Heemskerkse Golfclub

GEO Certified® 02/2014 GEO Re-Certified 10/2017
Heemskerk,
Netherlands
Telephone: +31(0)251 250088
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Introduction:
This report uses the basic information that was provided in the 2013 audit. The emphasis here is on the developments of the last three years and the improvements in GEO theme areas, measured on basis of the continual improvement recommendations that were made in 2013. The 2013 and 2017 reports should be read together and cannot be properly used independently.

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Since being expanded with 9 par-3 holes in 2010, the Heemskerkse Golf Club (est. 1997) offers players a ‘meadow loop’, a ‘park loop’ and a ‘polder loop.’ The g…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
De Noorderbuitendijken (18 holes, 6000 metres, year opened 2004)
Par 3 Baan (9 holes, 1800 metres, year opened 2003)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities

Nature

The Heemskerkse Golf Club is situated in the polder, Noorderbuitendijken, which was reclaimed from ‘De Kil’, the northwest part of the former "The IJ". Approximately 150 wild plant species were observed between 2004 and 2006, not including tree or bush types. Few of the species observed are rare, especially in the damp and wet biotopes. As a result of the course being situated along a bird migration route, 90 bird species have been observed. This included summer birds and as well as non-summer birds, such as migratory birds. The observations are a result of the ‘bird watching-‘days during the midst of May that have been taking place since 2003. The summer birds were researched in 2006 and 50 types have been ascertained, including those found along the edges of the terrain (part grassland and dikes).

De golfbaan ligt in de polder Noorderbuitendijken, die is ontstaan door indijking en drooglegging van De Kil, het noordwestelijk deel van het voormalige IJe. Het totaal aantal aangetroffen wilde plantensoorten over de jaren 2004 t/m 2006 bedraagt ca. 150, waarbij de boom- en struiksoorten niet zijn meegenomen. Het aantal bijzondere soorten is beperkt, voornamelijk in de vochtige tot natte biotopen. Het betreft voornamelijk broedvogels en een deel niet-broedvogels, waaronder trekvogels. Het totaal aantal waargenomen vogelsoorten ligt rond de 90, hetgeen blijkt uit de \"birdwatching\"-dagen die vanaf 2003 jaarlijks worden gehouden, rond half mei. De broedvogels zijn in 2006 onderzocht en dat zijn ca.50 soorten, waarbij de grensgebieden zijn meegerekend (deel graslanden en liniedijken).

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Toplevel innovative management
  • NLAdviseurs

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

Title Author Date View document
Golfbaan ontwerp Gerard Jol 1995/11/02
ecologisch onderzoek Dhr. Fabritius 2012/11/01 Download
Gebiedsscan NLadviseurs 2010/11/02
V.A.G. Lambert Veenstra

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding ecosystem protection and enhancement.

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

Title Author Date View document
Planten Dhr. Fabritius 2012/11/01
Vogels Dhr. Fabritius 2012/11/01
Zoogdieren Dhr. Fabritius 2012/11/01
Amfibieën Dhr. Fabritius 2012/11/01
Vlinders Dhr. Fabritius 2012/11/01
libellen en juffers Dhr. Fabritius 2010/11/02
Gebiedscan Lambert Veenstra 2016/10/01

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

Local name Scientific name
Bittervoorn Rhodeus amarus
Boerenzwaluw Hirondo rustica
Huismus Passer domesticus
Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Koekoek Cuculus canorus
Nachtegaal Luscinia megarhynchos
Patrijs Perdix perdix
Ransuil Asio otus
Slobeend Anas clypeata
Spotvogel Hippolais icterina
Tureluur Tringa totanus
Veldleeuwerik Alauda arvensis
Waterspitsmuis Neomys fodiens
Noordse Woelmuis Microtus oeconumus
Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
groene specht Picus viridis
Braamsluiper Butomus umbellatus
Bruine Kikker Rana temporaria

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

Local name Scientific name
Rietorchis Dactylorhiza majalis
Waterpunge Samolus valerandi
Dotterbloem Caltha palustris
Gele lis Iris pseudacorus
Dagkoekoeksbloem Silene dioca
Nachtkoekoeksbloem Silene noctiflora
Kattenstaart Lythrum salicaria
Bezemkruiskruid Senecio inaequidens
Brede Wespenorchis Epipactis helleborine
Zwananbloem Botumus umbellatus

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 18 None
Scrub Vegetation 3 None
Native Woodland 0 None
Non Native Plantation Woodland 9 Self Appointed
Wetlands 2 None
Open Water Features 14 Local Government
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 2.8 Hectares Festuca rubra 90%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 10%
Tees 0.8 Hectares Festuca rubra 60%
Poa pratensis 40%
Fairways 18.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 50%
Poa pratensis 45%
Semi Rough 11.4 Hectares Festuca rubra 50%
Poa pratensis 45%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
15 years of reseeding has led to this composition.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: day months

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

  • Pro-grass
  • CAV Agrotheek

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 commission 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.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces The choices for the design and maintenance of various elements are transparent and accessible to members. Regular publication via the website or club newsletter addresses issues that have given rise to concern. A request for intensified maintenance is often parried with the financial consequences.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Golfers are informed through various means concerning maintenance activities on the course. Intensive maintenance is also listed on the website or mentioned by phone thereby successfully staving off any unpleasant surprises.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces Sustainable terrain management clearly stipulates to all stakeholders which maintenance measures have been taken and how they are related to the results of good, playable greens and to the limited amount of closures.

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 are in harmony wilt the contours of the terrain.
Protection and restoration of historic features Attention is paid to historic features, in the managementplan that is currently made.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture The sinage and the furniure are in good harmony with te terrain.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Constructions that do not correlate to the landscape are being obscured through vegetation.

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 New habbitats are pointed, and as much as possible internally and externally connected.
Connection of internal habitat patches New habbitats are pointed, and as much as possible internally and externally connected.
Connection of patches with external habitats New habbitats are pointed, and as much as possible internally and externally connected.
Creation of habitat corridors New habbitats are pointed, and as much as possible internally and externally connected.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation New habbitats are pointed, and as much as possible internally and externally connected.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges Pointed ecozones have an natural border.
attenuation reduce the dynamics (attenuation) by discharging clippings in rough
Mowing intervals Mowing at proper intervals, taking account of flowering times of desirable species like reed orchid
Ecological notting of trees All branches are cut at a distance from the not of at least 5 cm or a distance equal to the diameter of the branch. This wil allow rain and weather to speed up the rotting proces.
Pointing ecozones identifying ecozones that are not managed or enterd.

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 Mowing regime outside golf element is based on species diversety.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Maintenance of shrub and woodland vegetation is based on ecological diversety.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Maintenance of shrub and woodland vegetation is based on ecological diversety.
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.

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. Aanleg van aardwallen tbv de ijsvogel
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.

Water

Surface water is used for the irrigation of the greens and tees only, thereby, resulting in minimal usage. Surface water irrigation is measured. Systematic reviews though are carried out to ensure sprinkler optimisation. The irrigation system has been set-up in such a manner that separate locations can be given different amounts of water. Good maintenance of the system ensures its proper functioning.

De golfbaan wordt beregend met oppervlaktewater. Doordat alleen de greens en tees worden beregend is het verbruik minimaal. Oppervlaktewater beregening wordt niet gemeten. Wel wordt er regelmatig beoordeeld of de sproeiers optimaal hun werk doen. Het systeem is dusdanig ingericht dat er afhankelijk van de locatie een andere hoeveelheid water gegeven kan worden. Door met regelmaat het systeem te controleren blijft dit in goede staat.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Water analysis if required Omegam lab. Amsterdam and others 2007/03/31

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

2016 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 1,177 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Surface 100% 20,000 Cubic Metres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Surface 100% 0 Cubic Metres
2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 1,731 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Surface 100% 20,000 Cubic Metres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Surface 100% 0 Cubic Metres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 1,058 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Surface 100% 20,000 Cubic Metres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Surface 100% 0 Cubic Metres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees 2-3 days per week
Fairways Never
Semi-Rough Never
Rough Never

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 12 months

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.
We kozen de grassen naar de omstandigheden die we op de baan verwachten, zoals zout-, ziekte-, droogte-, betreding resistentie
Soil decompaction and thatch management Yearly actions are taken through regular maintenace to prevent soil compation by aerating and slitting.
We vertidrainen en bezanden de fairways jaarlijks.
Timing and dose of water application The modern irrigation system is computer-driven and arranges the water level.
Via de lokale weersvoorspelling kunnen we de verwachte verdamping invoeren.
Analysis of soil moisture A weather station is situated on the course which is closely watched.
We monitoren de bodemvochtigheid om de beregening te minimaliseren en de graskwaliteit te verbeteren.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Monthly evaporation statistics are requested via the website.
Use of wetting agents Wetting agents are used locally on extremely dry areas.
Targeting of sprinkler heads The irrigation system is comprised of sector sprinklers.
Optimizing system pressure the irrigation system has an atomatic ressure pressure valve.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology The irrigation system is comprised of sector sprinklers.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets ja
Use of efficient shower technology waterbesparende douchekoppen
Repairing leaks Leaks are immediately repared
Water awareness signage niet nodig bij gebruik waterbesparende kranen, douchekoppen e.d.Nog minder watergebruik kan de hygiëne in het gedrang brengen

Energy

Major energy consumers are the clubhouse and the workplace. The clubhouse has recently been renovated to improve its insulation values and to update the heating installation thus reducing energy usage.

De golfbaan verbruikt met name voor het clubhuis en de werkplaats energie. Door de recente aanpassingen aan het clubhuis waaronder de centrale verwarming is er een moderne situatie die het energieverbruik terugdringt.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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) 150406 168885 163645
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
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Cubic Metres) 13 13 13
Heating Oil (Cubic Metres) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Cubic Metres) 0.16 0.16 0.16
LPG (Cubic Metres) 0 0 0
Natural Gas (Cubic Metres) 21.99 25.77 23.99
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 0 0 0
Petrol (Cubic Metres) 0.55 0.55 0.55
Propane / Butane (Cubic Metres) 0 0 0
Wood from unsustainable sources 0 0 0

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply all green tariff grid supply
Installation of small scale wind turbine The toilet on the course makes use of a small wind turbine to create energy.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels The toilet on the course makes use of solar panels.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources none
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) none
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol none
Use of electric hybrid vehicles greenmowing machines 2 piece eclips 1 dressbak
Use of recycled oils none

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems A high-yield heating system has been installed.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Levels of heating and cooling are arranged centrally, but can also be regulated in separate areas in order to prevent unnecessary heating or cooling.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities where possible used
Upgrading of building insulation Modern insulation techniques were used during construction.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) ligthscreens in the greenkeepers housing
Installation of low-energy lighting Energy-saving lighting is attained through the use of as many energy-saving lamps and led-lamps as possible.
Use of motion sensor lighting Movement sensors are used for the lighting in the locker rooms and in the toilets.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Energy labels are highly considered in the purchasing of new equipment.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Outdoor lighting is regulated via a timer that is often adjusted to sunrises and sunsets.

Educating staff and customers The staff is well informed about the policy to minimize energy use.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 9% 100% 1%
Diesel 73% 0% 99%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 0% 0%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 18% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

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

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

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

Activity Description
Secure cycle parking Op het terrein van de golfclub is een overzichtelijke en makkelijk toegankelijke fietsenstalling aangebracht
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) New equipment storage is build with extended lokers so all equipment can be stored, including golf trolleys.
Staff showers Showes for the maintenace staff are installed in the maintenace facillety.
Promotion of walk to work campaigns Nvt. De golfbaan ligt in een buitengebied

Supply Chain

Purchasing policy is based on three factors: 1. environmentally-friendly character of the products, the environmental impact of pesticides; 2. supplier certification; 3. purchasing through local suppliers whenever possible.

Bij het inkoopbeleid wordt rekening gehouden met de volgende aspecten: 1. milieuvriendelijk karakter van producten, en milieueffecten van met name bestrijdingsmiddelen; 2. certificering van leveranciers; 3. waar mogelijk inkoop bij lokale leveranciers.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Use of local suppliers Local suppliers are used as much as possible. Not only to reduce emmisions, but also to reduce delivery time. Het onderhoud van de baan is b.v. uitbesteed aan een regionaal werkend Werkvoorzieningsschap
Use of local products Waar mogelijk wordt hiervan gebruik gemaakt
Selection of certified products Certification is taken in to account when purchasing products
Use of recycled and recyclable products Indien mogelijk wordt hiernaar gekeken bij aanschaf producten
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging In order to minimise packaging waste, purchasing is done in bulk and containers as much as possible.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Certified suppliers are preferred.

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
Trade & Contractors 2 2
Maintenance Equipment 2 1 1
Course Supplies 2 2

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Used grasses are optimal for these climatic conditions. This minimizes the water usage and chance for disease.
De baan heeft geen automatische beregening voor de fairways, uiteraard wel voor greens en tees, de noodzaak voor fairways wordt niet gezien, want een droge periode maakt het gras juist sterker, wortelt dieper waardoor plagen en ziekten minder zullen zijn.
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.
Elk jaar verbeteren we de toplaag van de fairway's door 300/500 m3 zand te strooien, te vertidrainen en door te zaaien.De greens worden regelmatig gedressed.
Optimization of the growing environment An optimal growth environment is cultivated through a good and actual maintenance plan and through expert advice.
Managing thatch levels Yearly measurements are made by external advisors who also advise on the amount of thatch and the policy to reduce this.
Managing surface moisture Soil moisture is regularly measured.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Thresholds for pests and disease are establishing
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):

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Fairways - K - Organic 350 376 750
Fairways - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Fairways - N - Organic 268 128 268
Fairways - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Fairways - P - Organic 300 376 300
Greens - K - Inorganic 188 188 190
Greens - N - Inorganic 126 125 126
Greens - P - Inorganic 28 28 28
Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 150 150 150
Tees - N - Inorganic 132 132 132
Tees - P - Inorganic 47 47 47

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 25 25 25
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 25 25 25
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 10 10 13
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 15 15 15
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 3 3 3
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 20 25 25
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 20 25 25
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2 2 2
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 9 9 9
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 9 9 9
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 2 2 2
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 2 2 2
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 1 1 1
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 1 1 1
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1 2 1
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 1 2 1
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products The correct substances are chosen as a result of the expertise present on diseases and plagues, and the use of pesticides.
Zoveel mogelijk plaatselijk aanstippen en niet een heel gedeelte totaal bespuiten
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases All diseases and plagues are treated locally, besides the greens and foregreens.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Spot-treatment is done as much as possible.
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 In first instance, weeds are treated mechanically and biologically. Chemical treatment will only be considered in extreme situations.

Waste Management

No waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass false true false false
Plastic false true false false
Aluminium false true false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings true false false false
Cores & Turf true false false false
Sand true false false false
Wood / Timber true false false 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.
Establishment of recycling centers Various containers are located centrally on the terrain in order to separate waste removal.
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.
Waste awareness campaigns Guest are requested to take waste with them from the course including their cigarette butts.

Pollution Control

The Heemskerkse Golf Club exerts itself to prevent its activities from having a negative impact on the local community or its surrounding environment. The standards set by government legislation in this area are seen as an absolute minimum. The environmental management plan describes per theme what actions can be taken to create a more environmentally-friendly club policy.

De Heemskerkse Golfclub spant zich wezenlijk in om te voorkomen dat haar activiteiten negatieve gevolgen zouden hebben voor milieu en omwonenden. De van overheidswege opgestelde wetgeving op dit gebied wordt daarbij gezien als een absoluut minimum. Mogelijkheden om te komen tot een nog milieuvriendelijker verenigingsbeleid zijn per thema verder beschreven in het milieuzorgplan.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Never Never Never
On-Site Three Yearly Three Yearly Daily
Outflow Never Never Never

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 N/A
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer N/A
Wash Pad Via Oil Separator N/A

Hazardous Materials

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

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents true true
Cooking Oils false false
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 Dangerous substances are stored in a certified cabinet.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Large machine maintenance is outsourced whereas small maintenance is conducted on a fluid-sealed floor.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Fertilisers are mixed in a covered area.
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.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials There is plenty of absorption material present and within reach.

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

Activity Description
Eliminating leachate and run-off through careful timing of turf inputs Weather statistics are narrowly watched to determine the ideal timing for the application of pesticides and fertilisers.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies No substances are used in the bank zone of water elements (at least 3m from the water line).
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan A contingency plan is in place directing the necessary actions needed in order to immediately fix any leaks, thereby minimising/eliminating damage.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones No-spray zones have been determined across the entire terrain.

Community

Respect and care for nature on the golf course within the realm of the GEO would seem self-evident. But it is not. Conditions include that club policy must be clearly embedded, that there is systematic and sustainable integration of golf course maintenance in the daily activities of greenkeepers, and there must be clear communication with club members. The golf club hired the contractor, Meergroep IJmondgroen, many years ago. This contractor offers job opportunities to all people including those somewhat displaced from the job market.

Aandacht en waardering voor natuur op de golfbaan lijkt in het kader van GEO bijna vanzelfsprekend. Maar dat is het niet. Voorwaarden zijn een heldere inbedding in het verenigingsbeleid, een systematische en duurzame integratie in het baanbeheer en de dagelijkse werkzaamheden van de greenkeepers en een goede communicatie met de leden. De Heemskerkse heeft jaren geleden gekozen voor het werken met Meergroep IJmondgroen als aannemer. Deze werkgever biedt kansen aan een ieder met een afstand tot de arbeidsmarkt.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 1 4

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

  • 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 Employees are informed about the use, the storage and disposal of chemicals and pesticides. Applying pesticides and chemicals is only done by employees with a license.
Efficient water management Bij de onderhouds contractor wordt aandacht besteed aan het verantwoordt omgaan met water en energie
Management of accidents and emergencies Much is done to prevent accidents and emergencies, when they do happen, date and time are recorded in a log.
Management of habitats and vegetation The management plan, paid attention to the value and maintenace of habitats. Nature friendly maintanence is part of the greenkeeper course.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Op het terrein van de golfclub is een milieustraat ingericht waar afval gescheiden kan worden. De diverse containers zijn afgesloten om te voorkomen dat derden afval illegaal kunnen storten.
Health & Safety Staff is informed, and equipped with personal protective equipment.
Energy Saving Binnen de club worden in verschillende commissies aandacht geschonken aan energie besparing. Met name de onderhoud commissie initieert bezuinigingsmaatregelen en voorziet bij vervanging van assets in energiezuinige equivalenten
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Door de onzekerheid m.b.t. de aansluiting van de A8 op de A9 worden thans geen plannen ontwikkeld.
Environmental management planning Het milieubeheer is verder uitgebreid met de inventarisatie en opvolging van het milieuplan en tool van de NGF. Thans worden a.d.h.v. deze tool verbeteringen voorgesteld of ontbrekende informatie verzameld om aan alle doelstellingen en wet en regelgeving te voldoen.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours er zijn niet of nauwelijks directe buren
Local Government The golf club is in contact with the local government.
Local Environmental Groups De club heeft geen structureel overleg met lokale milieugroepen. Wel heeft de club contacten met groepen en of stichtingen welke zich inzetten voor specifieke flora of fauna. ( ijsvogel in het bijzonder, vlinders en vogelsim algemeenheid)
Local Community Groups nvt
Media When there are interesting events at the golfcourse (local) media is informed by the club. Verder wordt 12 keer per jaar de PAR , het clubblad, uitgegeven. Voor pasanten liggen exemplaren in de centrale hal van het clubhuis. De Par is ook digitaal beschikbaar via de website van de Heemskerkse golfclub
Local Businesses Several local businesses are involved by the club through a business membership.
Schools & Colleges The club and clubmanagement participates in education.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths nvt
Creation of new paths and nature trails nvt
Installation of effective and welcoming signage nvt
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) nvt
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) Part of the land is maintained by the local nature and landscape conservation body as a nature reservation.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities nvt

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) nvt
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) nvt
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) The golfcourse is situated in a polder.
The whole area of the golf course is within the \"protective\" ring of the Defence line of Amsterdam. The Defence Line of Amsterdam, built and built between 1880 and 1920 never became operational. The Defence Line of Amsterdam is a UNESCO monument and is thereby included in the Belvedere area.
Direct consequences for [the management of) the course does not seem to exist.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display Newsletters and notice boards are used to inform members.
Members evenings and course walks Members evenings and course walks are held, for example the national birdwaching day.
Course guides / brochures Twaalf maal per jaar wordt het clubblad de PAR uitgegeven.
Interpretation panels & course signage Op het terrein van de club is een standaard bewegwijzering van toepassing. Informatie borden zijn beschikbaar op drivingrange, clubhuis en hole 1
Establishment of a nature trail nvt

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures There is an seperate page on the website that shows information about the comitted to green/GEO certificate, and other related issues.
Supporting campaigns Een maal per jaar wordt een GEO (CTG) wedstrijd georganiseerd. Hierbij wordt extra aandacht besteed aan het onder de aandacht brengen van de GEO activiteiten van de club.
Course walks / open days Members evenings and course walks are held, for example the national birdwaching day.
Attending community meetings nvt
Joint practical projects with community nvt