Wentworth Club

GEO Certified® 07/2017
Virginia Water,
England, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01344 842201
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The origins of Wentworth Golf Club date back to the mid 1800s when the estate was originally purchased by an exiled Spanish nobleman with the manor house at its centre called Wentworth's. The estate was eventually developed through the purchase of additional land surrounding the house and eventually ended up as for we now know as Wentworth Estate.

In 1922 builder WG Tarrant acquired the development rights of the estate and engaged by Harry Colt to develop a golf club based around Wentworth house along the lines of the development he had…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Wentworth West Course (18 holes, 7302 yards, year opened 1926)
Wentworth East Course (18 holes, 6201 yards, year opened 1924)
Wentworth Edinburgh Course (18 holes, 7059 yards, year opened 1990)
Wentworth Executive Course (9 holes, year opened 1992)
2 Clubhouse(s)
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
3 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
2 Halfway House(s)

Nature

Wentworth estate is located in Virginia Water in Surrey. The estate was developed in 1922 by W.G.Tarrant who along with renowned designer, Harry Colt, created firstly the East course, 1924, then the west course in 1926. The Edinburgh course, designed by John Jacobs in association with Gary Player came much later and opened in 1990. The East and West courses were built on the open, free draining heathland soils dominated by large heather populations. Heather populations have reduced over the years due in the main to spectator traffic from tournaments and natural succession of non native species such as birch trees ( betula pendula). The Edinburgh course was built on much heavier clay soils and boasts heavily wooded areas which shape the holes and give it a different character to the East and West courses. In 2015 a tree survey was completed. This survey will be used to identify areas where trees can be felled in an effort to open up and promote more heather back onto the golf course and reduce the number of undesirable trees. The estate borders Chobham Common National Nature reserve which is one of the finest areas of lowland heath inn the world.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Surrey Wildlife trusts

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

Title Author Date View document
Woodland management plan ACS consulting - Hal Appleyard 2015/08/21
Key habitats and species of Wentworth Club Nigel Baker 2016/01/27 Download

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

  • Nigel Baker - Wildlife Management Ltd

No ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

Local name Scientific name
Red Kite Milvus milvus
Buzzard Buteo buteo
Wood ant Formica rufa
Smooth snakes Coronella austriaca
Adders Vipera berus
Smooth snake Coronella austriaca
Slow worms Anguis fragilis
Badger Musteloidea
Woodcock Scolopax rusticola
Heather Culluna vulgaris
Early purple Orchid orchis mascula
Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii

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

Local name Scientific name
Heather Culuna vulgaris

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
Native Woodland 140 Self Appointed
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 6 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 3.2 Hectares Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 30%
Poa annua 70%
Tees 3.7 Hectares Poa annua 60%
Lolium perenne 40%
Fairways 27.5 Hectares Poa annua 70%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 30%
Semi Rough 3.2 Hectares Lolium perenne 80%
Poa annua 20%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
The moist and mainly cool climate in the UK allows coarse grasses and undesirables to potentailly dominate fine turf swards. Parts of the site are heavily shaded with Evergreen and deciduous trees which reduces light, airflow, increasing surface moisture and providing a environment for poa annua to dominate. Large volumes of golf traffic, particularly on the West, weaken fine turf areas and allow ingress of poa annua grasses in their place.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 3 months

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

  • Ernie Els Design
  • ACS Consulting
  • STRI

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

Activity Description
Establishing clear internal policies for irrigation, fertilization, colour, cutting heights, overseeding etc The course manager and head greenkeepers meet weekly to discuss IPM. Decisions are based on numerous factors including information collected through daily scouting of turf areas by staff, current and expected weather patterns and levels of play.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough The fairways on both the East and West courses have evolved over the past 87 years. The grass types within these vary with several very different species all working well together in their natural environment without the need for excessive use of pesticide fertiliser.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Budgets are set annually with long term goals in place to help reduce costs and improve the quality of the course. One example of long term cost saving is making Improvements to the irrigation systems making them more efficient, reducing water usage and water costs whilst still maintaining high quality surfaces.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Regular articles in the Wentworth magazine along with presentations by the Courses Manager at membership meetings allow us to communicate directly with the members. The use of social media, club website and email drops allow members to be updated at any time.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture The products we apply are aimed at improving overall turf health. The colour and texture of the turf will be dictated by seasonal changes in weather.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours The East and Edinburgh courses mow the contours of the fairways and roughs giving them a natural look more in keeping with the heathland nature of the courses.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture On course signage is discreet and minimal. Buildings around the course are designed to fit in with the natural landscape.
Conservation of specimen trees We work closely with the Wentworth estate team to identify and monitor specimen trees on site. A trusted contractor carries out any maintenance needed on these trees using specialist climbing equipment
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features One of the natural species on the site is Rhody dendhron. This provides a dense screen between the golf course and the surrounding houses on the estate.

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

Activity Description
Minimizing the amount of amenity grass The courses are tree lined meaning that all intensive maintenance is done within the tree line. Outside of the tree line is left to grow with bracken and fine grasses populating this area. Increasing heather populations on the courses is long term aim.
Increasing the size of habitat patches Selected areas of out of play rough have been left to grow on the East and Edinburgh courses creating a habitat for small mamals and insects.
Connection of internal habitat patches There are many hedgerows and pockets of heather that allow for movement of many small animals and invertebrates around the site.
Connection of patches with external habitats Large parts of the course are bordered by Chobham common. The heather, bracken and long grasses on the edge of our land allow easy movement of small animals and reptiles on and off our site.
Creation of habitat corridors The natural topography of the land with its hedgerows, large areas of woodland and heather create a perfect corridor for wildlife to move within.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges With the site being heavily populated with trees the outside edges of the site get very little maintenance leaving the natural scrub to expand and wildlife to thrive.

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 Small pockets of rough have been grown up over the previous 2 years. These will be cut and collected in years to come to allow finer grasses to populate the site.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Areas of scrub away form play areas is left to thrive and expand.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands A program of tree works to remove birch trees from the site has started. The aim is to make pine the dominant species on parts of the site. This will allow more light and air movement onto the surrounding ground and encourage regeneration of Heather.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Contractors come on site to maintain the edges of the lakes we have. The contractors remove unwanted weed growth from the main water body and maintain the lake surrounds.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve and enhance biodiversity on the golf course:

Activity Description
Control / management of alien species Himilayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) and Japanese knotweed (follopia japonica) can cause problems on our site. Specialist contractors are employed to spray very selective herbicide on all contaminated areas.
Provision of hibernation areas Dead wood, Standing and Fallen, along with specially constructed wood piles created from felled trees in out of play areas create a natural habitat for invertebrates, small animals and insects.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Part of our woodland management involves creating log piles in out of play areas that can house invertebrates, small animals and insects.

Water

The water supply for the clubhouse, Tennis and health club, greenkeepers compound and irrigation system is taken from potable mains water.
Water usage for all the above areas is monitored and recorded each month.
The greenkeepers compound has a waste to water system for washing down of machinery. This has helped keep water wastage to a minimum and prevents contamination of water courses in the area.
The club employ two full time irrigation tech's who are responsible for the servicing and repair of the irrigation systems on the three courses, gardens surrounding the clubhouse.
In 2015 an audit of the irrigation system was made by an independent consultant. This highlighted several issues and the club are now implementing a plan to update and improve irrigation systems on the West course in 2016 then the east and Edinburgh in the future. This will help improve the efficiency of the system.
Quadrop was installed to our irrigation system in 2013. Quadrop is a liquid additive to improve irrigation water quality. Since this system has been installed we have seen a improvement in nutrient uptake and pesticide efficiency.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Irrigation Audit Robin Hume Associates 2013/06/13

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% 32,954 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Public / Potable 100% 44,867 Cubic Metres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 2,132 Cubic Metres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 36,000 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Public / Potable 100% 38,439 Cubic Metres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 1,622 Cubic Metres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 33,959 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Public / Potable 100% 40,168 Cubic Metres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 5,299 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 2-3 days per week
Semi-Rough 2-3 days per week
Rough Weekly
Other Daily in season
Other 2-3 days per week

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 12 months

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 Maintenance of all play areas is aimed at encouraging fine leaf grass species that require less inputs and have deeper root systems. Overseeding is carried out regularly using the latest cultivars most suited to our course conditions.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Verti- Drain, Hollow core, Solid tine and slit tine aeration are used of all areas of the golf courses to help improve soil conditions and reduce irrigation inputs. Aggressive renovations of all areas is carried out 2 times per year.
Timing and dose of water application Data collected from moisture probes, on site weather station and feedback from our highly trained staff are all things considered when scheduling irrigation applications.
Analysis of soil moisture Soil moisture probes are used daily to ensure levels are kept within strict parameters. Irrigation scheduling is based on daily ET rates calculated by our on site weather station.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Our on site weather station gives us data that we then use to schedule irrigation run times and frequency.
Use of wetting agents Wetting agents are used on all fine turf areas of the golf courses. These are applied via boom sprayer, granular and soluble pellets used in conjunction with our irrigation hand hoses. Both penetrant and conserve wetting agents are applied.
Overall reduction in irrigated area Irrigation is applied to all fine turf areas of the golf course. Roughs, carries and out of play areas are irrigated only when necessary.
Targeting of sprinkler heads All sprinklers are regularly checked for arc and output by our irrigation tech to ensure only targeted areas are hit.
Optimizing system pressure We have two full time irrigation tech' s who are responsible for the running and maintenance of all the irrigation on the site. This include fixing leaks, adjusting arcs and output, faultfinding, checking water quality and scheduling of irrigation programs.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology The latest TORO irrigation heads are used when replacing any faulty or worn heads. Nozzles are regularly checked and adjusted to ensure minimal water is wasted.

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

Activity Description
Use of water efficient appliances More water and energy efficient appliances will be sourced when current machinery requires replacement.Where possible A rated appliances are selected.
Repairing leaks Any leaks found within the clubhouse are reported immediately to facilities who send an engineer to fix the problem. Any golf course leaks are dealt with by our irrigation tech as a matter of priority.

Energy

A club of this size requires a substantial amount of power to keep it running on a daily basis. We are always looking for way to reduce usage and ultimately cost. Small incentives such as educating staff to turn off lights and equipment when not in use and larger projects such as the installation of a Combined heat and power unit being fitted to the tennis and health building in 2015. This will see up to a 70% reduction in main electricity costs.. All lighting in the main clubhouse has now been switched to LED, once again reducing the energy costs, usage and impact on the environment.
Within the greenkeeping department we are introducing more hybrid and electric driven vehicles into our fleet. This will reduce running costs and fuel use in the long term.
Clubhouse radiators are controlled from thermostat and only switched when the rooms are in use.
The replacement of kitchen appliances is done when items reach the end of their usable life.. When new is brought in facilities engineers ensure that the most efficient appliances are re fitted.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

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

2015 2014 2013
Diesel (Cubic Metres) 43 45.1 45.6
Hydraulic Oil (Cubic Metres) 0.3 0.3 0.3
Natural Gas (Cubic Metres) 4232866
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 362753024
Petrol (Cubic Metres) 21 17.9 21.3
Propane / Butane (Cubic Metres) 0.6 0.5 0.5

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Use of electric hybrid vehicles The greenkeeping department have hybrid vehicles in their fleet. Currently we have 7 greens hybrid mowers and 2 fairway hybrid mowers. We also have 5 pedestrian fully electric mowers.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems The tennis and health building now runs a combined heat and power unit. This adds up to a 70% reduction in electricity costs. The clubhouse heating is run on a timer so only the areas in use are being heated. The ballroom now has new air conditioning handling units which are more efficient than the previous unit.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Heating in all buildings in the club is on a timer so rooms are only heated when in use. Heating will be switched off in the summer months when not required.
Upgrading of building insulation Planned renovation works in the near future will include renewing of all insulation within the main clubhouse building.
Installation of low-energy lighting The clubhouse and tennis and health building have LED low energy bulbs in all light fittings.
Use of motion sensor lighting Areas of limited use within the club have passive infa red lights which will only come on when people are working in the area.
Transition to energy efficient appliances When appliances require replacing the most cost and energy efficient models are sourced. Appliances that use heat recovery systems with better water efficiancy are preferred.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting All radiators in the club are on thermostats. Heating will only be turned on when the room is in use and will be turned off during the summer when not required. Lighting is only used when needed with some areas using motion sensors to control usage.
Educating staff and customers Staff are trained to help save energy by switching lights off when the room is not in use and closing doors so heat loss is kept to a minimum.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 5% 90% 56%
Diesel 78% 0% 42%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 10% 3%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 18% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 11%
Diesel 100%
Grid Electric 89%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives There are currently no car sharing incentives at the club although Some employees do regularly car share to work.
Secure cycle parking There is secure cycle parking at both clubhouse, tennis and health for staff and members to store their bikes.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables Staff are made aware of the proximity of both train and bus links which run close to the club.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) All members of staff are issued with their own personal locker.
Staff showers Staff have access to showers within the tennis and health cub.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling There are currently no incentives for cycling to work at the club.
Promotion of walk to work campaigns There are currently no promotion of a walk to work campaign at the club.

Supply Chain

Wentworth caters for a wide and diverse group of people. It has 4000 members and plays host to both golf and tennis members as well as a high volume of corporate golfs days, weddings and functions hosted within the many rooms in the clubhouse. The quality of the products brought to the club has to be high and Our customers expect only the best. Sourcing of products is done by the heads of department who use a small but reliable group of main suppliers. Local suppliers are used where possible. The majority of the main suppliers are based within 100km of the site.
Recycling of packaging is done on site with separate bins for cardboard and glass. The club have invested in a cardboard bailing machine. With this the packaging is compressed into bails and Shorts, the local recycling collection firm, pay the club to take these bails away.
Green waste from the golf course is composted and used during construction projects on the golf course.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Where possible golf course supplies are ordered in bulk to help reduce transport costs, packaging and wastage.
Use of local suppliers If the product is available from a local supplier we will favor using them over a supplier who has a larger distance to travel.
Selection of certified products Fairtrade certified products are used in the club house and tennis and health cafe.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) The TORO machine manufacturer supply all our machinery for the greenkeeping department. The TORO company place a lot of emphasis on environmental stewardship and are ISO 14001 certified.

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 16 4 12
Catering Supplies 5 5
Retail 15 1 14
Trade & Contractors 37 31 6
Maintenance Equipment 10 10
Course Supplies 23 3 20

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses All aeration and topdressing practices are aimed at reducing Organic Matter. This helps keep the surface drier creating an environment that favors the growth of fine turf species such as bent and fescue.
Managing stress and wear We monitor areas of high wear daily through out the year. Post & rope and clear signage is used to spread the wear from buggy and foot traffic.
Enhancement of soil structure Aeration is an essential part of our maintenance program. Removal of core and use of solid, slit tines and sand injection are used to help improve air movement and soil structure, Applications of specially selected sands as topdressings is done on a regular basis.
Optimization of the growing environment Regular testing undertaken by the STRI plus our own daily use of moisture probes ensures that we encourage an environment that is suitable for growth of fine turf. Independent tree and irrigation audits have also identified areas that can be improved further.
Managing thatch levels Loss on ignition testing is done annually by the STRI. This allows us to monitor thatch levels on all courses. The use of linear(Graden/Verticut), core removal, solid tine, sand dressing and sand injection is used to combat thatch build up.
Managing surface moisture The use of theta probes allows us to monitor surface moisture and only add water to targeted areas. Dew removal from greens, tees and approaches is done daily. Wetting agents are used during the summer months to help keep moisture levels consistent on all surfaces.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Daily scouting for pests and disease activity is done by or trained staff. Any areas of concern are flagged up and monitored. If the problem persists then a carefully planned chemical application will be made to treat the area.
Scouting for pests and diseases Daily scouting for pests and disease activity is done by our trained staff. Any areas of concern are flagged up to a member of the management team and monitored. We employ a wildlife management company to control pests such as moles, foxes and dear.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Turf health is monitored on a daily basis by all staff. Weaker areas will receive more intensive fertiliser and aeration inputs so consistency is found throughout the site. Records are kept of all works completed, Past records are then used to show seasonal patterns that emerge.

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 112 101 183
Fairways - N - Inorganic 103 173 220
Fairways - P - Inorganic 27 28 67
Greens - K - Inorganic 698 533 976
Greens - N - Inorganic 616 577 439
Greens - P - Inorganic 251 235 117
Rough - K - Inorganic 42 90 140
Rough - N - Inorganic 20 108 212
Rough - P - Inorganic 10 28 65
Tees - K - Inorganic 458 183 378
Tees - N - Inorganic 429 252 380
Tees - P - Inorganic 178 75 162

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 10 7.5 7.5
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 2 2
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 60.7 49 35.3
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 23 26 18
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 1.3 1.3 1.3
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 2 2 2
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 10 30 30
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 2 2
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 9 15 10
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 4 2
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 1.8 0.6 0.6
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 3 1 1

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products Any products used are carefully considered so that only the target pest is affected.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Product selection is based on environmental factors such as weather and the target pest. Products are only sprayed at label rates for their intended purpose and at the correct water volume.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Knapsack sprayers are used on occasion to control weeds such as himilayan balsam in out of play areas. Use of knap sack sprayers allows us greater control particularly in sensitive areas of the estate.
Calibration and testing of sprayers All sprayers are NSTS tested annually and are calibrated by the operator before each spray operation
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Air induction XC nozzles by syngenta turf are used on the walk behind and boom sprayers. These nozles ensure that drift s kept to a minimum and that only the target area is sprayed
Non-chemical weed control Hand picking of weeds on pathways, bunker faces and teeing grounds help reduce the reliance on herbicides on the glf course
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. Use of liquid seaweed and soil conditioners on a regular basis helps to improve plant health by creating conditions for soil biology to thrive. A good soil biology promotes a healthy plant that is less susceptible to disease attack.

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 false false false
Cores & Turf true false false false
Sand true 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 Cardboard, glass and general waste are separated on site. General waste bins are taken away by shorts to their recycling center where they separate recycle materials from land fill. Paper from the offices is shredded by a contractor and taken for recycling.
Establishment of recycling centers The club have invested in a cardboard bailing machine. This allows us to compact the used cardboard into bails. Shorts then pay the club to take the bailed up cardboard away from us to their recycling site.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Clippings from all fine turf areas are collected and dumped at various sites around the estate. The clippings are then mixed with soils and other materials which are then used for construction projects around the site.
Education of staff and customer education Clubhouse staff are trained to dispose of all waste in the correct manner.

Pollution Control

Measures are taken to ensure that the environment around the club is protected as best we can. In the maintenance yard Waste to water systems are used to wash down golf course vehicles, bunded metal safes are used to store chemicals and fuel cans and the yard is fitted with a waste recovery system that contains any spillages in a holding tank which is then disposed off by a registered contractor.
Recycling at the clubhouse separates cardboard and plastics with general waster bins being taken by a contractor who separates this down to recyclable and non recyclable materials at their facility.

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 Yearly Yearly Daily

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Ditch No
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility On-Site Treatment Plant Yes
Wash Pad Closed Loop Recycling No

Hazardous Materials

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

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents false true
Cooking Oils false true
Lubricants false true
Pesticide Containers false true
Fertiliser Bags true false
Oil Filters false 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 hazardous materials such as Chemicals, pesticides, fertilser, oils and fuel are stored in sealed, bunded areas that are able to hold any spillages that may occur. Only people who are suitably trained are allowed in these areas.
All machinery is stored in a covered and locked storage facility at the greenkeeping compound.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas All work carried out on machinery is done in a dedicated mechanics workshop. The impervious surface are is regularly cleaned and painted . Any spillages occurring in this area are contained using spill kits and/or absorbent pads
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas All pesticide mixing is done in our maintenance yard. Any spillage is transferred to a holding tank through a system of drains within the yard. This reduces the risk of contamination of water ways and surrounding areas.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Any pesticides mixing is done in a sealed area. Any spillage is returned to a chemical/oil storage tank via a drain network within the greenkeeping compound. The storage tank is emptied by a approved contractor once the tank registers full.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Any spillage is returned to a chemical/oil storage tank via a drain network within the greenkeeping compound. The storage tank is emptied by a approved contractor once the tank registers full.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials There are spill kits located in the mechanics workshop and also adjacent to the fuel pumps to contain any spillages that may occur. Any used spill kits are disposed off by a registered contractor.

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 Use of low drift nozzles on our spray equipment ensures chemicals are applied only to the intended area with minimal drift onto surrounding areas and water ways. On site weather stations are used to ensure that the conditions are suitable for spraying on that day.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan There are three spill kits located in strategic parts of the yard to contain any possible spills that occur.

Community

Wentworth means golf. During its 92 year history the club has played host to the Ryder cup 1926&1953, Curtis Cup 1932, Canada cup 1956, English amateur 1961 &1983, The world matchplay 1964-2007, Senior masters 1997-2007 and the PGA championship 1984- present day. Playing host to such high profile and prestigious events brings a lot to the wider community around Wentworth with opportunities to volunteer, play or simply watch some of the best golfers in the world up close. Local business benefits upto 30,000 people each day through the gates.
The club runs a scholarship program. Wentworth Scholarship Program is part of the Club’s charitable Golf & Tennis Foundation and was introduced in 1991 to give local youngsters with potential in golf and tennis the opportunity to develop their skills through the Club’s facilities and coaching.

The Scholarship is financed mainly from members’ contributions, under the management of a separate board of trustees. The main aim of the Scholarship is to guide and coach young people from within the local community who could not otherwise have the chance to access all that membership at Wentworth has to offer. A Scholarship can help a youngster live their dreams and become a professional, or capitalize upon a wonderful, life-enhancing opportunity in a world-class environment. Once enrolled in the program they receive free membership, guidance from professional coaches, tuition and support.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 8
Course Management 56 1
Food & Beverage 75 898
Golf Coaching 10
Retail & Leisure 12 4
Caddies 60
Other 121

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Excecutive team

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Only employees with a minimum of PA1 PA2 and PA6 are allowed to apply pesticides on the site. Staff are trained to Empty containers, rinse and place in a secure store area ready for Disposal by a registered contractor.
Efficient water management Training of staff on correct use of hand held hoses and computerized irrigation programs ensure that target areas only are hit and wastage is minimized.
Management of accidents and emergencies Up to date health and safety training is carried out during company and departmental inductions. The use of e-learning online systems are used to update training on a regular basis. Any accidents or near misses are logged in the accident book and the SOP/ Risk assessment reviewed if required.
Management of habitats and vegetation We liaise with our wildlife manager on the best way to manage vegetation in out of play and sensitive areas to ensure wildlife habitats are enhanced.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling All staff are made aware of the recycling policies on site during departmental induction. Signage around the club encourages recycling of waste products and separation of glass and cardboard..
Health & Safety The club employ a health and safety officer and training leaders who deliver up to date training in all departments.Health and safety training is carried out during company and departmental inductions. The use of e-learning online systems ensures all staff are health and safety proficient.
Energy Saving All employees are trained to switch off lights and equipment when not in use.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours As the club is set on a housing estate communication with our neighbours is very important. We work closely with the Wentworth Estate Road Committee who deal with any of the residents issues. The Course Manager will attend WERC meetings to give updates on any major golf course projects.
Media The marketing team work to help promote the business. Part of their role is to deal with any media statements and press releases.
Schools & Colleges Attendance at college careers fairs and holding open days for prospective employees from the local schools is done regularly. Vocational work experience students attend the tennis and health club to gain an insight into how the business works.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Several public rights of way run through the golf courses. The greenkeeping team regularly maintain these paths to keep them safe for public use.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Subtle signage is used around the club and golf course to help guide the members and guests. Signage is used on the public walkways to inform them of the hazards on the course and politely asking them to keep animals under control.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) The woodland surrounding the golf courses is used by local bird watchers. Public rights of way are used daily by dog walkers and ramblers.

No archaeological or heritage surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

This golf facility does not undertake any activities to conserve cultural heritage features.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display There are several notice boards within the club listing social events, meetings and course condition reports. The Wentworth Magazine is issued 4 times per year and contains articles on club activities and interviews with the owners, management team and key members of the Wentworth staff.
Members evenings and course walks Regular social events are arranged by the club to engage the membership. General committee meetings take place monthly. The club are always willing to meet with any member on a one to one basis to discuss any issues they may have.
Course guides / brochures Course guides are on sale in the club house. They contain tips from the pros on how to play the course and also a history of the course and some of the iconic championships that have been played here over the years.
Interpretation panels & course signage Course signage is minimal and discreet. Rangers are on course at all times to deal with any problems the member/guest may have. Starters on the 1st tee relay information to the players on course conditions before they tee off.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures The club has a highly comprehensive website detailing everything form tee time booking to wedding planning. There is also a separate members area of the site. Press releases are managed by an outside agency who deal liaise with our marketing department.
Supporting campaigns The club offer scholarships for both golf and tennis to talented youngsters from the local area. The scheme is there to help give talented juniors help and support they need to improve their skills and develop.
Attending community meetings When requested A club representative will attend Wentworth roads committee meetings to inform them of any current projects on the golf courses.