Golf Club De Hoge Kleij

GEO Certified® 01/2018
Leusden,
Netherlands
Telephone: +31 33 – 4616944 (4)
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Op 16 november heb ik een bezoek gebracht aan Golfclub De Hoge Kleij. Tijdens mijn gesprek met Vincent de Vries (hoofdgreenkeeper), Marieke Verdouw (clubmanager), Jaap Petraeus (clublid) en Joost Sträter (bestuurslid en baancommissaris) heb ik een toelichting gekregen op de te beoordelen documentatie. Na het gesprek heb ik het clubhuis bezocht en daar gesproken met Patric Langeslag, pachter van de horeca en de werkplaats beoordeeld. Vervolgens ben ik met de hoofdgreenkeeper door de baan gegaan.

Golfclub De Hoge Kleij is in januari 2017 gesta…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Golfclub De Hoge Kleij (18 holes, 6340 metres, year opened 1986)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Practice Facility/Facilities

Nature

Golfclub De Hoge Kleij heeft een 18 holes bosbaan en ligt op het Landgoed Den Treek, dat onderdeel is van de Utrechtse Heuvelrug. U vindt ons ingeklemd tussen Amersfoort en Leusden. De baan heeft recent een grondige renovatie ondergaan. Mede door de strategische ligging van bunkers en hindernissen kan men besluiten tot een aanvallend of be-houdend course management. Hierdoor is de baan uitdagend voor golfers van elk niveau.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Buiting Advies, Nature and Landscape

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

Title Author Date View document
Ecologisch werkprotocol Buiting Advies 2017/10/02 Download
Visual Tree Assessment Buiting Advies 2017/05/19 Download

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

  • Buiting Advies, Nature and Landscape

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

Title Author Date View document
Ecologisch werkprotocol Buiting Advies 2017/10/02 Download

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

Local name Scientific name
Sand lizard Lacerta agilis
grass snake Natrix natrix
hole breeders
buzzard Buteo buteo

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

Local name Scientific name
See ecologic report

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility does not feature any landscape designations.

No areas of habitats / vegetation types and associated designations are present at this golf facility.

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.0 Hectares Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 90%
Poa annua 10%
Tees 1.0 Hectares Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 80%
Lolium perenne 20%
Fairways 14.0 Hectares Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 80%
Festuca rubra 20%
Semi Rough 15.0 Hectares Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 80%
Festuca rubra 20%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Based on local circumstances and long year experiences. The maintenance of the course is outsources to a specialized party (De Ridder)

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 2 months

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

  • De Ridder golf maintanance

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 responsible representative of the board discusses the maintenance of the course with the green keepers. Based on a long term maintenance plan and a yearly plan
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Based on the long term vision and the yearly update based on new insights. Also discussed with the representatives of the Dutch Golf Association
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Based on the long term vision
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance By regular communication by internet and
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces On a regular base with the green keepers and during regular meeting with the members of the course. Also by communication by the website

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Yes, in close cooperation with the green keepers. In dry periods we accept "brown" areas by minimizing water irrigation
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours n/a
Protection and restoration of historic features n/a
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We try to reflect the natural looks of the course by using wooden signs and furniture
Conservation of specimen trees See Visual Tree assessment
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features yes we try to maintain the natural look of the course, related to the environment

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 see ecological protocol
Increasing the size of habitat patches see ecological protocol
Connection of internal habitat patches see ecological protocol
Connection of patches with external habitats see ecological protocol
Creation of habitat corridors see ecological protocol
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation see ecological protocol
Improving and diversifying habitat edges see ecological protocol

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 see ecological protocol
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation see ecological protocol
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands see ecological protocol
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas n/a
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation n/a
Naturalization of linear habitats n/a

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 Yes
Installation of nest boxes Yes
Provision of feeding tables Yes
Control / management of alien species Yes
Provision of hibernation areas n/a
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) yes

Water

Het water dat wordt gebruikt op De Hoge Kleij is afkomstig van het drinkwaterleidingnet en van 2 bronpompen met een capaciteit van elk 40 m3/uur. Het leidingwater wordt on-der andere gebruikt in het clubhuis en andere gebruikslocaties wat drinkwater eisen worden gesteld. De locaties voor drinkwatergebruik zijn niet apart bemeterd. Het bronwater is voor de beregenen van de golfbaan (in de praktijk alleen de tees en green).

The water used on Golfcourse De Hoge Kleij comes from the tap water grid and from 2 well pumps with a capacity of 40 m3 / h each. The tap water is used in the clubhouse and other uses where tapwater requirements are imposed. The tap water uses are not separately measured. The ground water is for the irrigation of the golf course (mostly only the tees and green)

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Tap water measurement Public water supplier 2016/12/31 Download

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

2016 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,593 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 13,682 Cubic Metres
2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) 1,600 Cubic Metres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Tees Daily in season

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 1 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species Tee: English ray
Fairway: Struis / Red Zwenk
Semi Rough: Struis/ Red Zwenk
Green: Struis
Driving Range: Struis/ Red Zwenk
Soil decompaction and thatch management On a regular base. Based on performances
Timing and dose of water application Based on moisture calculations. Fully computer based
Analysis of soil moisture On regular base
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Computer based.
Use of wetting agents no
Overall reduction in irrigated area computer controlled. Based on moisture measurement
Targeting of sprinkler heads Sprinkler head are individual controlled
Optimizing system pressure Computer controlled
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Computer controlled

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets At next renovation of the clubhouse
Use of efficient shower technology At next renovation of the clubhouse
Repairing leaks When necessary
Water awareness signage On regular base

Energy

Bronnen van energie zijn aangeleverd elektriciteit en gas. Voor de transportmiddelen wordt diesel en benzine gebruikt.
De elektriciteit wordt duurzaam ingekocht via de leverancier Eneco

Supplied energy sources are electricity and gas. For internal transport, diesel and gasoline are used.
100% green electricity is purchased from the supplier Eneco

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Governmental audit Energy audit for sport facilities Jaap Petraeus 2017/08/15 Download

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2016 2015 2014
Biogas (Cubic Metres) 0 0 0
Biomass 0 0 0
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Cubic Metres) 0 0 0
Hydrogen (Cubic Metres) 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) 141976 146742
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Cubic Metres) 0 0 0
Wood from sustainable sources 0 0 0

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

2016 2015 2014
Diesel (Cubic Metres) 9 9
Hydraulic Oil (Cubic Metres) 1 1
Natural Gas (Cubic Metres) 15519 16274

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Purchased green electricity from Eneco, energy supplier
Installation of small scale wind turbine n/a
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels n/a
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources n/a
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) n/a
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol n/a
Use of electric hybrid vehicles 6 Electric golf buggy's
Use of recycled oils n/a

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems n/a
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Where possible. Cooling storage in low temperature rooms
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities Where possible
Upgrading of building insulation At renovation
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) Where possible and useful
Installation of low-energy lighting Where possible. Motion switches at several place
Use of motion sensor lighting Yes
Transition to energy efficient appliances At new investments where possible and applicable
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Where possible and applicable
Educating staff and customers Yes

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 58%
Diesel 100%
Grid Electric 42% 100%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Grid Electric 100%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives n/a
Group transportation (e.g. buses) n/a
Secure cycle parking Separate facility for bikes
Promoting public transport routes and timetables n/a
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) Yes in order to come by bike
Staff showers n/a
Tax breaking incentives for cycling n/a
Promotion of walk to work campaigns n/a

Supply Chain

Beoefenen van de golfsport, zowel in recreatieve als in wedstrijdvorm.
Het aanbieden van drank en spijs aan de leden, alsmede het verzorgen van maaltijden.

Practice the golf sport, both in recreational and in competition form.
Offering drinks and food to members as well as providing meals

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Selection of suppliers is based on food quality (HACCP) and sustainability. Waste reduction is discussed with the suppliers at a regular based.Walking buffets are managed in order to reduce waste at when the buffet is finished.
Use of local suppliers Local suppliers are used for bread and meat. The wholesale supplier distributes from a regional distribution center at 25 km distance. Local beer supplier supplies special beer.
Use of local products Bread, meat and local produced beer (Amersfoort)
Selection of certified products All products are certified based on HACCP, ISO 9000
Use of recycled and recyclable products Some suppliers use deposit systems for packaging
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Reduction of packaging is discussed with suppliers at a regular base
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) n/a

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 4 3 1
Catering Supplies 1 1
Trade & Contractors 1 1
Maintenance Equipment 1 1
Course Supplies 4 4

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Computer system for moisture measurement,
Disease tolerant grasses are used based on experience of the greenkeepers
Managing stress and wear On a regular base by the greenkeeper
Enhancement of soil structure Soil organic matter content is measured on regular base
Optimization of the growing environment Visual inspection and based on experience of the greenkeepers
Managing surface moisture Based on computer based system
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Visual control by the greenkeepers
Scouting for pests and diseases Visual control by the greenkeepers
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Visual control by the greenkeepers

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Inorganic 126 126 126
Fairways - N - Inorganic 47 47 47
Greens - K - Inorganic 50 50 50
Greens - N - Inorganic 30 30 30
Greens - P - Inorganic 8 8 8
Rough - N - Inorganic 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 50 50 50
Tees - N - Inorganic 20 20 20
Tees - P - Inorganic 8 8 8

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

2016 2015 2014
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 1.5 1.5 1.5
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 2 2 2

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products In regular discussion with suppliers and based on information of the Dutch golf Association
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases In regular discussion with suppliers and based on information of the Dutch golf Association
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers yes
Calibration and testing of sprayers Regular, based on permits
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. We have practiced several applications of organic and biological products.

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 false false true
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 true false 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 Glas, paper and organic waste is stored in separate containers. Waste collector, collects separately and recycles material where possible
Establishment of recycling centers separate containers
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Not allowed based on legislation
Education of staff and customer education Staff is trained at a regular based

Pollution Control

De golfbaan is gelegen in een natuurgebied De Treek, dat hoge eisen stelt aan de omgeving

The golf course is located in a nature area De Treek. This location places high demands on the environment

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course N/A N/A
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer Yes
Wash Pad Via Oil Separator 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 false
Lubricants true false
Pesticide Containers true false
Fertiliser Bags true false
Oil Filters true false
Batteries true false

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 Fuel oil is stored in a double-walled container. Refueling is at a liquid proof floor.
All soil hazardous material are stored on liquid proof storage facilities, based on legislation (PGS 15)
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Maintenance of equipment is not at this location
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas n/a
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces n/a
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks Fuel oil is stored in a double-walled container. Refueling is at a liquid proof floor.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel yes, double-walled container
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Containment booms and absorbent materials are available in sufficient amounts

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 Storage in a liquid proof container
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Yes
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan Protocol for emergency spillage response plan is part of the toolbox for the greenkeepers
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge On a visual base
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Yes
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off n/a

Community

Er is een goede relatie met de omgeving. Jaarlijks wordt de eigenaar van Den Treek (de familie de Beaufort) uitgenodigd voor een gezamenlijk overleg en wordt de baan jaarlijks ter beschikking gesteld voor de golfwedstrijd van de familie.
Jaarlijks vinden de Amersfoortse Golfkampioenschappen plaats, waardoor veel niet-clubleden de vereniging bezoeken en kunnen genieten van de mooie baan.
Periodiek vinden wedstrijden op nationaal niveau plaats.
Er is regulier met fa. De Ridder, de onderneming die het onderhoud van de baan uitvoert.

There is a good relationship with the near area. Annually, the owner of Den Treek (the Beaufort family) is invited for joint consultation and the course is made available annually for the family golf match.
Every year the Amersfoort Golf Championships take place, so many non-club members visit the association and can enjoy the beautiful track.
Periodically, competitions take place at national level.
There is a regular relationship with fa. De Ridder, the company that runs the maintenance of the course

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

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

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

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

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Course maintenance group uses a toolbox with all activities. At the start of the season all activities are discussed and trained where necessary
Efficient water management at a regular base
Management of accidents and emergencies Emergency plan is available and trained at a regular base
Management of habitats and vegetation Yes, for the maintenance group of the golfcourse
Waste minimization, separation and recycling on a regular base
Health & Safety All equipment is trained at a regular base. At the start of the season the toolbox for maintenance equipment is used to train the employees
Energy Saving on a regular base
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage on a regular base by the nature committee (club members)
Environmental management planning by the nature management committee

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours We have contacts with our neighbors at a regular base
Local Government On a regular base and with special events.
Discussion about the maintenance of the nature on the course
Local Environmental Groups n/a
Local Community Groups n/a
Media Media reports about the Regional golf match, once per year and about the results of the competition teams
Local Businesses Based on relation with the sponsors
Schools & Colleges n/a

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths The course is free accessible for public
Creation of new paths and nature trails In consultation with the golf course architect and the local authorities
Installation of effective and welcoming signage yes, every one is welcome at the course
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) n/a
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) Bees have a special attention. Additional nectar flora is planted
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities n/a

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) n/a
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) n/a
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) n/a

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display By public and member website
Regular information from club management to members by email and newsletters
Members evenings and course walks yes, on a regular base.
Bridge evenings and golf rules for members
Course guides / brochures Course management booklet is available
Interpretation panels & course signage yes
Establishment of a nature trail Golf course is located in a nature area

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Website and press released at special events
Supporting campaigns During a regional golf contest (Amersfoortse Golf Kampioenschappen) and during National contest under responsibility of the Dutch Golf assocation