Oliva Nova

GEO Certified® 01/2017
Oliva,
Spain
Telephone: +34962857666
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Oliva Nova Golf & Resort is a facility located in the town of Oliva, an hour from Valencia, on the Mediterranean Sea. The resort host a hotel, four football pitches, tennis courts and paddle courts, an equestrian center high performance, a spa, a fitness center and a 18-holes golf course, as well as a high level real estate development. The course, designed by Severiano Ballesteros, is currently integrated into the resort and presents a positive environmental values as well as the club holds remarkable social values.

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Oliva Nova Golf Club (18 holes, 6310 metres, year opened 1995)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Practice Facility/Facilities

Nature

Golf Oliva Nova is placed by the Mediterranean coast, in between the seashore and a large extension of marsh land rich in wildlife despite part of it being used to grow rice and other agricultural products. The beach is defined as a natural dunes beach, and is officially environmentally protected. Further edification is prohibited in order to promote and protect wildlife.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • City of Oliva

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

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

  • Asociación Española de Greenkeepers
  • City of Oliva
  • Birdawatching Spain

No ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

Local name Scientific name
Abubilla - Hoopoe Upupa epops
Anade Azulón - Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Archibebe claro Tringa nebularia
Canario Serinus canaria
Cigüeñuela común Himantopus
Cormorán grande - Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Fumarel Cariblanco Chlidonias hybridus
Gallineta Común - Moorhern Gallinula chloropus
Garceta Común - Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Garcilla Bueyera - Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Garcilla Cangrejera Ardeola ralloides
Garza Imperial Ardea purpurea
Garza Real - Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Gaviota patiamarilla - Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis
Golondrina Hirundo rustica
Gorrión Común Passer domesticus
Jilguero Carduelis
Lavandera blanca - White Wagtail Motacilla alba
Martín Pescador - Kingfisher Turdus merula
Mirlo Turdus merula
Mochuelo Europeo - Little Owl Athene noctua
Petirrojo - Robin Erithacus rubecula
Paloma torcáz - Woodpigeon Columba palumbus
Tordo Turdidae
Tórtola Turca - Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Urraca Pica pica
Vencejo Común Apus apus
Zampullín chico - Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Carpa común Cyprinus Carpio Carpio
Corriol menut Charadrius dubius
Conejo Oryctolagus cuniculus
Cuchara Común - Shoveler Anas clypeata
Morito común - Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Aguililla Calzada - Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
Aguilucho Lagunero - Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Busardo ratonero - Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
Cernícalo vulgar - Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Rascón europeo - Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
Focha común - Coot Fulica atra
Andarríos chico - Common Sandpiper Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Gaviota reidora - Black-headed Gull
Gaviota sombría - Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
Cárabo común - Tawny Owl Strix aluco
Alondra común - Skylark Alauda arvensis
Cogujada común - Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Avión roquero - Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris
Bisbita alpino - Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
Bisbita pratense - Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis
Colirrojo tizón - Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros

This golf facility does not monitor any species as indicators of environmental quality.

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility does not feature any landscape designations.

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Open Water Features 4.3 None

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 Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 65%
Poa annua 35%
Tees 1.3 Hectares Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 60%
Lolium perenne 40%
Fairways 22.0 Hectares Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Lolium perenne 100%
Semi Rough 17.5 Hectares Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Lolium perenne 100%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
The combination of these speciaes allow us to offer good playing conditions to our customers throughout the year.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: one months

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

  • Segales Consulting

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, fertilization, cutting heights and overseeding are all included in the annual maintenance plan for the golf course.
Each activity is analized, defined and adapted to changing circumstances on a weekly basis.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Irrigation is limited to the greens, tees, fairways and rough near the fairways,. Deep rough is not irrgated, therefore letting it grow/dry naturally although we cut it every month to improve the pace of play.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Customers appreciate knowing the efforts that we make in promoting sustainability in our management style, and this favors their
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance We publish a monthly update about the changes our customers will notice on the course due to our maintenance efforts. We also explain the reason for those changes and the goals and expectations for each process.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces We believe in information as a basic and important tool in promoting our efforts, and reminding the customers about the direct relationship between environmenta best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Always on the rough areas, but also in summertime if extreme heat overcomes the water liimtation that we implement to avoid excesive espenditure in water and energy.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours We take advantage of lightweight mowing units for more frequent cross mowing of fairways throughout the growing season
Protection and restoration of historic features No one needed
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Standard
Conservation of specimen trees We are starting a program to change palm trees affected by the Picudo plague for local species or new palm trees from our new nursery.

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 only promote growing of grass extensions necesasary for our customers' enjoyment of the game
Increasing the size of habitat patches No program related to this so far
Connection of internal habitat patches No program related to this so far
Connection of patches with external habitats Not possible, since the golf course is all surrounded by fences.
Creation of habitat corridors No program related to this so far
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation No program related to this so far
Improving and diversifying habitat edges No program related to this so far

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 No program related to this so far
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation No program related to this so far
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands No program related to this so far
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas Original wetland areas contain appropriate species in the littoral zone. The newly established wetland areas have been lined with suitable vegetation.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Animal species in the lakes and ditches maintain an appropriate balance.
Naturalization of linear habitats No program related to this so far

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 No program related to this so far, although would be willing to do it
Installation of nest boxes No program related to this so far, although would be willing to do it
Provision of feeding tables No program related to this so far
Control / management of alien species No program related to this so far
Provision of hibernation areas No program related to this so far
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) No program related to this so far

Water

We use Water for irrigation of the golf course, garden areas around the clubhouse, and aditional facilities such as locker-rooms and buggy cleaning/storage areas. The golf course takes over 95% of the water we use..

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% 2,648,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 224,232,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 554,000 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 3,599,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 272,136,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 448,000 Litres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,868,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 290,000,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 771,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees Daily in season
Tees 2-3 days per week
Fairways Daily in season
Fairways 2-3 days per week
Semi-Rough Daily in season
Semi-Rough 2-3 days per week
Rough Never

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 years

Upgraded every 1 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 months

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species Bermuda in fairways, tees and aprons beacuse needs less water
Local species in the rough areas
Agrostis and Poa Annua at greens
Soil decompaction and thatch management Fortnightly verticutting. Monthly solid-tine aeration. Plus two deep hollow-tine aeration processes in May and September, followed by topdressing with sand.
Timing and dose of water application As recommended by the EVT (avapotranspirtaion) system that feeds the irrigation computer.
Analysis of soil moisture Manually, at the time of changing the hole position on the greens. Also by supervising the quality of the fairways and aprons around the greens.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Fully incorporated into the irrigation system
Use of wetting agents As required solution for non recurrent problems
Overall reduction in irrigated area Not considered so far
Targeting of sprinkler heads Prevention before the high irrigation season, and periodically as part of the technicians' supervision
Optimizing system pressure Monthly. Included in the maintenance programme
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Included in the maintenance programme

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Yes
Use of water efficient appliances Planning for placing of automatic faucets on all sinks.
Use of efficient shower technology Not so far
Repairing leaks As soon as they happen
Water awareness signage Not so far

Energy

We use traditional energy sources. Mainly electricity, plus propane gas for the kitchen and locker room showers. In 2012 we were audited by an independent company, to analize energy and water consumption, irrigation hardware and software, and also the agronomy considerations of the golf course. This staudy led to multiple changes and renovations inour processes and assets' management.
Between 2014 and 2015 all the clubhouse light bulbs have been changed to LED technology. Light sensors have also been installed at the locker rooms and driving range hut.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Auditoría de Riego Audit Irrigation 2012/11/30

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Biogas (Litres) 0 0 0
Biomass 0 0 0
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydrogen (Litres) 0 0 0
On-site Hydro (kWh) 0 0 0
On-site Solar (kWh) 0 0 0
On-site Wind (kWh) 0 0 0
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 0 0 0
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0 0 0
Wood from sustainable sources 0 0 0

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

2015 2014 2013
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Litres) 14375 15000 15000
Heating Oil (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 190 235 240
LPG (Litres) 0 0 0
Natural Gas (Litres) 0 0 0
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 542336 505691 598426
Petrol (Litres) 0 0 0
Propane / Butane (Litres) 18721 30730 31354
Wood from unsustainable sources 0 0 0

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply We have chosen a tariff grid that favors tha usage of irrigation pumps during the night.
Installation of small scale wind turbine None
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels None
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources None
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) None
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol No
Use of electric hybrid vehicles No
Use of recycled oils No
Use of electric golf carts Since 2013 our entire golf cart fleet is made of electric carts

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Any changes needed in the heating and air conditioning systems favor low energy equipment
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration We use thermostat levels in every area int he clubhouse
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities The structure of the building favors a natural flow of air thoughout the building. This is an inconvenient in the winter though, when the air is too cold outside.
Upgrading of building insulation No
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) Yes, both at the lobby and the locker rooms, through glass roofs
Installation of low-energy lighting In the entire building
Use of motion sensor lighting In the locker rooms
Transition to energy efficient appliances Unknown
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting No
Educating staff and customers No

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 17% 100% 82%
Diesel 83% 0% 18%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 0% 0%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 0% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 0% 0% 0%
Diesel 0% 0% 0%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 100% 0% 0%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 0% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives None
Group transportation (e.g. buses) To and from the hotel
Secure cycle parking Yes
Promoting public transport routes and timetables No
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) For golf bags and also in the locker rooms
Staff showers They can use the locker rooms
Tax breaking incentives for cycling No
Promotion of walk to work campaigns No

Supply Chain

Most products supplied to our facility are related with the needs to maintain the golf course and sports facilities, or to make guests feel comfortable at the clubhouse, or goods to be sold at the pro-shop. We have developed a new Purchase Policy oriented to increase our efforts towards environmental sustainability.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Oliva Nova requires all the suppliers touse as little packaging and wasteful elements as possible. Our buying is always done very thoughtfully, purchasing only items and amounts as needed.
Use of local suppliers Oliva Nova favours local producers and suppliers, therefore limiting the extra expenses of bringing the goods from far away, and promoting local economy.
Use of local products Although most products used for the normal activity and mainteneance of Oliva Nova are manufactured outside our region, we count with local suppliers to provide them. This promotes a close and personal contact, and favours many opportunities to share common environmental concerns.
Selection of certified products Quality certified products are preferred. We are very conscious of the positive effect this policy has in our customers, and the value it adds to Oliva Nova's image.
Use of recycled and recyclable products The industry offers many opportunities to acquire recicled products, or to help us recicle. Printer toners, paper, plastic containers... We also have sepparate trash bins for each type of garbage to be disposed of properly.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging We place special interest in the packaging used by suppliers. Does it have low environmental impact due to its composition, shape and reciclability?.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) We consider ISO accreditation in the evaluation process and selection of suppliers.

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 414 45 236
Catering Supplies
Retail 28 2
Trade & Contractors 15 13
Maintenance Equipment 16 7
Course Supplies 7 3 2

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Bermuda grass is the preferred species on the fairways and rough, both for its resistance to diseases and short periods of drought.
Managing stress and wear We use ropes, stakes, and other physical barriers to direct players towards areas and paths were they are less prone to stress and wear the turf. Barriers are moved regularly to prevent areas to wear out.
Enhancement of soil structure Greens are hollow-cored and covered with sand twice per year, as are aprons and tees. Solid tinning is done monthly. Light sand top-dressing is also done at least six more times per year.
Fairways are deep scarified one time per year, and any area wich get compacted is scarified and top dressed to improve proper drainage.
Optimization of the growing environment We promote grass growth through a thorough control of irrigation, supported with fertilizers when necessary.
Managing thatch levels Verticutting is the main tool we use, along with sand topdressing, to control the growth of thatch. Greens are verticut twice per month in Spring, Summer and Autumn.
Managing surface moisture We are aware of the danger surface moisture can bring to the greens. Mowers get rid of it during the cutting process, but we also use brushes and poles to remove surface water the days when greens are not cut, specially in the winter.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Closely monitoring the course helps us be quick in using pestices and fungicides to fight pests and diseases as soon as they show off.
Scouting for pests and diseases Daily inspections are carried out by the course superintendant and his assistant, for early prevention of pests and diseases.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Every action is clearly tracked and loged for properly monitoring the works done to improve plant health.

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 1800 1800 2600
Fairways - K - Organic 2600 1550 1100
Fairways - N - Inorganic 2000 2000 3500
Fairways - N - Organic 4350 2250 1800
Fairways - P - Inorganic 1020 1020 2210
Fairways - P - Organic 2150 1100 500
Greens - K - Inorganic 315 275 450
Greens - K - Organic 150 200 50
Greens - N - Inorganic 300 500 900
Greens - N - Organic 615 300 100
Greens - P - Inorganic 125 110 300
Greens - P - Organic 250 100 30
Rough - K - Inorganic 450 470 470
Rough - K - Organic 120 80 80
Rough - N - Inorganic 500 800 800
Rough - N - Organic 170 120 120
Rough - P - Inorganic 150 220 220
Rough - P - Organic 60 40 40
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 915 1200 1200
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 105 96 96
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 1500 1500 1500
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 150 150 150
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 850 850 850
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 80 40 40
Tees - K - Inorganic 200 280 350
Tees - K - Organic 215 120 60
Tees - N - Inorganic 225 340 550
Tees - N - Organic 405 190 75
Tees - P - Inorganic 180 210 380
Tees - P - Organic 190 80 35

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 3 5 5
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 305 1200 1200
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 7 12 12
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 3 2 3
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 74 100 100
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 6 3 3
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 4 4 4
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 190 800 96
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 9 10 12
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 3 3 4
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 75 108 132
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 15 24 22
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1 1 1
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 40 40 40
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 11 11 11
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 2 1.5 2
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 24 22.5 30
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 10 10 10
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 3 5 5
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 75 90 90
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 3 3 3
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 5 5 5
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 80 60 150
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 2 5
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 4 4 4
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 105 96 96
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 5 4 4
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 4 4 4
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 205 400 360
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 8 10 9
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 3 2 2
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 65 80 100
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 5 4 5
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 5 2 2
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 98 120 120
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 7 6 6
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 4 4 4
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 46 48 42
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 8 8 7
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 3 4 4
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 10 12 12
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 2 2
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 4 5 5
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 48 80 80
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 9 12 12

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products We select the products based on low toxicity, persistence, solubility and specificity
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Any products to be applied after a thorough examination of the pest or disease, and applied by authorized, trained and certified personnel.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Any spot treatment to fight pests and diseases is decided by the course superintendent, and applied by authorized, trained and certified personnel.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Calibration and testing of the sprayers is donde prior to any application needed, in order to avoid unwanted spoils or wrongful applications on the course.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles yes, when needed, always calibrating and testing the noozles.
Non-chemical weed control Constant manual control of the weeds by all grenskeeping personnel.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. We reffer to the information provided by the Spanish Association of GreenKeeprs, and by the distributors of organiz and biological products, to find the most appropriate product for every case.

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

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials All waste produced on the golf course are separated according to their nature. There are receptacles for all kinds of waste at the greens keeping work area, and quantities are recorded for further inspection by the authorities. Employees and customers are encouraged to separate waste, using the new trash bins supplied inside and in the surroundings of the clubhouse.
Establishment of recycling centers Our greens keeping work area is used as a recycle center for all the waste produced by the department. Other reciclable waste is transported and disposed of at the recycling centers provided by the City of Oliva.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Always
Education of staff and customer education We are developing a program for the employees on best environmental and energy saving practices, that includes separation and recycling of materials.
We have also placed a special "Sustainability" bulletin board in the clubhouse were we post information relevant to the customers.
Waste awareness campaigns All the employees are aware of proper waste management. Members are informed through the bulletin board and cooments by the employees.

Pollution Control

Oliva Nova is proud of its geographic position between the protected natural dunes of the beach, and the marshland which is also a protected refuge for bird and fish especies. We abide carefully to all the regulations, and keep control of how the
waste is retired by certified waste disposal companies.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Stream 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 true true
Cooking Oils false false
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true true
Fertiliser Bags true true
Oil Filters true true
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 All the equipment and hazardous products, including engine and hydraulic oils, are stored on sealed impervious areas, accesible only to the maintenance crew.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Maintenance of equipment is done on covered, sealed impervious areas.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Mixing of pesticides and fertilisers is done in a covered area such as in a shed and within close proximity to the waste-to-water treatment plant.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces All mixing of pesticides and fertilisers is done on impervious surfaces.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks All fuel and oil storage tanks are above ground and are funded to prevent leakages and spillages.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Spill kits and absorbent granules in place in workshop to contain any spillages. All material after use is picked up by licenced waste disposal company under contract.

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 Spraying is timed to occur in dry periods so that run-off increase due to rainfall is not a threat.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan yes, recovering back as much product as possible, and washing the rest.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Areas away form play receive no inputs all year including pesticides.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off The wash pad has filters to remove impurities from wash down water.

Community

We keep a close contact with local authorities with regards to sports, business and educational events. We offer special golf programmes for school kids and sport teachers, and all those we live in the nearby cities.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 4 1
Course Management 10 4
Food & Beverage 7
Golf Coaching 2
Retail & Leisure 4
Caddies 5

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

  • Owner
  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Technical Specialist

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Formal education as required by Law. Only crew members with the required licence do get near or in contact with pesticides and chemicals.
Efficient water management Clubhouse and golf course maintenence staff are versed in the frugal use of water. We will place automatic taps to avoid running unneeded water.
Management of accidents and emergencies Formal education by the company that provides the Defibrilators
Management of habitats and vegetation Use of our management plan, training and guidance on site, to promote habitat areas which support and enhance a broad and diverse flora and fauna.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Careful recycling of bottles, cardboard, plastic etc from the clubhouse and maintenance areas.
Health & Safety Formal education and regular updates as required by the Law
Energy Saving All the lightbulbs in the clubhouse have been changed to LED technology. Sensors have been installed in the locker rooms, to be activated by guest's presence but only when daylight is not enough.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage We are very aware of the natural impact the sand dunes and the marshland have in the area, and we promote this with boards and signs in the new Environment Awareness Board in the clubhouse.
Environmental management planning In progress

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Special price discounts to the clients of the city's public sports facilitires
Local Government Recently changed the name of the street leading to the clubhouse to SeverianoBallesteros, the Spanish champion who also designed our golf course. We participate frequently in the meetings and activities organized by the City's Tourism Board.
Local Environmental Groups Promotion amongst our guests of the free tours in the marshlands and protected beach areas, organized by the parks' official tour guides.
Local Community Groups We participate and belong to local and regional associations with similar interests in promoting our activities
Media News bulletins and press releases to promote the events at Oliva Nova
Local Businesses Special competitions and events for the members of the local Chamber of Comerce, plus networking events for a regional association that promotes these activities.
Schools & Colleges Golf learning programs for kids of different ages at the local schools

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Creation of new paths and nature trails Unfortunately the golf course is too tight to allow for nature trails. But we are happy to promote the bird and nature watching tours that official guides organize in the marshlands and the protected beach dunes nearby.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) Fishing aficionados can fish on the beach. Once a year we organize an open gates day and run odd activities such as a cicling excursion around the golf course, and fishing lessons at the course's lakes.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities Oliva Nova is in the middle of Spain's largest orange growing region. We have orange trees at some spots around the course to honor one of the biggest industries in the region.

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 undertakes the following activities to conserve cultural heritage features:

Activity Description
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) We promote the free tours organized by the City of Oliva to show its historic and cultural value. We also promote the fiestas and activities hosted by the City, which reflect heavily on the traditions and historic features of the region.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display We publish a monthly electronic newsletter communicatong any activities, events or news that might be interesting for our members and clients
Members evenings and course walks As arranged by the restaurant to promote the F&B business. No course walks, although it could be an activity to consider.
Course guides / brochures We publish a hole by hole guide of the golf course.
Interpretation panels & course signage In process. We will bring the players attention on the types of trees, plants and fauna they can find whle playing golf.

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

Activity Description
Supporting campaigns We are happy to help promote the bird and nature watching tours that official guides organize in the marshlands and the protected beach dunes nearby.
Course walks / open days We host one Open Gates Day once a year, with cycling and fishing activities for everyone interested. Unfortunately the course in too tight
Attending community meetings We are part of the local Comerce Association and attend every meeting, as well as those run by the City to plan tourism or environmental activities.
Joint practical projects with community We offer freen lessons to local schools as part of a plan to intoduce children to the game of golf. We also cooperate with the Red Cross and other local Charities and NGOs to help raise funds for their activities.