Amsterdam Old Course

GEO Certified® 08/2017
Amsterdam Duivendrecht,
Netherlands
Telephone: 020-6943650
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The Amsterdam Old Course opened its doors in 1935 and was designed by amongst others Harry Colt. Due to intensification of the railway system in the Netherlands, the 18 holes course had to be transformed to a 9 holes course in the eighties of the last century. Nowadays, most of the holes still have the typical Colt design, like e.g. asymmetric bunkering around the greens. During my visit, the committees present during the audit clearly showed a passionate involvement with their club. All goals and actions with respect to e.g. sustainability, pl…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Wedstrijdbaan (9 holes, year opened 1934)
1 Clubhouse(s)

Nature

Landschap AOC is gelegen in een laaggelegen laagveenpolder (sinds 1935) en nu een gerestaureerde parkbaan volgens de Colt-filosofie. Het Ecosysteem is een parklandschap met naast de fairways en greens en boomranden, boomgroepen, en kleine natuurgebieden. AOC-terrein is ingebed tussen spoorwegstation, voetbalstadion en volkstuinen.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Buiting Advies Natuur Landschap
  • Bijkerk Landschapsarchitecten
  • NL Adviseurs
  • Coen Knotters Veldbiologische Werken
  • Ormel Boomverzorging

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

Title Author Date View document
Maatregelen Bomen Old Course Ronald Buiting 2013/01/01
Amsterdam Old Course "Een unieke golfbaan, een historisch clubhuis, een groene parel. Chris Veldkamp 2013/10/15

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

  • NL Milieu Adviseurs
  • Bijenvereniging Amstelland

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

Title Author Date View document
Flora en Fauna Inventarisatie Nl Milieu Adviseurs, Coen Knotters 2016/01/27

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

Local name Scientific name
Vos Vulpes vulpes
Zeelt Tinca tinca
IJsvogel Alcedo Atthis
Tiendoornige stekelbaars Pungitius pungitius (moddermannetje)
Kroeskarper Carassius carassius
Rietorchis Dactylorhiza praetermissa
Koningsvaren Osmunda regalis
Valse Kamille Anthemis arvensis

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

Local name Scientific name
Rietorchis Dactylorhiza praetermissa
Koningsvaren Osmunda regalis

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility does not feature any landscape designations.

No areas of habitats / vegetation types and associated designations are present at this golf facility.

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 0.7 Hectares Festuca rubra 65%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 15%
Tees 0.13 Hectares Lolium perenne 320%
Festuca rubra 42%
Fairways 5.13 Hectares Festuca rubra 40%
Festuca longifolia 35%
Semi Rough 5.2 Hectares Lolium perenne 50%
Festuca rubra 50%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Because of best compatability with climate and soil , drought resistance, good endurance performance

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: every 6 months months

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

  • AHA de Man (Greenkeeping); Brad Wainscott agronomist at
  • VAG BV; Lambert Veenstra
  • Infinite Variety Golf Design; Frank Pont
  • Prograss; Wout Muilwijk

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 Irrigation, fertilizing, overseeding & cutting heights together with greenkeeper maintenance company AHA de Man, described in the maintenance plan & contract and the Course Management Plan 2017-2020
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Yes! AOC chooses turfgrass-species that needs the least water & most disease resistent and enduring species
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Promotion of fnancial advantages of sustainable areas is communicated through memebershipmeetings and newsletters
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Website, newsletters by email & educational meetings for members
Website for visitors & competition players.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces In the near future there will be an AOC-geo-page on the website with a newsletter explaining the importance of sustainable greenkeeping to provide good quality in the long term

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture AOC waters only greens & tees to prevent dehydration & fairways only in periods of extreme droughts.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Mowing lines fit in the contours of the original Polderlandscape and the Coltprinciples.
Protection and restoration of historic features Restoring Coppiceculture and replanting willows, restauration medieval Zwarte Laantje (since 1305) , and conserving old industrial mortar pump, preserving reed-covered clubhouse from 1935,
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Sustainable course signage & wooden benches are placed in the course. In 2017 all course furniture will be renewed.
Conservation of specimen trees As part of the tree program species preserved are Ash, Maple, Alder, Willow (Coppiceculture), Lime, Oak, Filbert
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features AOC tries to cover artificial items out of sight, according to Colt-designprinciples artificial objects will be avoided as much as possible. We keep one artificial path for transport. Old working road for the Utrechtboog will be turned into natural areas at the end of the renovation of holes 5,7,8

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 preserve the Colt-principles in this matter. Places with "grass-not-in-play" we develop as natural and quiet ares
Increasing the size of habitat patches AOC created the past two years woodrails for birds & animals, creating natural areas where possible, and natural sloped water hazards, where possible considering the old low-peat-ditch-structure of the AOC, butr also creating winding streams with
Connection of internal habitat patches AOC maintains the outer ring of the golfcourse carefully as natural areas with bushes , trees, reet and waters to connect the habitats for animals.
Connection of patches with external habitats No, hardly, only as a green hub for birds this is possible, because of circular canal around the AOC and the density of Urban functions like railways, parking lots & stadiums around AOC. Despite all of these circumstances, the AOC is a hunting territory for a fox, coming from outside the AOC
Creation of habitat corridors AOC is surrounded by railways, buildings and roads, so this is hardly possible. Maintaining the natural outer ring is what we do to be a green hub for as many animals as possible
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation AOC is trying to enlarge the natural areas in its domain and avoid fragmentation.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges Next to maintaining water-connections, tree-lines, & bushes, woodrails are created as stepping stones

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 At three places at the AOC butterfly fields are created for honeybees, next to hole 3 and hole 6
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Together with the greenkeeping and the voluntary green team maintenance of groves is performed mostly by handsaw , pruning shears and forestmower
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands According to the tree replant plan by Bijkerk en Kroese since 2015 we planted 1300 trees of sevral species varying in age and size.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas At this moment we have three exisiting wetland areas at the old Peatcourse part of the course. These areas are now occupied with pioneer species. These wetlands will be restaurated to open open areas after the renovation of holes 5,7, 8
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Keeping balance between open water and vegetation areas, by phased reetmowing; every year one part. Reetareas in play of the golf game are maintained every year.
Naturalization of linear habitats We consider our outer ring as a lineair habitat which is kept carefully, mainly by th e voluntary green team

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 AOC created bees and butterfly fields at hole 3 and 6.
Installation of nest boxes AOC installed 76 nestboxes in 2015 and 2016 and woodrails for birds and insects
Provision of feeding tables No
Control / management of alien species Exotic and not domestic plants and trees in the golfcourse area are for 90% removed
Provision of hibernation areas Woodrails , dead and fallen tree trunks,
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Only around the greenkeepers shed, piles of treetrunks are kept

Water

Drinkwater for clubhouse, drinkwater for greenkeeping shed; surface water from pool ouside AOC for irrigation, no use of groundwater. Until 2014 drinkwater was used to clean the greenkeeping machines. From 2015 we use surfacewater from the irrgation system with water from outside the AOC.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Beregeningswater gras BLGG AgroXperts 2014/07/29
Bemestingsonderzoek gras binnenwater BLGG AgroXperts 2014/10/08
Bemestingsonderzoek gras buitenwater BLGG AgroXperts 2016/10/08

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% 368 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Surface 100% 3,000 Cubic Metres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 3,200 Cubic Metres
2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 356 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Surface 100% 3,200 Cubic Metres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 3,400 Cubic Metres
Other Public / Potable 0 Cubic Metres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 368 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Public / Potable 100% 3,400 Cubic Metres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 3,200 Cubic Metres
Other Public / Potable 0 Cubic Metres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

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

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 years

Upgraded every 3 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 Roodzwenk, Engels Raaigras, Veldbeemd, Struisgras, most suitable for AOC
Soil decompaction and thatch management Aerating/scarifying at least two times a year; fairways, foregreens, tees and greens
Timing and dose of water application Fairways will be watered only in case of emergency (extreme dry periods). Greens and tees as little as possible, mostly in May and June.
Analysis of soil moisture Occasionally with soilhydrometer.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Partly; monitoring and recording rainfall.
Use of wetting agents Certainly in the beginning of spring; 2 to 4 times per year
Overall reduction in irrigated area No irrigation of the fairways, reduction of irrigation of foregreens, tees and greens. Aiming the sprinklers precisely so that only tees, greens and foregreens are irrigated,
Targeting of sprinkler heads Yes, targeting by means of sector irrigation and precise aiming of the sprinklers.
Optimizing system pressure Yes optimizing system pressure by means of watering only one or two greens at the time.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Yes, new nozzle technology is realized recently by installation of new sprinklerheads (Toro Popups).

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Downstairs in the clubhouse toilets is a choice between large flush and small flush.
Use of water efficient appliances No
Use of efficient shower technology No.
Repairing leaks Yes, immediately.
Water awareness signage No, sandclocks to be installed in 2017.

Energy

Propane gasfor heating the clubhouse, showers and cooking , elektricity for light, cooking, freezing, diesel and petrol for greenkeepingmachines

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
Biogas (Cubic Metres) 0
Biomass 0
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Cubic Metres) 0
Hydrogen (Cubic Metres) 0
On-site Hydro (kWh) 0
On-site Solar (kWh) 0
On-site Wind (kWh) 0
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 112462 90940 95519
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Cubic Metres) 0
Wood from sustainable sources 0

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

2016 2015 2014
Diesel (Cubic Metres) 2.825 4.630 5.300
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 32768 21263 0
Petrol (Cubic Metres) 0.565 0.535 0.800
Propane / Butane (Cubic Metres) 19.6 19.5 14.0

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Energy House (formerly called Greenfoot). With this supllier we are going to investigate how to upgrade the use of renewable energy (77% over 2016) as it was in 2014 (100%).
Installation of small scale wind turbine No
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels No, after investigation no possibilities occured because off too little space, shadows from the tree and cost of investment (depraciation period too short compared to current contract)
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources No
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) No
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol No
Use of electric hybrid vehicles Only Handicarts.
Use of recycled oils No

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Partly , in the kitchen is energy efficient equipment installed in 2013.
Number of electric machines has risen and also the turnover of the restaurant explains why the use of electricity has gone up substantially. With the cateringcontractor we are going to investigate how to bring down the use of electricity.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Yes, checked and adjusted once a year
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities The building is ventilated quite optimal
Upgrading of building insulation Difficult to realise because of monumental character of the building from 1934 and renting situation with Dutch Railways (NS)
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) In the conference room natural light cabn enter through glass walls
Installation of low-energy lighting Not yet in the clubhouse. On the drivibg range and chipping green LEDs are installed
Use of motion sensor lighting Yes, around the building where members keep their golf bag, around the buggie garage and around the driving range balldispenser
Transition to energy efficient appliances No
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Driving Range has a timer set on 20 minutes.
Other outside lights are charged with sensors
Educating staff and customers Not yet

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100% 50%
Diesel 100% 50%

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
Car sharing incentives No
Group transportation (e.g. buses) No
Secure cycle parking Bicycle parking is installed in 2015 (16 places). To stimulate members to come by bike.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables We communicate that train and metro stations are closeby.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) Current capacity is slightly overbooked. No plans to expand storageroom.
Staff showers No
Tax breaking incentives for cycling No
Promotion of walk to work campaigns No

Supply Chain

Catering and purchasing products is contracted to Van Gans Catering.
Greenkeeping is contracted to AHA de Man. Electricity is provided by Energyhouse. Water by Waternet. Garbagedisposal by Icova. Propane gas by Antargaz, Teeuwissen for emptying oil mud filter

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source No.
Use of local suppliers Purchasing catering at nearby by Hanos restaurant wholesaler
Use of local products Not yet
Selection of certified products Not yet
Use of recycled and recyclable products Not yet
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Not yet
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Not yet

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 1 1
Catering Supplies 1 1
Retail
Trade & Contractors
Maintenance Equipment 1 1
Course Supplies 2 2

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Yes, use of fescue (roodzwenk), Engels Raaigras, Struisgras and Veldbeemd
Managing stress and wear Yes, our mowing and aeration program is focused on preventing stress of the turf
Enhancement of soil structure Cutting, aerating and sanding of fairways, tees, foregreens and greens; the old greens built on peat are treated in a different way (hollowcoring and sanding).
Optimization of the growing environment A fertilizer program for the shortly-mown golf areas, tree maintenance for safety reasons and to benefit the strongest trees and to create light and air.
Managing thatch levels Yes, by cutting and aeration, hollow-coring and sanding
Managing surface moisture Sweeping of the greens when necessary and preventing funghi by dew control. Creating light and air around tees and greens.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Hardly any irrigation; not much fertilizer; sweeping of the greens when necessary and the use of dew control products. Creating light and air around tees and greens.
Scouting for pests and diseases Yes, on a daily basis.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Yes, on a daily basis.

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Inorganic
Fairways - N - Inorganic
Fairways - P - Inorganic
Greens - K - Inorganic 185
Greens - N - Inorganic 131
Greens - P - Inorganic 18
Rough - K - Inorganic
Rough - N - Inorganic
Rough - P - Inorganic
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic
Tees - K - Inorganic
Tees - N - Inorganic
Tees - P - Inorganic

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 50 50 1.79
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 4
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight
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Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 0.050 0.050 1.43
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This golf facility undertakes the following actions to optimize pesticide use:

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products We use only a limited amount of permitted products and try to reduce it every year. Keeping away from water. Cleaning the machines very properly.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Other permitted products (e.g. S) than pesticides to prevent diseases.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Yes, not in the greenkeeping staff buildings but available in the clubhouse.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Yes, sprinklers are checked and fixed every year.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles No shrouded sprayer, but "90% nozzles" for wind drift control
Non-chemical weed control 1) Removing herbs by hand on the green and around the clubhouse.
2) Introducing wild carrot which attracts ichneumons (sluipwespen) to combat leatherjackets (emelten)
3) Birdhouses to attract birds like blackbirds to combat leatherjackets (emelten)
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. Not yet

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 false true
Aluminium false true false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings true false false false
Cores & Turf true false false false
Sand true false false false
Wood / Timber true false false false

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Yes, seperating glass and paper from other garbage in the waste centre.
Establishment of recycling centers Our waste company (Icova) seperates metals from the garbage.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Yes, mowed grass is not removed from the fairway
Education of staff and customer education Not yet
Waste awareness campaigns Not yet

Pollution Control

We call Amsterdam Old Course "the best kept secret of Amsterdam" and our slogan is "Pure Golf Since 1935". We want to live up to these words by creating a course and environment as green as possible. AOC is a green oasis for golfers, flora and fauna between stations, railways, concrete buildings, parking lots and roads. Reducing pesticides as little as possible and reducing resources.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Ditch Yes
Clubhouse Septic Tank Yes
Maintenance Facility N/A N/A
Wash Pad Via Oil Separator No

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 true
Fertiliser Bags true true
Oil Filters true true
Batteries false 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 Our greenkeeping staff keeps pesticides and fertilizers locked up in a secured steel container. Others are not allowed to get access.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Only light maintenance is performed at AOC, big maintenance is done at te location of the Greenkeeping in Zevenbergen.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers is done on a leakfree facility (lekbak).
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers is done on a leakfree facility (lekbak).
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks Yes, new double walled fuel tank has been installed in 2014.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Yes, sufficient containment by installing a double-walled fuel container in 2014
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Yes, absorbants are on hand

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 Yes, we try to avoid leachate, run-offs etc. as much as possible under the best conditions.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Not apllicable
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan Yes, spillage response plan is handled in contract greenkeeper/maintenance company
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge Yes, by sowing sandy areas with grass.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Yes, all surroundings outside the golf elements are 100% free of pesticides
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off We use wetting agents on the greens and aprons. There are no problems with dry parts.

Community

AOC is sinds 1935 een groene parel in een urbane omgeving waar ierdereen welkom is. Zij biedt bewoners uit Amsterdam Zuid, Amsterdam Zuidoost, Duivendrecht en Amstelveen op korte afstand een fraaie golfbaan met een actief clubleven in een prachtig clubhuis.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 1
Food & Beverage 5
Golf Coaching 1

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

  • General Manager
  • Committee Members

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Is part of the contract with greenkeeping.
Efficient water management Is part of our agreements with the greenkeeping, adressing conferences and workshops by the course committeemembers
Management of accidents and emergencies A number of members of the AOC is trained in first aid
Management of habitats and vegetation Handled in contract with greenkeeper, also main item for the course committee and the voluntary green team.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Handled by the catering manager and the GEO committee
Health & Safety AED is available. Fire extinguishers, fire blanket and a number of first aid kits. Club doctor is Piet Postuma.
Energy Saving Handled by the company Energy House (formerly Greenfoot).
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Handled by green committee, Vision on the Future of AOC
Environmental management planning NL Adviseurs Course Committee and GEO Committee + greenkeeping; every 4 weeks on the agenda of the green committee meetings.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours NS Station Duivendrecht, NS Prorail, Ajax, Borchland/Amstelborgh, several Volkstuinverenigingen, Tennisclub Strandvliet, Voetbalvereniging FC Amsterdam, Parkeerbeheer, Police en Amsterdam Arena, Eurolines,
Local Government Municipality Amsterdam, Municipality Ouder Amstel, Municipality Amsterdam Zuidoost, Waternet (waterschap).
Local Environmental Groups Contact with the foundation "Vrienden van Duivendrecht"; Natuurvereniging Amstelland; Imker Vincent Driest, Vogelwerkgroep Amsterdam, Vogelwerkgroep Ouder Amstel,
Local Community Groups Werkgroep Historisch Duivendrecht
Media Golf.nl, Golfers Magazine, local newspapers.
Local Businesses Amsterdam Zuidoost Business Club (Vazo), Oram, KLM, Hanos, Scratz, A-Point. Kookfabriek, Grondbank, ING Private Banking, Golfcourses Borchland and Olympus
Schools & Colleges Johan Cruijff University, ROC

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Not applicable, AOC is an enclosed territory with one way in and out
Creation of new paths and nature trails Restauration of the historic road Zwarte Laantje
Installation of effective and welcoming signage New roadsigns have been installed in April 2014.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) Not yet applicable but plans to do so are in the making e.g. public foot paths.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) Not applicable
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities Not applicable

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

Title Author Date View document
Rapport Historie AOC Chris Veldkamp 2013/10/15 Download

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
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) Maintaining the clubhouse designed by a famous Dutch architect (Warners) built in 1935, and ; industrial screw pump (vijzelpomp) as a historical monument; restoring historic road Zwarte Laantje.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) Traces and artefacts of the original farms on the golf course are collected and displayed.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) The old road Zwarte Laantje is crossing the course, drawn on the oldest map of Amsterdam dating 1575; it is one of the first roads in the Amsterdam region and believed to be first connection between Amsterdam and Ouderkerk.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display Website posts, Facebook, Twitter, newsletters and news releases.
Members evenings and course walks A yearly birdwatching day. A bee house tour. There are plans for nature walks guided by a biologist.
Course guides / brochures Permanent historic photo exposition in the clubhouse, information on the club website and a brochure covering the history, nature and culture.
Interpretation panels & course signage Plans in progress for infromation display about flora and fauna
Establishment of a nature trail We restored Zwarte Laantje and are planning to create a footpaths along the golf course.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Information on the club website, newsletters, news posts on the website, a brochure covering the history, nature and culture.
Supporting campaigns Ambassadors (e.g. the professional)
Course walks / open days During open days guided walks are organized around the golfcourse
Attending community meetings Yes, mainly to discuss area development.
Joint practical projects with community Yes, mainly to discuss area development.