Coventry Golf Club

GEO Certified 05/2012 GEO Re-Certified 08/2015
Coventry,
England, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)24 7641 4152
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Coventry Golf Course has demonstrated a high level of environmental stewardship over the last three years since initially being awarded GEO Certified. Clearly the Club has taken its responsibilities seriously and have managed to improve in all areas with a number of new initiatives in place. The always remains room for further improvement. The conclusion of this assessment is that Coventry Golf Club should be re-certified by GEO.

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Coventry Golf Club (18 holes, 6590 yards, year opened 1912)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Halfway House(s)
1 Other

Nature

Coventry Golf Course is predominantly parkland in character and covers approximately 120 acres of Warwickshire countryside. The river Sowe meanders through the site and an extensive mix of native tree species line the fairways, including mature oaks and beech. There are also several plantations of Birch and Scots Pine trees and areas of natural tree growth away from the playing lines.

The course was laid out by Tom Vardon (brother of Open and US Open champion Harry Vardon who positioned the bunkers) and was formally opened on 9th May 1912. During the First and Second World Wars large areas of the site were ploughed and cultivated on the order of the War Agricultural Committee. Much of the remainder was used for sheep grazing, although fences were erected to protect the Greens. With the continuing food shortages in Britain after the end of the Second World War, the course was not returned to its original condition until after the 1949 harvest.

The River Sowe has formed the majority of the landscape seen at Coventry Golf Course as it cut downwards through the underlying bedrock over the last 500,000 years or so. It has meandered across a broad valley and cut the slopes that drop in two directions from the clubhouse towards the river, leaving deposits known as river terraces.

As well as the River Sowe there are also six ponds on the course all of which come into play.

The ecosystems found on the site today owe much to a succession of environmentally minded course managers. Early morning golfers can often see or hear Muntjac deer grazing the course and the variety of birds (78 species on the latest sighting list) testifies to the advantages of encouraging a woodland landscape to develop. Muntjac deer appeared in the Geological record some 35 million years ago in Miocene deposits found in France and Germany. The species we have at Coventry is the Reeve’s or Chinese Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi), introduced from their present day native habitat of southeast Asia.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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

Title Author Date View document
A Short History of Coventry Golf Course Prof Ian Foster 2007/11/02

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

  • Sports Turf Research Institute
  • Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
  • Environment Agency

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

Title Author Date View document
Habitat Management Plan Warwickshire Wildlife Trust 2011/11/01 Download

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

Local name Scientific name
Great Crested Newt Triturus cristatus
Otter Lutra lutra

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

Local name Scientific name
Water Vole Arvicola amphibius

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Historic Landscapes / Parklands English Heritage EH21540-1 and EH21540-2

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

Title Estimated Area (Acres) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 1 None
Scrub Vegetation 5 None
Native Woodland 30 None
Open Water Features 1.25 None

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Acres) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 2.4 Acres Poa annua 65%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 35%
Tees 2.0 Acres Lolium perenne 20%
Poa annua 80%
Fairways 52.0 Acres Lolium perenne 20%
Festuca rubra 80%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Poa annua is the predominant indigenous species on our parkland course. We have however introduced intensive actions to introduce a great percentage of agrostis in the greens sward profile.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 12 months

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

  • Sports Turf Research Institute

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 There are clear guidelines on such matters contained in the Course Policy Document.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces A presentation to members by Sports Turf Research Institute emphasised that the reduction of thatch can greatly decrease the amount of incidents of fungal disease and thereby reduce the cost of purchasing anti-fungal treatments.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Sports Turf Research Institute gave a presentation to members explaining the implications of thatch management and the benefits of our plans to reduce thatch by using a Graden machine; hollow tining and other thatch reduction procedures.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Selective tree planting strategically sited throughout the course over the past years gives us colour and contrast in both spring and autumn. A good mixture too of deciduous and evergreen species add to this seasonal balance.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours We are careful to shape and mow to embellish rather than detract from the natural flow of the gently undulating nature of our parkland terrain.
Protection and restoration of historic features The remains of Bagot's Castle that lay within our grounds have been renovated and restored under the management and control of English Heritage.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture All course signage and furniture is unobtrusive and co-ordinated.
Conservation of specimen trees All our more mature and important trees are inspected periodically by a qualified arboriculturist. Those that are either dying or dead, once made safe, are left in situ to enhance natural habitat for numerous creatures.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Wherever possible we screen unsightly areas with hedges. shrubs or trees.

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 have made efforts in the past to release maintained areas back into a more natural state.
Increasing the size of habitat patches This we have done and the Habitat Management Plan identifies other areas where this ongoing project can benefit.
Connection of internal habitat patches The Habitat Management Plan note our efforts in the past and recommends further work in this direction.
Creation of habitat corridors Noted as above
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation Noted as above

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 An area alongside the river was set aside and turned into a .75 acre rough grassland patch.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Our tree and woodland planting programme introduced 16 years ago continues to actively manage the many trees sited throughout the course and grounds. It is a continued aim to remove many of the non-native trees and introduce species more in keeping with the typical Aden landscape in which our course is situated in the South Warwickshire countryside.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation With the River Sowe meandering through the course and six ponds of varying age and size we manage the water features responsibly.

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 Insect boxes have been installed. We are taking part in Operation Pollinator and have dedicated an area specifically for the growth of wild flowers to attract bees and other pollinating insects.
Installation of nest boxes We have installed over 40 boxes for Owls, Kestrels, Robins, Tits and Bats. The majority of which are used throughout the breeding season.
Provision of feeding tables We have 2 feeding stations sited on the course.
Control / management of alien species We control mink invasion by setting mink traps. Our pest control management is carried out by a qualified controller. Every year we organise Himalayan Balsam work parties to help eliminate this invasive species.
Provision of hibernation areas There are many hollow trees left standing that serve this purpose and provide shelter for many creatures. We have also lain plastic corrugated sheeting in sheltered areas to encourage amphibians and other invertebrates to hibernate safely
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) We have created numerous log piles, standing both horizontal and vertical, in addition to leaf and grass mounds which are dotted around the course.
Otters With an ongoing project lead by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to monitor otters which move through out course we have created an Otter holt alongside the river bank. A camera within the holt has captured images of its use by Otters also the odd Badger, Water Rat, and Water Shrew have been caught on film.

Water

The water used on the course is purchased under contract from the nearby Severn Trent sewage works and is treated grey water which would otherwise be disposed of by being discharged into the River Sowe. We have a storage tank on site which allows us to always have sufficient water for our irrigation needs. We only irrigate the tees and greens and use a fully computerised irrigation system which is regularly maintained. This allows us to monitor and control the amount of water used.We also have the ability to move water between several of the ponds on the course. We have a licence to extract water from the river but have not had the need to do so for several years.

Water for the clubhouse is derived from the mains. We are in the process of installing a water meter to monitor and hopefully reduce our water consumption.

We purchase grey water from the nearby Severn Trent sewage works. This water is used for irrigation on the course, wash down of vehicles and topping up the seven ponds on the course. As only the usage for irrigation is metered the usage for wash down and topping up the ponds is shown under the heading "other" in the following consumption figures.

Sources & Consumption

No water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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% 2,448,000 Litres
Golf Course Treated Effluent 100% 1,731,000 Litres
Other Treated Effluent 100% 2,136,000 Litres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,863,000 Litres
Golf Course Treated Effluent 100% 2,293,000 Litres
Other Treated Effluent 100% 1,574,000 Litres
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Other Treated Effluent 2,136,000 Litres
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,122,000 Litres
Golf Course Treated Effluent 100% 1,040,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Tees Daily in season
Fairways Never
Semi-Rough Never
Rough Never

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 12 months

Upgraded every 5 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 12 months

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species The increasing amount of bent grass in the greens will make them less reliant on irrigation.
Soil decompaction and thatch management All fairways tees and greens are deep aerated twice per year using a verti-drain machine. Tees and greens are verti-cut on a regular basis. Greens have a number of separate operations to alleviate thatch build up through verti-cutting, scarification and the use of the graden deep scarifier.
Timing and dose of water application We have a fully computerised irrigation system that controls dosages to greens and tees when required.
Analysis of soil moisture We work with the agronomist to monitor soil moisture levels and take appropriate action when necessary.
Use of wetting agents We use wetting agents as and when called for.
Targeting of sprinkler heads All our sprinkler heads have been changed over the last two years to gear driven types to better control irrigation coverage.

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

Activity Description
Use of efficient shower technology A new super efficient boiler that supplies water to the shower room was installed in 2013.
Repairing leaks This is part of our maintenance programme.

Energy

Gas and electricity are the main fuels used in the clubhouse and associated buildings. A complete new set of course machinery was purchased in 2013 consisting of more fuel efficient equipment.

In depth energy surveys have been conducted and, as a consequence, considerable improvements in building insulation and reductions in energy usage are being achieved.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
WF Energy Saving Proposal Brian Smithers 2010/10/04
Energy Report for Coventry Golf Club C Coop and P Frost 2010/11/17
Mechanical and Electrical Condition Survey Report for Coventry Golf Club C Coop and P Frost 2010/11/10

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2014 2013 2012
On-site Solar (kWh) 3239 2868 3056

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

2014 2013 2012
Diesel (Litres) 11000 10000 12000
Natural Gas (Litres) 292806 321778 337846
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 194848 194813 244876
Petrol (Litres) 397 324 478

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Coventry GC uses day and night electricity tariffs..
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels Two banks of photovoltaic panels were installed in May 2011.
This was completed in conjunction with the installation of insulation to the locker room flat roof. Registration was achieved and a quarterly feed-in tariff payment is received.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles The new vehicle fleet includes vehicles with fuel saving features such as engine cut out when the vehicle is stationary.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems New improved efficiency air conditioning unit was installed in the clubhouse in 2015. A new and more efficient boiler has been fitted in 2013.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration This is done wherever possible and, in particular, the air conditioning of the main public rooms is carefully controlled by the staff.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities As stated above, the club staff make full use of the natural ventilation that is available for the main public rooms which have three sets of french doors.
Upgrading of building insulation The clubhouse is a 1970's building that had no roof or wall insulation. This has now been corrected and roof insulation has been installed (2011) and cavity walls filled.
Installation of low-energy lighting A full re-lamping of the clubhouse and associated buildings was completed by WF Electrical Ltd and low-energy lighting fitted.
Use of motion sensor lighting Motion sensor controlled lighting is now fitted in the hall and stairway areas and in the locker rooms.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Any replacement electrical equipment is purchased based upon
all-round suitability and including energy efficiency. We also employ a company called Enistic who diagnostically analyse our energy usage and are able to pinpoint accurately inefficiency or wastage.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting A timer has been fitted to the heating system in the green keepers compound.
Educating staff and customers Publicising energy saving initiatives to staff and members is an ongoing activity and accomplished by the use of notice boards, quarterly news letters and staff briefings.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100% 17%
Diesel 100% 67%
Grid Electric 17%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Grid Electric 100%

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

Activity Description
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) Trolley shed facilities have been increased, together with battery charging facilities.
Staff showers A shower is available for the greens staff.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling A Cycle to Work scheme has been agreed with HMRC.

Supply Chain

The great majority of our purchases are from relatively local suppliers. Wherever possible we prefer to purchase from local sources. The food and drink for the bar and catering is all sourced from local suppliers,

In consultation with the local council waste bins have been reduced from 5 to 4. There are 2 bins for general non-recyclable waste and 2 for mixed recycling.

Wherever possible the waste materials generated from green-keeping activities are recycled. Grass clippings are spread on areas of the course which need nutrition. Logs are stacked throughout the woodlands in order to provide additional habitats. Surplus logs are sold to members for firewood. Spent trolley batteries are recycled the monies obtained in the process are ring-fenced and used for environmental project purposes.

Fertiliser and pesticide use is kept to a minimum by ensuring that they are only applied when necessary to deal with specific problems.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Use of local suppliers We use local suppliers for paper products, toiletries and maintenance and supply of computer equipment.
Selection of certified products We use Hewlett Packard printers, Dell processors and Acer laptops all of which are certified.

All chemicals and fertilisers purchased are certified.
Use of recycled and recyclable products Paper is recycled by being reused. A sustained effort has been made to minimise use of paper communication as greater use of electronic methods have been implemented. This has reduced postage and printing costs dramatically.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Miles Total number of suppliers within 100 Miles
Food & Beverage 5 4 1
Course Supplies 11 6 5

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses We are encouraging the increase in the proportion of bent grasses , as opposed to meadow grass, in the greens. Most of the operations described below assist with this objective. Bent grasses are deep rooting and maximise drought tolerance.
Managing stress and wear Regular moving of the holes to spread wear. Raising the height of cut on the greens in the autumn and winter to reduce stress. Visual check of greens on a daily basis to identify any areas that need attention. Monitoring, and where necessary, rerouting of pedestrian and buggy traffic to minimise excessive wear.
Optimization of the growing environment The operations described below all have the objective of improving the growing environment by ensuring that air can reach the grass roots; that the soil is not compacted; and that water is not retained within the thatch profile.
Managing thatch levels Several operations are carried out to manage thatch - use of a Graden machine; hollow tining; verti-cutting; scarifying; star-tining; verti-draining; use of top dressing.
Managing surface moisture Wetting agents when necessary are used in order to limit the need to irrigate the greens.
Scouting for pests and diseases Done on a daily basis when other tasks are being carried out.

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

2014 2013 2012
Greens - K - Inorganic 330 312 305
Greens - N - Inorganic 213 196 210
Greens - P - Inorganic 42 38 40
Tees - K - Inorganic 147 120 128
Tees - N - Inorganic 101 110 98
Tees - P - Inorganic 30 33 26

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

2014 2013 2012
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 0.84 1.67 1.36
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 4 5 4
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 0.72 0.72
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 1
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 0.48 0.48 0.48
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products All purchases of chemicals take into account the potential effect on the environment.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Specific products are used on a yearly basis to deal with leather jackets and frit fly.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Sprayers are calibrated by a qualified person every time that they are used.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles A Trailblazer unit is used to limit spray drift in the wind
Non-chemical weed control Weeds are hand pulled when observed.

Waste Management

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

Title Author Date View document
Waste Audit WRAP

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 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 We have separate receptacles for glass, cardboard and general recyclable wastage.
Establishment of recycling centers We have contractors who dispose of used cooking oils and chemicals.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Wherever possible we disperse grass clipping onto worn patches throughout the course. We also pile leaf litter for members to use as compost. Turf cores are recycled and used around the course in a variety of ways.
Education of staff and customer education Staff in all departments have been made aware of the necessity to minimise waste wherever possible and to recycle waste when appropriate.

Pollution Control

Coventry Golf Club takes all measures to ensure compliance with environmental legislation.

Infrastructure and procedures (including record keeping) are in place that ensure the safe storage, use, transport and disposal of chemicals, including oils.

Through adopting sustainable turf grass practices we do not use more water or chemicals than is absolutely necessary.

Chemical mixing and wash down areas are protected by containment so as to prevent accidental spillages to land and water.

Drainage from the Green keepers compound, (where all mixing takes place), is identified on a schematic drawing that shows drainage to foul, surface and ground. Foul sewer drains are coloured red and surface water drains painted blue.

A reed bed system is used to decontaminate run-off water from our wash down facility.

Procedures are in place, pollution control equipment is on site and staff trained to ensure that any spillages are contained and dealt with as soon as possible, thereby minimising the impact on land and water.

Photovoltaic cells and motion sensor lighting have been installed to reduce our energy use and carbon footprint. It is estimated that these steps reduce our energy costs by £10,000 per annum.

Electricity use is monitored by department. This enables identification of potential areas where we can further reduce energy use.

Our approach to pollution prevention has been audited by the Environment Agency and has helped inform their drafting of guidelines for preventing and monitoring pollution controls at golf courses.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Stream No
Clubhouse Mains Sewer No
Maintenance Facility Septic Tank No
Wash Pad Reed Bed No

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 chemical and hazardous products are stored in a secure ChemSafe.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas All routine maintenance of equipment is done in the hard standing areas of the maintenance compound.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Mixing of chemicals only takes place in the designated mixing area that has concrete hard standing and drainage to a sealed tank that would capture any spillage that may occur.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces The mixing of chemicals only takes place in the designated, contained mixing compound.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks There is one above ground storage tank for diesel located in the Green keepers compound. The tank can contain 2,500 litres and is double 'skinned', therefore designed to contain the diesel should there be a failure of the inner 'skin'. The design of the tank meets the requirements of the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel See above.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Containment booms and absorbent materials are stored in the Green keepers compound and staff trained in their use.

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 We have a very responsible policy towards all turf inputs endeavouring to minimise usage of chemicals wherever possible.

The mixing and application is properly controlled and supervised by the Head Greenkeeper and his senior staff.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Buffer strips are maintained adjacent to rivers, streams, ditches and surface water ponds.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan An emergency spillage response plan is in place for chemicals and oils and all appropriate staff trained in its implementation.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge This issue and others under the subject of turf inputs are covered in the Course Policy Document.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Buffer strips are maintained adjacent to rivers, streams, ditches and surface water ponds and are pesticide free zones.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off A reed bed treats sediment contaminated waters from the Green keepers maintenance area. There are a number of natural swales, hollows and ponds that slow down surface water run-off and minimise flooding downstream.
Water Analysis As mentioned above we do not undertake any routine analysis upstream or downstream of the golf course, nor of our surface or groundwater discharges. Our surface and groundwater discharges are seen as de-minimus and do not require a consent from the Environment Agency. However, The Environment Agency do extensive chemical and biological analysis for the River Sowe to its confluence with the River Avon. The WFD classification is poor, this is primarily due to historic industrial contaminants from industry and the major discharge from Coventry sewage works, downstream of the golf course.

Community

Coventry Golf Club was established in 1887 and has been at its present site since 1912. Throughout its history it has encouraged all sectors of the community to play golf and has thriving ladies, juniors and seniors sections. Many professional competitions have been staged at the Club and has recently hosted Regional Qualifying rounds for the Open organised by the R&A.

The land owned by the Club shows the signs of its use by the community over the centuries. It contains the ruins of Bagot's Castle which was originally built in the 13th century and is now managed by English Heritage. There is also the remains of an old mill that served the nearby village of Baginton. Parts of the course were used during the mediaeval period for farming and several fairways retain the evidence of the strip farming that took place. Food production also took place during the First and Second World Wars when parts of the course were requisitioned by the Government to help the War effort. At least two of the ponds on the course were created by ancient sand and gravel extraction.

Each year the Club allows two charities to have courtesy of the course which maximises the amounts raised by their fund raising efforts.

The Club is very aware of its environmental responsibility in the way that it manages the golf course and surrounding areas. To evidence this it holds the qualification for the English Golf Union Environmental Award for its work in this area. The Club also has strong links with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and has taken part in its water vole reintroduction programme and also its himalayan balsam eradication programme.
The Environment Agency approached us to help them design their pollution control policy for all golf clubs in the region.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 2 1
Course Management 6 1
Food & Beverage 4 11
Golf Coaching 3

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

  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides As part of the NVQ exams which all of the green keeping staff have passed.
Management of accidents and emergencies Most members of staff have been on first aid courses. We have acquired two defibrillators for which training is provided for up to 12 members of staff and members each year..
Management of habitats and vegetation As part of the NVQ exams.Also keeping up to date by reading the specialist magazines for green keepers. Attendance at course run by STRI on golf courses and habitat management. Attendance at Warwickshire Wildlife course on mink control.
Health & Safety All green keeping staff are educated in machine handling as part of their NVQ exams. All staff are familiar with the Club's H&S document and risk assessments.
Environmental management planning Attendance at Sports Turf Research Institute seminar re environmental planning for golf courses.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Due to the location of the Club our only neighbours are Severn Trent Water. We have frequent conversations with them about such matters as mutually beneficial pest control measures. We also purchase grey water from them.
With regard to the wider community we participate in programmes to improve the ecology of the wider area. This includes assisting Warwickshire Wildlife Trust seek
lottery funding for a programme to improve the woodlands in the area.
Local Environmental Groups Coventry Golf Club is a Corporate Member of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.We are taking part in its water vole reintroduction programme as part of which we have attended a mink control workshop and are taking part in its water vole reintroduction programme.
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust have run two bat walks for members within our grounds - which identified four different species of bats feeding over the course.
Media We regularly send press releases to the local newspapers about environmental issues as well as about golfing matters.Our involvement with the GEO project and our success in to attaining certification has been mentioned several times in the local press.
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust publish a magazine three times a year for its 24,000 members - the Club's environmental work regularly features in the magazine.
Schools & Colleges The Club has donated logs to a local school for them to make into play equipment.
The Club has also allowed research projects to be carried out on the course from both Warwick University and Coventry University.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

This golf facility does not provide access and diversified land use for others.

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

Title Author Date View document
A Short History of Coventry golf course Professor Ian Foster 2011/03/23
History of Bagots Castle D Hewer 2011/09/18 Download

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

  • English Heritage

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

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) Bagots Castle - see History of Bagots Castle document attached.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) The Bagots Castle site also contains the site of a Saxon settlement.

The course shows evidence of mediaeval strip farming.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display A dedicated notice board is regularly updated to inform members and visitors of our environmental activities. A quarterly Environmental Newsletter is posted on a dedicated notice board as well as being circulated to all members by email.
Members evenings and course walks Two bat walks have been held for members and more are planned for the future.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Our website contains a "Green Policy" section which explains our environmental aims. It shows that we have been awarded certificates by the English Golf Union and GEO and the actions that we have taken.
We have had several articles about our environmental efforts published in the local media.
Supporting campaigns We have participated in the Princethorpe Woodlands Project which is being coordinated by Warwickshire wildlife Trust and is seeking Lottery Grants to assist in improving the woodland and hedges in our area. Hopefully grants will be available towards the improvement of the hedges around the course.
Joint practical projects with community We are participating in the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's water vole reintroduction and Himalayan Balsam eradication programmes. In 2014 two volunteer working parties from Severn Trent and the Environment Agency contributed to this work.