Nieuwegeinse Golfclub

GEO Certified® 11/2013 GEO Re-Certified 10/2016
Houten,
Netherlands
Telephone: +31(0)30 6042192
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The Nieuwegeinse Golf Club was founded in 1986 and has been playing on the current course since 2002. This 9-hole championship course is hemmed by the exits of the A27 motorway, the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, and the Heemstede castle estate. The driving range and 9-holes pars 3 are situated on a separate strip of land on the other side of the castle. This unique set-up means that the club deals with two different municipalities: Houten and Nieuwegein. The golf club’s influence sphere does not contain any Natura 2000 reserves or areas that are part…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Wedstrijdbaan (9 holes, 5490 metres, year opened 2002)
Oefenbaan (9 holes, 725 metres, year opened 2002)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Other

Nature

The Nieuwegeinse Golf Club was founded in 1986 and has been established since 2002 to the Heemsteedseweg in Houten. The area of 31.23 hectares is divided into two lots, although physically next to each other, but cadastral located in two municipalities. In the municipality Houten is the nine holes championship course and the clubhouse located. On the property located in the municipality of Nieuwegein is the 9-hole par 3 course and extensive practice facility.
The Nieuwegeinse consists of a variety of landscape. Each hole has given its own identity. There are botanical and ecologically valuable grasslands present. Solitary standing trees and planting areas with native tree species and fruit trees alternate. Beside that there are several ponds on site, partly with natural banks, some with a wooden pilin.

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
Aanvraag tot erkenning Committed to Green NLadviseurs 2007/10/01
Plant survey NLadviseurs 2015/09/01
Bird survey Golf club / Milieu Werkgroep Houten 2013/05/01
Swan survey Golf club / Mrs. Y. Witteveen
Mammal survey Golf club
Amphibian and reptilian survey Golf club / IVN
Butterfly survey Golf club / Mr. G.J. Roebers
pond damselfly and dragonfly survey Golf club / IVN
Fish survey Golf club
Mushroom survey Golf club / IVN

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

  • NLadviseurs
  • IVN Nieuwegein IJsselstein
  • Milieu Werkgroep Houten

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

Title Author Date View document
Plant survey NLadviseurs and goflclub 2015/07/01

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

Local name Scientific name
Boomvalk Falco Subbuteo
Bruine winterjuffer Sympecma fusca
Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
Bruine korenbout Libellula fulva
Bruinrode wespenorchis Epipactis atrorubens
Duifkruid Scabiosa columbaria
Driekantig Bies Schoenoplectus triqueter
Ekster Pica pica
Egel Erinaceus europeus
Gevlekte orchis Dactylorhiza maculata
Grauwe gors Miliaria calandra
Grote Vos Nymphalis polychloros
Groene Specht Picus viridis
Grote Stern Sterna sandvicensis
Grutto Limosa limosa
Gevlekte Orchis Dactylorhiza maculata
Grauwe vliegenvanger Muscicapa striata
Haas Lepus europeus
Huismus Passer domesticus
Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
IJsvogel Picapica
Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Kleine Pimpernel Sanguisorba minor
Kerkuil Tyto alba
Kramsvogel Turdus Pilaris
Korenbloem Centaurea cyanus
Klokjesgentiaan Gentiana cruciata
Kleine Plevier Charadrius dubius
Kartuizer anjer Dianthus carthusianorum
Koekoek Cuculus canorus
Konijn Oryctolagus cuniculus
Kleine watersalamander Lissotriton vulgaris
Levendbarende Hagedis Zootoca vivipara
Laurierwilg Salix pentandra
Metaalglanslibel Somatochlora metallica
Matkop Parus montanus
Oeverzwaluw Alcedo atthis
Ooievaar Riparia riparia
Patrijs Perdix perdix
Purperreiger Ardea purpurea
Pijlstaart Anas Acuta
Pimpelmees Alcedo atthis
Prachtanjer Dianthus superbus
Rietorchis Dactylorhiza majalis ssp. praetermissa
Ringmus Passer montanus
Ransuil Asio otus
Roek Corvus frugilegus
Slobeend Anas clypeata
Steenuil Athene noctua
Spotvogel Hippolais icterina
Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Velduil Asio flammeus
Visdief Sterna hirundo
Veldleeuwerik Alauda arvensis
Witte Krodde Thlaspi arvense
Watersnip Gallinago Gallinago
Wilde Marjolein Origanum vulgare
Wielewaal Oriolus oriolus

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 3,59 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 1,82 Self Appointed
Open Water Features 4,09 Self Appointed
drivingrange 1,44 Self Appointed
other, including all game ellements 20,29 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 0.9 Hectares Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 20%
Festuca rubra 60%
Tees 0.38 Hectares Festuca rubra 10%
Poa pratensis 70%
Fairways 4.1 Hectares Festuca rubra 30%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 40%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
These grasses are an optimal combination of playing quality and environment quality; they have little need of water and fertilizers

De gebruikte grassoorten zijn voor de Nieuwegeinse een optimale combinatie van spelkwaliteit en milieukwaliteit; deze grassen vereisen weinig water en bemesting.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 years

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

  • J De Ridder BV

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 course committee adheres to a course management plan that includes all daily operations, frequencies and goals. The manner of maintenance has been established in a contract. The contractor discusses further planning of details during regular meetings. A management plan on line was written by the club with cooperation of the green keeping. Relevant issues are addressed by several news items by the course committee to inform the club members.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Member support is sought by communicating about both the maintenance issues and the reasoning behind the choices being made. Members also seek direct contact with green-keeping or the commission if concerned about a specific situation like dry areas on the course.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces The choices for the design and maintenance of various elements are transparent and accessible to members. Regular publication via the website addresses issues that have given rise to concern. A request for intensified maintenance is often parried with the financial consequences.

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 The terrain furniture has been selected with care and is maintained accordingly.
Conservation of specimen trees The older, monumental trees on the golf course have been inventoried and are being caringly managed and maintained.

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 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.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation We work on creating dynamic borders of the habitats.

Er wordt gewerkt aan het creëren van dynamische leefmilieus aan de rand van habitats
Improving and diversifying habitat edges The banks of many water elements have been designed in an ecological manner. This means that their gentle banks allow for flora and fauna. The mowing policy has also been adjusted to this.
EMS In the EMS we insert our anual data about flora and fauna on the golfcourse

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 Natural and gentle banks have been realised in different locations in order to stimulate the flora and fauna in water and its banks.
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 A division has been made of intensive and extensive green in order to create a good balance between nature and the game of golf.
Herbaceous vegetation On several locations in the course, we sowed flower mixes to speed up the creation of a herbaceous vegetation. For butterflies and bees this is an important addition to the golfcourse.

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 Birdboxes have been placed at different locations on the course for different types of birds, such as falcons, owls and humming birds.
Control / management of alien species Non-native, exotic, 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.
Nesting location for the sand martin A special location for nests has been created in the steep banks of a water area to provide nestinglocation for the sand martin

Water

Water in this area can be divided into two sources: groundwater and surface water. These two sources are connected to each other and exchange between them takes place. Next follows a description of the present situation. The terrain is well-drained so that precipitation can stream into the groundwater or surface water. The water system of the surface water consists of one main waterway along the eastern edge with a summer level of 0.1 metre + NAP and a winter level of 0.1 metre – NAP. The ponds along the eastern edge of the golf course have the same levels. The central and western part of the golf course and driving range have a surface water level of 0.6 metre + NAP in the summer and 0.45 metre + NAP in the winter. Surface water is used for irrigation of the golf course.
During the renovation of hole 8, we have installed new pipelines of Thyleen. With this we can further adjust the range and reach of sprinklers, allowing to irrigate more efficiently and not wasting water.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Analysis certificate Eurofins 2015/09/25 Download

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

2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 965,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 8,017,000 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 917,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 5,105,000 Litres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 927,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 9,581,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees 2-3 days per week
Fairways Weekly
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

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 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 irrigation system is computer-driven so that the different elements can receive specific amounts of water, separate from each other.
Analysis of soil moisture A weather station is situated on the course which is closely watched.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data The waterusage for irrigation is determined by analysing wheather conditions, soil moisture and evaporation statistics.
Targeting of sprinkler heads The irrigation system is build up of sector sprinklers.
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.
Pipe lines of Thyleen We use new pipe lines of Thyleen, which allows us to optimise the area of irrigation

Nieuwe leidingen voor het verder optimaliseren van de beregeningsoppervlakte

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 showerheads are water-saving showerheads.
Repairing leaks Leaks are immediately fixed.

Energy

The golf course is largely dependent on the demands placed by government legislation with regard to its environmental-technological developments. The golf club, however, is proactive in researching and applying environmentally-friendly renovations to its accommodations. This concerns, for instance, energy-saving facilities, the use of FSC wood, recycling and carrying out sustainable management. The energy usage of the Nieuwegein Golf Club is monitored closely and data is inputted monthly in the registration system (EMS). The clubhouse is relatively new and energy-saving methods, such as light sensors and energy-saving bulbs, have been applied. The kitchen was recently completely renovated and refitted with new equipment.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 159641 154972 161927

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

2015 2014 2013
Diesel (Litres) 5535 4354 4599
Natural Gas (Litres) 21444 20570 23774
Petrol (Litres) 0 0 0

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Since 2012, we use green electricity. Since September 1, 2015 Nieuwegeinse Golf Club has an energy adviser: Energy Services. This advisor will ensure that green energy is delivered at the lowest price. This meant that we said goodbye to Green Choice. The new supplier is E.ON for both electricity and gas.
Energy Services has looked at the following issues through an energy scan:
• if we did not pay more than we actually consume
• Ensure that the correct gas and electricity meter is used
• Check that the contracted capacities are adjusted correctly
• Check for accuracy by the calculated energy
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol Fossil fuel is used for the smaller machinery, motorised saws and brush cutter.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles Golfcarts are electric grid powerd
* Petrol * Fuel consumption is not available due to filling at De Ridder Soesterberg. From 2016 it will be registered.

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

Activity Description
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration We only use gas in order to use the central heating with a cascade control system and the cooking units.
Upgrading of building insulation Modern insulation techniques were used during construction.
Installation of low-energy lighting Energy-saving lighting is attained through the use of as many energy-saving lamps and led-lamps as possible. We further want to research the possibilities to install LED fittings for the parking lot.
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 Energy labels are highly considered in the purchasing of new equipment.

Vehicles & Transport

This golf facility does not operate a maintenance fleet (ride-on mowers, walking mowers, or utility vehicles).

This golf facility does not operate any additional vehicles.

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

Activity Description
Staff showers Showers are available in the green-keepers shed.

Supply Chain

The basic principle driving policy at the Nieuwegein Golf Club is the sustainable maintenance and purchasing of materials. Green-keeping ensures structural maintenance of the machines in order to avoid unnecessary abrasion. When making large purchases and in carrying out reparations, products and materials are selected based on durability and origin. For example, the wooden parts of an engineered sheet and bridge are made of FSC-certified material and the contractor is ISO certified. Close attention is paid to the analysis of the quality of soil and grass in order to reduce the use of additives and to lessen the environmental impact of maintenance. Due to this structural management and maintenance approach, improvements are being worked on continuously.
A recently completed renovation project can be used as an example. The construction of a dam wall, timbering, furniture and bridges was carried out using certified materials. A long-term approach formed the point of departure for these renovations, namely, creating coherence within the landscape and taking cultural historical perspectives into account.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source By reducing the amount of packaging, buying local products and buying recycled products.
Use of local suppliers Local suppliers are used for the purchasing of various products.
Use of local products The restaurant uses as much local products as possible
Selection of certified products Purchasing places special attention to the certification of products.
Use of recycled and recyclable products The packaging of the products is recycled or can be recycled
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Almost all products are bought in volume packages
NGC and suppliers The restaurant, maintenance of the golfcourse etc. are all outsourced, so NGC has no suppliers of its own, except for office items.

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 7 1 6
Trade & Contractors 1 1
Maintenance Equipment 24 2 22
Course Supplies 3 3

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 the quality manager who also advises on the amount of thatch and the policy to reduce this.
Managing surface moisture Soil moisture is regularly measured.
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.

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Organic 45 24 26
Fairways - N - Organic 96 51 101
Fairways - P - Organic 21 11 12
Greens - K - Organic 194 188 169
Greens - N - Organic 128 112 123
Greens - P - Organic 11 11 22
Tees - K - Organic 163 109 149
Tees - N - Organic 152 131 152
Tees - P - Organic 27 50 27

Pesticide has not been used at this golf facility in the last three years.

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products Least toxic products are selected for use
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.
Non-chemical weed control Spot treatment is done by removing unwanted plants on greens, tees and fairways by hand.
Used pesticides The following pesticides are the practice facilities, par 3 course and use the main course:

2013 2014 2015
Roundup 5,0 liter 4,0 liter 1,5 liter
AA-mix 24 liter 25 liter 12 liter
Signum 3,0 kg 3,0 kg 0 kg
Chipco Green 15 liter 0 liter 20 liter

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 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 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 Both staff and members are informed of how to proceed with waste removal.

Pollution Control

The required storage cabinets and leak collector fullfill the conditions repuired by the environmental la wand are in a good state. They are yearly checked. Grease left-overs, empty barrels and motor-oil are stored in a special container and removed from the terrain by a special trashcollector.
To protect the soil and groudnwater, the greenkeeper shed has a liquid proof floor, which is checked yearly. To prevent oil and lubricants to flow with the waste water into the main sewers, the wash pads have a oil-seperator. All these objects are checked regularly and repaired when needed.
Yearly monitoring of the quality of surface water and soil is carried out. A planning has been made of the usage of pesticides and fertilisers, and is duly registered. Furthermore, hazardous materials are registered and stored safely.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Detention Pond Yes
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 false false
Cooking Oils true true
Lubricants false false
Pesticide Containers true false
Fertiliser Bags true false
Oil Filters false false
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 Dangerous substances are stored in a certified cabinet.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas All machine maintenance is done by the contractor. Small maintenance is conducted on a fluid-sealed floor on the Golf Course. Large maintenance is centrally arranged by the contractor.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Pesticides are mixed in covered areas.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Fertilisers are mixed on a fluid-sealed floor.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks The fuel tank meets all criteria and is periodically checked.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel The drip container of the fuel tank meets all legislative criteria and is large enough.
Hazardous Materials Detergents, lubricants, pesticide Containers, fertiliser bags and oilfilters are removed by De Ridder.

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 pesticide-free zones No-spray zones have been determined across the entire terrain.

Community

The success of sustainable golf course management is partly dependent on the level of commitment by club members. Various media have been created to arouse member interest. Besides member commitment, extra efforts have been put into creating good relations with neighbouring property owners, the local municipality and the province. Especially in an area comprised of so many different functionalities, it is important that people view the golf course as an added value to the environment. Members and visitors are informed through the use of the different media, such as the club newsletter, website and digital information board, and signposting on the course.
Green-keeping places special attention to expanding knowledge by taking courses, networking with other golf courses in the area and asking for advice from external parties.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 3
Food & Beverage 3 2
Golf Coaching 2

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

  • Committee Members

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Employees are informed about the use, the storage and disposal of chemicals and pesticedes.
Management of accidents and emergencies Staff is trained in health and safety issues
Management of habitats and vegetation An enviromental plan is made, and is used a guide in the daily maintenace.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Staff is informed and in efficiency and waste management.
Health & Safety Staff is trained in health and safety issues
Environmental management planning An enviromental plan is made, and is used a guide in the daily maintenace.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Local Government Gemeente Houten, Provincie Utrecht, Recreatieschap and Waterschap
Local Environmental Groups Some serveys are done by local enviromental groups.
Media TVUtrecht, Radio M, local press
Schools & Colleges Kampong Utrecht

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.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Information- and warning signs are placed at the entrance of the terrain.

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

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage:

  • NLadviseurs

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

Activity Description
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) Research on the old fruit trees at hole 8
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) Historic agricultural landscape, and elements.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display There is an notice board in the clubhouse that provides information about flora and fauna.
Members evenings and course walks Members evenings and course walks are held, for example the national birdwaching day.
Interpretation panels & course signage Interpretation panels are present. In the clubhouse and on the golfcourse.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures On the website there is a special section, that contains information about the enviroment on the golfcourse. There is a standart article in the club magazine about nature.
Course walks / open days Members evenings and course walks are held, for example the national birdwaching day.
Course walk On the golfcourse there is a hiking trail that is used by many hikers to walk across the coutryside. Recently the route signs have been changed.