Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet

GEO Certified® 02/2014 GEO Re-Certified 07/2017
Oosterhout,
Netherlands
Telephone: +31(0)76-5795666
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The Landgoed Bergvliet golf course lies between the Brabant towns of Breda and Oosterhout, and the origins of the country estate hark back all the way to the Middle Ages. The 150-acre estate is privately owned by a family and comprises a pavilion, a 16th-century coach house, and an 18-hole golf course. There are advanced plans to build villas and wellness facilities on the grounds. All these components are administered by a foundation that operates the golf course and connected facilities. The golf association, was founded in 2002 by the first…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Wedstrijdbaan (18 holes, 5633 metres, year opened 2007)
Oefenbaan (9 holes, year opened 2007)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Other

Nature

Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet has a natural lay-out. The locations between the holes are managed as extensive as possible and are divided in three zones. These zones are based on the golf course's past as an estate, the heathlands nearby and the agricultural landscape.
During several inventarisations it was stated that the golf course has a high potential for natural developement because of it's amount of shallow banks and low parts in the terrain that tend to submerge from time to time.
Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet strives to an extensive and natural way of management as possible with a great amount of room for natural developements. To prevent illnesses and plagues from occuring, the golf course uses grass species that match the soil conditions and have very little need of irrigation.

Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet heeft een natuurlijk karakter. De locaties buiten de holes worden zo extensief mogelijk beheerd en zijn onderverdeeld in drie zones. Deze zones sluiten aan bij het verleden van de golfbaan als landgoed, de heideterreinen in de omgeving en het agrarische landschap.
Gedurende verschillende inventarisaties is naar voren gekomen dat de golfbaan een hoog ecologisch potentieel heeft wegens de natuurlijke oevers en natte laagtes in het terrein.
Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet streeft ernaar een zo natuurlijk mogelijk beheer na te streven met veel ruimte voor natuurlijke ontwikkelingen.
Om ziekten en plagen zoveel mogelijk te voorkomen wordt er gebruik gemaakt van grassoorten die passen bij de bodem en een minimum aan vocht nodig hebben.

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:

  • NLadviseurs

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

Title Author Date View document
Plants Coen Knotters 2013/08/01
Mammals Coen Knotters 2013/08/01
Amphibians Coen Knotters 2013/08/01
Butterflies Coen Knotters 2013/08/01
Dragonflies Coen Knotters 2013/08/01
Bats Coen Knotters 2013/07/03

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

Local name Scientific name
Bruin blauwtje Aricia agestis
Bastaardkikker Pelophylax esculenta
Kleine watersalamander Lissotriton vulgaris
Watervleermuis Myotis daubentonii
Gewone dwergvleermuis Pipistrelllus pipistrellus
Ruige dwergvleermuis Pipistrellus nathusii
Laatvlieger Eptesicus serotinus
Ronde zonnedauw Drosera rotundifolia
Rode dophei Erica cinerea
Dwergviltkruid Filago minima
Stekelbrem Genista anglica
Moeraswolfsklauw Lycopodiella inundata

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

Local name Scientific name
Bruin blauwtje Aricia agestis
Bastaardkikker Pelophylax esculenta
Kleine watersalamander Lissotriton vulgaris
Watervleermuis Myotis daubentonii
Gewone dwergvleermuis Pipistrelllus pipistrellus
Ruige dwergvleermuis Pipistrellus nathusii
Laatvlieger Eptesicus serotinus
Ronde zonnedauw Drosera rotundifolia
Rode dophei Erica cinerea
Dwergviltkruid Filago minima
Stekelbrem Genista anglica
Moeraswolfsklauw Lycopodiella inundata

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Historic Landscapes / Parklands Gehucht Ter Aalst

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 11.5 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 5.5 Self Appointed
Open Water Features 5 Self Appointed
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 5 Self Appointed
Graanakkers 1 Self Appointed
Wetlands 0.9 Self Appointed
Bunkers 1 Self Appointed
Par-3 baan en driving range 7 Self Appointed
Overig terrein 7 Self Appointed
Rough 6 Self Appointed
Sand dunes 0.5 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.5 Hectares Festuca rubra 40%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 50%
Tees 1.5 Hectares Lolium perenne 40%
Poa pratensis 25%
Fairways 12.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 40%
Lolium perenne 30%
Semi Rough 3.5 Hectares Festuca rubra 75%
Poa annua 25%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
The amount of festuca rubra gras is increasing slowly compared to other grass species. Management is focussed on sustainable turfgass that needs little fertilizer or water. These grass species are well resistant against plagues.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 years

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

  • mr. Romme (Klep)
  • mr. Schoenakker (De Ridder)

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 An agronomist gives advice on fertilization. We use weather data to decide on the irrigation and will soon incorporate a soil moisture meter in this.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces A healthy turf grass is less prone to suffer from plagues and diseases. This is why we monitor the health of the turf grass on a regular base.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Yes, we state upfront on our website and we place a notice at the reception
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces The quality of the turf grass is monitored regularly. So far, the greens have a steady stimp of 7.5 to 8 during the year.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture When irrigating the fairways, they turn out too green
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours We check it once a year
Protection and restoration of historic features Older trees are maintained to ensure their health
Discreet on-course signage and furniture As much in line with the surroundings
Conservation of specimen trees They are fitted in the surroundings of the golf course
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features We do so as much as possible

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

Activity Description
Minimizing the amount of amenity grass The golf course has a very natural appearance, there is a lot of space for natural developement
Increasing the size of habitat patches Since we keep the area of holes as small as possible, we gain a lot of space for natural developement
Connection of internal habitat patches Through the rough and shallow banks
Connection of patches with external habitats There are almost no fences on the golf course, allowing animals to reach the woods nearby without trouble.
Creation of habitat corridors The natural areas in our terrain are managed carefully and do not change in their purpose
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation Since we keep the area of holes as small as possible, we gain a lot of space for natural developement
Improving and diversifying habitat edges We have shallow banks and low areas that sometimes submerge. Part of a pond has been reformed to a waste area.

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 eco-rough is mowed and the clippings are removed in order to deplete the nutrients and keep the rough full of structure. Our small agricultural fields are seeded each year with a mix of diverse grasses and herbs to provide for butterflies and bees.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands In our managementplan we have writen specificmeasures to make our woodlands more structured and manage them in a sustainable way. Each year, some trees are relocated to better spots on the golf course and to keep the woodlands structured and diverse.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas All water areas have shallow banks on the sides that are outside of the game areas.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation A part of the water areas can be overgrown with plants, as long as it is not a disadvantage for the game
Naturalization of linear habitats We have as less fences on our terrain as possible. Other borders are managed extensively

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 Crop fields serve as a place for bees and butterflies. We seed these fields each year with new plants.
Installation of nest boxes We have one near the greenkeeper's shed, but we plan on adding more
Control / management of alien species We do, for example the Quercus rubra
Provision of hibernation areas Next year we will create woodpiles of branches for small mammals to hide in in several woodlands.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Next year we will create woodpiles of branches for small mammals to hide in in several woodlands.

Water

There are many water features and natural ponds present at Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet. With the exception of the natural ponds, all water features are connected to each other and drain the golf course in periods of heavy rain.
The water quality is suited to be used as irigation water. The golf course tries to use as little water as possible. Their modern build pavilion has been provided for with water saving apparatus. The golf course itself is only irrigated when the greenkeepers think it to be necessary.
The irrigation system is equiped with seperate sprinkler heads, allowing it to irrigate the course as efficient as possible. The golf course wishes to purchase new ground moisture meters on short term, in order to further improve the irrigation.

Op Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet zijn veel waterpartijen aanwezig in de vomr van vijvers, poelen en sloten. Met uitzondering van de poelen zijn deze waterpartijen op elkaar aangesloten en zorgen voor drainage tijdens lange perioden van regen.
De waterkwaliteit is voldoende geschikt om als beregeningswater te kunnen dienen. De golfbaan probeert op meerdere manieren zo min mogelijk water te gebruiken. Zo is het moderne paviljoen voorzien van waterbesparende apparatuur. Op de golfbaan zelf wordt alleen beregend wanneer dit nodig wordt geacht door de greenkeepers.
Het beregeningssysteem is voorzien van sectorsproeiers om zo efficient mogelijk te beregenen. De golfbaan is voornemens om op korte termijn nieuwe bodemvochtmeters aan te schaffen om de irrigatie nog efficienter te regelen.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Wateraudit Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet 2013/11/18

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

2016 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,040,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 100% 15,134,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 26,000 Litres
2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,084,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 100% 16,067,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 26,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 100% 26,000 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,045,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 100% 17,238,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 136,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 100% 75,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees Weekly
Fairways Weekly

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species Festuca rubra needs little moisture
Soil decompaction and thatch management We use both solid and hollow pins to aerate
Timing and dose of water application Is checked daily
Analysis of soil moisture We judge this visually, in 2017 we will start using a soil moisture meter to gain more insight in the moisture levels.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data We judge this visually
Overall reduction in irrigated area We try to minimise the irrigated area
Targeting of sprinkler heads We target the sprinkler heads as good as we can, we do so each year when starting up the irrigation system.
Optimizing system pressure We optimise our pipe pressure
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology We use sector sprinklers

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets We have double buttons on the toilets and taps with sensors
Use of water efficient appliances The devices we install are as efficient as possible, when purchasing new equipment, we always consider the water usage.
Use of efficient shower technology We have watersaving shower heads
Repairing leaks Should we notice a leak, it is repaired as quick as possible
Rainwater Rainwater from the roofs is kept on the terrain as long as possible
Cleaning machines Machines are cleaned with irrigation water in order to use less potable water.

Energy

Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet has a modern pavilion that was build recently. The building is accommodated in such a way to keep the energy usage as low as possible. For example, the building is well insulated, there are motion sensors in the extensively used areas and the temperature can be adjusted for each room seperately.
To make the energy usage even more sustainable, the golf course uses from 2019 onwards green and regular energy produced in the Netherlands. The pavilion is provided with LED lighting. When purchasing new machines and devices, the amount of energy usage is taken in consideration.

Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet beschikt over een modern paviljoen waar bij de aanleg rekening is gehouden met het zo laag mogelijk houden van het energie verbruik. Zo is het gebouw voorzien van goede isolatie, bewegingsmelders in en extensief gebruikte ruimtes, en kan per ruimte de temperatuur worden geregeld.
Om het energieverbruik verder te verduurzamen, maakt de golfbaan vanaf 2019 weer gebruik van groene duurzame energie uit Nederland en zijn in het paviljoen ledlampen geïnstalleerd. Bij toekomstige aanschaf van machines en apparatuur wordt kritisch gekeken naar het verbruik.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility does not consume any renewable energy or resources.

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

2016 2015 2014
Diesel (Litres) 11622 11589 9804
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 180 240 60
Natural Gas (Litres) 22417000 24354000 24279000
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 290579 272412 307307
Petrol (Litres) 1380 1100 1020
Propane / Butane (Litres) 1470 1420

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply The golf course has a contract with energy supplier Sepa, who offers a combination of regular and sustainable energy. The part of the energy that is green is generated in the Netherlands. From 2019 ontwards, we will use fully green energy again.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels We have one solar panel for charging electrical bikes. The possibilities for solar panes on the maintenance facility will be researched this year.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles We have 11 electric golfcarts and 2 electric gators. Despite thje gators are not performing to our wish, we will keep on using them and keep updated on new types of hybrid and electrical machines.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems The paviljon is a modern building with modern appliciances.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration We try to do this as good as possible. The seperate rooms in the pavilion have their own thermostat. Since all rooms are almost always in use, it is no use to provide them with separate heating programms.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities We can open and close windows and doors throughout the pavilion.
Upgrading of building insulation The pavilion is quite new and well insulated
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) We have light-permeable parts in the roof of the greenkeepers shed
Installation of low-energy lighting We installed LED-lights on the terrace, the parking lot and inside of the club house. LED-lights for the driving range will be researched during the next years.
Use of motion sensor lighting Locations where few people come, like the corridor to the chaging rooms, and the greenkeepers office have motion sensors
Transition to energy efficient appliances We make sure to purchase the most energy efficient devices, this is always taken into consideration.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting All lightings have a dimmer and /or a timer. On the fountains a timer is installed
Educating staff and customers At the end of the day, all computers are shut down by a timer. On quiet days, we use only half of the kitchen devices.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 13% 100%
Diesel 88%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 13% 100% 100%
Grid Electric 88%

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

Activity Description
Secure cycle parking We have camera's installed on the bike's parking
Promoting public transport routes and timetables There are no bus stops nearby, so visiting the golf course by public transportation is quite difficult.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) The pavilion hosts plenty of lockers.
Staff showers We have showers in the greenkeepers' shed
Tax breaking incentives for cycling Personnel can use the bike parking if they wish to come to work by bike.
Suppliers For delivering drinks and food to the restaurant, we use 3 suppliers that can supply all goods at once

Supply Chain

At Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet, sustainability is part of their purchasing criterias, both for the greenkeeping as in the restaurant. They purchase local products for beverages, and all suppliers are located in or close around the neabry city of Breda.
The golf courses strives to use as little chemical products as possible. Using mechanical measures and well-tuned management, they keep their turfgrass healthy.
The golf course wishes to furher imporve on their waste separation, starting with a recycle point for plastics and plastic bottles.

Op Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet staat 'duurzaamheid' centraal bij de aankoop van producten en materialen, zowel voor de greenkeepers als in de horeca. Zo worden lokale producten voor in de keuken gekocht en bevinden alle leveranciers zich in het nabij gelegen Breda of daar dicht bij.
De golfbaan wil zo min mogelijk chemische middelen gebruiken en zorgt middels mechanische ingrepen en een goed afgestemd beheer voor een gezonde grasmat.
De golfbaan heeft de wens om de komende jaren meer afval te gaan scheiden, beginnende met een inzamelpunt voor plastic en plastic flessen.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source We separate packagings and buy in large qunatities where possible.\
Use of local suppliers We use local suppliers, 2 of them supply the greenkeepers' shed and are located within 10 km of the golf course
Use of local products We use as many local products as possible, for example, we buy white asparagus from a local farmer
Selection of certified products We buy certified products as much as possible
Use of recycled and recyclable products We use these whenever possible
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging As much as possible, we chose large packaging when possible and have some goods delivered in crates.
Digital archive We have digitalised our system, so we save on using paper and send our bills and new digitally.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Kilometres Total number of suppliers within 100 Kilometres
Food & Beverage 9 9
Catering Supplies 2 2
Retail 8 6
Trade & Contractors 8 5 3
Maintenance Equipment 2 1 1
Course Supplies 2 2

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses The grasses used are suited best for the soil
Managing stress and wear We keep a close eye on the health of our turfgrass during daily maintenance
Enhancement of soil structure We use the advice of our agronomist to keep the soil healthy by following a maintenance plan
Optimization of the growing environment We check the soil's health annualy
Managing thatch levels We check the soil's thatch levels annualy. These have improved during the past three years.
Managing surface moisture We wish to purchase new soil moisture meters as soon as possible, this is planned for 2017
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease By adding small amounts fertilizers we keep the turfgrass as healthy as possible . Grass clippings of the fairways are not collected and serve as a natural fertilizer.
Scouting for pests and diseases This is done during the daily maintenance
Monitoring / improvement of plant health This is done during the daily maintenance

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Inorganic 20 20 52.5
Fairways - N - Inorganic 40 40 52.5
Fairways - P - Inorganic 10 10 17.5
Greens - K - Inorganic 120.6 120.6 133.8
Greens - N - Inorganic 72 72 100.9
Greens - P - Inorganic 12.6 12.6 21
Tees - K - Inorganic 124 124 34.5
Tees - N - Inorganic 135 135 55.5
Tees - P - Inorganic 52 52 15

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 88 16 30.5
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 10.8 31 10
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 45
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 70 42 30.5
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 30.5
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 2 5

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products The greenkeepers use biological pesticides
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases we use the correct product for specific plagues
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers we only treat spots with pesticides
Calibration and testing of sprayers This is done during regular machine maintenance
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We select the correct machine and machineparts for spraying, depending on the weather.
Non-chemical weed control We use as little pesticides as possible and use mechanical measures to prevent illnesses and plagues to occur. We also apply slight amounts of fertilizers to improve the health of the turfgrass.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. By following our maintenance plan and using a thourough maintenance plan, we keep the soil in good health, which reduces the risk of plagues.
Registration We write all usage of pesticides down

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 false true 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 true false false false
Sand true false false false
Wood / Timber false false true false

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials We separate glass, paper and other waste. We plan on seperating plastic waste aswell and will look into the possibilities next year.
Establishment of recycling centers We have one at the pavilion
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways We leave the clippings on the fairways, there are not collected by the mowers
Education of staff and customer education Our personel reduces the size of cardboard before throwing it away
Waste awareness campaigns We keep our staff informed

Pollution Control

The greenkeepers and the other personell on the golf course, work according to the environmental law and the standard health guidelines. For example, hazardous materials are stored the correct way and only used on the right moment. The greenkeepers's shed is checked annualy on the guidelines of the environmental law, and the locations where surface water leaves the golf course can be sampled.

De greenkeepers en het andere personeel op Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet werken volgens de heersende wet- en regelgeving omtrent milieubeheer. Zo staan gevaarlijke stoffen op de juiste wijze opgeslagen en worden alleen op de juiste momenten chemische middelen gebruikt op het gras. De greenkeepersloods wordt jaarlijks gecontroleerd of deze voldoet aan de wettelijke eisen en de locaties waar het water de baan verlaat kunnen worden bemonsterd.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Detention Pond N/A
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Via Oil Separator Yes
Wash Pad Via Oil Separator Yes

Hazardous Materials

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

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

Pollution Prevention

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

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas We have a cupboard for the pesticides with ventilation and indicators
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas The floor of the greenkeepers' shed is impervious and is annualy checked
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas We do that always in the shed on the impervious floor
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces We do that always in the shed on the impervious floor
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks We have one tank behind the greenkeepers' shed. The area around the tank has been renovated to suit the legislation.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel The fuel tank is double walled, it has a leaking detection system and is checked annualy in order to prevent leaking.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials We have absorbtion pellets in the greenkeepers' sheds
Fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers are installed in the pavilion and the greenkeepers' shed. These are checked annualy

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 check the weather forecast every day
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies We do not spray alongside water features
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan Our personnel is schooled to know how to handle these situations.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge We maintain a closed setting in the turfgass
Establishment of pesticide-free zones We do not use chemicals in our nutrient poor areas

Community

Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet has the ambition to become the most hospitable golf course in the region, as well as an example of a sustainable golf course. All personell is well informed about this ambition and is both formaly and informaly trained to prevent environmental harm. Both golfers and non-golfers are welcome to the pavilion.
The golf course has the ambition to structurize the communication concerning sustainablity. The cooperation between the golf course and the estate provides a good repution in the region.

Golfbaan Landgoed Bergvliet heeft de ambitie om zowel de meest gastvrije golfbaan, als ook een zo duurzaam mogelijke golfbaan te worden. Het personeel deelt dit gedachtengoed en is opgeleid (zowel formeel als informeel) om op de juiste wijze met gevaarlijke stoffen te werken en vervuiling te voorkomen. Zowel golfers als niet golfers zijn welkom in het paviljoen.
De golfbaan heeft de wens om de komende jaren structureel te werken aan communicatie omtrent duurzaamheid.
De nauwe samenwerking tussen het landgoed en de golfbaan levert veel naamsbekendheid op.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 1
Course Management 1
Food & Beverage 15 4
Golf Coaching 3
Retail & Leisure 3
Caddies 1 2
Other 10 2

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

  • Owner
  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides The greenkeepers have a spraying licence
Efficient water management This is a continual point of attention for our staff
Management of accidents and emergencies In the pavilion we have several people available who have had training in in-house emergency. These people take part in a repeating courses. We will start using an incident log to keep track of possible future incidents.
Management of habitats and vegetation The greenkeepers know about nature management
Waste minimization, separation and recycling We have no specific training, but we do know what to seperate and store in the right way
Health & Safety repeated in-house emergency trainings
Energy Saving We have had no official training in this, but we are aware how to prevent wasting energy
Environmental management planning We work according to the legislations.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours We have a steady contact with the owner of the estate
Local Businesses We have contact with a local advisor on safety and health of our personnel.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths There is a public hiking and biking path present (the Koestraatje) but it is not managed by the golf course. The path is well known to the players
Creation of new paths and nature trails The current public path is used by both golfers and visitors to the local natural areas near the golf course.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage New signs were installed in the surroundings of the golf course
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) The pavilion is accessible for non-golfers
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) We have contact with the local municipality about the maintenance of some trees that are situated on the border of our golf course.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities We have some grain fields in the eastern part of the golf course that are mowed annualy

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

Title Author Date View document
MER Buro Coördinaat 2003/05/01

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

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

Activity Description
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) The 'Koestraatje' and old trees are maintained

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display In 2017 we will start making a communication plan about sustainability, nature and environmental care to keep our guests more updated.
Course guides / brochures We have a 'quality' booklet available that features the natural qualities of our golf course

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures We publish brochures and press releases about our sustainable view and we have some information about the landscape on the website. We wish to further improve the communication about nature and sustainability during the next years.
Course walks / open days Bergvliet takes part in the annual 'Open Golf' days were non golfers are introduced to the sport.
Monitoring of customer satisfaction We monitor our custumor satisfaction with the help of an online application and use the outcomes for our management.