The Wisley

GEO Certified® 01/2015
England, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01483 212126

The Wisley is a 27 hole golf complex, with extensive clubhouse and maintenance buildings, located to the South of the M25 and west of the A3 near their junction. The gated access road gives the first indication as to the size, scope and style of the facility providing views of the undulating course with water hazards including both lakes and the River Wey.

The land was historically agricultural and borders the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Wisley. Developed in the early 1990's, based on the designs of Robert Trent Jones, the origina…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Mill (9 holes, 6754 yards, year opened 1991)
Church (9 holes, 3393 yards, year opened 1991)
Garden (9 holes, 3435 yards, year opened 1991)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Pro Shop
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Practice Facility/Facilities


The Wisley is a highly maintained golf course with native roughs and bent grass greens, along with a beautiful borrowed landscape from the RHS Wisley Gardens and surrounding areas. These provide us with an amazing backdrop.
We have an eclectic mix of different styles of planting from formal borders, annual bedding and bulb planting around the Clubhouse and driving range areas, to enhance the Members experience. These areas are fantastic in helping to attract pollinators which are a vital part of our eco system.
There are also more natural unmanaged wild wooded areas with bluebells and hedgerow areas, on our boundaries and throughout the Course. With wild flowers running along the river bank and marsh lands helping support wildlife. We manage snag trees to provided great dead wood habitat for insects and bird life.
We go further here at The Wisley by constructing mini beast piles and leaving non-maintained ecology corridors, to allow wildlife to move across the golf course. With nine lakes, some inter-connected and some that flow back to the River Wey, which meanders through and around the Club. The addition of our new Burn means there is a large amount of water that needs to be carefully managed to ensure the correct balance to sustain an aquatic environment.
Our Head Gardener has worked closely with the relevant authorities and the Course Architect whilst going through a substantial renovation project, to ensure a consistent approach to minimising impact and enhancing the natural landscape to its intended potential.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • The Environment Agency
  • The Surrey Wildlife Trust
  • Natural England

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

Title Author Date View document
The Wisley Golf Club Management Report J Hainey Landscape Architect 1990/11/01

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

  • Mr Guy Laister Water EnvironmentLtd
  • Chris Booth, Riparian Revetment
  • Robert Trent Jones
  • Alison Hainey Landscape Architect
  • Natural England
  • FERA
  • Environment Agency
  • Surrey Wildlife Trust
  • Guildford Borough Council
  • British Beekeepers Association

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

Title Author Date View document
The Wisley Proposed Resevoir Ecological Assessment Nicky Williamson MSc BSc

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

Local name Scientific name
Elongated Sedge Carex Elongata

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

Local name Scientific name
Elongated Sedge Carex Elongata

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Historic Landscapes / Parklands Woking Borough Council
Historic Landscapes / Parklands Guilford Borough Council

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 15 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 12 Self Appointed
Open Water Features 6 Self Appointed
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 2 Self Appointed
Scrub Vegetation 9 Self Appointed


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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.7 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 80%
Poa annua 20%
Tees 1.7 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 60%
Poa annua 40%
Fairways 17.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 70%
Poa annua 30%
Semi Rough 3.2 Hectares Lolium perenne 80%
Festuca rubra 20%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Greens and tees: Robert Trent Jones chose creeping bent for our greens and tees for its playing quality, aesthetics and to form part of our unique selling point to members. It is deep rooted and so water consumption is lower than with Poa annua with fertilization on par with each other.
Fairways: fescue was chosen for these areas because of its low fertility and water requirements as well as the benefit to playing quality of being fine and firm.
Semi roughs: rye grass was chosen because of it durability, darker colour to contrast with the fescue and ease at which it grows to rough height.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: day on all fine turf areas months

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

  • robert trent jones 2 golf course architects
  • thomas watschke penn state university
  • the environment agency

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 presentation of the golf courses is key with high expectations from our members. We balance this with the need to minimise fertilizer use by using iron etc to achieve our goals. Our committee and members are well informed if standards must be reduced such as with droughts where the roughs are allowed to fallow to save water.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough We produce turf that is firm and fast in all areas and so over watering and feeding would go against this. We educate our members that playing quality takes priority over presentation and that fescues in particular require less agronomic input.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces The recent change to the new grassing strategy on fairways and roughs has produced a big saving on key resources to include fertilizers, pesticides and water. The monies saved have been redirected to habitat creation so that the site's ecology can develop more wholly.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance We brought in a maintenance day each week where the three courses are closed on rotation so that certain key operations can be completed. Our members understand that with a decline in agronomic conditions comes higher maintenance requirement and lower surface performance.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces We have programmes that look at all of these key areas such as: soil management, growing environment quality (shade etc), control of water use and although we have fertilizer programmes we measure turf quality against these and omit applications where needed.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture We promote uniform colour in all managed turf areas to present the course well at the start of the season. As we move through to summer, we allow roughs and native roughs to drought to balance maintained fairways with natural coloured roughs.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours We use changes in topography to shape the areas of fairway, playing rough and native roughs to define the golf course in accordance with our golf course architect's guidance.
Protection and restoration of historic features As a relatively young golf club we do not have such features on site.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We use natural look furniture that is sourced from a sustainable supplier to include: signage, concession stations, club and ball cleaning equipment and waste recycling points.
Conservation of specimen trees Our specimen trees are within the non-managed areas of the course and we undertake regular tree inspections to understand their management requirement.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Any man-made features are screened with planting such as irrigation pump house and the maintenance facility. The clubhouse is visible from the entrance roadway in but well screened from the north side of the course.

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 During the golf course renovation projects, some areas of what were short cut rough, have now been transitioned to long very infrequently managed fescue rough.
Increasing the size of habitat patches We have as a result of the renovation projects, re-profiled the angle of repose on river banks allowing for a much larger area of natural vegetation and habitat.
Connection of internal habitat patches Our native roughs and unmanaged areas form wildlife corridors connecting external with internal areas of the course.
Connection of patches with external habitats With the re-profiling of the river banks this has allowed for river marginal plantings to migrate further up into the river banks, and make connection with some wildflower mitigation areas we have created during the renovation projects as suggested by the Environment Agency
Creation of habitat corridors 60000 Gorse Ulex europeaus planted which has substantial habitat value. 20000m2 planted area
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation The wildlife corridors take care of this for us and we consciously maintain them so that they function year round.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges Riverbank mitigation work reduces soil erosion and reduces silt run off that could have a detrimental effect to fish stocks

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 We scarify, cut and collect the native roughs in order to prevent invasive weed species from ingress and to get the best growing environment for our desired grass species. We do not apply pesticides in these areas to maintain a good level of diversity.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation We have a scrub management plan that it followed in areas where golf course playability is not compromised.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Bee hives will be located within the course in designated areas and managed through local beekeeper.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas We have set non-managed buffer zones between the golf course areas that are in play and our water courses. We restrict any use of pesticides in these areas and tend them to promote the desired quality and habitats.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation on-going rolling 5 year plan in conjunction with the environment agency for the river banks abounding the golf clubs property

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 Planting schemes comprise of native species or species with a known benefit to wildlife
Installation of nest boxes Bird boxes are placed on the course within scattered trees and woodland
Control / management of alien species Efforts are made to control the invasive Himalayan Balsam that is present along the stream and within the woodland. This involves pulling before it has a chance to set seed and rot in situ.
Provision of hibernation areas Dead wood habitat is left to encourage Bat roosting sites. We also identify trees that require removal based upon Health & Safety concerns but reduce the canopies making them safe and retain the trunks as "snag" tree habitats.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Log piles are placed within the nearby woodland to increase the amount of available dead wood for invertebrates and other animals


The Clubhouse and Practice Facilities are supplied with mains water and waste water is returned via the sewerage station or cesspit and subject to the appropriate discharge costs. Water saving devices have been fitted where possible in the locker rooms and staff welfare facilities with plans to upgrade older components in the kitchens and Member WC's from 2015-16.

Rainwater harvesting is not possible or financially viable due to the design and fabrication of the Club's guttering system.

The irrigation water is taken from the below ground strata in the Wey catchment area with consent from the Environment Agency.
To ensure we endeavour to make best use of the resource we carry out a monthly check of the complete system to ensure everything is performing to the correct standards. We carry out audits on the complete system every 6 months to ensure arcs and coverage are correct. Inspections are carried out on the pumping plant annually to ensure and prevent damage.
The use of Moisture probes has had a huge benefit in targeting water usage across the Course we are looking into a wireless system so we can have sensors mounted in each green to monitor these critical areas at all times.

We are also going to use the irrigation system to apply surfactants to improve water penetration in to the critical root zone areas to improve the ability of the grass to take up the water applied.

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:

2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 13,035,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 73,298,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 8,499,000 Litres
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 13,460,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 51,547,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 4,353,369 Litres
2011 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 11,303,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 92,595,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 1,716,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Tees Daily in season
Fairways 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 12 months

Upgraded every 5 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 Use of creeping bent grass on Tee and Greens. Have over seeded fairways and cut rough areas with fescue / rye species to increase drought handling ability also use of native fescue in long rough areas to also increase drought handling ability
Soil decompaction and thatch management Carry out soil analysis across all areas including thatch content then set target threshold and carry out management practices to get down to these limits thought the year. Deep aeration equipment used across the course to encourage deep rooting and improve water holding capabilitys.
Timing and dose of water application The course is irrigated at night to reduce drift and also to ensure efficient use of water. The amount applied is dependent on moisture content readings taken each day on each course by the green keeping team and then compared against our required content.
Analysis of soil moisture Soil moisture is monitored though the use of Field scout TDR300 soil moisture probes to determine actual content
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data We have an automated Davis weather station that supplies us with daily ET values which along with the Moisture readings and forecast models we make a assessment of how much needs to be replaced each day.
Use of wetting agents All greens thoughout the growing season on a monthly program and also have a dosing injection system to treat the whole course
Overall reduction in irrigated area We have changed out all sprinklers across the entire course to more efficient nozzle type and target water more effectively across the whole course. Using moisture sensors and weather data to give ET and only returning max 50% to the soil.
Targeting of sprinkler heads All sprinklers are checked though out the season to ensure correct coverage on all areas . This is carried out on a bi-monthly system a cross all areas of the course
Optimizing system pressure All pipe work has been upgraded to HDPE and MDPE pipework to reduce leakage across the site. the pump set is fitted with remote monitoring and also all pumps have variable speed drives to ensure efficient power consumption.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology We replace all nozzles across each course every 5 years but also carry out random flow and pressure checks to ensure nozzle performance is uniform and correct

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets We have implemented water saving devices into all accessible cisterms
Use of water efficient appliances Sensors are fitted to Member facing urinals, and a timed water management system to alternative urinals.
Use of efficient shower technology Shower heads are fitted with aerating device to reduce water consumption
Repairing leaks On course repairs are carried out as soon as any leak is discovered. Clubhouse leaks are repaired on same week as discovered.
Water awareness signage Not currently implemented


Energy has become a prominent focus area within the last few years, and now has a dedicated expenditure budget annually to make improvements.
The Clubhouse uses mains grid electricity and piped natural gas, whilst the Greens uses diesel and unleaded fuel for it's vehicles and electricity and oil for the building. For a few years now, it has been the Club's primary focus to become more efficient in its practices and procedures, encouraging a like minded approach by employees and Members.
Changes encompass measures such as switching to LED technology, removing timer switches and installing sensors, upgrade BMS and sensors, upgrading motors to variable speed when required, consideration and trialling of hybrid utility vehicles. Energy and environmental policies are discussed with each new employee at induction, and all staff are encouraged to bring ideas forward.
The Board of Directors also regularly discuss renewable options and new technologies when they arise, and if a consensus is agreed, to pass to the Executives for further investigation.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Energy Savings Opportunities Assessment Guardian Project Services Ltd 2012/01/05

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2013 2012 2011
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:

2013 2012 2011
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Litres) 43264 43393 46954
Heating Oil (Litres) 6494 3800 5178
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 615 410 820
LPG (Litres) 0 0 0
Natural Gas (Litres) 564229 619349 620027
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 804995 813505 848165
Petrol (Litres) 22000 19201 21200
Propane / Butane (Litres) 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 In discussion with supplier for when contract renewal is due
Installation of small scale wind turbine The site does not reach NOABL criteria to be considered for a wind turbine
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels Proposals presented to the Board in 2013 and declined due to ever emerging technologies
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources Enquiries have been made and proposals being drawn up.
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) N/A
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol N/A
Use of electric hybrid vehicles Two electric vehicles have been purchased this year.
Use of recycled oils No consideration at this time

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems It is planned to upgrade the main source of air handling to the Clubroom in 2014. All current systems already use air source heating, and air conditioning is minimally used.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration All the commercial food refrigeration are fitted with thermostats to give accurate temperature readings.
All public areas have thermostats, are monitored by the BMS and maintained at an ambient temperature throughout the Club.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities The three air handling units that supply the Clubroom, Lockers and Public WC's all provide fresh air as regulations advise.
We also have two terrace areas, that are fully utilised during dry weather.
Upgrading of building insulation No current plans
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) There is already a lot of glass throughout the Clubhouse providing natural light. Investigation needs to be made further as to the areas that would benefit from sunlight pipes
Installation of low-energy lighting The Club is currently mid way through a four year plan to replace all high energy lighting with LED or similar low-energy lighting. There has already been a 19% reduction in energy consumption YTD.
Use of motion sensor lighting Occupancy sensors are installed in the key public areas, such as locker rooms, toilets and function rooms. They are also in staff areas to optimise the low frequency of use.
Transition to energy efficient appliances It is our policy now to always consider the efficiency of an item and its long term running costs before purchase. It is a key factor in the decision process.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting The Club has a BMS which is programmed to work around the opening times, and is modified weekly to incorporate any other events or functions. PC'S, till's etc all have the power save mode installed and go to sleep when not being used. Clubhouse lighting is managed by the timer within the occupancy sensors, whilst car park light is managed by a lux level sensor ensuring lighting is used exactly when needed.
Educating staff and customers Staff are briefed during the induction process on the importance of energy efficiency and the role they play, but as there is some technology in place already, there is little for them to need to do.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 0% 100% 76%
Diesel 100% 0% 10%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 0% 10%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 0% 0% 5%
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% 100% 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 There are no incentives in place
Group transportation (e.g. buses) We do not provide group transportation due to the locality of the staff Members
Secure cycle parking We do have a cycle rack that is additionally monitored by CCTV, and staff that live close by do tend to cycle to work.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables Due to our location, there is no public transport available close to the Club
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) Staff that have to change into a uniform at work, receive priority for a locker, ie kitchen and green keepers.
Staff showers Showers are located in all the changing rooms, and flushed regularly.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling This is to be discussed with HR
Promotion of walk to work campaigns Staff who live in accommodation on the far side of the site, all walk to work, but otherwise due to our location we are not within walking distance of any towns or property

Supply Chain

Supplies and products required for the Course and Clubhouse are generally sourced within the southeast. Where quality is an absolute premium, there may be occasion to search further afield and transport to the Club.
Purchasing costs can be a key factor as to how far a product must travel to be viable and work with budgets.
We will have in place an Environmental Policy that dictates the necessity of carbon reduction throughout all departments, whether by using local suppliers, larger orders to reduce repeat orders, recycling as much as possible, and using low or zero energy products.
Having on-site mechanics, electrician and maintenance engineer greatly reduces the need to call in manufacturer engineers, reducing time, cost and carbon miles.
Software training is now done via webex to remove travelling.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source The future plan is to ask suppliers for minimal packaging on orders and deliveries. Food that is unused for an event will be presented for staff food at the next meal time. Printed paper without personal details is used for scrap once finished with, and most of the time is only printed if necessary to maintain a record.
Use of local suppliers We use local suppliers where response times must be fast and corrective. Seasonal menus are written to incorporate nearby ingredients that can only be supplied by local companies. Our laundry supplier is also within close proximity, which benefits the front of house team when there is a shortage or last minute event.
Use of local products All the Clubs dairy items are produced and supplied locally.
Selection of certified products Coffee made for the Members is fair trade and rainforest alliance certified.
All takeaway containers are certified by the Composting Alliance.
Use of recycled and recyclable products All takeaway containers are made from recycled products and are in turn recyclable.
Used kitchen oil is also sold on to be recycled into renewable energy as biodiesel.
Grass clippings and vegetation is composted on site and returned to ground when fully degraded.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Spare parts and workshop stock is supplied direct from the suppliers van. Clean laundry is delivered in cloth sacks with a plastic bag barrier.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Laundry company, washroom services, heating services and Catering equipment engineers are all ISO14001.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Miles Total number of suppliers within 100 Miles
Food & Beverage 14 3 11
Catering Supplies 9 2 7
Retail 29 5 20
Trade & Contractors 31 16 15
Maintenance Equipment 12 1 11
Course Supplies 46 5 41

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses We moved away from bent fairways and approaches to Rye - Fescue to have better drought and disease tolerances.
Managing stress and wear In winter we use ropes and stakes to help control wear around the green and walk on walk off areas.
Enhancement of soil structure We have an airation and top dressing program in place.
Optimization of the growing environment Topdressing is applied throughout the year to promote good drainage and plant growth
Managing thatch levels We do weekly soil profile checks looking at root depths on greens and check thatch levels at the same time. We also hollow core 2-3 time a year
Managing surface moisture We check moisture levels daily with a soil moisture meter and only water when needed.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease We have 15% tolerance for disease on our playing surfaces. We will only use a fungicide once at or above this threshold. We also use fertilizer products that prevent disease by hardening the plants against it.
Scouting for pests and diseases Visual checks are carried out on a daily basis by the Head Greenkeeper of the particular nine's
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Plant health is checked every day and all greenkeepers are informed to keep an eye out for any problems and inform the managment.

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

2014 2013 2012
Fairways - K - Inorganic 90
Fairways - K - Organic 37
Fairways - N - Inorganic 158
Fairways - N - Organic 58
Fairways - P - Inorganic 49
Fairways - P - Organic 6.5
Greens - K - Inorganic 181
Greens - K - Organic 17
Greens - N - Inorganic 162
Greens - N - Organic 53
Greens - P - Inorganic 49
Greens - P - Organic 12
Rough - K - Inorganic
Rough - K - Organic
Rough - N - Inorganic
Rough - N - Organic
Rough - P - Inorganic
Rough - P - Organic
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 3
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 24
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 25
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 36
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 3
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 4
Tees - K - Inorganic 199
Tees - K - Organic 16
Tees - N - Inorganic 161
Tees - N - Organic 29
Tees - P - Inorganic 41
Tees - P - Organic 12

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

2014 2013 2012
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.13
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 2.186
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0.04
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 0.720
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 3.18
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 5.4
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 7
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.20
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 0.336
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0.42
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 0.720
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.05
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0.800
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 4
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 2.53
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 4.4
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 6
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.38
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 0.660
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0.41
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 0.720
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products We use the best active ingredient at the lowest possible rate
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases We use the best active ingredient at the lowest possible rate
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers We use hand hendheld sprayers to spot treat weeds in the long rough areas.
Calibration and testing of sprayers The Calibration of the sprayers is done each time they are used and the sprayer is tested at the beginning of each year.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We use a shrouded sprayer with anti-drip nozzles on the larger sprayers used for fairways and rough areas. Greens and tees are sprayed using a non covered sprayer but this has anti-drip nozzels.
Non-chemical weed control On long rough areas we annually cut down the grass and hand pull weeds.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. We use a number of biostimulants to improve plant health and control nematodes.

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 true true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings false true false false
Cores & Turf false true 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 The Club have designated collection bins for general waste, cardboard, paper, plastic, glass and tins and food waste.
The maintenance facility also has designated bins for recycling and general waste.
Establishment of recycling centers There is a recycling station at the driving range. Used light bulbs are collected by supplier on regular basis. Skip for metal is located at maintenance facility. Electrical equipment collected by registered waste disposer annually.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Not part of course management program
Education of staff and customer education Staff are inducted to be waste aware and environmentally conscious.
Waste awareness campaigns Members are not currently campaigned to be waste aware.

Pollution Control

Environmental practices and due diligence are addressed with each new employee induction, whilst regular updates are sent to Heads of Department as policies dictate.
As a Member of the IEMA we are kept up to date with important issues and legislation amendments, allowing sufficient time to become prepared and train staff on new practices.
There are a number of measures in place to control chemical and fuel spills or run offs, recycling is second nature, and the Spray Technician fully controls and manages all aspects of application and disposal.
Regular blogs by the Director of Greens educates Membership on corrective procedures to the Course when damage has been or may be incorporated in the game.
Neighbours are informed in good time if there is an outdoor event that may cause a noise nuisance and the same with fireworks. However these are rare and are controlled as to how many we allow per year.
We work closely with the Environment Agency to ensure downstream habitat and wildlife is protected.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Yearly Yearly Monthly
On-Site Yearly Yearly Monthly
Outflow Yearly Yearly Monthly

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course N/A N/A
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer Yes
Wash Pad Closed Loop Recycling N/A

Hazardous Materials

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

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents true false
Cooking Oils false true
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true true
Fertiliser Bags true true
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 hazardous products are kept within specifically designed storage containers, or in a clean and dry environment for non-hazardous materials.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas General maintenance performed within workshop on concrete, sealed floor. Emergency maintenance on the course requires the mechanic to attend immediately and place coconut matting beneath equipment to absorb and collect hazardous products.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Not in a covered area at moment.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Mixing of pesticides and fertilzers is done in a dedicated spray area on a concrete pad.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks Above ground fuel tanks installed at the end of 2011. There is a 2500l petrol tank and 8000l diesel tank.
Staff accommodation both have above ground oil tanks
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Petrol, diesel and staff accommodation tanks are all bunded. The oil tank supplying the maintenance facility will be replaced in 2015.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials We have a number of different types of absorbent materials these include granules and absorbent pads.

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 The weather forecast is checked daily and programs adapted accordingly. Spraying is not performed in the rain preventing leachate and run-off.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Reeds have been planted at points around the lakes and riverbanks in conjuction with the Environment Agency and Robert Trent Jones design. Regular clearing and aerators with keeping this in a good state.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan All staff are briefed on how to react to a spill, with the mechanics being first point of call to attend and eliminate risk. Environmentally friendly coconut matting is used for workshop spills, and all chemical mixing is completed within the confines of the yard. Fire wardens have received interactive training to deal with fuel spills and fires.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge The Course has been completely re-designed with preventing erosion and discharge a contributory factor to the final product.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones NA
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off NA


The Wisley is key to maintaining the local environment and water ways that are downstream of the Club. It is important that we use local suppliers and have good relations with our neighbours, advising of any major changes and inviting them for a walk round to see for themselves.
We are establishing an Environmental Policy that embraces each departments tasks, with a fairness and clarity for both staff and Members to understand and incorporate.
Information and updates are broadcast regularly by means of monthly e-newsletters, blogs, notices, twitter, weekly HOD meetings, monthly Board/Committee Meetings and bi-annual magazine.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 5 4
Course Management 36 1 3
Food & Beverage 15 4 6
Golf Coaching 13 1
Retail & Leisure 2
Caddies 35
Other 1 3 3

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Specialist and separate chemical storage container. Only staff that are as a minimum PA1 & 6 trained may handle pesticides. Certified hazardous waste company lifts empty and unused containers.
Efficient water management Waste and water management is part of inhouse induction training. Future plan to install sensors on all hand basins.
Management of accidents and emergencies Full induction training on what to do in an emergency. List of first aiders and fire wardens displayed weekly. More staff trained in emergency first aid to cover all working hours and lone working.
Management of habitats and vegetation Head gardener is trained on habitat promotion which is reflected in planting plans and training given to landscape team.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Each department is provided with the bins required for their area. General waste bins have generally been removed to promote recycling.
Health & Safety Full Health and Safety Induction received by every member of new staff within their first week. Staff regularly take part in fire drills, and are encouraged to be aware of their work environment and safety of colleagues.
Energy Saving Monthly summary of energy usage displayed on noticeboard in staff rooms with analysis of events that have had an effect on consumption.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage NA
Environmental management planning Nothing currently in place

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Neighbours in Mill Lane and RHS have all been to the Club and introduced to CE. Regular contact with adjacent businesses concerning joint issue of fly-tipping.
Local Government Involved with Country Watch with Surrey Police
Local Environmental Groups Close relationship with EA
Local Community Groups NA
Media NA
Local Businesses NA
Schools & Colleges Pre-seasonal recruitment drive at Guildford College

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Public footpaths are used by both the public and grounds staff, therefore inspected regularly for potholes that could cause an injury or dangerous situation.
Creation of new paths and nature trails Not at present
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Signage is discreet and designed to have low environmental impact
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) Not at present
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) NA
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities NA

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
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) Not applicable
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) Not applicable
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) Not applicable


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display Monthly newsletters, noticeboards, Member forums, bi-annual Membership survey, On Course sustainability poster displayed
Members evenings and course walks NA
Course guides / brochures Not at present
Interpretation panels & course signage Course signage is kept minimal
Establishment of a nature trail Not at present

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures We have an active website that is regularly maintained and updated. We do not advertise in any way, therefore press is only by way of personal Member filming with permission from CE
Supporting campaigns NA
Course walks / open days NA
Attending community meetings NA
Joint practical projects with community Joint venture with immediate neighbours to improve security and install CCTV