Belas Clube De Campo

GEO Certified 02/2011 GEO Re-Certified 04/2014
Belas,
Portugal
Telephone: +351219626660
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The Belas Clube de Campo is a residential golf complex with an 18-hole golf course, designed by William “Rocky” Roquemore in 1998. The golf course, 18 holes of 6,380 metres in length, par 72, is a “Championship Golf Course” incorporating an excellent layout with fairways and greens situated in deep valleys providing exceptional views of the local landscape.

The maintenance and operational levels are subject to strict environmental control. Planbelas (golf course Management Company) keeps a Quality and Environment Integrated Management Syst…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Belas Clube de Campo (18 holes, 6109 metres, year opened 1997)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Other
1 Other

Nature

The golf course is part of a mountain area with little urban occupation, that was composed of dense scrub and few areas of woodland, with some small water lines. Currently there are more trees that were planted in the area of the golf course and its surroundings. The dominant feature of the landscape has changed from the undergrowth to a more wooded landscape.

The golf course is in a valley, with open views. At certain points of the golf course, it is possible to visualize almost the entire course.

In this area still face a variety of fauna and flora, due to low urban occupancy. The golf course is part of a region of the outskirts of Lisbon, close to a typical rural village. In this region remain rural activities and festivities very old and typical. The lifestyle of people in the region, although modern, has some aspects associated with rural and genuine areas.

Belas Clube de Campo has the following key objectives for maximizing its ecological value: Maintain the areas that are not occupied by constructions; give conditions for animals and plants for a healthy development; increasing the number of nests for birds; involve community residents in the area of the golf course in matters of nature.

Awareness through Belas Clube de Campo Newsletter and press releases.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Associação de Defesa do património de Sintra (ADPS)

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

Title Author Date View document
Landscape - Environmental impact Assessment IPA 1993/11/25
Landscape Assessment - Environmental impact Assessment IPA 1997/11/25

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

  • Confederação Portuguesa das Associações de Defesa do Ambiente
  • Laboratório Nacional de Investigação Veterinária (LNIV)

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

Title Author Date View document
Botanical survey Mãe d'Água Company (Dr. Renato Neves) 2002/02/11
Birds Mãe d'Água Company (Dr. Renato Neves) 2002/02/11
Mammals Mãe d'Água Company (Dr. Renato Neves) 2002/02/11
Invertebrates Mãe d'Água Company (Dr. Renato Neves) 2002/02/11
Amphibians Mãe d'Água Company (Dr. Renato Neves) 2002/02/11

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

Local name Scientific name
Garça Cinzenta Ardea cinerea
Águia-de-asa-redonda Buteo buteo
Perdiz-vermelha Alectoris rufa
Raposa Vulpes vulpes
Texugo Meles meles
Cobra-de-ferradura Coluber hippocrepis
Cobra-rateira Malpolon monspessulanus

This golf facility does not monitor any species as indicators of environmental quality.

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility does not feature any landscape designations.

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 2 None
Scrub Vegetation 10 None
Non Native Plantation Woodland 5 None
Wetlands 2 None
Open Water Features 2 None
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 2 None

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 stolonifera / palustris 100%
Tees 1.0 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 100%
Fairways 12.5 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 100%
Semi Rough 2.0 Hectares Lolium perenne 50%
Poa pratensis 50%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
The grass was chosen according to the maximum water efficiency for the region's golf course. Cultural practices are selected according to the needs of the grass and avoiding the use of chemicals.
The type of grass was also chosen taking into account the quality of play and visual appearance, remaining green throughout the year.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 6 months

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

  • APG - Associação Portuguesa de GreenKeepers

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 grass characteristics are regularly set by the Administration and Golf Department. All procedures for irrigation, fertilization, cutting heights and application of chemicals are documented in the Procedures Manual, available to all employees.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough The different types of the golf course grass are kept in a sustained manner, using lower levels of maintenance trying to make it more naturalized such as replacing the application of chemicals for farming operations while maintaining quality.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Are regularly presented to top management the economic benefits of maintaining a sustainable turf, including the reduction of costs in fertilizers, chemicals, fuels, among others.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Players are aware of this type of maintenance through the golf reception and the newsletter of Belas Clube de Campo and daily we demonstrate that the quality levels are maintained.

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 certain periods of the year, the grass may not have the desired color from the viewpoint of the player, for reasons of minimizing maintenance, the chemical application or the irrigation.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Any signage and furniture from the golf course is very discreet and appropriate for the area where it is. The furniture is mostly made up of wood.
Conservation of specimen trees All trees and vegetation of the golf course is protected and the species planted are indigenous.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features In the entire area of the golf course, we avoid the execution of heavy construction.

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 Just playing areas of the golf course has grass. The remaining areas consist of vegetation of the region.
Increasing the size of habitat patches All areas of natural vegetation are kept intact in order to promote the species' habitat. For example, the vegetation is not cut around the lakes to keep the nesting areas of birds.
Connection of internal habitat patches The patches of habitat within the golf course are linked together, with no roads or break between the habits that prevent species from moving freely.
Connection of patches with external habitats The golf course has no fence around its perimeter. The golf course is tottaly linked with the surrounding forest areas.
Creation of habitat corridors There are corridores betwwen all the habitat patches.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation All sensitive areas of habitat are left intact and are not the target of any intervention, preventing its destruction or fragmentation.

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

Activity Description
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation The management of the golf course has the perfect idea of the importance of the original scrub vegetation and these areas were maintained during the construction of the golf course and are currently held in their exploration phase
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation The aquatic vegetation existing in the four lakes and the main water line to the golf course is managed so that there is an equilibrium between its utility and maintenance of water quality

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 Vegetation areas are kept in nesting areas and are planted various species of flowers that help pollination by insects.
Installation of nest boxes Were installed in two lakes of the golf course artificial islands for nesting avifauna and 20 nests were installed in the trees of the golf course for the birds.
Provision of feeding tables Devices have been installed on the golf course with food to feed the partridges, and other birds.
Control / management of alien species All invasive species are controlled, as well as animals that call into question the balance of the ecosystem, such as wild dogs.
Protection of vegetation for nesting Dense vegetation is maintained in areas of lakes and other areas in order to provide shelter and food to animals.
Protection of the area as non-hunting Whole golf course area and surrounding territory that belongs to the company were classified as non-hunting area. There is a surveillance of the security company in the entire area surrounding the golf course, avoiding the occurrence of hunting

Water

The golf course is supplied with water from 5 bore holes to capture groundwater. They supply the 4 lakes, which serve as reservoir. The wells are licensed and quantities of water extracted, are declared to the authorities, in accordance with the Portuguese law. The level of groundwater wells are monitored monthly, demonstrating that the values remain stable over the past years.

The golf course is designed to take advantage of the water runoff and seepage from irrigation and precipitation, ie, all the water runoff is diverted to the lakes and re-use in irrigation of golf. This allows a high rate of water reuse.

Analyses are made to water, showing its good quality for irrigation. The irrigation system is fully computerized, allowing for efficient programming, according to meteorological records of existing weather station.
We use the best practices in irrigation, such as a direct observation of the dry areas of the field, which allows a local irrigation, instead of a global irrigation. All employees involved in water management are receiving training on these issues

The golf course has an employee whose function is exclusively dedicated to irrigation, allowing for optimization of water consumption. All years are set objectives and targets to reduce water consumption, based on all measurements of consumption. These measurements are taken monthly and counters are installed in all sectors of the golf.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Prospecção e Captação de ÁGua Subterrânea Para o Belas Clube de Campo Augusto Marques da Costa 1995/11/26 Download
Avaliação das Necessidades da Rega do Campo de Golfe Daniel Ribeiro 2010/11/26 Download

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

2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 868,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 56% 279,948,992 Litres
Surface 44%
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 778,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 100% 369,000 Litres
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 852,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 82% 260,670,000 Litres
Surface 18%
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 657,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 100% 566,000 Litres
2011 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 965,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 96% 278,724,000 Litres
Surface 4%
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 704,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 100% 694,000 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
Other Daily in season

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 2 years

Upgraded every 5 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species The grass species selected is suitable for the golf course climate region. The selected species are indigenous, but were improved in college, to be more resistant. It is noted that the golf course is not watered for 3 or 4 months of the year.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Various operations are performed during the year to decompact the soil. We held an annual scarification to combat thatch and aeration of fairways and greens, tees and fairways.
Scarification is also conducted on the greens has needed.
Timing and dose of water application The irrigation system is computerized, where you can set the watering times as well as the amount of water applied. The watering is done at night and only once a day during the Summer.
The percentage of irrigation is defined according to the weather conditions.
Analysis of soil moisture To check soil moisture, only takes a daily visual inspection, performed by the employee responsible for watering the golf course.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data The golf course has a weather station with all the atmospheric data, such as temperature, precipitation, wind speed and direction, humidity, solar radiation, evapotranspiration, ... that are used in setting the daily watering
Use of wetting agents Yes, starting in the Spring, wetting agents are applied, especially on the greens. Occasionally we also apply wetting agents in the fairways
Targeting of sprinkler heads Yes, the direction of spriklers and its target is evaluated daily by visual inspection. Thus, regularly we replace full-circle sprinklers for half-circle sprinklers, to avoid irrigate unnecessary areas.
Optimizing system pressure Yes, the system pressure is optimized for the amount of water needed to irrigate the entire area of the golf course. There is an electronically controll in the \"Pump House\" that keeps constant pressure at 8 kg's/cm2.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Yes, we use cutting edge technology to irrigate the golf course, because the sprinklers are golf sprinklers (Rainbird, eagle series, 900/950, 700/750...).

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets All urinals and toilets in the bathrooms both for users of the golf course and employees are low-flow urinols.
Use of water efficient appliances All taps have a flow-reduction system and sensors for use.
Use of efficient shower technology In showers of golfers and our employees have been installed flow reducers.
Repairing leaks One of the daily functions of an employee of the golf course is the assessment, detection and repair of leaks.
Water awareness signage No signs for water saving, but in everyday life and in training, all employees are aware of water saving.

Energy

In the golf course, the primary energy used is electricity for pumping water from boreholes, for irrigation, for Maintenance, Clubhouse (shop, restaurant and reception), buggies and other administrative facilities. Natural gas is also used in the restaurant kitchen and water heating. The equipment maintenance, such as vehicles and mowing machines are fueled with gasoline and diesel. We also installed two photovoltaic units, whose energy is sold to the electricity company and injected in the grid electric. The Maintenance Building and Clubhouse has also solar thermal panels for water heating for showers.

Energy management is performed in a manner appropriate for the purpose of energy efficiency. Every year, we set objectives and targets to reduce energy consumption, based on all measurements of consumption. These measurements are taken monthly and internal counters are installed in all sectors of the golf.

In 2010 we carried out a study calculating the carbon footprint of the golf course, done by a specialist company.

Both buildings on the golf course, the Maintenance and Clubhouse are energy certified in accordance with current legislation. We have signed a protocol with the Municipal Energy Agency of Sintra, in support for energy efficiency issues

Belas Clube de Campo has the following key objectives for reducing energy use and moving towards cleaner and renewable energy supplies: optimize energy consumption; find new cleaner energy solutions; awareness of all stakeholders in energy consumption.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Energy Audit - Análise dos terifários dos contratos de fornecimento de Emergia eléctrica no Belas Clube de Campo Agência Municipal de Energia de Sintra 2009/03/13 Download
Energy Audit - Análise de tarifas, potências e consumos de energia eléctrica AREAL 2010/11/25 Download
Energy Audit Home Energy 2010/11/25

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2013 2012 2011
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 471
On-site Solar (kWh) 11129 11609 11704

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

2013 2012 2011
Diesel (Litres) 8028 8110 8643
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 66 93 27
Natural Gas (Litres) 1489 1220 1614
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 526198 681020 678639
Petrol (Litres) 5110 6495 7021

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Only after 2010, the Portuguese Electricity Company (EDP) provides the percentage of electricity generation that comes from renewables energies, which will be around 26%.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels We installed two photovoltaic units, whose energy is sold to the electricity company and injected in the electric netwaork. The Maintenance Building and Clubhouse has also solar thermal panels for water heating for showers.
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol The used food oil from Belas Clube de Campo is collected and sent to the production of biodiesel for use in municipal vehicles.
Golf Maintenance Machines and vehicles use 10% mix of biodiesel since May 2013
Use of electric hybrid vehicles All buggies for golf players are electric.
We purchased two hybrid cars from Honda brand to employees of Golf.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems The air conditioners installed recently have inverter technology and we give priority to equipment with a high level of COP and EER.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities All the rooms of the facilities of the golf course have windows fully open, whose users are sensitized to open regularly.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) In the Maintenance Building, sunlight pipes were installed in inside areas and all offices have access to natural light, as they have windows.
Installation of low-energy lighting All lamps of the facilities of the golf course were replaced with low energy bulbs, including some lighting with LEDs.
Use of motion sensor lighting Installation of lighting sensors in some sections of our Administrative facilities and WC's.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Yes, the goals and targets for the golf course are set annually to improve the equipment and its energy efficiency such as lamps, sensors, lamps for lighting area, etc. ...
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Yes, some of the equipment have timers so as to regulate the supply of energy, such as in air conditioning, the load of buggies, the lighting of the driving range, among others.
Educating staff and customers All employees are aware of the issues of energy efficiency in annual various training courses.
Refurbishment of electrical switchboards All electric panels were refurbished and correctly identified all electrical installation, to allow a more user-friendly to all, ensuring a proper management of consumption.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 18% 80% 86%
Diesel 82%
Grid Electric 20% 14%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Grid Electric 100%
Hybrid 100%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives Yes, indications are given to all employees and customers of Belas Clube de Campo to car sharing.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) Yes, it was created two shuttle services of Belas Clube de Campo. One of the shuttles is the link between the golf course and the nearest subway station. The second bus was created to transport the employees of Belas Clube de campo for their homes.
Secure cycle parking In the Belas Clube de Campo there are bike paths throughout the resort and there are several parking facilities for bicycles.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables Besides the shuttles mentioned, the golf course is served by public transport, particularly by the region's bus company, which has several links to the course. Shelters were constructed at bus stops and timetables are easily available to everyone.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) Yes, all employees of the golf course have the option of using lockers or places to store their equipment.
Staff showers Yes, in both buildings of the golf course, there are changing rooms and showers for all employees who want to use.
Promotion of walk to work campaigns All employees are aware of to do on foot, all travels within the Belas Clube de Campo.

Supply Chain

The golf course gives much importance to the environmental awareness of their suppliers and carry out an effective evaluation and selection of all of them.

Belas Clube de Campo informs all suppliers of its environmental preferences: we sent to all providers the Golf Course Quality and Environment Policy and environmental requirements are communicated, when necessary; they are also informed that it is performed a selection of suppliers, where the environmental requirements are included.

The control of pests and diseases through the application of plant protection is only used curative rather than preventive mode. These products are applied only when the grass does not fight the disease in a natural way.
The golf course has clearly defined who is responsible for deciding the application of chemicals, which are prepared and implemented by staff with expertise and training for this action.

All waste produced in the golf course and other facilities envolver is managed according to the correct environmental procedures and the legislation. Waste is storage according to all safety and environmental issues and only authorized companies are allowed to collect, manage it and send it to authorized destinations. All the documents envolved in this process are issued and we keep all registers. All the waste data are organized and studied, allowing to manage them according to their production and their behaviour every year. Waste total numbers are declared to the authorities every year, according to the Portuguese legislation. Each year is given training in waste management to all employees.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Use of local suppliers In selecting suppliers, one of the most important issue and part of the written selection procedure of new suppliers is to choose local suppliers. We try to make all purchases from suppliers located as close to the golf course.
Use of local products When buying products and materials for the golf course, we try as far as possible to purchase local materials.
Selection of certified products In the evaluation and selection of suppliers and products, we choose whenever possible certified products either by product, or because the suppliers have Quality and Environment Management Systems.
Use of recycled and recyclable products Yes, we always opt for recycled or recyclable materials such as paper, ink, wood for the course, among others
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Yes, a supplier accredited by ISO Rules is a factor we consider in all hiring and is part of the evaluation process and selection of suppliers.

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
Catering Supplies 1
Trade & Contractors 10 4 2
Maintenance Equipment 20 10 6
Course Supplies 52 31 17

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Yes, the dominant species of grass Lollium we use on the golf course is very disease resistant.
Managing stress and wear Yes. Players and buggies are regularly directed away from high traffic areas to minimize wear.
Enhancement of soil structure Greens are Hollow Cored - once per year.
Fairways are deep scarified and top dressed 1/year, problematic areas in fairways will be Hollow cored 1/year
Optimization of the growing environment For the growth of grass, try to give all the necessary conditions, namely adequate topsoil, fertilization necessary, among others.
Managing thatch levels Greens are light scarified and topdressed 2x/month.
Tees are scarified 3x/year
Fairways are deep scarified 1x/year
Managing surface moisture In the morning when the greens are moist, they are cut or pass with a brush to remove surface water.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Yes, limits are set for pest and diseases. For example, chemicals to the thatch are applied only in greens. In all the course, pesticides are used only in a healing and not preventive way, ie, ultimately.
Scouting for pests and diseases The Greenkeeper or his assistant conduct a visual inspection daily, trying to detect pests and diseases.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Daily visual inspection.

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

2013 2012 2011
Fairways - K - Inorganic 294 153 138
Fairways - K - Organic 28
Fairways - N - Inorganic 118 79 294
Fairways - N - Organic 47
Fairways - P - Inorganic 36 33 67
Fairways - P - Organic 12
Greens - K - Inorganic 249 689 64
Greens - K - Organic 22
Greens - N - Inorganic 179 387 155
Greens - N - Organic 15
Greens - P - Inorganic 77 157 33
Greens - P - Organic 6
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 131 68 43
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 53 35 94
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 16 15 21
Tees - K - Inorganic 537 139 88
Tees - N - Inorganic 256 72 175
Tees - P - Inorganic 109 31 40
Total Fertilizer Use - Inorganic 13554 10016 15711
Total Fertilizer Use - Organic 280 3276

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

2013 2012 2011
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 37.5 52 15
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 3 2
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 36
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 3
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 90 78 74
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 18 14 9
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 30 15 4
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 2 1
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 24 24 24
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 3 3 4
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 12
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 8.5
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 8.5 9 3
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 2 1 1

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products Low Toxicity, Persistence, Solubility and High Specificity (targeting only problem organisms)
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases The products to be applied are chosen according to the cause of disease or pest. The decision is made by the Greenkeeper, which has expertise and training. The amounts used are also appropriate, in accordance with labeling and product specificities.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Twice a year, sprayers are checked and calibrated. It is a test performed on an acre of grass and then tune up the nozzles of the equipment.
Non-chemical weed control Manual and physical control of weeds is frequent and prefered to Chemical control of weeds.

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 true false false
Cores & Turf true true false false
Sand true false 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 All waste produced on the golf course are separated according to their nature. There are receptacles for all kinds of waste at all facilities, all employees and customers are encouraged to separate waste and quantities are recorded.
Establishment of recycling centers We have established several recycling centers, where they are stored recyclable waste produced on the golf course. The waste is stored at the Maintenance building, where they are transported to the Belas Clube de Campo \"Waste Central\". Grass clippings are collected and transported to the Composting Central, where they are transformed into compost and used in the Belas Clube de Campo green areas.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways The clippins from the roughs are left where it was cut.
Education of staff and customer education All users of the golf course as well as employees are aware of proper waste management, through the Golf Course Newsletter, the bulletin board, among other means. Employees are also subject to specific training in waste management.
Waste awareness campaigns In the Belas Clube de Campo homepage, as well as in the newsletter, everyone is aware of proper waste management. Also every day, our employees sensitize customers.

Pollution Control

According to the environmental policy of the André Jordan Group, to which it belongs Belas Clube de Campo, the golf course was designed from scratch and built to minimize environmental impacts, both during the construction phase, either during the operation. The golf course has undergone an Environmental Impact Assessement in accordance with current legislation and the whole construction was tightly monitorized by a team of specialist in environmental issues. The different features of the golf course were defined at the outset to take a low environmental impact, such as the design of the golf course allow any use of water runoff into lakes and then for irrigation. The most important measure for a proper environmental management of the golf course was the decision to implement since the beginning of the operation phase, an Environmental Management System certified by ISO 14001, which was certified in 1999. More recently, in 2007 was also obtained certification under ISO 9001 quality Norm.

For an effective environmental management of the golf course, have been identified all environmental aspects of the business and is for those who are defined Objectives and Goals of Management, after a proper assessment of its environmental impact.

Aspects such as consumption and water quality, the use of chemicals and fertilizers, waste production and risk issues are those for which there is a management and strict control, for which monitoring is of utmost importance.For all these aspects, various measures have been defined in recent years, always with the aim of minimizing their impact on the environment. For this success, it is also very important to an effective training plan for all employees of the golf course.

Another key aspect to a rigorous environmental management is the identification and compliance with all existing environmental legislation. Thus, there are written procedures for effective identification and compliance.

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 Irrigation Reservoir 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 true
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 hazardous waste is stored safely in specific marked containers, existing detention basin when necessary. That waste is stored in locations with tight coverage and their access to strangers.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas The maintenance of all equipment from the golf course is conducted in the \"garage\" of Belas Clube de Campo, in a covered, impervious surface and with all the necessary safety.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas All mixtures of chemicals are performed in the maintenece area by skilled employees, in an covered area.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces All mixtures of chemicals are performed in the maintenece area by skilled employees, over a impervious surface, using all safety measures required.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials We have all the necessary equipment to fight the spillage of chemicals or fuels, such as absorbent material, protective equipment and containers for storage of waste produced.

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 Yes, all the turf inputs, such as irrigation or the application of fertilizers and chemicals is done under optimal conditions in order to avoid unnecessary runoff, as defined in twritten he procedures that all employees know.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Yes, around the four lakes and the main water line to the golf course is set up a line of vegetation, which serves as a barrier to seepage of hazardous materials into the bodies of water.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan Yes, Belas Clube de Campo has an Environmental Emergency Plan, which addresses the situation of the spillage and which defines the procedures to be performed, as well as those responsible for intervention.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge Erosion is controlled by the existence and maintenance of dense vegetation in areas of greatest slope or more sensitive to this aspect. To prevent discharge of sediment, for example in lakes, there are boxes of decanting before arrival at the lakes.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones No spray zones are present around all water features and ecological areas.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off Yes, allover the golf course there are areas of swales that slow the velocity of water in the event of excessive rainfall.

Community

Belas Clube de Campo considers the relationship with stakeholders such as customers, suppliers, employees and surrounding communities as one of the most important aspects of its performance and its day to day. Later this year will be published the first sustainability report of Belas Clube de Campo, which demonstrates the company's commitment to communities and society in general. The golf course took part in numerous activities and provides support to various institutions and local communities as part of social responsibility, such as the local Scouts, Parish, Firefighters, ...

The promotion of local employment is one of the objectives pursued, because most of the employees of the golf course lives in the region.

Moreover, the activity of golf supports many other local activities and increases the indirect local employment, as suppliers, shops and restaurants, among others.

The developers of the golf course has all the conditions necessary for the performance of their duties, and other additional benefits such as canteen, transportation, lunch subsidy, implementation of actions and events for employees and their families, uniforms, health insurance , check-ups to regular health care, vaccination, water and fruit available all day, among many others.

To ensure the necessary skills to their jobs and enrich their skills, the Employees of Belas Clube de Campo receive the Following formal and informal environmental education: pesticide storage, application and disposal; efficient water management; emergencies / accident management; habitat and vegetation management;
waste minimisation, separation and recycling; health and safety; energy; landscape and cultural heritage issues; environmental management planning, ... And the golf course keeps formal staff training records for all departments.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 2
Course Management 10
Food & Beverage 7
Golf Coaching 1
Retail & Leisure 3
Caddies 3

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

  • Owner
  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Technical Specialist

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Those responsible for application of pesticides on the golf course are formally appointed and they have received specific training for this job. Also in the training sessions provided internally, we focus on aspects related to pesticide application.
Efficient water management The main responsibles for water management of the golf course as well as all employees are aware and trained to a rational use of water in regular training, in addition to an effective awareness daily.
Management of accidents and emergencies There is an Environmental Emergency Plan, under which training is given to all employees on the main emergency scenarios that may occur. In addition, training is given in use of fire extinguishers and emergency drills are conducted with the local fire department.
Management of habitats and vegetation There is annual training of employees of the golf course on questions of nature and fauna and flora. Furthermore they are aware on a daily basis for the importance of nature.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling In addition to the daily awareness and a recurring theme in the regular environmental training, each year is given a specific training for the management of waste generated by the golf course for all staff.
Health & Safety All employees have had specific training in safety and health at work, appropriate to the risks of the functions performed by each.
Energy Saving In addition to the daily awareness and a recurring theme in the regular environmental training, were given some specific training in energy efficiency in the the golf course for all staff.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage These issues are addressed in the regular training environment that are given to all employees.
Environmental management planning Each year is given a general training course on the Environmental and Quality Management System of Belas Clube de Campo and the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 recognition.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours The golf course has a great relationship with the residents of the resort where it operates and the surrounding communities, both in terms of facilities to be members of golf, as in participation in various events or and improvements in their villages.
Local Government A good understanding of the golf course with the local and regional government is expressed through the support in the numerous actions, participation in the improvements made in the region or supporting the local institutions (ex: Renewable Energy Atelier).
Local Environmental Groups The environmental information of the golf course is sent to environmental organizations, we are open to visitors and the example of the environmental management of golf was already included in material published by these organizations (ex: GEOTA).
Local Community Groups The golf course is supporting several local community groups such as Belas firefighters, the parish church, the Scouts, protection of heritage associations, surrounding villages neighborhood associations, among others.
Media The golf course shares with the local and regional press all the environmental activities undertaken, which are published regularly with great emphasis. Often it is the press who contacts us and asks us for a visit to publish reports on environmental issues.
Local Businesses The golf course supports local business by making purchases at local shops, use of suppliers and services in the region and signing agreements of cooperation and dissemination of local businesses to residents and employees of the Belas Clube de Campo.
Schools & Colleges The golf course is always open to visits from schools and students, and participation in work, masters, Phd's, among others. Belas Clube de Campo also has a workshop on Renewable Energy, which is open to visits by students from the region of Sintra.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths All existing public roads prior to construction of the golf course were kept.
Creation of new paths and nature trails A total of 5 Km of cycle and pedestrian paths were build, that interconect the local resident comunity
Installation of effective and welcoming signage All facilities of the golf course, as the reception and restaurant are open to the public, are well marked and the golf course do not forbid visits to persons who are not golfers.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) The clubhouse of the golf course is open to other events other than golf, such as business meetings, birthdays and seminars. Also the surrounds of the golf course are available for activities such as walkings, scouts camping, mountain bike, paintball and more.

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

Title Author Date View document
Archaeological Assessment - Environmental Impact Assessment IPA 1993/11/25
Archaeological Assessment - Environmental Impact Assessment IPA 1997/11/25

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
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) In the area of the golf course there is no archaeological sites, but in the surrounding lands are some findings that are adequately protected by the company that owns the golf course.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display In the Belas Clube de Campo Nesletter, are regularly published news and articles on environmental management of the golf course. In the clubhouse there is a Notice Board exclusively for the Environment which established issues related to environmental management.
Members evenings and course walks Walks are promoted on the land surrounding the golf course, which also belong to Belas Clube de Campo.
Participation in environmental management Sometimes customers are requested to participate in defining the objectives and goals of the Golf Course.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures All information on the environmental management of the golf course is available and is updated regularly on the site of Belas Clube de Campo. Press releases are also held, where the action is justified.
Joint practical projects with community Collection of food oils, replacement bulbs for energy-saving lamps from residents of Belas Clube de Campo, Incentives for installation of renewable energy units in homes of the Belas Clube de Campo.