Golfbaan De Texelse
Executive summary (English & local language)
Golf course De Texelse established in 1997 and extended with another 9 holes in 2014 is situated on one the islands in the Waddenzee in the north of the Netherlands. The newly built holes are in the typical style of the links/dune courses in the UK. The biodiversity of the course is extremely high and many protected and endangered plant and bird species have been observed the last few years. Water management is well organized as they only use collected rainwater for irrigation purposes. Furthermore they make use of energy-saving equipment to further reduce their CO2-footprint. This partly new built course offers lots of exciting holes and is with respect to nature, look&feel, an example to other courses in the Netherlands. Flora and fauna, vision, goals and actions with respect to GEO for the period 2015-2017 are described in a separate documents.
In 2014 the 9 hole course “De Texelse” was extended with another 9 in the typical style of the famous links/dune courses in the UK. The holes were constructed in such a way that an array of vegetation types are now present. Shortly after the opening of the new holes especially plant and bird species were monitored. A staggering 190 plant species and 95 bird species were recorded, several of them rare and protected in The Netherlands. The flora and fauna observed on the Texelse golf course is very well documented. It is their intention to monitor species composition on so-called permanent quadrants in the future, allowing them to adjust their nature management if necessary. The greenkeepers, golf course architect and management succeeded extremely well in integrating the course into the surrounding nature areas and agricultural landscape, making this one of the nicer and exciting courses in The Netherlands. Without having played the course I left it with a big smile after my visit. Management of the playing area is geared towards a combination of Fescue and Bent varieties. The greenkeeping staff will closely follow the development of these varieties especially on the newly built part of the course.
On the island it is not allowed to use surface water for irrigation purposes. Furthermore they were allowed to use only 1000 m3 of groundwater per annum. Now they have a permission of 10.000 m3 per annum, as they use only rainwater for their irrigation. An ingenious system of channels and pipes collects all the rainwater coming from the course and from a nearby recreation park. This rainwater is stored in a 15.000 m3 basin. It is expected that this way of preserving rainwater will also contribute to the fresh water stock on the island and will help to reduce the salinization of the surface- and groundwater in the nearby future. To reduce irrigation rates as much as possible the club furthermore uses wetting agents to prevent dry patches.
To reduce the CO2-footprint of the property, the club makes use of several hybrid and electrical machines, and energy saving equipment in the clubhouse. The personnel is keen on switching of electrical equipment when possible. The management now analyses the financial possibilities to build a new clubhouse. New modern energy saving equipment will be taken into account, just as the installation of solar cells.
The club purchases local products as much as possible. On the menu there are several local products like e.g. lamb and cheese. As the club is situated on an island it is not always possible to obtain products from local suppliers. Common management treatments are used to prevent diseases on greens, fairways and tees. They have documented their use of fertilizer and pesticides and it is their intention to look for alternatives to further reduce the rates of fertilisation and pesticides. This is especially important for the newly built holes. Waste is separated as much possible.
All activities within the clubhouse and the greenkeepers location are according to legislation, except for the washing area at the greenkeepers location. The management indicated that the present washing area will be renewed by the end of 2015. The club started analysing the chemical composition of their irrigation water by 2015. For the future this will be extended to analyses of the surface water in the course.
All personnel at De Texelse is aware of the unique location of this golf course and its biodiversity. The course is partly opened to the public via a public footpath. Part of the course is designated as a protected bird reserve and as such is also closed for golfers. Nature issues are communicated with the local nature organisation Natuurmonumenten. With respect to water issues the management is in contact with the local waterboard. Information with respect to plant and bird species on the course is displayed at the clubhouse.
- Action Plans and Project Proposals
- Certification Report
- Environmental Data
- External Surveys and Reports
- Internal Reports
- Register of Accidents
De Texelse is a very charming and challenging golf course. Recently the course was extended with 9 holes in the typical style of the links courses in the UK. Most of their activities fall within the scope and GEO-criteria. I, Adrie van der Werf, recommend golf course De Texelse be awarded for the GEO certificate.
- new holes are designed in the typical tyle of links course. Nature and playing area blend into eachother very well
- With the construction of the new holes, a variety of environmental conditions were created which now has resulted in an area with a very high biodiversity
- For the irrigation they use mainly rain water. An ingenious system of channels and pipes collects all the rainwater coming from the course and from a nearby recreation park. This rainwater is stored in a 15.000 m3 basin. Per annum they use 10.000m3 of this rain water for irrigation purposes