Golf Du Rhin

GEO Certified® 06/2012 GEO Re-Certified 09/2015
Chalampé,
France
Telephone: 0033 389 832 832
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Golf du Rhin (Chalampy, near Mulhouse) is a private golf facility located on the frontier of France and Germany within 35 km of Basel. It's specific location, situated on an isle between a river, the Rhine and a canal, the Grand Canal d' Alsace, makes the site very unique (altitude 126 m). Across the canal you find the industrial zone of Ottmarsheim so the Golf du Rhin is both for people, birds and wildlife a safe and quiet escape. The club has 18 holes well integrated in the surrounding landscape. The botanical identification with di…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Golf du Rhin (18 holes, 6272 metres, year opened 1969)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Halfway House(s)
1 Other

Nature

Golf du Rhin was created in 1969 by industry managers of Mulhouse and the Chamber of Commerce wanting to create a Golf Club with "British Style" and a tri-national Membership.
The golf is located on the " Rhine Isle" between the Grand Canal d'Alsace and the Rhine.
Due to the situation on the low rubble terrace of the Rhine the soils are «Very sandy - sandy clay limestone, moderately deep with a few beds of gravel on sandy alluvium of the plain of the Rhine» .
The high water permeability of to soils allows rainfall to rapidly seep down, but requires also more irrigation during drier periods from a pump on site at about 20 m depth.
The climate is warm and temperate. Average rainfall or the year is 686 mm. Snow cover is rare allowing the course to be used all year round.
Between the "Tulla dikes" the old Rhine has developped spontanous formations(wet sands vegetation, gravel layers,white willow plantation) on the open areas left by the lower flow.
Nowadays the grounds between the canal and the river host fragments of alluvial forests and drygrass plots and fallows with a rare and threatened fauna and flora.The site of the Golf du Rhin mingled with this remarkable natural landscape which is variously classified and protected.
Le Golf du Rhin a été créé en 1969 sous l'égide de la Chambre de Commerce et quelques industriels mulhousiens qui voulaient aménager un golf à l'anglaise de portée tri-nationale.Il est situé sur l'Ile du Rhin entre le Grand Canal d'Alsace et le Rhin.
Avant sa canalisation, le Rhin s'étalait sur une tresse de chenaux large de plusieurs Km.Cette configuration assurait une grande diversité de millieux,des dépôts graveleux secs aux bras morts paludéens.Les crues du fleuve assuraient le rajeunissement et le maintien de ces habitats naturels.
Les canalisations successives du Rhin(d'abord au 19ème siècle ,puis avec la création du Grand Canal) ont supprimé les débordements du fleuve.Le Vieux Rhin a développé entre les digues de Tulla des formations spontanées ( végétation des sables mouillés,bancs de graviers,saulaie blanche)sur les espaces découverts par la baisse de débit.
La bande de terrain comprise entre le canal et le fleuve accueille aujourd'hui des lambeaux de forêts alluviales et de pelouses sèches et des friches hébergeant une flore et une faune particulière,rare et menacée.
Le parcours du Golf du Rhin s'est intégré dans cet espace paysagé naturel qui est classé et protégé à plusieurs titres.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Cabinet Antoine WAECHTER, (Consultant on Environmental Issues)
  • CLIMAX, (Consultant on Environmental Issues)

No landscape assessments or surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

  • Cabinet Antoine WAECHTER (Consultant on Environmental Issues)
  • CLIMAX (Consultant on Environmental Issues)
  • LPO ( Ligue de la Protection des Oiseaux )
  • CSA ( Conservatoire des Sites Alsaciens )
  • ONF ( Office National des Fôrets )
  • Elagage et Paysage du Haut-Rhin (Landscaping Contractor)
  • SEVE (J.-L. Barberousse, Consultant on Golf Course Management)

No ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

Local name Scientific name
Rossignol / Nachtigall Luscinia megarhynchos
Martin-pêcheur / Eisvogel Alcedo atthis
Orchis moucheron / Mücken-Händelwurz Gymnadenia conopsea

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

Local name Scientific name
Ancolie / Akelei Aquilegia
Sedum / Mauerpfeffer Sedum
Centaure / Flockenblume Centaurea
Thym / Thymian Thymus vulgaris
Muguet sauvage / Wildes Maiglöckchen Convallaria majalis

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
National Park NATURA 2000 + Réserve de Chasse et de Faune Sauvage
The inventory of the ZNIEFF zones has as objective the identification and description of all sectors presenting strong biological capacities and which are in a good state of conservation. Natural Areas of Ecological Fauna and Flora Interest (ZNIEFF)
The objective of the Ramsar convention is to stop the disappearing of the wetlands and enhance their conservation as well as the conservation of their flora and fauna. RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 12 Informal NGO
Native Woodland 15 Informal NGO
Open Water Features 0.7 N/A

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.5 Hectares Poa annua 60%
Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 20%
Tees 1.0 Hectares Lolium perenne 50%
Poa annua 20%
Fairways 9.0 Hectares Poa annua 60%
Lolium perenne 30%
Semi Rough 2.0 Hectares Poa annua 60%
Lolium perenne 30%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
The difference to 100% of the sward composition is comprised of Agrostis tenuis (greens 20%), Poa pratensis (tees 10%) and Festuca rubra (tees 10%, fairways 10%, semi-rough 10%). The enhanced biodiversity is aiming at ensuring a more even and healthy turf surface.
In general the surface of fairways and semi rough was reduced by 3 and 7 ha, respectively, resulting in less need for fertilizer, pesticides and operations/fuel.

Poa annua on the greens is too water consuming and prone to diseases (dollar spot). Therefore, a combination of soil operation and overseeding with different varieties of Agrostis tenuis and A. stolonifera is employed to reach a favourable sward composition.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 2 months

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

  • Mr. J.-L. Barberousse (SEVE ) for general turf and course management
  • Mr. Th. Himmel (EIGCA), as course architect regarding master plan and improvements

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 Plans for fertilization, preventive treatments and operations in consultation with J.-L. Barberousse (SEVE ).
Irrigation Plan established and adjusted according to the weather forecast of the MÈTEO station Colmar.
Overseeding according to the general plan to inverse the flora on greens.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Regular meetings of the Green Commission and information to the members through the letter of the President , yearly report for the General Assembly.
AD-hoc information on billboards. Ongoing communication through the Commission members.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Protection and restoration of historic features No mowing of wild rough areas left as natural area in order to protect the growing orchids and allow the birth of young hares .
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We have identified and marked by a discrete botanical identification several of our tree species.
Conservation of specimen trees All trees are conserved, unless a tree or main branch is becoming a threat / danger for the safety of players or greenkeepers.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Such features are hidden by shrubs as far as possible.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the landscape ecology of the golf course:

Activity Description
Connection of patches with external habitats We have increased the area of wild roughs to 24,3 ha.

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

Activity Description
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Almost no interventiion of the greenkeeping team in order to leave it as natural as possible.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation A water pond was installed between holes 13 and 14, which was designed as a biotope. It is now inhabited by fishes, frogs and dragonflies.

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 We have increased the area of wild roughs to 24,3 ha to allow undisturbed growth, especially of dicot plants.
No intervention during the flowering season.
Installation of nest boxes In collaboration with the LPO ( Ligue de la Protection des Oiseaux) we have installed about 30 nest boxes of various types.
Provision of feeding tables We provide salt licks during winter time.

Water

Le Golf du Rhin utilise l'eau de la nappe phréatique pour la consommation du club (vestiaires, restaurant et local technique) et la consommation du terrain (arrosage et nettoyage des engins).

The overall water consumption for irrigation is depending on the actual climatic condition of the year under consideration. The water consumption for the clubhouse follow the number of golf rounds by club and greenfee players which is steadily increasing.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Assistance Technique Jean Louis Barberousse - Analyse eau irrigation Laboratoire Agro Système 2013/08/05 Download

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

2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Groundwater 100% 2,433,000 Litres
Public / Potable 0%
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 55,130,000 Litres
Public / Potable 0%
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Groundwater 100% 400,000 Litres
Public / Potable 0%
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Groundwater 100% 2,498,000 Litres
Public / Potable 0%
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 88,720,000 Litres
Public / Potable 0%
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Groundwater 100% 400,000 Litres
Public / Potable 0%
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Groundwater 100% 2,655,000 Litres
Public / Potable 0%
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 80,410,000 Litres
Public / Potable 0%
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Groundwater 100% 400,000 Litres
Public / Potable 0%

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

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 years

Upgraded every 1 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species Resowing is carried out every year:
- 4 times per year on the greens (50 kg each of Agrostis tenuios and A. stolonifera)
- on tees, mounds of greens and fairways 1 sowing of Lolium perenne at a rate of 20 g/m² (in 2014 an area of 5 ha was resown with a total of 1 ton seeds) The sowing programme extends over 2 years.
The objective is to implant varieties most resistant to heat, drought and diseases.

Soil decompaction and thatch management During 2 years an aeration and subsoiling program was undertaken to promote the penetration of water and grass root development.
Operations on the greens:
- 7 aerations by tines
-23 spikes (aeration by mini blades)
- 5 aerations by blades
-18 sandings
- 4 verticuts (between-1 and - 3 mm)

Operations on the fairways:
- 2 aerations by blades

Operations on the tees:
- 5 aerations by blades
- 2 spikes (aeration by mini blades)
- 3 aerations by tines
- 9 sandings
- 2 verticuts to-10 mm.
Timing and dose of water application Irrigation is carried out at night between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. in a period of water deficit.
When the heat is too strong fogging can be applied.
The average maximum water doses applied (mm/ day) are:
Greens: 8
fairways: 5
tees: 18
semi roughs: 8
training areas: 10
Analysis of soil moisture At present no probe is located on the course to monitor the soil moisture.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Rates of evapotranspiration are considered by using weather data from the internet. A rain gauge on site allows to adapt the irrigation pattern accordingly.
Use of wetting agents We use wetting agents on greens to promote penetration of water, limit dry spots and excessive irrigation
Overall reduction in irrigated area It is not possible to reduce the irrigated area since the soils at Golf du Rhin are composed of very permeable materials (sandy to silty texture with gravel).
Targeting of sprinkler heads To reduce water consumption, existing old sprinklers were replaced by new ones that consume less water.
Optimizing system pressure Each year EVAC EAU, the water company, controls the pressure of the irrigation system from pump to sprinklers to maintain an optimized system.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Systematic use of sprinklers with solenoid valves to optimize distribution and water supply.
Installation of remote control system FREEDOM by Rainbird is installed to allow real-time operation of the central control from anywhere on the course.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets A dry toilet was installed on the course. A second one is planned.
Use of water efficient appliances Auto-sensing valves are installed whenever feasible.
Use of efficient shower technology Showers are maintained at minimal pressure level.
Repairing leaks Water leaks are repaired immediately when observed.
Water awareness signage To date no water awareness signage has been set up, since members are aware of need to minimize water consumption.

Energy

Our main source of energy is electricity provided by the national network EDF ( Electricité de France ).
We are using very little solar energy so far but consider it whenever a new building or renovation is planned.
The "Intrants" ( Petrol,diesel, oil and fuel ) are delivered from outside and stored in appropriate and legislation conform tanks equipped with catch basin.

Notre principale source d'énergie est l'électricité alimentée par le réseau EDF.
Nous n'utilisons pour l'instant que très peu d'énergie solaire mais l'incorporons dans tout nouveau projet de construction ou de rénovation.
Les intrants ( essence,diesel, huiles et fuel ) sont approvisionnés de l'extérieur et réceptionnés dans des cuves conformes à la législation équipées de bacs de rétention.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2014 2013 2012
Biogas (Litres) 0 0 0
Biomass 0 0 0
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydrogen (Litres) 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) 0 0 0
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0 0 0
Wood from sustainable sources 0 0 0

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

2014 2013 2012
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Litres) 11742 12820 13576
Heating Oil (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 734 830 880
LPG (Litres) 0 0 0
Natural Gas (Litres) 0 0 0
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 229089 278435 252603
Petrol (Litres) 3652 4636 4954
Propane / Butane (Litres) 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
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels The thunderstorm warning system and the light of the on course toilets are powered by solar panels.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles All our golf carts are powered electrically.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Yes in the kitchen of the restaurant.
Installation of low-energy lighting Partially installed. Only low-energy bulbs used for replacement.
Use of motion sensor lighting Partially installed in caddie rooms, lockers and around the clubhouse .
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Installed on water heaters for showers and lighting of the locker rooms.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 0% 100% 60%
Diesel 100% 0% 40%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 0% 0%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 0% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 0% 100% 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
Car sharing incentives Car sharing generally encouraged and realized by members and employees whenever feasible.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) New caddie room building constructed in 2007 with special area for batteries - means that more trolleys can be left on site. This facilitates car sharing since less need to transport golf equipment.
Biking to workplace Several staff is using bikes during summer time to the site.

Supply Chain

The main products being bought on our facilities are:
- sand
- fertilizers
- fuel
- fungicides and pesticides
- retail products for the Proshop
- seeds
- products for the office
- cleaning products.
Our today's purchasing policy is solely based on legal, economical, ecological and qualitative criteria. We only buy products which can be legally used and try to buy them as cheaply as possible.
Another important criteria in our purchasing decision is the quality of service provided by the supplier (speed, security, after sales service, etc...).
With our engagement towards sustainability, we shall in the future put more emphasis on following aspects:
- products and suppliers should bear and be encouraging ecolabels ( FSC, PEFC, Label Européen de Développement Durable, etc...)
- suppliers should be as close as possible to our golf with low delivery costs ( reduction in money and pollution )
- ecological environment of the product (packaging, disposability, recyclability, energy efficiency, etc...).

Les principaux produits achetés par notre golf sont:
- du sable ( pour les aérations et les top dressing )
-des engrais ( minéraux et organiques )
- des carburants
- articles du Proshop
- des semences
- des produits phyto ( fongicides et herbicides )
- du matériel de bureau
- du matériel d'entretien.
A ce jour notre politique d'achats est basée quasi exclusivement sur des critères légaux, économiques, écologiques et qualitatifs.Nous achetons et utilisons bien sûr que des produits autorisés par la loi que nous essayons d'acheter au moins cher. Un autre critère décisif pour nos achats est la qualité de service du fournisseur ( rapidité, sécurité, service après-vente, etc...).
Etant donné notre démarche nous allons désormais accorder plus d'importance aux aspects suivants:
- produits dotés de labels écologiques ( FSC,PEFC,Label Européen de Développement Durable,etc..)
- fournisseurs encourageant les labels et une politique écologiques
- produits de fournisseurs locaux avec des coûts de livraison moins élevés.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Use of local suppliers If at same price level, we privilege the local supplier.
Use of local products Not many local products available, but products bought through local distributors.
Selection of certified products Only legally authorized ( mostly certified) products are used.
For instance following norms are respected:
NFU 44051 (Amendements organiques); NFU 42001(Matières fertilisantes ); NFP 90-113 (Terrains de grands jeux en gazon
naturel »); ISO 9001 (quality management);
AMN ( Autorisation de Mise sur le Marché ).
Use of recycled and recyclable products Paper for printing and copying.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Fairway fertilizers are packed in big bags of 500, 700 and 1000 Kg.
Sand is bought in truck quantities.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Whenever we can.
For example COVED (ISO 9001), Comptoir agricole, Nungesser, Graines Voltz, etc...

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Kilometres Total number of suppliers within 100 Kilometres
Catering Supplies 1 1
Retail 15 9
Trade & Contractors 5 2
Maintenance Equipment 6 5
Course Supplies 3

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses We started in 2009 a program of flora inversion i.e. replacing the Poa Annua of our greens with Festuca and Agrostis tenuis which are more drought and disease resistant.
Managing stress and wear Management program according to the number of tournaments, players and season. For example various cutting heights.
Enhancement of soil structure We increased in the last 2 years the mechanical operations.
For example during the high season, a weekly verticutting and top dressing including organic fertilizers (on expert's advice).
Optimization of the growing environment Use of growth regulators.
Managing thatch levels Here also a program of mechanical operations applies:.
Spiking, verticutting, aerations, etc.Three times per year a measurement is made by our advisor SEVE and the program is adjusted accordingly.
Managing surface moisture During the season, we eliminate the dew on fairways, semi-rough and the greens.
We also apply wetting agents on the greens.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease We always try to stop any disease first by spot application.
Scouting for pests and diseases Daily observation through the whole greenkeeping team.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health We apply a program to enhance the plant health by using e.g. root stimulators and oligoelements.

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

2014 2013 2012
Fairways - K - Inorganic 107 51 20
Fairways - K - Organic 6 19 19
Fairways - N - Inorganic 80 38 25
Fairways - N - Organic 8 35 25
Fairways - P - Inorganic 65 44 7.5
Fairways - P - Organic 6 16 15
Greens - K - Inorganic 79 110 130
Greens - K - Organic 95 76 144
Greens - N - Inorganic 69 99 110
Greens - N - Organic 62 40 90
Greens - P - Inorganic 36 82 63
Greens - P - Organic 43 22 63
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 15
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 0 0 20
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 0 0 6
Tees - K - Inorganic 147 34 50
Tees - K - Organic 38 52 70
Tees - N - Inorganic 67 68 90
Tees - N - Organic 38 32 45
Tees - P - Inorganic 37 72 120
Tees - P - Organic 38 19 30

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

2014 2013 2012
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 1.83 0.62 1.17
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 3.6 1.3 2.4
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 2 1 2
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1.8 0.2 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 4.0 0.5 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 0
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 14.7 31.0 17.0
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 58.3 50.6 67.4
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 12 12 12
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
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 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
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 1.17
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 2.4
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 2
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1.8 0.2 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 4.0 0.5 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 0
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 1.9 1.7 4.0
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 3.5 4.0 7.4
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 3 2 6
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 4 0 0
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 In accordance to legal text: Produits homologués Espaces Verts ou avec Autorisation de Mise sur le Marché ( AMM ).
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases In accordance to the law: Produits homologués Espaces Verts ou avec Autorisation de Mise sur le Marché ( AMM ).
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers In the first instance, when necessary.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Sprayer tested and certified according to legal requirements.
In addition control of nozzles and filters at least once a year. re-calibration whenever deemed necessary.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Our sprayer used for treatments (pesticides, fungicides) is equipped with specific nozzles to avoid a drifting of the pesticides.
Non-chemical weed control Non-chemical weed control is done on greens and tees.
Local treatments on the fairways.
Other aplications on the course We use entomopathogenic nematodes against Beetles and Crane flies ince no more chemical insecticides are allowed on golf courses in France.
Preventive treatments with biological products Priority is given to preventive treatments with biologic stimulants.

Curative treatments are only used if unavoidable.

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 false true false
Cores & Turf false false true false
Sand false false true 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 Yes, we separate recyclable materials.
Glass and paper go to the waste collecting center.
The rest is collected by a specialized company ( Grandidier SA ).
All plastic is brought to Andivalor who recycles it.
Establishment of recycling centers The only internal recycling centre concerns the disposal of the crop protection effluents after cleaning sprayers and other associated equipment. The biological system employing microorganisms which will degrade the residues whereas the water will evaporate: Phytobac® by Bayer is homologated by the French Ministry of Environment.
Education of staff and customer education The staff is regularly sent to training sessions relating to legal requirements for management and disposal of hazardous material.

Pollution Control

Given that the Golf du Rhin is located on an "island" in a natural reserve, we are particularly paying attention to protect the local environment and to sustainability.
To minimize the use of fungicides we follow since 2 years a programme to improve the health of the turfgrass: Measures are increased mechanical operations ( spiking, verticutting, aerations...) to get an optimal root and turf grow and additional overseedings with more resistant grass species of varying the varieties, thus enhancing biodiversity.
The "Inputs" ( Petrol, diesel, oil and fuel ) are delivered from outside and stored in appropriate and legislation conform tanks equipped with catch basins.

Étant donné que le golf est installé au sein d'une réserve naturelle sur l'Ile du Rhin, nous portons une attention particulière à la protection de l'environnement et au développement durable.
Depuis 2 ans nous avons mis en place un programme de travaux mécaniques ( spiking, verticutting, aérations...) afin d'améliorer la santé des graminées et diminuer l'utilisation de produits phytosanitaires.

Water Analysis

This golf facility does not monitor water quality.

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course N/A
Clubhouse Septic Tank
Maintenance Facility Septic Tank
Wash Pad Septic Tank

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 false true
Oil Filters true true
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 We store all hazardous products in a specially installed room accordingly to the French legislation.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas All equipment and materials are stored in the greenkeeper's maintenance building.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces The greenkeeper is preparing the mixture over an impervious surface and the filling of the tank is done on the wash pad.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks We have 2 buried fuel tanks on our site with automatic valves to avoid spilling.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel A fire-resistant cabinet for storage of fuels, spray cans and paint was installed in the workshop.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Yes, it is stored in the maintenance facilities.

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 The treatments are done taking into account weather conditions. No applications are carried out before a rain. Plant protection products are used together with surfactants to reduce leaching losses. For fertilization slow-release forms or foliar treatments are used. Only small fertilizer quantities are used with each pass.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies We respect ZNT legislation (Zones Non Traitées = Zones not to be treated) in relation to the products being used.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan A phytosanitary washing area was created with a basin to catch effluents due to spilling and accidents related to the handling of plant protection products. It allows to secure fillings and cleaning of the sprayer.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Wild roughs were extended which receive no pesticide applications.
Handling of the remaining products used for treatments We installed a wash pad to clean the machines which distribute pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers; the wash water is treated with an automated biological recycling system called Phytobac® to eliminate traces of chemicals .

Community

The Golf du Rhin is located in Alsace in France seperated from Germany only by the Rhine river and only 35Km north of Basel in Switzerland.
Right from the beginning the Club has recruted its members amongst the golfers resident in all three countries (France / Germany and Switzerland) and thus promotes actively an international cultural exchange.
Given that the Golf course is based on the territory of the 2 villages of Chalampé and Rumersheim, we have special relations to both communities.
For instance we provide golf lessons to classes of each village, allocate preferential conditions to residents of both villages, one of the village is sponsoring one of our competitions and our Presidents and the mayors meet regularly.
Obviously we also employ people living in the surrounding villages and have several regional suppliers.

Le Golf du Rhin est situé en Alsace en France, séparé de l'Allemagne uniquement par le Rhin et à environ 35Km au nord de Bâle en Suisse.
Dès le début le Club a recruté ses membres parmi les golfeurs des trois pays ( France/Allemagne et Suisse) et favorise ainsi un échange culturel international actif.
Comme le parcours s'étend sur les 2 communes de Chalampé et de Rumersheim nous avons des contacts particuliers avec ces 2 communautés.
Concrètement cela se traduit par des cours de golf prodigués à une classe d'écoliers de chaque commune, par des conditions préférentielles accordées aux habitants des 2 villages, par l'organisation d'une compétition sponsorisée par l'une des communes et par des rencontres régulières entre les maires des 2 communes et les Présidents du Club.
Naturellement nous employons des personnes habitants dans les villages avoisinnants et travaillons avec plusieurs fournisseurs de la région.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 2 2
Course Management 8 1
Golf Coaching 2
Other 1

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

  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist
  • Green Committee Members

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Storage and disposal is subject to legislation, this matter is only handled by our superintendent. His assistent is being trained by the AGREF
(Association of the French Greenkeepers).
Efficient water management Major task of the superintendant and his assistant. Training courses offered by AGREF.
Our external consultant in Greenkeeping (SEVE) and the supplier of the irrigation system (Rainbird) intervene at least once a year.
Management of accidents and emergencies General Manager and the superintendent through the "Document Unique de Sécurité" which lists all dangers which might occur during the work of the employees.
Management of habitats and vegetation Instructions of the superintendent with special emphasis to the wildlife which populates the golf area (hares, roe deers, birds, etc).
Several employees of the greenkeeping team have specific objectives in relation to these areas.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling COVED the company collecting the garbage is giving advice on separation of the garbage.
Health & Safety Committee, General Manager and Superintendent are in charge of ensuring that the health & safety regulations are respected..
Use of the club's fire prevention equipment and defibrillator was taught by the local fire brigade.
A thunderstorm warning system and shelters with lightning-rods are available on the course.
Energy Saving Respective instructions are issued by General Manager and Superintendent.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Reports after the monthly meetings of the Green Commission and informal meetings.
Environmental management planning Informal meetings.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Meetings with VNF ( Voies Navigables de France), owner of the surrounding land and roads leading to the Golf.
Golf discovery days.
Local Government Meetings with the mayors and members of the Conseil Général.
Invitations to Jubilees (e.g. 40 years of the Club, tournaments).
Golf discovery days.
Local Environmental Groups Collaboration with the LPO ( Ligue de la Protection des Oiseaux) to monitor the bird species on site and to install nests on the course.
Local Community Groups Annual meeting of all the Associations of the village Chalampé.
Media Good contacts to the local newspapers ( DNA and Alsace ), to specialised golf magazines .
Local Businesses Several regional companies are working for us.
Schools & Colleges Two classes of pupils from the primary schools of Chalampé and Rumersheim attend our Golf Scolaire program.
UP ( Université Populaire ) Affordable golf courses for several levels of players.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths We assure the maintenance of the road leading to the golf and a small path next to it.
Since the Golf course is located on an island which is a protected reserve no other activities are promoted.

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
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) The road leading to the Club is an old towing path for boats.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display The President's Letter.
The Green Commission reports.
Billboards and website.
Course guides / brochures Club leaflet.
Interpretation panels & course signage We have identified and marked by a discrete botanical identification several of our tree species.

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

Activity Description
Course walks / open days We are planning to organize information sessions for our members and children to inform about our GEO activities.
Promotion for sustainability and GEO amongst the ADGF (Association des Directeurs de Golf de France ) and FFG ( French Golf Federation ). During various meetings we recommend the GEO to the leaders of the two above mentioned institutions.
For the study visit of the DRG (Deutsche Rasengesellschaft) a handout on GEO was prepared.