Ljunghusen Golf Club

GEO Certified® 07/2012 GEO Re-Certified 07/2015
Höllviken,
Sweden
Telephone: +46-40-458000
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The facility was the first one in the world to achieve the GEO-certification, June 2009. And the club has for decades been one of the leading ones in Sweden when it comes to sustainability. The facility is within a nature reserve and is situated by the sea, a dominating feature is heath land, and is constantly trying to improve the management of the nature in order to enhance the biodiversity and has cooperation with NGO: s and authorities. The landscape has links characteristics, changed over the centuries because of different usage. Remains o…

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Ljunghusen Golf Club 2009 GEO Certified™ Report 


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Facility details

Golf Courses
Ljunghusen (27 holes, 7524 metres, year opened 1932)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Halfway House(s)
1 Other

Nature

Banan byggdes 1932 och är sedan 1986 del av ett naturreservat. Utvecklingen har skett i omgångar ursprungligen 9 hål, utökad till 18 hål 1957 och till 27 hål och nuvarande omfattning av ytan. Heden betecknas internationellt som våtmark. Karaktären är s.k. links och ligger på sandig mark som en gång varit öppet hav.

Förekomsten av klockljung, kråkbär, vanlig ljung och pors är riklig. De sprider sin karaktäristiska doft och när ljungen blommar i augusti är det som ett violett "hav". Det finns också insektsätande växter, bland annat sileshår. Bland tuvor av ljung och kråkbär kan du hitta den sällsynta klockgentianan som blommar i juli och augusti särskilt längs andra, sjätte, fjortonde och femtonde hålen.

Utanför staketet kan vi bland annat se "Highland Cattle" beta och bidra till att hålla hedlandet fritt från buskar.

Under en lång tid var ekarna det dominerande inslaget i landskapet på Falsterbohalvön. Detta förändrades under medeltiden, då ek var attraktivt virke bland annat för båtbygge och tillverkning av sillatunnor. Efterhand som eken höggs ner etablerades hedarna. I flera hundra år användes heden för bete, torv som byggmaterial men även som bränsle.
I mitten och slutet av 1800-talet planterades tall, ek- och björkträd och området började ta nuvarande utseende. Klimatförändringar har haft stark inverkan på området och sedan istiden har strandområdet söder om hedmarken med sina sanddyner och stränder ständigt förändrats.

Ljunghusen strävar efter att integrera banan i omgivningen så mycket som möjligt och noggranna planer har också gjorts för att både förändringar på banan eller av byggnader inte ska störa intrycket. Exempelvis byggdes maskinhallen vid gamla klubbhuset som har anor från 1800-talet för att passa in i miljön och omges av staket för att både skydda mot intrång men fram för allt för insyn.


The course was built 1932 and has deveolped firstly to 9 then to 18 holes 1957 and 27 holes 1965 within the same area as it is today. The course has been within a nature reserve since 1986. The heathland is internationally recognized as wetlands. The character is a links course built on sand upon land that a long time ago was open sea.

Bell heather, crowberry and ordinary heather are abundant as well as bog myrtle which spreads its characteristic scent among the banks of the shore and it's a pretty sight in August when the heather is blooming. On the course you can find sundew and the insect eating steep grass. Among tufts of heather and crowberry springs you can find the rare bell gentia which flowers in profusion in July and August particularly along the second, sixth, fourteenth and fifteenth holes.

Outside the fence we can see different animals grazing, for instance Highland Cattle not only as a feature but also to keep the heathland free from shrubs.

The oak trees were the dominating feature for a long time on the landscape of the Falsterbo Peninsula. This changed during the medieval time, as oak was in great demand for good timber for building ships and for the herring barrels. The area was clear-cut and as a result the heathland was established. For hundreds of years the heath land was used for pasture, peat for covering roofs and also for burning in fireplaces and stoves. In the middle of and the late 19th century pine-, oak- and birch-trees were planted and the area started to look as it does today. The interference of the climate in the area has always been present and since the ice age the beach area south of the heath land with its sand dunes and shoreline has changed constantly.

Our club strives to integrate the course into the surroundings as much as possible and careful plans have also been made for the changes or alterations of the buildings not to disturb the impression. The machinery shed was built to fit in with the old clubhouse nearby. The maintenance centre is surrounded by a fence protecting trespassing and viewing.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Falsterbonäsets Naturvårdsförening
  • Local associations with goals to preserve the area.

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

Title Author Date View document
History of border lines 2008/06/02
Master Plan 2011 Peter Chamberlain 2011/06/01 Download
Improvments of the course Magnus Jivén 2015/06/01 Download

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

  • Falsterbo Nature Conservation Society
  • Falsterbo Ornithology Organisation
  • Skane County Forest Board
  • Skane County Government Board
  • Vellinge Community Regional Environmental Office

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

Title Author Date View document
Invetering av flora David Göransson 2002/07/01 Download

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

Local name Scientific name
Klockgentiana Gentiana pneumonanthe
Krypfloka Apium inundatum (L.) Rchb. f.
Styvmorsviol Viola tricolor ssp. curtisii
Klotgräs Pilularia globulifera L
Paddfot Asperugo procumbens
Rödlånke Lythrum portula
Käringtand Lotus tenuis
Taggkörvel Anthriscus caucalis M

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 National government and local NGOs
Areas of Scenic Beauty Beaches by local associations.
Naturreservat Länsstyrelsen

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 35 National Government
Scrub Vegetation Mixed in the landscape, no major area National Government
Native Woodland Less than 1 hectar National Government
Wetlands 15 International
Open Water Features 7 National Government
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 33 National Government

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 Poa annua 50%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 50%
Tees 2.0 Hectares Poa annua 50%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 50%
Fairways 25.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 50%
Poa annua 50%
Semi Rough 15.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 60%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 40%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Natural grasses and the speicies we like to have to keep the links type of our golf course.
We stimulate fescue and bent but have poa annua in the mix as well.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 months

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

  • Golf Course Architect Peter Chamberlain

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 Is in our annual plan. General policy is to maintain the golf course in links style and manner.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Lower irrigation and fertilzation on fairways. Avoid feritlizers and irrigation in semi-rough.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces The annual maintenance plan is reviewd by our members at the AGM.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Present Ljunghusen as a links and heathland course.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces Follow the changes in the seasons.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture It's our goal to follow the seasons. It's green when it's a wet period and brown when we've a drought.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours The Course Manager makes up the lines every spring. It has to match our policy for being a links course.
Protection and restoration of historic features The heather and old dunes are the most important assets of the course. It shows how the landsscape has been created during last 3-4000 years. And in the low lands we've the wetland areas.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We are using wood frames for some signs. Wooden benches. Tee signs will be installed in the ground and will be very discreet.
Conservation of specimen trees Our situation is the opposite - to maintain the open heathland and keep as few trees as possible.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Big efforts are done to keep the contures of the old links land that the course is situated in. When we extend design and construction of any new buildings we take special care to keep the environment as good as possible.

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 We use fescue and bent which are the most natural grasses and we do not saw amenity grass.
Increasing the size of habitat patches A plan is in place for increasing growth of heather. Also, to keep water areas free from seewead and other vegetation.
Connection of internal habitat patches To keep and maintain the golf course with the original dunes and wetlands and not disrupt the heathland.
Connection of patches with external habitats See above, we believe it is important to keep the existing heathland areas.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation To keep and maintain the old heathland and sea side caracter.

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 We aim to stimulate the biodiversity that has been shown through inventory of the flora.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation We perform heathland management to decrease the influence of shrubs.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands N/A
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas When cleaning wet lands we remove debris so it does not destroy other nature areas.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation We regularly clean open ditches and ponds from aquatic vegetation to keep water ways open for both nature and drainage.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve and enhance biodiversity on the golf course:

Activity Description
Installation of nest boxes N/A since we do not have many trees.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) We let some of the old logs remain in nature to enhance micro-habitats.

Water

Grundvatten från borrhål och dräneringsvatten används för bevattning. Golfanläggningen har tre pumpstationer och använder mellan 30 000-50 000 kubikmeter vatten per år.
Via datorsystemet för bevattningsstyrningen och mätare på pumpstationerna kan vattenförbrukningen mätas.
En pumpstation förser hålen 19-27 med vatten (grundvatten) och stöder de två andra pumpstationerna genom att fylla bevattningsdammar under dagtid. Att använda grundvatten är inte ett problem eftersom grundvattenytan är mycket hög (30-80 cm under ytan), vi har faktiskt ett överskott av vatten i stället för ett problem med brist på vatten. Även om vi är nära Östersjön är salthalten normalt inget problem.

Vår avsikt är att hålla våra linkskaraktär och därför aldrig vattna för mycket. Naturen får ha sin gång och vid torrperioder blir delar av banan brun och vice versa vid våta perioder blir det grönt.

Kommunalt vatten används för klubbhus och personalfaciliteter.


Groundwater from boreholes and harvested surface water are used for irrigation. The golf facility has three pump stations and is using between 30 000-50 000 cubic meters of water per year. With the computerized irrigation programme and meters on the pumps we can measure the water used for irrigation. One pump (ground water) supports the other two pumps by filling the irrigation ponds during daytime. Using ground water is not a problem since the ground water level is very high (30-80 cm below surface), we actually have an excess of water instead of a problem with lack of water. Even if we are close to the Baltic the salinity is normally no problem.
Our intention is to keep our links type of golf and never overwater, if it's dry the course is brownish and if it's a rainy period it's green.

Public water are used for the Club Houses and maintenance facilities.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Water Analysis summary LMI Download
Water Analysis summary Lars Knutson and LMI 2015/06/01 Download
Water Analysis Summary 2015 Lars Knutson and LMI 2015/06/17 Download

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

2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,351,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 80% 46,000,000 Litres
Groundwater 20%
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 191,000 Litres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 988,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 80% 45,000,000 Litres
Groundwater 20%
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 162,000 Litres
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,200,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 80% 35,000,000 Litres
Groundwater 20%
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 171,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Weekly
Tees Weekly
Fairways Weekly
Semi-Rough Never
Rough Never

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 2 months

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 We select species that are drought tolerant and fit in to a links course.
Soil decompaction and thatch management To optimize irrigation efficiency regularly aerification is performed
Timing and dose of water application Irrigation is mainly done at night during dry periods.
Analysis of soil moisture Visual analyse of need is performed. A soil moisture meter is also used. It's also analysed when changing pins.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data We have no meters for this. The Course Manager follows statstics on web sites.
Use of wetting agents Performed when needed. A new technology is used with a special nozzle for hand watering which softens the water and penetrates without wetting agent.
Targeting of sprinkler heads The sprinklers have been positioned to optimize water delivery. Nozzles have been adjusted to individual need of water for every area. Back to back method on sprinklers are used to monitor and minimize use of water.
Optimizing system pressure Pump stations are totally computerised.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Back to back sprinklers have been installed at some greens. Sector sprinklers are beeing used when needed. To optimize water usage we use low trajectory nozzles.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets We have double low and high functions in all toilets.
Use of water efficient appliances Special handles are in place to save hot water in some areas.
Use of efficient shower technology We have low flow nozzles in the showers.
Repairing leaks Leaks are being regularly monitored and repaired if necessary.

Energy

2005 byggdes nya personalutrymmen och 2008 utökades klubbhuset med ca 250 kvm. Vid båda tillfällen installerades ytjordsvärmesystem med värmepumpar för att minska el- respektive oljeförbrukning. Oljeförbrukningen i klubbhuset minskade med 95%.
Vi har byggt om pumpstationerna för bevattningen för bättre energieffektivitet. Vi har bytt från bensin till diesel för mindre bränsleförbrukning och vi använder elektriska golfbilar.

Användandet av biobränsle är svårt att kontrollera eftersom det blandas in i dieselbränslet. Vi använder huvudsakligen miljövänlig bensin.
Efter 7 år har vi fortfarande använt mindre än 2 000 liter olja för klubbhusuppvärmningen och oljepannan är endast som reserv vid haveri eller extremt kallt väder. Eventuellt kommer oljepannan att bytas mot elektiskt alternativ som reserv.
Från 2013 är elavtalet med förnybar el, grön el.

The maintenance facilities were rebuilt in 2005 and in 2008 the Club House was extended by appr. 250 sq meters. In both cases we changed from electric and oil heating to heat pump (geo thermal source) and reduced both the electric and oil consumption. The latter by 95%.
We have rebuilt irrigation pump stations for better energy efficiency.
We have changed from petrol to diesel for less fuel consumption and we are using electric golf buggies.
Using of biofuel is difficult to monitor since there is a mix in the diesel fuel. We use mainly gasoline that is environmentally optimal.

Since we've used less than 2000 litres of oil the last 7 years we are planning to decharge the oil burner as a spare and instead use electicity if needed when the geothermal heating not is not enough on cold occasions.

From 2013 the contract for electricity is changed to renewable electricity, green electricity.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Electricity audit for planning of new contract for renewable electricity Download
Statistics for electricity 2012-2014 LjGK 2015/02/03 Download

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) 321783 326632 331524
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) 14032 14969 19894
Heating Oil (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 180 200 210
LPG (Litres) 0 0 0
Natural Gas (Litres) 0 0 0
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 0 0 0
Petrol (Litres) 1903 2050 1917
Propane / Butane (Litres) 249 200 142
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 With a new contract it's now green tariff for all electricity.
Installation of small scale wind turbine N/A
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels This has been discussed but the conclusion was that geothermal energy was the best type of energy for us.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources This was installed in 2005 for the maintenance shed and in 2008 for the club house.
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) The restaurant use gas for cooking.
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol The diesel fuel is so called green diesel, which is a mix of biodiesel and regular diesel.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles The new green mowers are hybrid. This will reduce use of diesel fuel.
Use of recycled oils We have a contract with a company who takes care of all excess oil both from maintenance areas and the restaurant.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems As mentioned above, the club house is heated by a geothermal heating pump.
An installation for using the geothermal heating for ventilation in the kitchen was completed in 2011.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration All new heating and refridgeration is monitored by modern technology for oprimal effiency.
Upgrading of building insulation Has been done 2002 and 2008.
Installation of low-energy lighting This is installed in all our buildings.
Use of motion sensor lighting This is used in all areas where it is practically possible, locker rooms, toilets, entrance hall, club lounge etc.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting We have a computerized system for heating control.
Educating staff and customers Instructions are given to all staff to regulate the systems due to the seasons and especially during low season when some areas are not used so much.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100% 21%
Diesel 70% 64%
Grid Electric 14%
Hybrid 30%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 100%
Diesel 100%
Grid Electric 100%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives A plan is in place for staff who live close to ride together.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) We promote our golf team to use our minbus for transportation to golf tournaments. Members are also allowed to hire the minbus for private golf trips.
Secure cycle parking This is situated by the club house.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) There is increased storage room for juniors so they can cycle to the club.
New lockers that can store a carrybag have been built in our locker rooms.
Staff showers Low volume nozzles are used.

Supply Chain

Om möjligt används distributörer som kan förse oss med mer än en produkt och därmed samordna leveranser. Vi verkar för att leverantörerna ska ta pallar och andra transportemballage i retur.
Kontrakten för avfallsprodukter uppdateras årligen.
System för återvinning av plastemballage från restaurangen planeras.
Avtal med kommunen med återvinning av matavfall för att producera biogas startade 2010 och utvärderas löpande.


If possible, we use distributors that can supply us with more than one product for co ordination of delivery and to reduce transport. We demand the suppliers to bring back pallets and other containers in return.
Annual update of contract for waste Products is made.
The new contract in 2010 with local municipality for recycling food waste for producing bio gas is evaluated annually.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source We use containers and packages that are effective in size, not too big or too small.
Use of local suppliers This is performed when possible, to minimize transports.
Use of local products This is maintained, mainly for the restaurant.
Selection of certified products Yes, if possible.
Use of recycled and recyclable products If there is an option we do use recycled products as well as recyclable products.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging For the catering business we have a policy of using few suppliers and they transport their goods on a pallet.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Most of our suppliers are certified.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Kilometres Total number of suppliers within 100 Kilometres
Food & Beverage 10 1 9
Retail 10 1 5
Maintenance Equipment 4 3
Course Supplies 6 2

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Fescue and bent are primarly used.
Managing stress and wear We raise the mowing heigth in dry weather to minimize grass stress and wear. We roll the greens sometimes instead of mowing if there is risk of stress on the grass.
Enhancement of soil structure To get good soil structure, we aerify regularly. Use all on market machinery to make diversion of depth of aerification.
Optimization of the growing environment Best management practices is being used.
Managing thatch levels Aerification and verti cutting is being done
Managing surface moisture We check and sometimes hand water instead of using too much automatic irrigation. We use a new technic for handwatering that reduces use of wetting agents.
Scouting for pests and diseases Scouting by the course manager is done to discover any disease at an early stage when it's easier to handle.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health The most important thing for the Course Manager is to monitor and keep updated with news in the business of what's going on to adopt new good practices

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

2014 2013 2012
Fairways - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Fairways - K - Organic 0 0 0
Fairways - N - Inorganic 22 20 22
Fairways - N - Organic 0 0 0
Fairways - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Fairways - P - Organic 0 0 0
Greens - K - Inorganic 90 80 130
Greens - K - Organic 90 30 0
Greens - N - Inorganic 90 150 175
Greens - N - Organic 120 50 0
Greens - P - Inorganic 30 20 60
Greens - P - Organic 45 30 0
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 30 60 120
Tees - K - Organic 90 130 0
Tees - N - Inorganic 60 210 230
Tees - N - Organic 240 110 0
Tees - P - Inorganic 20 20 60
Tees - P - Organic 30 70 0

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

2014 2013 2012
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 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 125 125 125
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 1 1 1
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 3 3 3
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 2 2 2
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 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 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 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 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
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 We use only products approved for golf courses in Sweden. Low toxicity Products are preferred.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases We only use fungicides for greens and some herbicide for tees and fairways on evidence of actual damage.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Following regulations to enhance health and safety for staff handling chemical products.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Yearly.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We use a new sprayer with wind protected spray boom and flexinozzles.
Non-chemical weed control Staff hand-pick weeds on the greens.

Waste Management

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

Title Author Date View document
New contract for waste IL Recycling Louise Ahrén Download
Contract Glass IL Recycling Louise Ahrén Download
Contract Fat disposal Sysav Download

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass false true false false
Plastic false true false false
Aluminium false true false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings false true false false
Cores & Turf false true false false
Sand false true 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 Different bins and contracts is used for all materials. There is a new compressing unit for card board waste. Since 2010 we have a contract which recycles food waste from the restaurant and turns it in to bio gas.
Establishment of recycling centers One recycling center is at at the club house and one by the maintenance center. And all paperbins out on the course are emptied by our staff and they separate the waste in the center.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Only clippings from greens are collected so all other clippings go directly back to surface.
Education of staff and customer education Through our contractor we update any news about waste management annually.
With waste baskets on every tee the players are able to dump the waste.
At half way house there is a recycle bin for three different kinds of waste.
Waste awareness campaigns With information mainly through signs.

Pollution Control

Vi arbetar aktivt med lokala organisationer. Sedan mitten av 90-talet vi har årliga möten med lokala frivilligorganisationer, regionala och statliga organisationer, kommunen etc.
I skötselplanen för naturreservatet finns ett avsnitt som beskriver hur golfbanan ska skötas. Länsstyrelsen har planer på att uppdatera planen.

We work close with the local NGOs. Since the mid 90s we've annual meetings with local NGOs, regional government organisations, local community etc.
In the maintenance plan for the nature reserve there is a section that describes how the golf course is supposed to be maintained. The regional government has a plan to update this section for the nature reserve.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Ditch N/A
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer Yes
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 true true
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true true
Fertiliser Bags true true
Oil Filters true true
Batteries true true

Pollution Prevention

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

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas All hazardous products are stored covered and in locked containers.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Maintenance is performed in the workshop. There is an oil separator in the workshop.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces This is only applied directly on grassed areas. It is prepared safely in the compound.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks Fuel tanks are in a consealed container.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Fuel storage is in a consealed container that can hold any leakage.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials The mechanic has absorbent material if any spillage is found.

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 Course Manager is making up the plan for all turf input and is ready to stop a planned operation if the wheather changes etc.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies We keep at least 15 m to ditch and open water.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan The emergency plan has contact details for different incidents.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge Since we've problems with erosion by the sea, we try to put upp shields and fences to restore sand back to its origin.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Since we are using minimal pesticides we have plenty of no-pesticides-zones.

Community

Eftersom Ljunghusen golfbana byggdes 1932 i ett område som ursprungligen var ett sommarbostadsområde har vi spelat en viktig roll för att rädda och bevara ett naturkänsligt område från att utnyttjas och byggas på. Golfbanan har också blivit en viktig plats för rekreation för det lokala samhället. Sandstranden är tillgänglig genom golfbanan och speciellt under sommaren för badande. Promenadvägar genom banan är öppna hela året. Det är mycket lättare att gå på banan än ute på heden och vi har inga konflikter mellan golfare och vandrare, cyklister etc. Vi har skyltar som underlättar för allmänheten att passera banan på ett säkert och komfortabelt sätt.
Skåneleden passerar genom banan.

Since the Ljunghusen Golf Course has been on site since 1932 in an area which was originally a summer residence area we have played a very important role to save and maintain a nature sensitive area from being exploited and built on. The Course has also become an important place of recreation for the local community. The sandy beach is accessible through the golf course in the summer and walking paths are open all year through the course. It's a lot easier to walk on the course than out in the heathland and we never have any conflicts between golfers and walkers, bikers etc. We've signs that make it easier for the public for safe crossing of the course.
A special trail, Skåneleden, passes through the course.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 1 3 2
Course Management 5 5 5
Food & Beverage 3 3 5
Golf Coaching 1 3 2
Retail & Leisure 1 2

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist
  • Local Community
  • Local Environment NGO

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides We follow the regulation for all products. Storage of pesticides is in a special cabin that can take care of any leakage. Application is only allowed by staff who has a certificate to do so, this has to be renewed regularly. Disposal is done through the companies who are selling the products.
Efficient water management Ground water level is generally only less than a meter below surface and we've to be aware of this situation when we do drainage, irrigation and so on.
Management of accidents and emergencies We've an emergency plan with contacts including a course map showing accessible roads for rescue staff. Instructions are updated every year. Health an safety training with our staff and and contractors is performed yearly. A heart starter is situated in the club house.
Management of habitats and vegetation As the course is situated in nature reserve we've in the maintenance plan to keep the landscape open from scrubs and stimulate the heather and other vegetation that is natural.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Waste seperation is a key and we are striving not only to recycle but also to minimize transports of waste from our operation.
Health & Safety Annual education in health and safety is performed. One person in the staff has the official responsiblity to ensure that the safety fregulations are followed. This is a requirement from governement and labour unions.
Energy Saving Our goal is to optimise transports, working routines etc. Also regularly discuss different ways to save energy for heating etc.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage This is part of our maintenance programme that is included in the plan for the nature reserve and also annual meetings with our local and regional NGOs and municipal and regional offices. This also important when making up the master plan for the course.
Environmental management planning Is part of our regular staff training to be aware of the sensitive area we are maintaining.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours We inform about our environment programmes in newsletters that are made public for the local community and there is also a link on their website to ours so they can be updated.
Local Government Annual meeting are held to discuss ongoing programmes as well as to get their views and recommendations on actions.
Local Environmental Groups We exchange experiances through annual meetings and regular contacts.
Local Community Groups Same as above.
Media We are available for interviews and articles and we are being proactive and do not only defend the golf business if challenged by media. Being transparent is key for us.
Local Businesses Taking an active part in an association for SMEs in our local Community is important for us.
Schools & Colleges We invite school classes to try to play golf and also to provide information about the importance the golf course can play for increased biodiversity.
School classes are also walking through the course to learn more about the nature.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Signs for showing safe path ways to the beach and safe walking and bike paths through our premises are in place. A walking path "Skåneleden" goes through the course and is marked by regional authority.
Creation of new paths and nature trails Not in plan right now. There are plenty of oppurtunities for access and passing through the golf course.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage We aim for welcome signs instead of warning signs.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) Beach recreation is the main recreation during summer and walking in winter.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) N.A.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities N.A.

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

Title Author Date View document
Ljunghusen Case study Stig Persson 2012/07/09 Download
Rio +20 Busienss and Biodiversity Platform Download
Tångvallar/seaweed boarders Bertil Carstam 2015/05/15 Download
Development local heritage Bertil Carstam 2015/05/15 Download
Ekologi på heden Elin Söderlund 2015/05/25 Download
Ekologi på heden 2 Felicia Broddén 2015/05/25 Download
Ekologi på heden 3 Studeranden på EK1A 2015/05/25 Download
Miljöpolicy 2015 Magnus Jivén 2015/05/11 Download
Environmental policy 2015 Magnus Jivén 2015/05/11 Download

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

  • Falsterbonäsets Naturvårdsförening
  • Calluna, association for heritage and culture

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

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) There are no ancient buildings on the course. Some monuments showing old border lines for Skanör City, goes back to 18th century.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) Not directly on site but just outside our golf course is a settlement from medeival times.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) Remains in the heathland where people fetched peat for heating during early and mid 1900.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display We inform about our environment programme in our newsletters and annual report. The notice board is regularly used to display information about birds, amphibians, flora and fauna. All this information is also available on our website.
Members evenings and course walks We arrange course walks to look at birds, flora and fauna. We are using the local NGOs representative as guides.
Course guides / brochures The plan is to do a course guide showing where special flora and fauna can be found. In 1994 a lcoal artist produced a painting showing the flora and fauna on the course, sold to members etc. The original painting is in the Club House.
Interpretation panels & course signage This is signed by the regional governement showing the border lines for the nature reserves and the regulations that are in place.
Establishment of a nature trail At the moment not any more than we have, we are part ot the baltic walking path "Skåneleden" that goes through the course.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Our website is very active and also have the statistics about flora and fauna. Our course manager is publishing photos every week from the course to show impacts by the weather, season etc. Very much appreciated by our website visitors.
Facebook and onsite Web camera are part of Communication.
Link to web camera:
http://www.ljgk.se/medlem/klubben/webbkamera
Supporting campaigns If possible we will be taking part in local campaigns for improving environment issues.
Course walks / open days Arranging course walks to look at birds, flora and fauna. We are using the local NGOs representative as guides.
Attending community meetings One meeting a year is held with local and regional NGOs and government organsiations and neighbour clubs. Annual meeting with local associations for maintance of the the very local activities.
Joint practical projects with community Any possobility to interact and we do it. For instance doing research with new methods to reduce sea weed where not wanted.
Environment Committee Committe and their duties: Chairman is the vice chairman of the Club, Anna Lyon, coordinates with local NGOs. Carl Rugfelt, mammals, amphibians, PG Bentz, birds. Course Manager Lars Knutson and Club Manager Magnus Jivén are the managing team. Former Club Manager Stig Persson coordinates general information for the committee.