Golf Della Montecchia

GEO Certified 04/2013 GEO Re-Certified 04/2016
Selvazzano Dentro,
Italy
Telephone: +39 049 8055550
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Golf Della Montecchia is located in northern Italy in the Veneto region, about 10 kilometers away from the city of Padua. It has 27 holes and covers a surface of 74 hectares at an altitude of 16 meters above the sea level. The geographical coordinates are: Latitude 45° 23' 12'' North and Longitude 11° 45' 48'' East. The construction of the holes dates back to 1988. The landscape observed from the club and the weather conditions are those typical of the Po Valley, open and level land characterized by intense cold in the w…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
rosso (9 holes, 3131 metres, year opened 1990)
bianco (9 holes, 3187 metres, year opened 1990)
giallo (9 holes, 3097 metres, year opened 1991)
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Halfway House(s)
1 Other
1 Other
1 Other
1 Other

Nature

The landscape and the climate are typical of pianura Padana, flat with very hot and dry summer and freeze winter season.
The view from the course is characterised by the Euganean Hills and some historic buildings: a medieval Castle, a marvellous renaissance Villa (Varotari) and the clubhouse, served once as a tobacco drying room of the Count Emo Capodilista’s landed estate.
Golf della Montecchia has been committed on environmental issue for years, in order to establish his function as a buffer area between the Euganean Hills Regional Park and the nearby urban settlements.

In order to highlight the existing fauna and flora, Golf della Montecchia takes several actions:
- Participate in the first survey on Italian golf courses. "Gli effetti ambientali delle attività ricreative sul territorio - Il caso del golf in Italia -The Effects of Leisure Activities on the Environment: the Case of Golf in Italy”(1999), a research undertaken by C.N.R. – National Research Centre - in association with the University of Bologna and the Italian Golf Federation. This study provided the milestone for research on the relationship between golf and environment in Italy for the following years;
- Joined the first ornithological research program carried out on golf courses in Italy: "Importanza dei campi da golf per la conservazione delle specie ornitiche in Italia -The Importance of Golf Courses for the Preservation of Ornithic Species in Italy”(2003), "Avian diversity on golf courses and surrounding landscapes in Italy"(2007), and "Specie a priorità di conservazione presenti in alcuni campi da golf italiani"(2011). All the studies were conducted by Italian Golf Federation and Università di Roma La Sapienza;
- Under the leadership of Bologna University, Golf Montecchia started an innovative approach for trees management (2011). The goal of the research is to identify a management model integrated with a specific soft were;
- In collaboration with Padua University, is carried out a three years study on natural evolution of rough areas left uncultivated (2012). The purpose is to find possible methods to optimize the naturalization of these areas, in respect of biodiversity.
- collaboration with ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale – research agency of Environmental Ministery) on a winter survey on waterfowl
- swallows nests installation
- On January 2015 understook a first "Biogolf" study (organic plan to manage golf course) in collaboration with Pisa University, Bologna University and Padova University
- on 2016, planned a conversion of 9 greens from Agrostis stolonifera to ultradwarf bermuda, in order to reduce water, pesticide and fertiliser consumption

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Bologna University
  • Padua University
  • Rome La Sapienza University
  • Italian Golf Federation - Green Section
  • ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale – research agency of Environmental Ministery)
  • Parco dei Colli Euganei

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

Title Author Date View document
Gli effetti ambientali delle attività ricreative sul territorio - Il caso del golf in Italia CNR, Bologna University and IGF 1999/12/01 Download
Importanza dei campi da golf per la conservazione delle specie ornitiche in Italia -The Importance of Golf Courses for the Preservation of Ornithic Species in Italy Marta Visentin, Ugo Foscolo Foschi, Alberto Sorace 2003/12/01 Download
Avian diversity on golf courses and surrounding landscapes in Italy Alberto Sorace, Marta Visentin 2007/12/01 Download
Iris in buca C.Pornaro, S.Macolino, A De Luca 2014/03/15 Download
GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING BIODIVERSITY IN NATURALIZED ROUGH C. Pornaro, S.Macolino, A.De Luca 2016/04/15
Iris in buca C.Pornaro, S.Macolino, A.De Luca 2014/03/15 Download
GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING BIODIVERSITY IN NATURALIZED ROUGH C.Pornaro, S.Macolino, A.De Luca 2016/04/01 Download

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

  • Padua University
  • ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale – research agency of Environmental Ministery)
  • Provincial Hunting Police
  • STS -engineering company specialized on quality, environment and safety systems
  • Green Section of Italian Golf Federation
  • Bologna University
  • Parco dei Colli Euganei
  • Pisa University

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

Title Author Date View document
Specie a priorità di conservazione presenti in alcuni campi da golf italiani - Poster Alberto Sorace et al. 2011/12/01 Download
Specie a priorità di conservazione presenti in alcuni campi da golf italiani Alberto Sorace ed al. 2011/12/01 Download

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

Local name Scientific name
ninfea bianca Nymphaea alba
airone cinerino Ardea cinera
garzetta Egretta garzetta
succiacapre Caprimulgus europaeus
gheppio Falcus tunnunculus
picchio verde Picus viridis
rondine Hirundo rusticus
balestruccio Delichon urbicum
storno Sturnus vulgaris
passera mattugia Passer montanus
raganella Hyla arborea
tritone Triturus vulgaris
rana Rana dalmatina

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

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Historic Landscapes / Parklands Soprintendenza Beni Culturali (Government Authority for Cultural Heritage)
Surrounding Parco Regionale dei Colli Euganei Regione Veneto (Regional Park)
Surrounding Medieval Castello del Mottolo and Renaissance Villa Emo Capodilista Soprintendenza Beni Culturali (Government Authority for Cultural Heritage)

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 20 Self Appointed
Scrub Vegetation 10 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 1 Self Appointed
Non Native Plantation Woodland 2 Self Appointed
Wetlands 1 Self Appointed
Open Water Features 2 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 2.0 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 70%
Poa annua 30%
Tees 2.0 Hectares Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 90%
Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 10%
Fairways 15.0 Hectares Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Semi Rough 10.0 Hectares Festuca arundinacea 20%
Lolium perenne 80%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Tees and fairways: it's a result of scientific studies and several years of experience in collaboration with Pisa University and Green Section of Italian Golf Federation. Bermudagrass is the best compromise in between turf quality, playability and low inputs (water, chemicals, fertilizers).
Putting greens: good compromise between specific climatic conditions and playability.
Actually carried out with IGF-Greens Section and Pisa University a study to evaluate the adaptability of ultradwarf Bermudagrass cv. Miniverde.
On summer 2016, planned a conversion of 9 greens of the yellow course from Agrostis stolonifera to ultradwarf bermuda, in order to reduce water, pesticide and fertiliser consumption
Rough: great adaptability of Festuca arundinacea at low maintenence conditions (little water, little fertilisers).
-On January 2015 it was possible to understook a first "Biogolf" study (organic plan to manage golf course)
- on summer 2016 planned the introduction of Zoysia on shaded tee

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 2 years

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

  • Green section of IGF
  • Pisa University
  • Padova University
  • Pisa University

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 Annual plan prepared by the Superintendent and the agronomic Consultant, daily adapted to specific requirements.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough By newsletters, web site and notice board, articles on magazine, seminars.
Partecipation at STMA (Sport Turf Manager Associationof America) to present "Latest trends in European warm season turf - The Golf della Montecchia experience"
Nomination (2014 and 2015) at IGTM (International Golf Travel Market) "Sustainability Award IAGTO", prize given to the best golfing destinations distinguished for its environmental commitment.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces by newsletters, web site and notice board, articles on magazine, seminars.
Partecipation at STMA (Sport Turf Manager Associationof America) to present "Latest trends in European warm season turf - The Golf della Montecchia experience"
Participation (2014 and 2015) at IGTM (International Golf Travel Market) "Sustainability Award IAGTO", prize given to the best golfing destinations distinguished for its environmental commitment. Nomination received on 2014
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance By newsletters, web site, notice board and articles on magazine
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces By web site
Warm Season Turfgrass Adaptation in Europe North of the 45º Parallel This research, carried out in collaboration with Pisa University and Greeen Section of Italian Golf Federation, has supplied vital information on the adaptability of warm season turfgrass species and cultivars to the latitudes of northern Italy, a region where most Italian golf courses are located. Presented at “Vth World Scientific Congress of Golf” held in Phoenix, Arizona -March 2008
The research is published and available on Golf Montecchia and IGF web site.
Warm Season Turfgrass Adaptation in Northern Italy. This research, carried out in collaboration with Pisa University and Greeen Section of Italian Golf Federation, has supplied vital information on the adaptability of warm season turfgrass species and cultivars to the latitudes of northern Italy, a region where most Italian golf courses are located. Presented at “1st European Turfgrass Society Conference” held in Pisa - May 2008. The research is published and aivalable on Golf Montecchia and IGF web site.
“Establishment and winter management of Miniverde Bermudagrass for putting green in Italy” Study carried out with Pisa University to verify the adaptability and the winter management of ultradwarf bermudagrass cultivars at putting greens conditions. presented at “Fifth European Turfgrass Society Conference” - Osnabrueck (Germany)

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture On native and wet areas
Protection and restoration of historic features Clubhouse preservation (carefully restored ancient farm facility)
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Using green and brown colors signages and furniture. Signages built on recycled material.
Conservation of specimen trees On course a specific study by Bologna University
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Planting trees in parking lot to improve the landscape and reduce the environmental impact.
Modifing clubhouse garden area to encourage the view of the Alps and of the practise facilities and to mitigate the impact of a new building.

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 Reducing fairways size (approx. 20%) and increasing rough size (approx. 10% )
Increasing the size of habitat patches Increasing unmowed rough (approx.20%)
Connection of internal habitat patches where possible
Connection of patches with external habitats where possible
Creation of habitat corridors where possible
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation where possible
Improving and diversifying habitat edges where possible, maintaining hedges and bushes

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 Carried out a study with Padua University on naturalisation of wild rough
Organic management (Biogolf) study on course from January 2015 on yellow course (9 holes)
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Carried out a study with Padua University on naturalisation of wild rough
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Ongoing study and plan on tree heritage in collaboration with Bologna University Installed swallows' nests
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas Lake shores partially naturalised, definition of a buffer zone for pesticide and fertilisers application (about 2 meters)
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Free growth of Nymphaea alba
Ditches and pond protection specially in spring time for the fauna defense (reptiles and amphibians)

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 increased naturalised ares
Installation of nest boxes Installed swallows nest
Provision of feeding tables By golf members and by the staff
Control / management of alien species Capturing Myocastor coypus (Nutria) in collaboration with Provincial Hunting Police.
Periodical Corvus corone cornix (Cornacchia grigia) population containment in collaboration with Provincial Hunting Police.
Consultation with local ranger police to control gray squirrels and american turtles
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Dead trees left in place where possible.

Water

Thank to a policy adopted by the club, since 2009 the water consumption for the golf course was dramatically reduced by approxiamately 70%.
Main actions that have enabled this result: introduction of bermudagrass on tees and, fairways, agronomic practices (coring, wetting agent, fertilizations), increased consultation of meteorological data from a nearby weather station and from on site sensors.
Despite the widening of the structure and the increased number of member, the water consumption in golf club is not increased. This result was possible probaly thanks to the campaign launched between members (sign in the locker room, in the notice boards, newsletter).

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Latest trends in European warmseason turf - The Golf della Montecchia experience Alessandro De Luca 2014/01/22 Download
The Water Golf System Water Golf project 2015/02/26 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 100% 8,729,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 90,074,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 111,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 100% 109,000 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 9,003,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 36,170,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 117,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 100% 128,000 Litres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 12,112,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 86,370,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 90,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 100% 108,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Tees 2-3 days per week
Fairways 2-3 days per week
Rough Never

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 years

Upgraded every 1 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 months

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species From 2010 to 20012 (9 holes per year) tees and fairways turf was converted from coolseason to bermudagrass.
Starting from 2012, carried out a research in collaboration with Pisa University and the Green Section of IGF to study the adaptability of ultradwarf bermudagrass cv. Miniverde for putting green use.
On summer 2016, it's scheduled an experimental "in field" study on the yellow course putting greens to move from bentgrass to bermudagrass cv. Minverde turf. The study in carried out in collaboration with Pisa University, Bologna University and padova University.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Putting green: coring and vertidraining twice a year, verticutting 10 time x year, 15 topdressing
Collar and apron: coring twice a year, verticutting 2 time x year, 5 topdressing
Tees and fairways: coring or vertidraining localised, verticutting 5 time on fairways and 2 time on tees, 1 topdressing
Timing and dose of water application Greens: from 3 to 7 mm per day (on season)
Tees and fairways: 3 mm every 3-4 days
Analysis of soil moisture visual estimation
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data yes, but not automatically
Use of wetting agents 2 application per year plus 1 or 2 localised applications
Overall reduction in irrigated area no irrigation on rough

Targeting of sprinkler heads once a year
Optimizing system pressure installed new pump station on February 2015

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

Activity Description
Repairing leaks Agreement with a plumbing company to take prompt action on club house
Water awareness signage Several awarness on the locker rooms, on notice board and newsletter

Energy

Actions taken to reduce energy consumption:
- increased low mantenence area (+10%rough, +25% unmowed areas) and reduced fairways size (approximately 20% less) to limit inputs (gasoline, water, fertilisers)
- introduced warm season grasses on tees and fairways to reduce irrigation system use and fertilizers and pesticides application
- use of low consumption and led lighting
- installation of photocells with timer in locker rooms, bathrooms and external lights
- renovation of club house air conditioner from water system to air system
- renovation of club house thermoregulation system
- golf car fleet renewal with long term and high efficiency battery
- new contract with a provider of clean energy (hydroelectric and aeolian) from 2013
- renewal of the pumping station of the irrigation system
- renewal of the two electrical transformer substations
- differentiated waste collection
- Construction of a new facility in energy class A
Renovation of heating system in project.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Transition from cool-season to warm-season grass: environmental effects in a golf course in the North of Italy Bologna University, IGF Green Section, Golf della Montecchia 2014/04/16 Download
Establishment and winter management of Miniverde Bermudagrass for putting green in Italy Pisa University, IGF Green Section, Golf della Montecchia 2014/04/16 Download

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 576395 575651 601666

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

2015 2014 2013
Diesel (Litres) 20800 21600 22723
Natural Gas (Litres) 48251 46207 50081
Petrol (Litres) 4530 4276 3421

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Starting from 2013, signed a contract with a new provider of clean energy (100% hydroelectric)
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels Replacement of asbestos coverage of mantenance facilities with solar panels cover

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Renovation of club house air conditioner from water system to air system and new thermoregulation system.
In project renovation of heating system.
Construction of new facility (golf indoor and gym) with low-energy air conditioning system (cold and heat)
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Renovation of club house thermoregulation system on 2012.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities Replacement of fan motors and filters of club house conditioning system
Upgrading of building insulation Improved maintenance facilities cover
Construction of new facility (golf indoor and gym) in energy class "A"
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) Improved into maintenance facilities
Construction of new facility (golf indoor and gym) with large window
Installation of low-energy lighting In progress introduction of low-energy lighting in clubhouse -locker rooms, bathrooms, restaurant, bar, corridors, swimming pool and garden. Process started in 2011, actually 70 completed.
New facility (golf indoor and gym) with only led light bulbs.
Use of motion sensor lighting Introduced on 2012 in all bathrooms and locker rooms
Transition to energy efficient appliances Golf car fleet replacement on 2016 (old fleet 5 years old)
Golf cars with long term and high efficiency batteries.
Renewal of the pumping station of the irrigation system
In project renovation of heating system.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Renovation of club house thermoregulation system, installed timers on sauna and external areas
Educating staff and customers Agreement with restaurant manager. Advices in club house notice board and in locker rooms.
Conversion of fairways and tees from coolseason grasses to warmseason grass (bermuda) Reduction of energy consumptions due to less inputs requirement of bermudagrass compared to previous grasses (less water, less fertiliser and less pesticide applications).
Renewal of the pumping station of the irrigation system Upgraded pump technology has reduced its specific energy consumption by approx. 50%

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers
Petrol 100% 12%
Diesel 88%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 5%
Diesel 14%
Grid Electric 82%

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

Activity Description
Group transportation (e.g. buses) Promotion of shuttle buses for customers coming from neighbouring hotels
Secure cycle parking Yes
Promotion of a new road Promotion of a new road that quickly connects Golf Montecchia to the city center and major highways

Supply Chain

Montecchia Golf Club started on 2011 a policy for green purchasing:
-new golf cars with high-performance batteries and long-term field
-scoreboards and other golf course accessories made ​​with recycled plastic
-construction of car paths with recycled aggregates
-grinding of pruning residues and recycling them as a car path cover and undergrowth mulching
- company that supply renewable energy
- restaurant chef who gives priority to ingredient coming from the area
- purchase of LED lamps only
Among the parameters for suppliers selection, introduced their commitment to the environment.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Use of local suppliers Products provided by local suppliers : sand, gravel, fertilizers, chemicals, building materials, irrigation pipe, valve and sprinklers, irrigation replacements, petrol and gasoline, food, repairs (equipment, pumping station and irrigation system, plumbing and electrical)
Use of local products Part of food, oil and wine bought by the manager of snack bar and restaurant came from local farms.
Selection of certified products Certified organic ingredients and food
Certified energy supplier (Think Green)
Use of recycled and recyclable products Scoreboards and other golf course accessories made ​​with recycled plastic.
Construction of car paths with recycled aggregates.
Grinding of pruning residues and recycling them as car path cover and undergrowth mulching.
Utilisation of old pipes as underground cable passage.
Utilisation of hollow coring residues for turf repairs and new construction.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) The following companies involved on golf course and club house management are accredited as follow:
Elevator maintenance company (Kone, Certification ISO 14001 e ISO 9001)
Company responsible for waste materials collection (Execo, certification EMAS)
Company in charge of safety systems (Essetiesse, Certification ISO 9001)
Company in charge of heating system (Dussich srl, certification UNI EN ISO 9001)
Company in charge of air conditioning system (Climair, certification ISO 9001)
Energy supplier (Electra Italia, Think Green program)
Cashback Card supplier (Lyonnes, Green Infinity program)
Use of accredited suppliers (Continue from previous section) New pumping station supplier (Xylem, certification ISO 9001)
Electrical system installation company (Electroteam, certification ISO 9001)
Company in charge of maintenance of fire extinguishers and fire-fighting system (Bergamaschi, certification ISO 9001)

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
Retail 3 3
Maintenance Equipment 6 6
Course Supplies 10 1 9

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Introduced bermudagrass on driving range (2007), on fairways of white course (2010) and tees and fairways on red course (2011) and yellow course (2012).
Introduction of bermudagrass on tees of white course (2913/2016).
Started a putting green study on ultradwarf bermudagrass.
Planned on summer 2016 the conversion of 9 putting greens (yellow course) from Bentgrass to bermudagrass cv. Miniverde
Planned introduction of Zoysia grass on shaded tees
Managing stress and wear Soil analysis to establish specific fertilization programs in regular basis.
Agronomic practices on regular basis (verticutting, coring, spiking, slicing, vertidraining, topdressing)
Total or partial closure of the golf course in case of adverse weather conditions (eavy rain, ice, frost).
In some cases, golf carts banned.
Installed a weather station.
In progress an experimental study with Drone technology
Enhancement of soil structure Cultivations (coring, spiking, vertidraining, slicing, idrojecting) and topdressing on fairways, greens and tees.
Optimization of the growing environment Pruning trees to reduce the negative effect of shade, good agronomic practices.
Fertilisation plan following soil and water analisis carried out on regular basis.
Construction of new lines of drainage.
Use of wetting agent, where necessary.
Tees divoting weekly.
Managing thatch levels Verticutting, coring and topdressing on regular basis, adeguate mowing frequency and calibrated nitrogen and water applications.
Managing surface moisture Dew removal in regolar basis. Localized water application, water management on daily basis by automatic irrigation system and/or by localised applications, wetting agent applications, turf coltivation.
Soil moisture check by two sensor installed on pitchin green.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Only curative treatments for pests and diseases, no preventative control, except for pre emergence herbicide to control Digitaria spp. and Eleusine indica on collars.
Thresholds established for major pests and diseases (dollar spot, rhizoctonia, microdochium nivale, army worms and lether jacket -Agrotis spp. and Tipula spp.- by the Superintendent and by the Agronomic consultant.
Treatment performed only after very strong attacks (more than 30% of damage on the su
Scouting for pests and diseases On daily basis by Superintendent and maintenance staff.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health By Superintendent and Agronomic consultant, through:
- visul control of roots deep
- comparing amount of pesticide applied year by year
- checking playing conditions

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 9.42 9.36 12.04
Fairways - K - Organic 4.7
Fairways - N - Inorganic 13.05 20.81 5.79
Fairways - N - Organic 6
Fairways - P - Inorganic 3.94 0.59 0
Fairways - P - Organic 2
Greens - K - Inorganic 2.05 4.18 5.69
Greens - K - Organic 1.3
Greens - N - Inorganic 1.94 0.89 2.43
Greens - N - Organic 0.9
Greens - P - Inorganic 0.9 0.11 0.2
Greens - P - Organic 0.7
Tees - K - Inorganic 1 5.32 4.86
Tees - K - Organic 1
Tees - N - Inorganic 0.815 0.83 1.39
Tees - N - Organic 0.815
Tees - P - Inorganic 0.015 0.06 0.21
Tees - P - Organic 0.005

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0.01 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 1
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.15 0.15 0.15
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0.001
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 1
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0.41 0.76 0.55
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 6 9 5
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 3 3
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.01 0.01 0.01
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 8 5 5
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0.1 0.01 0.005
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 2 2 5

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products Only products authorized by Italian laws, selected from less toxic, less persistent and of new synthesis.
From January 2015, followed organic maintenace on yellow course in accordance with the "Biogolf" protocol.
Tested organic products on putting green to control Typula spp. and earthwarm
Tested pyroerbicide on bunkers and car path
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Yes.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers In several occasions, localised fungicide treatments just on greens interested by disease.
Spot treatment on rough to control broad leaf weeds
Calibration and testing of sprayers Performed regularly by the Superintendent.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Purchase of covered boom sprayers to avoid dispersion of pesticide on the atmosphere.
Non-chemical weed control Agronomic practices, with the purpose to produce a very dense turf provided by deep roots: balanced fertilization program, high cut frequency, verticutting, coring, sand topdressing and so on.
Pyroherbicide tested on yellow course on car path and bunkers
Tested organic products on putting green to control Typula spp. and earthwarm
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. Used on yellow course, in accordance with Biogolf protocol

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 true true false false
Paper & Cardboard true true false false
Grass Clippings true false false false
Cores & Turf true false false false
Sand true false true false
Wood / Timber true false true false

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Plastic, metals, papers, organic, oils and batteries, glass, pruning residues
Establishment of recycling centers Golf course staff provide to collect and separate waste coming from golf course and workshop.
Caddy masters provide to collect and separate waste coming from golf course.
Employees provide to collect and separate waste coming from reception and administrative offices.
Waiters and bartenders provide to collect and separate waste coming from snack bar and restaurants.
Employees of company in charge of cleaning provide to collect and separate waste coming from club house and locker rooms.
Waste is given in separate containers in a dedicate place. Then a municipal company ensure the collection
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Clipping returned everywhere, except on putting greens. Putting green clipping distributed on semirough and rough.
Grinded pruning residues undergrowth mulching and flower bed.
Wood from trees management circulated to staff members for house heating
Education of staff and customer education Advice for customers and education for staff.
Separate waste collection on the golf course and in the parking lot.
Waste awareness campaigns Introduction of separate waste collection on the course and in the parking lot.
Logbook Logbook of hazardous waste regularly updated, in compliance with the Italian law

Pollution Control

Montecchia Golf Club has been one of the first Italian golf club committed on respect and care of the environment.
First goal was to establish its function as a buffer area between the Euganean Hills Regional Park and the nearby urban settlements. Most significant actions:
- reduction of water consumption (48% less), fertilizers use and pesticides use (47%) on tees and fairways moving turf from cool season grasses to bermudagrass;
-reduction on CO2 emission mowing form coolseason to warmeason grasses, as highlighted by specific study carried out by Bologna University
- reduction of fertilisers use by soil test analysis on regular basis;
- asbestos removal from maintenance facility roof;
- in progress a voluntary environmental check program in accordance to the law 231;
- increased the unmowed areas to improve wild life;
- increased pesticides and fertilisers free-zone
- on course a study on organic management of golf courses (Biogolf).


Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Stormwater Drain Yes
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Septic Tank Yes
Wash Pad On-Site Treatment Plant Yes

Hazardous Materials

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

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents true false
Cooking Oils true false
Lubricants true false
Pesticide Containers true false
Fertiliser Bags true false
Oil Filters true false
Batteries true false

Pollution Prevention

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution from its maintenance facility and clubhouse:

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas Equipment and hazardous products are stored in the shed of the maintenance facility (approx. 800sqm), managed following the recommendations of a company specialised on the Italian low prescriptions.
Logbook reguraly updated in compliance with the Italian low
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas The maintenance of equipment is carried out in the work shop (approx. 100sqm), located inside the shad of the maintenance facility.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks A new 3.000 liters diesel tank was installed on 2011, following the Italian laws.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel The diesel tank is provided of a secondary containment, following Italian low prescriptions.
Petrol is stored in special cabinets following Italian low prescriptions.
Secondary containment for barrels of engine and hydraulic oil
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Sawdust on chemical storage, on work shop and on caddy master building.

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 Spoon feeding fertilisation program on regular basis on greens, tees and fairways. Avoided any application in case of rain and following weather forecast.
From 2009, no more fertilisers applied and few localised herbicide application on rough.
From 2015, adopted the organic maintenance program following the "Biogolf" protocol on the yellow course.
Tested some organic product to control pest
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Avoided any treatment (fertilisers and pesticides) around lakes, buffer zone of about 2 m.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan Safety data sheets avalable for every specific pesticide.
Staff in charge to apply pesticides is specifically trained and authorized by government authority.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones From 2015, adopted the organic maintenance program following the "Biogolf" protocol on the yellow course.
Wild areas and buffer zones around water bodies are pesticide-free zones
Bermudagrass turf on tees and fairways managed without pesticide

Community

Golf della Montecchia is connected with local community and several actions are in progress to improve that.
Contacts with local schools:
- organised visits from kindergarten children, to show the beauty of a green area near the city (trees and birds) and to know the game of golf;
- organised visits from elementary and secondary schools to show the beauty of the golf course and of the golf game;
- specific golf lesson for students of the nearby high school
- organised visits from professors and students of Padova University at our experimental nursery of bermudagrass and at the golf course, to know management practices and to see the equipment;
- on 2012, started a study togheter with Padova University on area left unmowed on the course;
- accommodate summer campus, using swimming pool and driving range;
Contacts with local people and companies:
-agreement with neighboring wine estate and factory of Count Emo Capodilista for accomodation, visits to the winery, the Villa Emo Capodilista and the Mottolo Castle;
- agreement with "Terme di Abano-Montegrotto"", the association of termal hotels close to the golf course;
- agreement with "Consorzio di Abano", the association of golf courses of the areas;
- good relationship with reporters of local news papier
- good relationship with municipal authorities, recreational meetings organised in the past;
- good relationship with local hunting police;
- good relationship with local military police station;
- some contacts with local ornithologist and environmental specialists;
- several promotional initiatives with volley and rugby Padova teams.
- collaboration with Padua University, that ends in 2016 with the presentation of the research "Golf Course management strategies for improving byodiversity in naturalised rough" at the 5th ETS Conference 2016 in Albufeira, Portugal
- as part of ongoing cooperation with the Padua University, lectures to students on the subject "Golf Course management";
- cooperation agreement with the neighboring natural protected area of Parco dei Colli Euganei
- collaboration with local technicians of ISPRA (Istituto Superiore Protezione e Ricerca Ambientale), a Ministry of Environment organisation.
- collaboration with a company based in Padua to develop a national network of the innovative cloud to cloud lightning sensors
- lanches the initiative PLAY54, a strict collaboration whit two nearby golf courses (Golf Frassanelle e Golf delle Terme) to optimise the management and the promotional strategies
- good relations with the nearby golf courses

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 2 2
Course Management 7 3
Food & Beverage 10 10
Golf Coaching 4 2
Caddies 2 4

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

  • Owner
  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist
  • Local Government
  • Local Community

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Prescriptions of Italian law strictly followed
Efficient water management Superintendent is a well educated Agronomist, supported by the Agronomists of Green Section of IGF.
Installed a new pumping station full coverd by inverters.
Attended by the Superintendent and by his Assistant courses organized by the Toro irrigation company
Water consuming regularly recorded by the Superintendent and his staff.
Installation of moist and temperature sensor to adjust irrigation practice
Posters of the study carried out in Montecchia by Pisa University were placed in the caddy master area, very visible by players and visitors.
Management of accidents and emergencies 4 Employers specifically trained (2 club house staff and 3 golf course staff for "First aid" and "Fire fighting");
Acquired a defibrillator and trained part of the staff.
"Test escape" carried out annually.
Management of habitats and vegetation Beside the Agronomist Superintendent and the Agronomist of Green Section of IGF, 4 golf course staff have the diploma on "Gardening". For specific problems, help from IGF Green Section, Bologna University, Padua University and local ranger corps.
Posters of study carried out in Montecchia by Padua University and Bologna University were placed in the caddy master area, very visible by players and visitors.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Recycling waste on club house and on the golf course with specific signs for players.
Contract with authorized company to dispose hazardous waste
Health & Safety All the staff is well and regularly trained following the prescriptions of Italian law whit the assistance of STS, a specialized company
Energy Saving The conversion plan of the golf course to bermuda was well illustrated to all Montecchia staff and players, to show the benefits for the health, the environment and also for the energy budget.
The staff followed the renovation of the pumping station.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage The increasing of unmanaged, wild area was illustrated to all Montecchia staff and players: the purpose is to increase native flora and fauna, in accordance with the bordering Parco dei Colli Euganei and the history of the area.
The researches carried out by Padua University and Bologna University were very helpful in explaining the advantages that you have with the increase of wild areas
Environmental management planning The increasing of unmanaged, wild area was illustrated to the Montecchia staff and players: the purpose is to increase native flora and fauna, in accordance with the bordering Parco dei Colli Euganei.
The researches carried out by Padua University and Bologna University were very helpful in explaining the advantages that you have with the increase of wild areas

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Good relation with:
- the wine estate of Count Emo Capodilista
- the Alajmo's Family, which manages nationally and internationally renowned restaurant, included the restaurant of Golf della Montecchia.
On 2015, the Montecchia restaurant has appointed has "Green restaurant" of the Alaymo Family
- Golf Frassanelle and Golf terme di Galzignano
- hotels of the nearby thermal area of Abano Montegrotto Galzignano
Local Government Mayor and municipal authorities of Selvazzano and Padua invited to every important event takes place at the golf club
Good relation with "Assessorato all'Ambiente" of Provincia di Padova
Local Environmental Groups Collaboration with local technicians of ISPRA (Istituto Superiore Protezione e Ricerca Ambientale), a Ministry of Environment organisation.
Local Community Groups Organised social meeting with school, local rugby and volley teams, stores (Business community)
Media Contacts with local press, local radio, national television and golf magazine, improvement of web site, specific environmental section on the web site
Local Businesses Business community organized by commercial department.
Specific communication with the customers of the club house restaurants of Alajmo's Family (1 Star Michelin).
Agreement with neighboring wine estate and factory of Count Emo Capodilista for accomodation, visits to the winery, the Villa Emo Capodilista and the Mottolo Castle.
Agreement with "Terme di Abano-Montegrotto"", the association of termal hotels close to Montecchia.
Agreement with "Consorzio di Abano", the association of golf courses of the areas.
Promotional initiatives for local factories and companies.
Schools & Colleges Specific events and golf lesson as follow:
- organised visits from kindergarten children, to show the beauty of a green area near the city (trees and birds) and to know the game of golf
- organised visits from elementary and secondary schools to show the beauty of the golf course and of the golf game
- organised visits from professors and students of the Padua University to know management practices and to see the equipment;
- as part of ongoing cooperation with the Padua University, lectures to students on the subject "Golf Course management"

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Installed welcome panels on the main entrance
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) Summer campus
Swimming pool in summer time
Indoor facility for gimn, golf simulator
Organisation of party (birthday, weedding and other celebration)
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) swallow nests installation
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities 3 hectars area coltivated for wheat and soy bean productions

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

Title Author Date View document
www.lamontecchia.it (web site of bordering Count Emo Capodilista Estate)

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage.

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

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) The clubhouse is a restored and adapted old tabacco warehouse of the bordering farm of Count Emo Capodilista.
The Count property include the Mottolo Castle (about 1200) and the Villa Emo Capodilista of architect and painter Dario Varotari (about 1560).
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) Canals system is part of the reclamation work of Bacchiglione river.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display News letter montly.
Dedicated notice board in club house.
Posters display in caddy master area.
Specific section on the web site
Course guides / brochures Real-time updates on the fauna and flora with news on the bulletin board
Illustration of some fauna and flora living on the golf course in the web site
"Environmental" calendar on 2016

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Specific "Golf & Environment" section in the web site.
Interactive sighting animals on the web site and on the 2016 calendar.
Articles on local newspaper and on the bulletin board.
Supporting campaigns Official support of "Impegnati nel Verde", the environmental Recognition program of IGF.
Official support to F.A.I. (Fondo ambiente Italiano) also with economic contribution (subscription fee and donation of charity tournament fees).
Support of Green Infinity by Lyonnes campaign
Course walks / open days Partecipation at first "Open days" organised by Italian Golf Federation -June 2012
Two open day per year ("Porta un amico al golf" campaign)
Introduction in golf of Alajmo's customers
Joint practical projects with community Partecipation and organisation at projects organised by IGF and Ministero dell'Istruzione to introduce golf to local school .
Partecipation and organisation, in collaboration with institute for disabilities, at project focused to introduce golf to disabled people.