Bed Yes
Clubhouse Reed Bed Yes
Maintenance Facility Septic Tank Yes
Wash Pad Septic Tank 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 false
Fertiliser Bags true false
Oil Filters false false
Batteries false 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 Dangerous substances are stored in a certified cabinet.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas of course
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas this is a point of concern
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Fertilisers are mixed on a fluid-sealed floor.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks All our tanks meet the standard according to the supplier
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel The drip container of the fuel tank meets all legislative criteria and is large enough.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Absoption matarial is availible

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 Weather statistics are narrowly watched to determine the ideal timing for the application of pesticides and fertilisers.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies No substances are used in the bank zone of water elements (at least 3m from the water line).
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan we use absorbtion stuff
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge A good mowing policy prevents erosion from taking place.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones No-spray zones have been determined across the entire terrain.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off Reed bed is uses for filtering run off water

Community

It is important to maintain and improve the level of knowledge of the employees. A capable and knowledgeable team determines the succes of this golf course. This is why continuous investment is made in the training of employees. Furthermore, it is important that the machinery is operated by qualified personnel. Therefore the level of knowledge on e.g. spraying licenses, chainsaw operations, etc. is closely monitored and improved where needed. During an annual performance review, attention is given to possible additional education and training needs the greenkeepers may require.
Objective: Qualified and knowledgeable staff and proper fringe benefits for the personnel.

Belangrijk is de scholing van de mensen. Alleen kwalitatief sterke mensen kunnen het succes bepalen van deze golfbaan. Vandaar dat er continue geïnvesteerd wordt in het opleiden van de medewerkers. Naast de persoonlijke groei, is het van belang dat de machines alleen worden bediend door deskundig personeel. Er wordt daarom goed gekeken naar het tijdig bijscholen voor spuitlicenties, zaagcursussen e.d. Voor de greenkeepers wordt tijdens het functioneringsgesprek aandacht gegeven aan opleiding en bijscholing.
Doelstelling: gekwalificeerd en deskundig personeel; goede secundaire arbeidsvoorwaarden voor personeel.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 1 5
Course Management 4 3 1
Food & Beverage 2 18 3
Golf Coaching 2
Caddies 9

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

  • Owner
  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Local Community
  • Local Environment NGO

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Staff is trained on several issues. Much is done to prevent accidents and emergencies, when they do happen, date and time are recorded in a log.
Efficient water management Staff is trained on several issues. Much is done to prevent accidents and emergencies, when they do happen, date and time are recorded in a log.
Management of accidents and emergencies Staff is trained on several issues. Much is done to prevent accidents and emergencies, when they do happen, date and time are recorded in a log.
Management of habitats and vegetation The management plan, paid attention to the value and maintenace of habitats. Nature friendly maintanence is part of the greenkeeper course.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Our waist is disposed bij a certifid company
Health & Safety Staff is trained on several issues. Much is done to prevent accidents and emergencies, when they do happen, date and time are recorded in a log.
Energy Saving Led lightning is installed in the restaurant.A better adjestment is made to our heating system so we save more energy
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Information about longterm planning and the history of the golf course is presented to the greenkeeping.
Environmental management planning Staff is trained on several issues.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours The golf club is in contact with the neighbours.
Local Government The golf club is in contact with the local government.
Local Environmental Groups we have yearly bird counting in cooperation with the locale goverment. we also have once a year a butterfly count.
Local Community Groups There is contact with local pgo's an cultural herritage organization
Local Businesses Several local businesses are involved by the club through a business membership.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths The terrain is crossed by paved paths which are accessible to the public.
Creation of new paths and nature trails together with the local gouverment there is a new walking path created wich leads over the gof course along the stream banks. the next year are plans for a new cycle path along side the course
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Information- and warning signs are placed at the entrance of the terrain.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) cycling and walking are common activities on our golfcourse
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) Willows are pruned in collaboration with an organisation dedicated to the landscape.

The following archaeological and heritage surveys have been carried out at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
vestiga 2010/06/01

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) the castle ruine
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) see above
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) There is a historical canal around the casle

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display There is an seperate page on the website that shows information about the comitted to green/GEO certificate, and other related issues.
Members evenings and course walks there are specialised tours by skilled proffessionals for people who are interested
Course guides / brochures not yet but we are looking into that
Interpretation panels & course signage A lot of signage in the course to highlight natural developments: like the knoflookpad. Also a lot of bike routes and walking routes are in and around the course.
Establishment of a nature trail We created a path to the beaver dam. so people can visit it

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures There is an seperate page on the website that shows information about the comitted to green/GEO certificate, and other related issues.
Course walks / open days Members evenings and course walks are held, for example the national birdwaching day.
Attending community meetings Relevant community meetings are being visited.
Joint practical projects with community we show people the diversity of species in the clubhouse.when join in the birdwatching day and the butterfly count.