Viksjö Gk

GEO Certified® 11/2017
Järfälla,
Sweden
Telephone: 08-580 313 10
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The club bought Viksjö Gård (Viksjö Farm) in 1963 to establish a golf course. In 1966 the driving range was established and in 1970 the first 9 holes could be played. In 1969 the club bought Fjällen Gård (Fjällen Farm), and the farmhouse from that farm is today the clubhouse. In 1995 the club started to establish a 9 short-hole course, and in 2007/2008 a number of greens were rebuilt to fulfill USGA-standards. The course currently has 27 holes including an 18 hole golf course and a 9-hole short-hole course.

Water for irrigation consists main…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Viksjö GK (18 holes, 5695 metres, year opened 1969)
Järfälla GK (9 holes, 1579 metres, year opened 1995)
1 Clubhouse(s)
2 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
2 Practice Facility/Facilities
2 Other
1 Other
2 Other

Nature

Viksjö GK is located in Järfälla, 18 km from Stockholm. Several important habitats from the old cultural landscape have been preserved on the golf course, while the urban area has spread and engulfed much of the old cultural landscape in the surrounding areas. Above all, the fragmented dry meadows, forest edges, hardwood forests and ponds are important habitats on the course. There is a great variety of habitats which gives more transition zones where conditions are favorable for many species.The course is located in an area with inland climate with cold dark winters, lots of rainfall and clay soils. It is old agricultural land which has been converted into a golf course.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Länsstyrelsen Stockholm
  • Järfälla kommun
  • Naturskyddsföreningen

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

Title Author Date View document
Ecological management plans for biotopes on golf courses Ylva Berry 2006/05/16 Download
Inventering av flora och fauna på Viksjö GK Ronny Fors Download
Local plan for Viksjö GK Järfälla kommun 1993/06/17 Download
Local plan for Viksjö GK Järfälla kommun 1993/06/17 Download

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

  • Järfälla Ornitologiska Förening

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

Title Author Date View document
Ecological management plans for biotopes on golf courses Ylva Berry 2006/06/16 Download
Inventering av fågelfaunan på Viksjö GK Olle Bernard 2000/09/01 Download
Inventering av flora och fauna på Viksjö GK Ronny Fors 2015/12/15 Download
Värdeområden Viksjö GK Ronny Fors 2015/12/15 Download
Naturvård på Viksjö GK Ylva Berry 2008/11/30 Download
Årsrapport till kommunen 2014 Urban Nilsson Download
Årsrapport till kommunen 2015 Urban Nilsson Download
Årsrapport till kommunen 2016 Urban Nilsson Download
Water etc extra specifications Anders Lindberg & Urban Nilsson Download

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

Local name Scientific name
Svarthakedopping Podiceps auritus
Månflickslända Coenagrion lunulatum
Blanksvart trämyra Lasius fuliginosus
Reliktbock Northorhina muricata
Tallticka Porodaedalea pini
Ekticka Phellinus robustus

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
Scrub Vegetation 2 None
Native Woodland 15 None
Open Water Features 2,3 km None
Rough 'ecological' grassland 1 None
Hällmarkstallskog båda banorna 4 None

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.2 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 70%
Poa annua 30%
Tees 0.7 Hectares Poa annua 40%
Festuca rubra 20%
Fairways 9.0 Hectares Poa annua 40%
Poa pratensis 30%
Semi Rough 3.0 Hectares Poa annua 40%
Poa pratensis 30%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Greens were rebuilt in the 18-hole course in 2007/2008 to USGA standards with creeping bent grass as the dominant variety, and chosen primarily to reduce winter damage and disease attacks. Since then, Poa annua has taken back approx. 30%. Support seeding is done on the greens if necessary. On tees - mixture Poa 40% / meadow grass 20% / 20% red fescue and ryegrass 20%. Fairway and semiruffs have the same blend, but more meadow grass and less red fescue and raj. Other surfaces are natural.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: Vid behov beroende på väderförutsättningar. (Värme, kyla, översvämning, torka etc.) years

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

  • Peter Nordvall, arkitekt - ej rådfrågat om gräs
  • Johan Benestam, arkitekt - ej rådfrågat om gräs
  • Svenska Golfförbundets bankonsulenter

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 Viksjö aims to maintain a high playing quality, preferably a little higher than the surrounding courses. The course is known for its great finish. There is no specific policy or guidelines for maintenance.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces The new greens require less resources than the old. Particularly water and pesticides which benefits both the environment and the economy. This has been communicated to the members in connection with the renovation. We have almost halved our use of pesticides since the renovation of our greens.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance A good management plan is prioritized. Information is given at the reception as well as on the webb when the greens are dressed, aired etc And green fees reduced accordingly. Members are understanding the actions as it improves the course quality as well as economy for the club in the long run.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces By applying IPM the club has shown that we can manage our course in an environmentally friendly way, and the quality of our playing surfaces have actually increased. We would like to air the greens more often, and that's something we're working on solving.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture No coloring of greens is being done. During dry periods fairways are not watered, as there is not enough water, so the grass can turn brown which is ok as it can even increase the playing quality. The club always informs members and greenfee guests of these practices.
Protection and restoration of historic features There is a rock carving on an outcrop called Skylstahällen on the course. The runes are filled in with color when necessary.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Wooden benches at the tees, ball washers and discrete bins. No big signs or tee markers that disturb the landscape.
Conservation of specimen trees A number of "dead" oaks stand on the course. They are preserved because they hold a large number of species.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features A wall hiding the wash plate and the machine hall, as well as the heaps of gravel and soil.

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 No grass is sown on our natural areas. The only areas being sodd if necessary are greens and tees.
Increasing the size of habitat patches The 18th hole has a new pond at about 3,000 m2. The 12th hole got a small pond a few years ago. New dams are being for surface water at the 3rd tee and 15th green in connection with a new road being built adjacent to the golf course off the courses land - but that benefits the club's biodiversity.
Connection of internal habitat patches Streams and water pipes connect the four ponds on the course.
Connection of patches with external habitats There is a connection between the so-called Dracula Pond (behind 15 green) and the golf course. Larger salamander can be found there.
Creation of habitat corridors The course is situated on old farmland and the areas that used to be meadows etc have been preserved and developed.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation Habitats on the course are not fragmented but kept intact.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the quality of habitats on the golf course:

Activity Description
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Clearing of shrubs and saplings to make growing easier primarily for oaks.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas All dams have parts that are relatively shallow to favor amphibians etc.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Reeds are cut in areas that are in play in ponds and ditches, otherwise reeds and other vegetation remain for birdlife.

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 Many areas have large amounts of herbs, shrubs and trees that benefit pollinators.
Installation of nest boxes About 150 nesting boxes for birds on the course. There are different types of boxes to attract as many species as possible. In October, the boxes are cleared and the statistics of whether they were occupied or not are registered. It differs slightly from year to year but the majority are inhabited.
Provision of feeding tables A winter feeding table for birds is located at the road from the nine-hole course.
Control / management of alien species Electrical fencing has been erected to keep the wild boars off of the course.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Fallen trees are left in several places to accommodate a variety of insect species.

Water

The water consumtion at Viksjö GK is similar to other golf clubs i.e. a split has to be made between on one hand the water consumption in the club house with it's restaurant, workshop/machine hall, locker rooms and on the other hand where water is taken from the public network and on the other hand, the water used for irrigation of the golf course. On the land belonging to the golf club there are two houses let externally. There a no seperate water meters in these houses and only one for the club on the incoming main from the public network.
For irrigation of the golf in principle only rain water is used, falling on the golf course and running into the golf course trough 4 small creeks and coming from surrounding dwelling areas and roads. The water is collected and stored in 3 ponds within the golf course, the latest created in 2015 and all 3 forms an integrated part of the irrigation system for the golf course.
According to a decision by the Water Court the club has the permission to use 60,000 m3 of water from the creeks and the dams within the club area. The annual consumption for irrigation is well within this limit the last 3 years.
During 2016 a new road on the SE border of the 18 hole course will be opened.
The drain water from this road will partly pass through the creek and the pond system on the golf course but only after passing a pond system for reduction of nitrogen etc. This system of ponds is built by the municipality but negotiated and in agreement with Viksjö GK.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Annual Report 2014 Urban Nilsson Download
Annual report 2015 Urban Nilsson Download
Annual Report 2016 Urban Nilsson Download
Water etc extra info Anders Lindberg / Urban Nilsson Download
Water Analasys location 1 Norrvatten Analys 2015/06/08 Download
Water Analasys location 2 Norrvatten Analys Download
Water Analasys location 3 Norrvatten Analys Download
Water Analasys location 4 Norrvatten Analys Download
Water Analasys location 5 Norrvatten Analys Download

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

2016 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 1,738 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Surface 99% 32,411 Cubic Metres
Public / Potable 1%
2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 2,208 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Surface 95% 31,869 Cubic Metres
Public / Potable 5%
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,740 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Surface 100% 51,100 Cubic Metres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees 2-3 days per week
Fairways Weekly
Semi-Rough Weekly
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 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species This has not been considered with respect to irrigation. When the greens were renovated and rebuilt the species "krypven/agrostis stolofinera" was chosen as it withstands winter conditions better than available alternatives.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Pipe airing of the greens once a year.
Stitch airing of the fairways twice a year and dressing in connection to the stitch airing done normally in October. It has been noted that the fairways withstand dry periods better after stitch airing as the roots of the grass improve.
Timing and dose of water application The extent of irrigation depends on weather and the precipitation. Seasons/periods with no or little precipitation irrigation follows the programme and frequencies shown above. Seasons with substantial precipitation such as for 2015 there is no or very limited need for irrigation.
Analysis of soil moisture Soil analysis on the greens are made to control the level of fertilizers and in addition to get a sifting graph. The irrigation of the greens when needed has been reduced to 2 to 3 times a week but then with more water in order to fully water the turf.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data The precipitation is followed and documented continuosly and the irrigation of the golf courses programmed accordingly. During longer dry periods the fairways will not be irrigated and the same applies for the practice areas. There is acceptancy for this amongst the members.
Use of wetting agents We use wetting agents on the greens.
Overall reduction in irrigated area Viksjö GK sees no need for a permanent reduction of the irrigated areas but during longer dry periods fairways and practice grounds will not be irrigated as the water in the ponds will not be sufficient. If needed water can be taken from the public network for irrigation but only for the greens.
Targeting of sprinkler heads The sprinkler heads are maintained and adjusted continuosly.
Optimizing system pressure Integrated in to the control system and monitoring how large areas that can be irrigated at the same time.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Replacement of sprinkler heads are made when malfunctioning or damaged and then the most efficient heads are chosen, sector heads for the greens and "slagspridare" for fairways.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets The toilets installed at the club are state of the arts and there are two alternatives when flushing and depending on the need, a small or a larger volume of water.
Use of water efficient appliances It shall be noted that there are no local restrictions in the municipality of Järfälla regarding the use of water from the public network. The use of efficient water appliances and reduction of water from the public network at the club are strived for only from an economic point of view.
Use of efficient shower technology Not yet. New dressing rooms are to be built outside of the club house (in the old shop) 2017-18, and then considering efficient, new technology.
Repairing leaks The experience is that leaks on the irrigation system occurs say once a year and is then repaired by our own personell.
Water awareness signage n.a. as there are no local restrictions as yet.

Energy

Viksjö GK is originally a farm (Fjällens Gård), which has been converted into a golf club. Over the years, renovations, new buildings, modernizations and renovations have been made. Heating with direct-acting electricity is the cause of the high power consumption. In 2014, an old residential housing was torn down at the facility to provide space for exercise areas. Lighting in changing rooms, toilets, bag houses, golf cart garage are motion-controlled. The infrared heat is time controlled in the conservatory. New and better thermostats and energy-efficient radiators have been put into the restaurant and upstairs at the clubhouse. The kitchen has been recently renovated and has been given energy-efficient machines, etc. During 2014/15, the course staff also received new and renovated premises.

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 0 0
Biomass 0 0 0
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Cubic Metres) 0 0 0
Hydrogen (Cubic Metres) 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 (Cubic Metres) 0 0 0
Wood from sustainable sources 0 0 0

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

2016 2015 2014
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Cubic Metres) 15.5 19 15.7
Heating Oil (Cubic Metres) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Cubic Metres) 0.150 0.150 0.100
LPG (Cubic Metres) 0 0 0
Natural Gas (Cubic Metres) 0 0 0
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 333172 373863 388713
Petrol (Cubic Metres) 2.5 3.0 2.5
Propane / Butane (Cubic Metres) 0 0 0
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 The intention of the club is to change to "green tarif" energy.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels The sorting of food waste takes place in the newly built facility powered by solar cells. There is no meter on this facility yet.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles At the moment the club does not ownhybrid mowers but of course we are looking for them when we are going to invest in new mowers.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems New radiators have been installed to lower energy consumption and more comfortable heat. (Pumps for heating air are some areas, including the pro's training facility.) Lighting in toilets turns on and off automatically. All the toilets are low-flow.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Replaced termostats and radiators to more energy efficent products on the second floor in the club house as well as int the restaurant, changing rooms and offices.
Installation of low-energy lighting Low energy bulbs everywhere ( if there are old ones left they will be replaced as soon as they break to low energy)
Use of motion sensor lighting Lights controlled by motion detectors in changing rooms, toilets, bag house and golf cart garage.
Transition to energy efficient appliances When renovating the restaurant kitchen (2013), several machines were exchanged for newer, energy-efficient versions.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Timer controlls the infrared heaters in the conservatory

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 21% 100% 38%
Diesel 79% 56%
Grid Electric 6%

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
Secure cycle parking Special bicycle parking is located behind the bag house
Promoting public transport routes and timetables On the website you will find information about bus stops and links to Storstockholm's local traffic (SL), which operate public transport in the area, where there are efficient and easy ways to find the right route to the golf club.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) During the last couple of years the bag house has been extended (from 498 lockers to 722) to give the members the opportunity to leave the car at home.

Supply Chain

Our procurement policy is included in our environmental policy, which is accepted at an annual meeting. The club always thrive to buy products as local as possible and to have the environmental issues in mind when purchasing.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source We use organic kitchen hygiene articles.
We are using companies for recycling of food, fat and waste (garbage).

Use of local suppliers The club's policy is to use as many local suppliers as possible.
Use of local products The club's policy is to use as many local products as possible.

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 26 4 20
Catering Supplies 1 1
Retail 34 6 11
Trade & Contractors 6 4 2
Maintenance Equipment 13 6 4
Course Supplies 8 1 3

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Renovation to USGA built greens during 2007-2008. New grass on the greens: Creeping bentgrass. For more information - see the section Nature
Managing stress and wear Support seeding, aeration, skip mowing and instead roll the greens.
Enhancement of soil structure Venting, use of organic fertilizers and wetting agents.
Managing thatch levels Stick aeration and dressing.
Managing surface moisture Good surface drainage on our greens.
Scouting for pests and diseases Spraying mainly preventively

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Fairways - K - Organic 210 200 120
Fairways - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Fairways - N - Organic 160 160 230
Fairways - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Fairways - P - Organic 30 30 70
Greens - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Greens - K - Organic 400 500 320
Greens - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Greens - N - Organic 200 250 370
Greens - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Greens - P - Organic 40 30 70
Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Tees - K - Organic 220 200 130
Tees - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Tees - N - Organic 170 170 140
Tees - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Tees - P - Organic 50 30 30

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 3.0 2.5 2.75
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 12 10 11
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 9 7 9
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0.9 1.35 1.80
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 1 2 1.5
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 2 2 2
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0

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

Activity Description
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases We use Botaniska Analysgruppen (Botanical Analysis Group) for help with sampling and analysis, then we have a dialogue about what we should use for protection depending on the time of year.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Yes, in the personnel area, including eye showers.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Takes place every second year.

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

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials The club have sveral fractions placed in separate bins (plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, glass etc.) Hazardous waste and electronics are handled separately.
Establishment of recycling centers There are several collection recycling centers.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Grass clippings from greens and tees is spread out in our rough areas.

Pollution Control

For many years, there has been a well established contact with the environmental office of the local authorities (Järfälla Kommun). They visit the club anually for a follow-up of the compliance to laws and regulations, not least in terms of handling, consumption and storage of environmentally hazardous products. The authoroties also receive an annual report regarding the club's consumption of natural resources, fertilizers and pesticides.
In addition there is a report on the analysis results from the water samples taken four times per in the waters running through the site.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Irrigation Reservoir N/A
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer 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 true
Cooking Oils false true
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true false
Fertiliser Bags true false
Oil Filters true true
Batteries true true

Pollution Prevention

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

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas All lagring och hantering av miljöfarligt material finns registrerat och sker enligt för respektive produkts gällande regelverk. Hittills har säckar med fairwaygödsel förvarats utomhus under skärmtak men i och med den nya personalbyggnaden frigörs ytor i maskinhallsbyggnaden och när dessa iordningställts kommer allt känsligt eller miljöfarligt material förvaras i låsta utrymmen.
Bensin och dieseltankarna är låsta och uppställda i uppsamlingstråg enligt gällande regelverk.
Efterlevnaden av regelverk etc kontrolleras av kommunen vid deras årliga besiktning.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Yes, in the machine hall and on the roofed washing pad outside, oil separators are installed.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas On the roofed washing pad outside the machine hall.

Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces n.a. see above
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks According to applicable public regulations.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel According to applicable public regulations and with containers approved by the municipality with the capacity to contain the entire volume of the tank in question. Surveyed by the municipality biannually.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Relevant absorbents are kept in store and ready for use in case of a spill or leakage.

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 n.a.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies At the rims of the ponds and the creeks only cut as fairways when being part. Otherwise cut as rough when relevant and needed.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan None except for the readyeness to handle spill or leakage in and around the machine hall.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge In accordance with a formal agreement with the contractor who has the contract with the City of Stockholm and the municipality of Järfälla to clear and maintain the "Krondike" (a legal entity on its own) that runs through the golf course along hole 12 such work will be performed every 5th year with the club's own personell. From experience, aprox 10 cm of sedimentation and vegetation are removed.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones In order to comply with prevailing safety distances to open water no pesticides are used on green 16 and 17.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off n.a. for the discharge from the golf course in the down stream creek.
On the other hand such a discussion has been initiated with the municipality for the creeks entering the golf course at different points discharging surface water from surrounding dwelling areas and roads with an, in tis respect uncontrolled flow.

Community

The Environmental Group in Viksjö GK started in 2002 and is a part of the Course committee. The environmental team consists of five members and the club's course manager.
The Environmental group has prepared an Environmental Policy and an Environmental Plan, approved by the Board.
Club employees are informed continuously and take part in the sustainablility issues in the club.
The green staff are continously trained, and four of them have green keepers degrees. The Course manager is authorized to handle dangerous goods.
All employees have been informed about the new and improved waste and sorting routines, developed under care, including new buildings that have been built to simplify and secure routines. The sorting of food waste takes place in the newly built facility powered by solar cells.
The emergency equipment for CPR is available at the club house, and about half of the staff have been trained in the operation. Volunteers are also trained to handle the CPR in preperation for every season.
Since ten years, collaborate with "Botaniska Analysgruppen" so that the right pesticides spread with respect to time in the season, temperature, soil moisture and expected weather. This is to distribute the minimum amount of pesticides for best results. The partnership has evolved over the years and is seen as a success.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

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

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • 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 Staff have highest level of education for course mgt - incl. handling thatch, pesticides & spraying.
Pesticide consumption with 10-12 liters/year, stored in a closed locker with raised edges. Containers are kept locked in. Can only be opened by qualified staff. Protective clothing is prescribed.
Efficient water management Course Manager has the highest level of trianing (HGU). Greens, tees and fairways are regularly checked with moisture meters to minimize the amount of water. The technology has been fine tuned so that watering is less frequent but with higher quantities when needed.
Management of accidents and emergencies Plans for the prevention of accidents and procedures when accidents occur (fire, injury, corrosive liquids, etc.) are communicated to both existing and new staff. In the restaurant kitchen are fire extinguishers, fire blankets, eye wash and help for first aid. Annual reviews made by the kitchen staff.
Management of habitats and vegetation Management plans for nature areas in and around the play area have been developed over the years. Evaluation and planning is continuous. (See "Environmental Protection on Viksjö GK in "Nature"). All staff - both green keepers and administration - were educated about our habitat management in 2008.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Work on recycling has become more refined, including new buildings. Currently, there are bins for paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, lamps, toners, oil/grease and hazardous waste from vehicles. The sorting of food waste takes place in the newly built facility powered by solar cells. The staff have been trained in how to handle the waste and regularily updated in new regulations.
Health & Safety Half of the staff have received CPR training. All employees have received fire safety training incl the handling of fire extinguishers and fire prevention.
Employees undergo an annual health check and receive contributions to fitness activities like gym and swimming.


Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage In the woodlands southeast of the course: dozens of graves from the Bronze Age (1700 BC - 500 BC) have been found. On the 9-hole course: parts of "Häradsvägen", a road that was used for carts drawn by people, oxen and horses since the Iron Age. Within club area: nine stones with inscriptions.
Environmental management planning The Board has a genuine interest in developing the club's sustainability plans, which today is part of the daily work in all sections and activities. The stated goal is to be among the top clubs in the country in terms of environmental issues.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours In the event of disagreements with regard to security, consultations are held with the neighboring tenants. Neighborly relations are good and the club restaurant is visited frequently by neighbors (even non-golf playing) and nearby businesses.
Local Government Once a year, the club has a meeting with representatives of Järfälla Kommun. An annual report is presented regarding resources, applications, water samples and quantities and fractions in environmental container. The club has a good relationship with the municipality and receives regular feedback.
Local Environmental Groups Järfälla Nature Conservation Society and Järvafältet Ornithological Club regularly visit the course.
Local Community Groups Järfälla Ski Club is responsible for ski trails when snow conditions permit. Neighborhood consultations with tenants along the 12th hole fairway for security. Cooperation with local business owners, such as Ica Viksjö, sponsorship of competitions.
Media The club has an active and well updated website frequented by both members and guests.
Local Businesses Lunch menues are sent to local businesses. The restaurant is frequented by employees and management at local businesses. Several local companies are sponsoring the club.
Schools & Colleges School children in the neighborhood try the game a of golf on "Sports Day" and the club informs about the game's opportunities for recreation and social meetings.
The club welcomes all , that is, either the children or their parents need to be members to attend classes.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths The whole course is surrounded by electric fencing. This is to prevent wild boars from entering the area. The public is able to enter at a number of (12) stiles (transitions) and cattle grids. Special gaps for dogs are available.
Creation of new paths and nature trails The public is welcome to the whole area. Above all dog owners take advantage of that opportunity, especially mornings, evenings, and all days prior to and after the season. Cyclists use the roads and paths so that they avoid detours around the playing area.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage At the ski trails start - the ski club put up signs with information about the track route and length.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) No.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) No.

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

Title Author Date View document
Häradsvägen Rolf Englund 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) The first traces of settlements on the land is to be found in the late Neolithic period, about 4200-1800 BC. The farm is found in records from 1653. Farming has been done on the land for centuries and even a stud farm in the years 1955-66, ie until just before the golf course was built in 1968.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) Barkarbyån runs through the club area, which is connected to Bällstaån which in turn empties into the Gulf Ulvsunda and thus the Lake Malaren, Sweden's third largest lake. Today, the river resembles a creek, but during the Viking Age it was a significant waterway and transport route.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) On the 9-hole course there are traces left of Häradsvägen that has been in use since the Iron Age. The club both uses and cherishes the old road. Nine stone inscriptions
are found. The most spectacular rock carving can be found close to the tee at the 18th hole.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display Information on Environmental group's work is continuously added into the club´s website.
Members evenings and course walks The club has club nights for members with info on rules, the game's history and importance of the environment for a successful and responsible club. In March 2016 the course designer Johan Bernstam spoke of how the environment can be taken into account when designing and building golf courses.
Course guides / brochures Course guide in Swedish.
A brochure about the maintenance of nature on the golf course was made in 2009. There are plans to add more interesting facts about flora and fauna in the course guide.
Interpretation panels & course signage Course Signs blend well with the surroundings. An information board is close to the rock carving at the18th hole.
Establishment of a nature trail A stretch of the old Häradsvägen has been taken in use as a path between holes on the nine-hole course.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Current information of the environmental group's work on the club's website. Nature inventories available in printed form.
Supporting campaigns During the two annual cleaning days, members use hand rakes to clear the fairways and roughs of leaves, pine needles and fallen branches.
Course walks / open days The local Nature Conservation Society is interested in different habitats within the course area and the environmental work at the club. Nature walks have been held on the course.
Attending community meetings The club has an annual meeting with the municipality regarding water and environmental issues.
Joint practical projects with community In planning Växthusvägen (southeast of course area) reps from the club management and environmental group held regular meetings where the municipality embraced the suggestions and arranged for compensation ponds for aquatic animals,. They now have continued consultations on the runoff of rainwater.