Golf Country Club De Servanes

GEO Certified® 01/2017
Mouries,
France
Telephone: 0033490574079
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The Golf club of Servanes is situated in the Regional Nature Parc of the Alpilles. This natural park was established in 2007. The Alpilles form the last relief starting from the Mediterranean before the great delta of the Rhone. It covers the Pre-Alpine calcium based massif and the outlying area of the Crau and the banks of the River Durance.
The territory of the Park offers a complementarity of natural habitats rarely observed, where wetlands (canals, temporary pools ...) intermingle intimately with the dry spaces of the hill which have a ric…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Servanes (18 holes, 6041 metres, year opened 365)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Pro Shop
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
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Nature

Le golf de Servanes est situé dans le Parc Naturel régional des Alpilles.Le parc naturel régional des Alpilles est un parc naturel régional français créé en 2007, en Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur dans le département des Bouches-du-Rhône. Il s'étend sur le massif préalpin calcaire des Alpilles et sur ses abords immédiats (Crau, rives de la Durance) au riche patrimoine bâti et fluvial, et aux écosystèmes fragiles, typiques de la faune et de la flore méditerranéenne.

S'étendant sur seulement 510 km2, il s'agit du troisième plus petit PNR de France en superficie, rassemblant environ 42 000 habitants dont près d'un quart réside à Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, la principale ville du périmètre.
Ce territoire méditerranéen abrite une grande diversité de milieux et de paysages : forêts et garrigues, habitats rocheux, pelouses sèches, zones humides, cultures agricoles traditionnelles…

Ces caractéristiques expliquent en grande partie l’importante biodiversité, notamment ornithologique, de ce territoire.
On y trouve « des habitats variés mais rassemblés sur une surface réduite, renforçant les complémentarités écologiques existantes entre eux »

On retrouve une grande diversité de milieux (arboriculture méditerranéenne classique avec oliviers, figuiers, amandiers, garrigues pelouses …). Cette diversité est génératrice d’une grande richesse faunistique qui se révèle par la présence de l’ensemble des grands rapaces typiques de Provence.
Sur le parcours de Servanes nous travaillons sur les meilleurs façons de faire coexister l'homme et la nature à très court terme.
Vous trouverez sur le parcours de Servanes différentes plantes provenant de différents endroits du monde, tels que Bambou (Asie), Pin noir (d'Autriche), Genet (d'Espagne) et notamment des arbres natifs de la région. Cyprès vert, chênes pubescent, chêne vert, peuplier blanc, buis, laurier sauce, laurier tin, lavande Aspic.

The Golf club of Servane is situated in the (NATIONAL PARK) Natural Regional Parc of the Alpilles .This natural park was established in 2007 in the county of « Bouches Du Rhone » in the Region of « Provence-Alpes_Côtes d’Azur » .It covers the Pre-alpine calcium based massif and the outlying area of the Crau and the banks of the River Durance which have a rich history of waterways and contructions with a delicate balance of the ecosystem of the mediterraneen Flore and Faune . (Adonis annua, platycapnos spicats, centaurea collina, consolida ajacis, iberis pinnata)
This area covers a total of 510km2. It is actually the smallest PNR in France grouping together 42000 inhabitants of which one quarter are residents of the largest town of St Remy and its outskirts .
This mediterranean area benefits from a large variety of landscapes , forest, wet grounds , heathland, rocky peaks , dried pastures, and many types of traditional agriculture.

This diversity largely explains the inherent bio-diversity, especially in respect to ornothology.
Many types of habitats are present in spite of the small surface area , thus making ecological interaction of major importance.
A great diversity of arboriculture (Olive trees, Fig Trees,Almond trees, and Heathland) is present.
The concentration of trees also stimulates the presence of the local Faune and especially all types of birds of Prey in Provence .
Work on the Golf course has been developped using the best methods to get nature and mankind to cohabit.
Many different plants from the region and other areas in the World are found at the moment, such as Bamboo (Asia), Black Pine (Austria), Broom bushes ( Spain) plus the local trees such as Green Cypress, Downy Oak, Green Oak, White Poplar, Boxwood, Laurel, Japanese Laurel, Spike Lavender. We are thinking of how we can reintroduce local and regional plants to insure new ecosystems where animals would be more adapted to those plants.

Consultation & Surveys

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding landscape heritage conservation.

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

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

  • Association de préservation du Parc Naturel Régional
  • Life des Alpilles

No ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

Local name Scientific name
Aigle de Bonelli Bonelli’s Eagle – Aquila fasciata)
Vautour percnoptère Egyptian Vulture – Neophron percnopterus)
Grand Duc D' Europe (Eurasian Eagle Owl – Bubo bubo)
Engoulevent d'Europe (Eurasian Nightjar – Caprimulgus europaeus)
Aigle de Bonelli Bonelli’s Eagle – Aquila fasciata)
Vautour percnoptère Egyptian Vulture – Neophron percnopterus)
Grand Duc D' Europe (Eurasian Eagle Owl – Bubo bubo)
Engoulevent d'Europe (Eurasian Nightjar – Caprimulgus europaeus)
Pivert Picus viridis
Lezard ocellé lacerda lepida

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

Local name Scientific name
Romarin, thym, trèfles, poirier, erables, cistes et lauriers Rosmarinus officinalis, thymus, triofolium, centaurea cyanus, arbutus unedo, pyrus communis, acer, cystus, laurus nobutis

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
National Park La maison du Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Native Woodland 14 Self Appointed
Open Water Features 1.5 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.0 Hectares Poa annua 30%
Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 70%
Tees 1.2 Hectares Lolium perenne 80%
Festuca trachyphylla 20%
Fairways 15.0 Hectares Festuca trachyphylla 80%
Poa annua 20%
Semi Rough 17.0 Hectares Festuca trachyphylla 60%
Lolium perenne 40%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Agrostis Stolonifera is used for the greens because it grows easily and needs much less water and fertilizer, and is less sensitive to disease than Poa annua.
The Poa is controlled by Agrostis stolonifera.
Hard fescue (Festuca trachphylla ) is used on our Fairways. Its characteristic is strong growth capabilities and becomes green very rapidly using 10-15% less water than Poa.
For our tees and semi rough, festuca trachyphylla and lolimmus perenne, which are preferred because they are user friendly fin respect to playing conditions .
A revision of the mowing schedule is made every 2 months
The club refers to certain persons and authorities regarding the lawn growth plans.


This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 2 months

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

  • Société Team Green

This golf facility is making the following efforts to manage the playing quality expectations of customers:

Activity Description
Establishing clear internal policies for irrigation, fertilization, colour, cutting heights, overseeding etc The club takes into account the opinion and demands of its players. An important factor is water use and its efficiency in this area.
Organic fertilizers are being used to substitute at least half of the chemical fertilisers used beforehand. It was decided to develop more roughs in order to favorise new habitats for the local Faune and Flora.The aim is to make the woods and surrounding areas into a more natural countryside zone taking into consideration the existing nature and cultures and without risking any degradation of the quality of the Golf.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough One solution has been to encourage the undergrowth of the woods thus increasing its density and bio-diversity. Ways are being looked at to minimise the number of grass cuttings necessary thus minimizing the use of energy and the manpower needed to evacuate the grass.
This has the effect of freeing-up more space for more plants and animals .
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces No pesticiedes or fertilisers are used on the “roughs” which of course means that weeds are present but these do not effect the quality of the game and the beauty of the site.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance The company Open Golf club sends out a newsletter every month to all its members . It contains articles on a regular basis to inform and increase the awareness of the members in terms of maintaining a high quality golf course.
Many aspects are covered in the articles such as airing the grass, use of machines for certain jobs and the different types of turf used .
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces The goal of our turf management is to use best practice environmental techniques.
We expect that the improved quality of the playing surface will soon be a result evident for all.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture One trade mark of our golf course is the trees and the changing colors. Our policy is substitute non typical trees with native trees from the area.
Regarding the grass Adventice for example become yellow / white in autumn.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours We have always used the natural topographical changes and the shape of the Alpilles as a trade mark for Servanes
Protection and restoration of historic features We have an acqueduc near the practice who transport water from spring to the village of Mouriès. We take care about this historic structure, date from 18th Century.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We use natural looking furniture as well as new dry biodegradable toilets on the golf course that are supplied by a renowned bio-diversity supplier, including signs, concession stations, club and ball cleaning equipment and waste recycling stations.
Conservation of specimen trees Regular tree inspections take place to assure the development of the new trees and plantations . Green keeper and is adjoint does the inspection.

Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Our BIODEGRADABLE toilet are being coved by Plants, PVC tubes and other made stuff in the nature.

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 no homologated grass type at Servanes.
Increasing the size of habitat patches We have planed to let wild area to enable local ecosystem. 7 wild zones have been identified, about 41.900 m2.
Connection of internal habitat patches We have pinpointed 7 areas where habitat patches used for Faune corridors could easily be be restored and developped.
An evaluation will be made to work out the best way for the Flore and Faune to benefit from this.

Connection of patches with external habitats With the remapping of the river banks, this has had the effect that little known river plantings migrate further up the river banks, and make connection with some wildflower mitigation areas we have created during the renovation projects, as suggested by our environmental agency. (toad, grass snake, martin pecheur)
Creation of habitat corridors Please see above.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation All this will be taken into consideration in our daily work schedule and when we introduce other new habitats or corridors.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges Riverbank mitigation work also reduces soil erosion and reduces silt run-off that could have a detrimental effect on fish stocks.

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 The newly introduced grass areas will only be cut a few times a year. Grazing will be encouraged via the local shepherds. No pesticides are used on this area.
An agreement has been made with one of our Shepherds neighbour's.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Newsletters will be used to increase awareness and to inform that the playing quality of the golf club is not affected by these measures.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Bee hives will be placed on the course in designated areas and managed by the local beekeeper.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas We have set non-managed buffer zones between the golf course areas and our water courses. We restrict any use of pesticides in these areas and maintain them to promote the desired quality and habitats.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Watercourses will be planted with appropriate plants.
Naturalization of linear habitats Our way of thinking will be to make more natural linear areas.

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 Plans are in the process of development for the introduction of many local species which benefit the wildlife .( BEES from above)
Installation of nest boxes Bird boxes are going to be placed on the course , on the artificial lake and around the scattered trees and woodland. This will be done with the aim of encouraging the population of Starlings. We will see with child from Mouriès school, local school to make the boxes and to have a look at it, for example cleaning them in autumn.

Control / management of alien species Trees and bushes originating from this area are being planted.. We will try when we introduce local species to take away Alien Species.
Provision of hibernation areas Dead wood habitat is left to encourage more the natural balance of our site. We also identify trees that require removal due to health or safety matters , thus reducing the tree canopy, whereby trunks are left in place as "snag" tree habitats.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) All round the course you will find large numbers of dikes and stonewalls.

Water

The Servanes Golf course is situated in the heart of the Natural Park of the Alpilles.
The area of gentle slopes is wooded with a large number of Olive trees.
The water supply of the Golf Course is transported mainly by the Alpilles canal which is 120km long. The source of the water supply comes from the River Durance . It is mainly surface water which runs down the outlying hills.
The canals which are part of the « Canal de Provence » transport the water into our 2 retaining reservoirs which hold up to 12.000 m3 in total .
The water supply of the Canal des Alpilles arrives at the Golf course without any use of outside energy use as the flow is mainly gravitational. In some sectors the arriving waterflow is then distributed via one of the 4 pumping stations which work on low or high level pressure. For watering the Golf course the pump station is used which is situated between the Holes N° 6 and N° 9.
The capacity is from 80 up to 200m3/h .
The pressure is controlled by a variator to assure that it doesn’t exceed 12 bars. This way we are optimising the amount of water and electrical energy used.
Most of the Golf course is equipped with high quality sprinklers which are very efficient and economical in respect to water use.
Over the last 3 years we have instigated a remodelling of the irrigation system for the greens via the use of the Rainbird models which allow individual control in each area to rationalise water use.
Over the last 2 years we have proceeded to install physical airation of the greens and with the installation of a ceramic porous layer of sand to slow down water seepage and eliminate soil loss which would go directly into the water table. This system also allows a higher hydratation for the grass seedlings and diminishes the volume of water needed for irrigation.
Drinking water is supplied by ‘Société des Eaux des Alpilles’ » for the club house and all other connected facilities .

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:

2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,039 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Treated Effluent 100% 187,570 Cubic Metres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,711 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Surface 100% 200,000 Cubic Metres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,786 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Surface 100% 190,000 Cubic Metres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily
Tees 2-3 days per week
Rough Never

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:
Semi-automatic

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 months

Upgraded every 2 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 The grass seedlings (mainly from the USA) were selected as they had been developped to resist drought and disease. These varieties are therefore well equipped for the local conditions and allow considerable savings in water-use and fertilisers.
For instance English Ray Grass 'Integra' and "1GSquared" are especially resistant for hot and very dry regions . The same is true for 'l’agrostide stolonifère Ignite' which is used taking into account its resistance to anthracnose stalk rot and fusariosis, therefore needing less fertiliser-use than other species.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Soil loosening and felt usage : Felt use means an excess of organic matter present in the process of decomposition and creates a number of negative results : decrease of soil permeability provoking the need for more irrigation and fertilisation and the advent of fungal diseases.
A correctly controlled felt use means considerable water saving and the possibility to control chemical use .
Planting these species produces little felt, reduces the need for grass cutting collection,lessens the need for defelting and acclerates the decomposition process via microbial interaction.
Timing and dose of water application All watering begins at the same time as the aeration process starts on the greens . This begins around March and finishes in October ( occasionally as late as November) depending on the on the weather each year. This begins around March and finishes in October ( occasionally as late as November) depending on the weather each year. It should be noted that this year due to abnormally higher temperatures that the watering was continued also during the winter .
The automatic watering system startup at 20h and finishes around 06h30 /day. The length of time for each zone is programmed in minutes.
Analysis of soil moisture The level of soil moisture is important to optimise the watering plan and reduce the use of numerous machines. This helps considerably to reduce maintenance costs and produces higher quality greens, fairways and tees.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Evaporation and weather data : to optimise the irrigation systems (, i.e to use less water and avoid wastage) it is recommended to carry out an evaluation of the water flow on the grass level.
The analysis of water ressources is calculated in relation to a given surface area and gives the precise needs for high quality grass. This means : for a defined period , the level of evaporation (i.e. soil evaporation + plant water evaporation) is deducted from the rainfall count in the same period .The difference is therefore the amount of water to be used for any given area .
Use of wetting agents Wetting agent use is of considerable importance especially with the approach of the hottest periods of the year.These are used along side mechanical aeration.
This avoids the appearance of Drypatchs, thus guaranteeing the playing quality , especially for the greens, and helping at the same time with water conservation.
Overall reduction in irrigated area Normally only the greens, the fairways, and the tees are watered. In the event especially dry periods , severe drought or other Natural disasters, as recognised by the regional government authorities, only the greens and the tee areas are watered and this may be reduced in certain circumstances to greens only.
Targeting of sprinkler heads All the latest generation of sprinklers have adjustable head sprays for more efficient waterjet controls. The watering is thus directed via the use of vertical jets while helping to disperse the water more efficiently. The goal is to be as efficient as possible with water-use.
Optimizing system pressure These new state of the art sprinklers can be controlled at a distance to vary the water pressure.The pressure can also be adjusted on the nozzles. Pressure control is cost effective and helps make the system more efficient overall.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology We follow all the latest technological developments in respect to sprinkler systems. Use of state of the art technology produces gains in efficiency, maintenance, watering, and economy of energy. At Servanes, we have invested more than 100.000 euros in the last 3 years to improve watering system resulting in a better green quality.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets The changing rooms in the Club House , the showers, toilets,and wash basins have been recently upgraded with the installation of low water-use products.

On the Gold Course dry toilets are installed near the Hole N°8. These work without water or any electrical connection. They work off an evaporation technology related to waste water and via the disintegration of solids.
Use of water efficient appliances High pressure « Karchers » are used to clean the Golf carts and other vehicules used on the Golf course rather than a classic garden hose .
Repairing leaks As soon as a leak is discovered the necessary intervention and repairs are carried out by our gardiners or maintenance staff or in difficult cases by calling in the local plumber.
Water awareness signage In the dressing rooms and all other offices, public areas and meeting rooms a series of notices are on display to increase peoples awareness that it is necessary to save water as a precious resource.

Energy

L'approvisionnement en énergie du Golf de Servanes est réalisé par la source d'énergie délivrée par Electricité de France (EDF), le fournisseur d'énergie national français. Cette énergie provient en partie des centrales nucléaires et également des centrales hydrauliques.Au Golf de Servanes, il est primordial de comprendre que notre souci de réduire nos consommations d'énergie passent aussi par la sensibilisation de notre personnel, afin qu'il se rende compte des enjeux et du rôle simple mais efficace, qu'il peut y jouer,ou qu'il joue déjà à travers des actions quotidiennes concrètes (ex: éteindre toutes les lumières et ordinateurs le soir en partant, ce qui est loin d'être le cas dans les entreprises et ménages en France).
Nous utilisons également de nouveaux équipements moins voraces en énergie (les ampoules basse consommation) par exemple.
The Servane Golf clubs’ energy is supplied by EDF the french national energy network .
This energy is supplied from Nuclear Power stations and also from Hydro Electric stations .
Our aim at Servanes is to reduce energy consumption and we incite our personnel and staff to be aware of their important role in cutting down energy use via daily actions such as turning off lights, computers at the end of the day, which is something which is not at all a reflex in French companies or households.
Actually the first efforts have been made via equipment which use less electricity like low consumption light bulbs.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2016 2015 2014
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 37023 34231

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

2016 2015 2014
Diesel (Cubic Metres) 11.15 9.85 11.65
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 217785 213944
Petrol (Cubic Metres) 0.9 1.2 1.26

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply As we are supplied by EDF, 10% of this supply already comes from renewable energy. We are at present looking into other means of using more electricity from renewable sources.
Installation of small scale wind turbine It is not possible to build a wind turbine because the Golf course is situated in the middle of a Natural Parc des Alpilles and this type of equipment is not esthetique and also is a source of noise pollution.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels
When the Golf Course was created in 1990 the use of solar panels produced poor performance there were low returns on a high investment . The power of solar panels are now making this a possible solution and is under study again.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources The necessary installations for the Golf Club are far too important and the space necessary for geothermal energy is just not available

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Three years ago we invested in a reversible aircon for the reception and golf shop replacing the old electric radiators. In the restaurant low comsumption radiant radiators have now been installed. This has reduced considerably our energy use and costs.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration All the thermosats are programmed at a certain level taking into consideration seasonal variations .
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities All the buildings are equipped with windows and shutters which if used correctly brings down energy use
Upgrading of building insulation The buildings are fairly old but the insulation is being revisited step by step
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) All the buildings have large windows or french bay windows so the natural light source should be maximised
Installation of low-energy lighting The change to this type of ecological bulb is in progress
Use of motion sensor lighting In 2015 we equipped our changing rooms , showers and toilets with this type of movement detection lighting system which has produced big savings in energy-use
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting This type of equipment for time delay energy-use along with new appliances benefiting from the latest technology and homologations are helping considerably
Educating staff and customers .We have put into motion a plan to heighten the awareness of our staff and clients related to energy waste.
Shutting doors , turning off electronic devices and lights whenever possible

Vehicles & Transport

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

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

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Diesel 100%
Grid Electric 100%

This golf facility has not established any schemes designed to encourage reductions in staff and customer transport.

Supply Chain

Le Golf de Servanes est une entreprise de service de loisirs dont le fonctionnement, la bonne marche, s'organise autour de plusieurs services. Il y a bien sûr l'accueil et le pro-shop, un service de gestion sportive et événementiel, un service administratif et comptabilité. De plus, nous avons un pôle enseignement golf, sans oublier un service d'entretien des terrains quasi autonome et qui emploie à lui seul la moitié des personnels du site. Nous présentons toutefois une particularité puisque la partie restauration est assumée par notre locataire gérant présent sur le site.
C'est la raison pour laquelle nous n'avons pas de fournisseurs des métiers de bouche et malgré cela, nous avons plus d'une centaine de fournisseurs et prestataires référencés. Nous avons grâce à Open Golf Club le choix d'opter pour un politique d'achat de groupe. Les fournisseurs viennent d'horizons très divers puisque les distributeurs d'engrais, de produits phytopharmaceutiques ou encore les marchands de sable, côtoient les équipementiers de matériels de golf mais aussi des sociétés de location, la société de nettoyage ou encore le distributeur de fournitures de bureau.
Plus de la moitié d'entre eux est implantée localement. Notre activité très spécialisée met en oeuvre des techniques ou matériels souvent très pointus, produits de façon "confidentielle" par des fabricants peu nombreux et proposés par des distributeurs tout aussi exclusifs, peu nombreux à l'international, voire seul pour l'hexagone. Cela explique les grandes distances qui nous séparent parfois d'eux. Nous constatons que l'offre est parfois bien maigre. Toutefois, nous n'en demeurons pas moins exigeants, vigilants et nous privilégions des produits de qualité,homologués, certifiés et les plus respectueux possible de l'environnement.
The Servanes Golf Club is a leisure service provider and its management is organised around a number of different services.
These are composed of the general reception centre, a pro-shop, an event and competition office, general administration and an accountancy department. On top of this there is also a golf school plus the maintenance of the whole domain that is run virtually 100% internally and employs half the staff on the payroll. We also have a restaurant on site whose management is actually sub contracted out to an independent company. This explains the fact that in our list of suppliers we have none related to the food and beverage side, although all in all we do have more than 100 active suppliers, and if we want we can also benefit from global buying politic from Open Golf Course.
The suppliers are from a large number of totally different domains , for example, there are fertiliser, phytotherapy and sand suppliers, who work alongside golf equipment companies, rental companies, office cleaning companies and general office suppliers.
Over half of the suppliers are locally based . However due to our specific activity there are a number of hi-tech products and sophisticated material, proposed only by a small number of suppliers and distributors based internationally or in some cases in France .This means that there are large distances between our selected suppliers. Often the offer of certain products is limited to one or a very limited number of companies. In spite of this fact, we remain highly selective and privilege top quality and homologated products which respect the environment.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Sand is delivered in bulk by lorry. We also recycle our used sand.
Our phytotherapy products are stocked in small quantities and in small containers . Our mechanical stock is limited as much as possible
Use of local suppliers Some of our suppliers are based less than 30kms away. However many suppliers (grass seed, fertiliser etc) are not available locally and suppliers are situated more than 100km away from the course.
Use of local products Our sand supply comes from a quarry 100km from the Golf course. Fertilisers and phytotherapy products are supplied from companies at least 200kms from the Golf
Selection of certified products The buying of certified products represent a guarantee in respect to the quality which also respect the environment. We already use certified products as much as possible and our goal is to increase the number of these .
Use of recycled and recyclable products The posts used are made of recycled plastic. We are looking at new methods to recycle other products.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) We give precedence to suppliers who are certified ISO 14001.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Kilometres Total number of suppliers within 100 Kilometres
Retail 14 14
Trade & Contractors 2 2
Maintenance Equipment 5 5
Course Supplies 31 3 28

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Sowing of RGA using 1gr per square metre classified TWCA (highly tolerant to droughts). Use of red american fescue grass which resists drought and which grow once water is available. American seedlings are also planted being disease resistant
Managing stress and wear Application of a syringe of diurnal help to reduce water use during the night. Other methods are applied such as wetting agents and seaweed, controlled potassium,(linked to an organic matter to better manage the stress especially in the summer).
Enhancement of soil structure Plan to use of organic agents stimulate and develop microbial activity and especially related to the microfaune.
Micro ventilation increases the presence of oxygen in the 2 soil layers (felt zone) and the rhizosphere, up to 10cm. Sanding on a regular basis helps the complicated texture, structure by increasing the oxygen presence.
Optimization of the growing environment Reasonned management of Azote occurs via a regular use of liquid fertilisers. Chemical/organic fertilisers in granule form are used to guarantee a 50% delayed growth, to assure a regular growth without having to collect waste
Managing thatch levels Felt control : regular light sanding with a mixture of bio agents to liquify the organic matter present in the felt .
Managing surface moisture Watering programmed from 05H30 to 06h to stimulate dewfall. Felt control for better water penetration.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease No phytotherapy preventive treatment is used except on the greens. If an illness is discovered, fertilisers may be used to limit the dispersion of the bacteria to other areas. Azote is used when there is a start of dollar spot and a roller used to limit any dispersion.
Scouting for pests and diseases A round of the course is carried out daily by the green keeper or his assistant, to prevent any disease promulgation.PH reasonned management can be adopted to enable the plants to absorb a maximum (The optimal PH level is between 6,5-6,8 and acceptable at 6,2 – 7,2)
Monitoring / improvement of plant health A daily check is carried out on specific zones more or less susceptible to disease.To improve plant health and to control negative factors, felt,disease, we carry out checks twice a month during the growth periods and oligo elements can be administrated .

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 91 61 24
Fairways - N - Inorganic 118 150 84
Fairways - P - Inorganic 40 32 20
Greens - K - Inorganic 156 167 290
Greens - N - Inorganic 179 156 215
Greens - P - Inorganic 50 78 31
Tees - K - Inorganic 145 112 200
Tees - N - Inorganic 184 204 100
Tees - P - Inorganic 86 50 50

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 50
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 1
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 50 70 70
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 53 44 33
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 5 5 4
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 10
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 1
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 10
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products Certified products are used with a low delay for re-entry
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases The treatments used for each specific disease are certified .(the source being the Agriculture Ministry website.
Doses applied are recommended and certified as well
Calibration and testing of sprayers Calibrating and testing are carried out at least once a year.Tests are carried out in fresh water and recorded to optimise the necessary treatment.The sprinklers are checked with each treatment and at the half way mark.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles For the treatment of the greens and teeing off areas , we are looking at a specific spraying system with a
ramp and a flow-off area . For other treatments or liquid fertilsiers,we have a sprinkler system with specific nozzles adapted to high pressure and of products types used .
Non-chemical weed control .We have preferred to weed manually.
We then resow seeds to counter the effect of weeding by recolonising the area.Mixtures : 2 Raygras or Red fescue.
Use also of precocious seedlings
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. WE are going to used Organo-mineral ingredients to reduce the application of chemical fertilising pellets by the adoption of a range of certified Sustan products efficient in the fight on diseases . Organo-mineral ingredients which include micro organisms and trace elements

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

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Waste selection is carried out by the local councils.
Yellow recyclable bags,plastic, cardboard boxes,and glass are all put together in specific containers .

Establishment of recycling centers A project is under preparation to set up a wash station to recycle used water from the course.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways The grass cuttings are not collected on the fairways but on the greens and areas around the greens the grass cuttings are used when collected . The waste is stacked in piles.
Education of staff and customer education The personnel and clients are all informed about the importance of waste treatment avec specific bins being installed around the course..

Pollution Control

Le Golf de Servanes est équipé de voiturettes électriques. Nous réfléchissons également à nous équiper de machines et tondeuses hybrides. Comme expliqué précédemment, nous n'avons de cesse de réduire l'impact environnemental de nos bâtiments. La partie phytopharmacie fera l'objet de toute notre attention. Nous avons bien sûr une zone de stockage aux normes, mais elle est un peu petite. Quant aux remplissages des cuves , ils s'effectuent encore sur l'aire de lavage et donc nous allons construire toute une zone couverte dédiée uniquement au stockage des produits phytopharmaceutiques et engrais liquides et à leur mise en oeuvre. Nous cherchons à réduire au maximum nos consommations d'eau, c'est pourquoi nous réfléchissons également à la réalisation d'une unité de lavage autonome.
Sur les terrains nous abattons quelques arbres, nous ne les brûlons pas, nous les broyions et réduisons ainsi les émissions carboniques. Nous en replantons également. Nous créons des habitats pour la faune locale et luttons contre les espèces parasites et intrusives.
Les travaux à venir, notamment la rénovation du système d'arrosage, vont permettre d'effectuer d'importantes économies d'eau.
The Servanes Golf Course is equipped with electric golf carts.
We are also looking to equip the course with Hybrid machinery and mowers. We continue to reduce the effect on the envirnmement in respect to our buildings.The phytotherapy products question is also being looked into thoroughly.We have a stockage zone for these products but it is now rather too small.The filling area for these treatment products is carried out at the moment in the washing area. To avoid any accidental polution and to isolate these chemical products we will build a specific covered area.
We are looking to minimise the amount of water used and are studying the possibility of isolating an idependent washing area. The work in progress will also allow us to economise large amounts of water in the future .
When trees are felled and vegetation cut we don’t burn them to avoid CO2 emissions but they are hashed up.At the same time we are replanting young trees. Habitats are constructed for the local faune and we are fighting against parasites and other intrusive animals.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Stormwater Drain No
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer Yes
Wash Pad Mains Sewer Yes

Hazardous Materials

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

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents false false
Cooking Oils false false
Lubricants false false
Pesticide Containers true true
Fertiliser Bags true true
Oil Filters true false
Batteries false 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 We have programmed for the maintenance area a concrete impermeable floor. In the technical building we also have in project a floor specially built to stop any dispersion of carburants and the area is completely covered.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas The place used for mechanical maintenance is large enough to assure an efficient work area. The workshop is equipped with a work pit to enable interventions. The area will be covered with a sealed floor slab with a hydrocarbure resistant treatment.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas This is an area where we have to progress. The initial bulk mix is prepared in a covered area but the decanting is done in the open air. Building has begun on a new workshop and stockage area for fertilisers and other treatments and will be in useby the latest, early next year.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces As previously explained all filling of tanks occurs outside in impermeable zones. At the moment the washing zone is used.
We are very aware that this is not the best solution and very shortly a new solution will have to be found .
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks .At the moment we stock diesel fuel in tanks in the open air built over recuperation pits.
Petrol is stocked in jerrycans
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel The diesel fuel tank is on ground level but equipped with a recuperation pit in case of any leakage. This could also be extended to all other tanks in the future
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials There is no real barrage system in the case of leaks. The phytotherapy stockage has a pit which could recuperate the total capacity of the tank in the case of spillage. All the cans are stocked on shelving and there is a back up stock of sawdust and sand in case of accidental spillage.

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 Over the last few we have been fighting against product dilution and we have reduced volumes being used at any one time.We are using more and more green manure and solid manure. We respect seasonal divergency and avoid par example applying azote manure during the grass hibernation period.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies We have a number of water zones. These have been installed along the course and have become a major challenge for golfers.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan There is no emergency plan at the moment in case of spillage but we have increased the number of retention pits to insure that any spillage doesn’t propogate.We are also looking into impermeabilisation of other surfaces and the placing of more stocks of absorbant products. Soon we'll be compliant to current norms.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge We have surface stock in one area only.
In this area there are no potentially polluting products. Old tyres are sent to the waste dumps in the area et no other toxic product exists in the zone
Establishment of pesticide-free zones The only areas under treatment are the greens. The rest of the course benefits from a preventive treatment (Tee areas) or none at all (rough)
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off Nous avons la chance de posséder plusieurs plans d'eau qui sont reliés entre eux par des zones humides contenant une flore aquatique riche. We are fortunate to have a number of water zones interconnected by wetland areas posseding considerable amounts of flore. All along the length of these water zones, water is filtered naturally according to the statistics we have in hand.These show that the water seepage is purer at its exit from the course than at its entry point into the zone.

Community

Le Golf de Servanes comme de nombreux parcours, ce sent particulièrement concerné par le développement durable qui est aujourd'hui au cœur de nos préoccupations. Le personnel adhère ce qui implique de sensibiliser l'ensemble du personnel aux meilleures pratiques environnementales, par des consignes ou rappels sur le recyclage : des déchets alimentaires, du papier mais également concernant les huiles ou les sols..
Les consignes visent à éteindre les équipements électriques dès lors qu’ils ne sont pas utilisés. Des poubelles et des boîtes pour le tri-sélectif ont été fournies par la municipalité pour recycler le verre, le papier ou carton. The Servanes Golf club has concentrated on sustainable development. Everyone involved, including full time or part time personnel, have been made aware of the best pratices concerning environmental considerations.
Information is readily available and everyone is also readily reminded about the need for recycling food,paper and oil based products and the land.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 4 1
Course Management 4 2

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides The Golf Course maintenance team follow regular training sessions related to the new norms. Informal training is part of increasing the daily awareness regarding protective clothing and following the instructions regarding the chemicals used . Information sheets are readily available in the workshops.
Efficient water management Our water maintenance sub contractor is in continual contact with the sprinkler supplier Rain Bird to be bale to inform the staff on procedures to adopt . He looks after a one day refresher course at the beginning of each season to explain all the new techniques available and also for IT updates.
Management of accidents and emergencies Other sessions are planned in the future
-Fire evacuation exercises
-First aid Training
-Security postures
Management of habitats and vegetation Mr Rodriguez from Team Green looks after the updating of information for the gardiners regarding graminacious plants found in the area and how to preserve them,maintain them and manage them as best as possible .
Waste minimization, separation and recycling All ressources must be used intelligently to avoid waste (fuel,water, paper etc) and recycling should be at the forefront of the teams considerations.Regular reminders are communicated by the steward and his assistant
Health & Safety All the members of staff benefit from a yearly medical check-up to identify any problems directly related to their job. All problems are officially recorded to avoid any recurrences.
Energy Saving Our major priorities are environmental protection, economic considerations and energy saving. These subjects are omnipresent in the daily communications between the management and the staff.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Landscape is constituated by les Alpilles, little mountains of 498m high. Original Massif of wight limestone, situated north-ouest of Bouche du rhône. Since July 2006, The Alpilles belong to the Parc naturel régional des Alpilles.

We can find north of the Alpilles the archaeological site of "l’Oppidum des Caisses de Jean Jean" 1 km away from the Golf course L'Oppidum existed from VIIème before JC to IIIème after JC.

Le site, by it area (14ha) and it cultural wealth is a mayor vestige site.
Environmental management planning Nous n'avons pas encore de programme de management environnemental. No official management programme regarding the environmental questions has yet been set up.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours We organise regular monthly open doors for the public for them to discover Golf as a sport . This also allows people from outside to come and discover the installations and the work we carry out on a permanent basis.
Local Government Early in each New Year we invite all the mayors of the local councils and the President of the Region. This enhances our contact with local government and gives us the possibility to inform them of the efforts being made for the environment
Local Environmental Groups We plan to contact the Bird Protection League (LPO) to carry out a recensement of the bird population and to begin to encourage permament settlements.
Media We have a very good relationship with the local and national press which facilitates our communication re the sport but also to underline our environmental involvement .
Local Businesses We are very aware of the importance of the relationships with local social professional groups allowing them to market their products.Various trades are concerned : Olive oil producers, Vineyards , hotels and local garages .
Schools & Colleges Our teaching staff are involved directly with the local schools whose pupils benefit from specific programmes for golf apprenticeship and at the same time putting into place physical education lessons with a golf bias.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths We have on the course a municipal path who cross the the golf from hole n°1 to hole n°14. We regularly look after this path. it is a natural pass used by group of hikers, and horserider.
All this passer-by can discover the golf course.

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 does not undertake any activities to conserve cultural heritage features.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display From the moment that we obtain the certification for the Golf club we are going to send out a questionnaire to all the members and staff to assess the awareness, the impact and the appreciation of the mesures taken re the environment and how important this homologation is considered. All this information will then be relayed.
Members evenings and course walks At the present time we do not organise this type of activity but we consider it would be a very positive way to share and inform local people about what has been done for sustaining the environment.
Course guides / brochures Servanes Golf Club is part of the Open Golf Club chain which edits a magasine in which sustainable environmental development is followed closely by its CEO.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Our members have already been informed of the measures taken to obtain a certfied Eco-GEO label.
Once the label is obtained we will be able to communicate this fact to the Specialised press , to the French Golf Federation and we hope to communicate this on the website of the Open Golf Club.
Course walks / open days If non golfer want they can walk long the course on the municipal path. We have plan to organize open-door days to inform public about the course.
Attending community meetings The land of the Golf course actually belongs to an amalgame of Local Councils in the Baux Alpilles Valley on the edge of the Alpilles regional Park. We therefore participate actviely in the meetings between the 12 participating local councils in the goal of working together and conserving our micro region via effort to create sustainable development.