The Dutch

GEO Certified® 07/2016
Spijk,
Netherlands
Telephone: + 31 (1) 83 621 372
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The Dutch was designed by Colin Montgomerie in collaboration with European Golf Design and officially opened its doors only 5 years ago. The look and feel of the course matches that of the famous links courses in the U.K., and nowadays The Dutch belongs to one of the top courses in The Netherlands. The management and other personnel are well trained in order to maintain the highest service level possible. During the last nature survey over more than 300 species were registered and the greenkeeping staff is aware of the locations of notable and…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
The Dutch (18 holes)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Halfway House(s)
1 Other

Nature

The Dutch is an 18 Hole Championship golf course with characteristics of a links course, designed by Colin Montgomerie in conjunction with European Golf Design.
The Dutch strives for the best possible quality of natural elements and environmental care.
By maintaining the natural elements carefully, the golf club contributes to the biodiversity of the landscape in the Linge region. These elements are also very valuable for the aesthetics of the landscape and golf experience.
The main focus for nature maintenance goes towards the water features, banks and local species like the little owl. The ‘Oude Kweldijk’ is situated on the golf course and is a connecting element to nearby terrains.
During the daily maintenance, the general duty of care for the Flora and Fauna Act is taken into consideration by the personnel.

The maintenance of the golf course is tuned on developing the best potential for both ecology and water features. The maintenance plan of The Dutch is mainly focused on complying with the Dutch Flora and Fauna Act. The reason for this is the natural landscape and abundance of flora and fauna species on the golf course. The main goal of the act is the protection of all wild plants and animals and preservation of these species.

Consultation & Surveys

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding landscape heritage conservation.

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

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding ecosystem protection and enhancement.

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

Title Author Date View document
Ecological Survey The Dutch NLadviseurs 2015/09/15

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

Local name Scientific name
Wild teasel Dipsacus fullonum
Broad-leaved helleborine Epipactis helleborine
European hare Lepus europaeus
Stoat Mustela erminea
European polecat Mustela putorius
Rabit Oryctolagus cuniculus
Mole Talpa europaea
Common toad Bufo bufo
Smooth newt Lissotriton vulgaris
Edible frog Pelophylax kl. esculentus
Common frog Rana temporaria
Spined loach Cobitis taenia
European bitterling Rhodeus amarus
Broad-leaved helleborine Epipactis helleborine
Little owl Athene noctua
Several bat species Varies

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

Local name Scientific name
Spined loach Cobitis taenia
European bitterling Rhodeus amarus
Wild teasel Dipsacus fullonum
Little owl Athene noctua
Several bat species Varies

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility does not feature any landscape designations.

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Open Water Features 10 Self Appointed
Scrub Vegetation 0,1 Self Appointed
Rough 'ecological' grassland 19 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.5 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 50%
Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 50%
Tees 2.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 70%
Lolium perenne 30%
Fairways 10.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 70%
Lolium perenne 20%
Semi Rough 2.67 Hectares Festuca rubra 70%
Lolium perenne 20%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
These grass species fit the soil the best. Because the golf course is relatively young, the optimal maintenance is still being finetuned. We wish to work towards greens with only bent grasses.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 months

This golf facility does not consult individuals or organizations regarding its grassing plan.

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 Dutch has internal working procedures and a detailed maintenance plan
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance The desirable quality of the turf grass on The Dutch needs a firm, dry, smooth, compact, uniform and quickly regenerating turf that is continually mowed on the correct height

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 red fescue and rye grasses show a different color during the year and is mowed at different heights.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours The mowing lines attribute to the character of the golf course and are reviewed often.
Protection and restoration of historic features The 'oude Kweldijk' is a historic feature that is preserved and maintained by the golf club.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture The course furniture is completely in line with the design and the character of the golf course.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features We do so to preserve the character of the golf course.

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

Activity Description
Connection of internal habitat patches The rough has enough area to provide safe routes across the golf course
Connection of patches with external habitats Via the rough and the water features, flora and fauna can enter and leave the golf course
Creation of habitat corridors These are already present

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 Already 19 hectares of ecological rough is present
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation We plant and maintain the gorse vegetations
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas In order to work on the goals to improve the biodiversity of the water features, the maintenance of these elements will be adjusted

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

Activity Description
Surveys Every three years, the natural values will be surveyed to keep an eye on the development of the biodiversity
Flora and Fauna Act The Dutch has working protocols in order to execute daily maintenance without any infringements on the Flora and Fauna Act

Water

Water features are an important part of the golf course design: 10 out of the 70 hectares of golf course consist of water features. All water features have a maintenance plan of their own. Most of the water features are used for water confinement. Ponds are also used for the storage of irrigation water.
An extensive drainage network discharges into ponds. The golf club strives to be open all year round. Irrigation water is gained from surface water features and ponds that are filled with seepage water. When a shortage of irrigation water occurs, the water features can be replenished with ground water.
The greenkeeping department keeps a log book on the water usage for irrigation. The entire irrigation is done with the use of a modern irrigation computer. Because of the importance of a year round functioning irrigation system and drainage system, The Dutch has a dedicated greenkeeper that cares for these systems and installations. The greens and tees are irrigated by hand and only spot-treated to limit the amount of irrigation water used. Also, the Dutch continues to optimize the irrigation system.

The club house uses potable water for the sanitary facilities, the restaurant and for drinking water. The accommodations are provided with modern installations, reducing the use of water as much as possible, without influencing the qualities and characteristics of the club house.

Sources & Consumption

No water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Golf Course Surface 100% 10,216,000 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,932,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 100% 29,431,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 348,000 Litres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 6,119,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 100% 56,807,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 168,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Tees Daily in season
Fairways 2-3 days per week
Semi-Rough Weekly
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 1 years

Upgraded every 1 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species The grass species selected grow well under a limited water supply. Since the soil is compact at 20 below the surface level we have to topdress to improve the soil structure.
Soil decompaction and thatch management This is part of the daily maintenance which is registered and monitored for the plant's health.
Timing and dose of water application We use a working procedure for irrigation and use actual weather forecasts to decide when and how much we should irrigate.
Analysis of soil moisture This is done by the head greenkeeper by taking soil samples and on sight based on his experience.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data We use actual weather forecasts to decide when and how much we should irrigate. We also included this in our working protocol.
Use of wetting agents We use wetting agents to improve the intake of moisture of the plants so that we can use less irrigation water.
Overall reduction in irrigated area We wish to finetune the irrigation programm and areas even more so we can reduce the use of irrigation water.
Targeting of sprinkler heads The sprinkler heads are targetted and their reach is optimized to prevent the overlap in the sprinklers reach.
Optimizing system pressure This is computer controlled to provide the best pressure on the sprinklers.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology This is part of our modern and optimized irrigation system. The system will be reviewed and maintained every year.
Re-use of rain water Rain water from the roof of the club house is collected in the ponds and used for irrigation.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets These are installed in the club house in all toilets.
Use of water efficient appliances The club house was recently build is provided with all modern appliances. This means the kitchen and sinks have water saving appliances installed.
Use of efficient shower technology The club house was recently build is provided with all modern appliances. The shower heads are therefor modern and water saving.
Repairing leaks Leaks are repaired as soon as they are noticed. These have not appeared however.
Water awareness signage The personnel is aware of the ambitions of The Dutch to lower the use of potable water.

Energy

The club house uses energy in order to heat the building, changing rooms and spa to make the guests feel comfortable. In order to keep the energy use as low as possible, the club house was built with all modern appliances, such as good insulation nad many windows to let in natural light.
On the golf course, electricity is used for the accommodations and fuel for the machines. The clubhouse (pavilion) is a modern building, provided with the latest technology in order to provide guests with a pleasant stay. Quality and aesthetics are therefore leading in the selection of equipment and installations.
The greenkeepers use the latest models of machines. When purchasing new machines, fuel efficiency and mowing quality are leading criteria. The use of fuel and electricity are recorded annually.

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 (Litres) 16913 23372 23067
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 200 200 200
Natural Gas (Litres) 47416 61600
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 739888 671561 468455
Petrol (Litres) 6851 6950 6836
Propane / Butane (Litres) 4850 4840
Wood from unsustainable sources 2000 2000

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply The Dutch will create a purchasing policy that also contains criteria on energy purchases
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels The purchase and installation of solar panels has been reviewed in 2013. During the next three years, the Dutch will review the investments for solat panels once more.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles We use golf carts and several walking mowers are powered electricaly
Energy purchases The Dutch will create a purchasing policy that also contains criteria on energy purchases
New machines The selection of new machines is decided by the most fuel efficient model that has a low emission of noise and exhaust gasses

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems The club house was recently build is provided with all modern appliances such as good insulation, and modern hardware for the kitchen.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration The building is kept at a comfortable temparature using modern thermostats and the use of the the fireplaces in the different rooms.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities Windows and door can be opened to let in fresh air. The indoor temperature is adjusted to be comfortable in both the winter and summer.
Upgrading of building insulation The golf pavilion is insulated according the latest standards.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) The restaurant and others rooms in the clubhouse have large windows that allow natural light to enter the building.
Installation of low-energy lighting In 2013, led-lights have been installed in the souterrain, kitchen and on the outside of the souterrain.
Transition to energy efficient appliances The appliances are modern but will be replaced once a good investment can be made in order to save on the use of energy.
Educating staff and customers Hardware and lighting is switches off when rooms are not in use and at the end of the day.
Saving plan The saving plan will be updated and translated to a multiannual plan

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 75% 46%
Diesel 100% 54%
Grid Electric 25%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 17%
Diesel 100%
Grid Electric 83%

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

Activity Description
Group transportation (e.g. buses) During the KLM Open, group transportation will be provided for guests in order to get guests from the parking lots nearby to the golf course.
Secure cycle parking Personnel can park their bikes at the personnel entrance of the club house.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables The location of The Dutch is not close to any bus stops. Most guests, both national and international will want to visit The Dutch by car.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) There is plenty of room for storing bags and golf clubs
Staff showers These are present in the maintenance facility and the newly build part of the club house.

Supply Chain

The Dutch strives for a high level of quality in the products that are used in the kitchen of the restaurant, but also in the raw materials that are used in the daily maintenance of the golf course. Quality is the leading criteria.
The bunker sand needs to have a certain colour differential and only chemical products that are permitted by law are used to control and reduce fungi and weeds.
In order to prepare for new changes in the law and regulations and to be a modern representation of golf course management towards the public, the use of chemical products and fertilizers is reduced as much as possible. The superintendent is specialized in the maintenance of the grass species that are present on the golf course. Using additional chemical products is only done after consultation with both the superintendent and director of golf.
Usage numbers of fertilizers and chemical products are recorded by the greenkeeping.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source The Dutch has the intention to implement a purchasing policy for the preferences of products during the next three years. As long as the quality of the products is maintained the purchasing policy will be used when ordering supplies.
Use of local suppliers The Dutch has the intention to implement a purchasing policy for the preferences of products during the next three years. As long as the quality of the products is maintained the purchasing policy will be used when ordering supplies.
Use of local products The Dutch has the intention to implement a purchasing policy for the preferences of products during the next three years. As long as the quality of the products is maintained the purchasing policy will be used when ordering supplies.
Selection of certified products All products used on the golf course have to be certified and permitted according to the Dutch law.
Use of recycled and recyclable products This will have to be discussed with the suppliers of the products but will be taken into consideration when implementing the purchasing policy.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Part of the packaging material can be used again or serve as raw material.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) The quality of the products for the golf course has to be guarenteed. This is why only certified and high quality products are purchased to use for the maintenance of the golf course.

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
Retail 1 1
Trade & Contractors 11 8 3
Maintenance Equipment 12 5 7
Course Supplies 7 1 6

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses The grasses used are accustomed to the soil and moisture levels which makes them more resistant against plagues and diseases.
Managing stress and wear This happens during the daily maintenance and changing the pin positions and holes.
Enhancement of soil structure This happens in accordance with the maintenance plan and is registered to keep track on the additional maintenace which is executed. The results of the maintenance are reviewed by the superintendent.
Optimization of the growing environment This happens in accordance with the maintenance plan and is registered
Managing thatch levels This happens in accordance with the maintenance plan and is registered. The results of the maintenance are reviewed by the superintendent.
Managing surface moisture This is done visually and with a soil moisture metre. The superintendent has many years of experience with these grass species and monitors the development of the plants.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease The greenkeeping has a working procedure on how to act when diseases should appear. The superintendent has many years of experience with these grass species and monitors the development of the plants.
Scouting for pests and diseases This happens during the daily maintenance. Should pest or dissease appear, the greenkeeping will use working protocols to take the next steps to improve the health of the grass plant and the soil.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health This happens during the daily maintenance. The superintendent has many years of experience with these grass species and monitors the development of the plants.

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 85 111 114
Fairways - N - Inorganic 128 123 130
Fairways - P - Inorganic 20 19 30
Greens - K - Inorganic 217 230 130
Greens - K - Organic 24 46 44
Greens - N - Inorganic 169 135 107
Greens - N - Organic 18 34 35
Greens - P - Inorganic 97 76 68
Greens - P - Organic 10 19 23
Rough - K - Inorganic 70 88 60
Rough - N - Inorganic 103 103 93
Rough - P - Inorganic 18 17 15
Tees - K - Inorganic 131 234 233
Tees - K - Organic 14 59 58
Tees - N - Inorganic 102 108 120
Tees - N - Organic 11 22 30
Tees - P - Inorganic 14 14 43
Tees - P - Organic 1 4 11

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 34 35 30
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 1

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products The use of fertilizers and plant protection products will only be done in accordance with legal regulations and will be recorded in the environmental care plan. Should pest or dissease appear, the greenkeeping will use working protocols to take the next steps to improve the health of the grass plant and the soil.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases The use of fertilizers and plant protection products will only be done in accordance with legal regulations and will be recorded in the environmental care plan. Should pest or dissease appear, the greenkeeping will use working protocols to take the next steps to improve the health of the grass plant and the soil.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Plant protection products are only used spot wise. Should pest or dissease appear, the greenkeeping will use working protocols to take the next steps to improve the health of the grass plant and the soil.
Calibration and testing of sprayers One of the greenkeepers is in charge of this. All hardware is maintained regularly to keep it in good condition and to prevent spillage.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles One of the greenkeepers is in charge of this. All hardware is maintained regularly to keep it in good condition and to prevent spillage.
Non-chemical weed control Weeds will be removed by hand as much as possible or only treated spot-wise.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. The Dutch uses organic fertilizers which have a positive effect on both the grass plant and the soil life to optimize the soil levels.
Working procedure The Dutch uses a working procedure to decide on the moment and amount of fertilization and use of plant protection products. The use of plant protection products will be a decision of both the superintendent and the director of golf.

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 false true false
Aluminium false true false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings false true false false
Cores & Turf true true false false
Sand true false false false
Wood / Timber true true false false

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials As much waste streams as possible are separated. In the environmental care plan The Dutch has stated to minimise the amounts of waste where possible.
Establishment of recycling centers Where possible, waste is recycled, such as wood and cores and turf
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways The Dutch will look for locations where grass clipping can be left after mowing without enriching the soil with nutrients.
Education of staff and customer education The Dutch wishes to discuss with the suppliers which products can be used with a minimal amount of packaging material.

Pollution Control

When the golf course was constructed, an extensive environmental impact statement was created in which the impact of the golf course on the living environment and nature was measured. During the construction of the golf course, the site was under constant supervision in order to prevent pollution of the environment. All accommodations are built according to the legal regulations. The Dutch has qualified personnel that know how to prevent pollution. The greenkeepers are working diligently with the natural elements and prevent any chemical products from spilling to the surface water by only applying these products with spot treatment.
The waste water from both the restaurant and the washing pad is filtered in an oil separator before it discharges to the main sewers.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Detention Pond
Clubhouse Mains Sewer
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer
Wash Pad Via Oil Separator

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 false
Pesticide Containers true false
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 Plant protection products and other hazardours products are stored in special and separate cupboards that have the correct signage placed. Only authotized personnel may work with these products.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas This is done in the maintenance facility on impervious floors.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas This is done in the maintenance facility to prevent spilling.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces This is done in the maintenance facility on impervious floors.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks Diesel is supplied by trucks in a double walled tank with anti-leakage collectors and are provided with the Kiwa quality certificate.
Other fuels are supplied in cans or smaller containers and stored on special leak collectors in fire proof locations.

Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel In a double walled tank with anti-leakage collectors and are provided with the Kiwa quality certificate.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Leakages can appear when working with fuels or oil. When this happens, the greenkeeping will use absorption materials as quick as they can.

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 This is part of the schooling of the greenkeeping, only schooled personnel is hired to do maintain the golf course.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Only when the weather is right, fertilizers and chemical products will be used. Around water features no products are used.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan This is part of the schooling of the greenkeeping, only schooled personnel is hired to do maintain the golf course. When spillage should occur the greenkeeping knows how to act.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge Around water features, lighter machines are used to prevent erosion.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones When using plant protection products all necessary actions are taken to prevent pollution of surface waters, like no spraying zones.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off Around water features no products are used.

Community

During the construction of The Dutch, multiple parties and organizations were involved. With a part of these parties The Dutch still has regular contact and consultations. The local water regulatory authority and nature management organizations, like Staatsbosbeheer, are among these relations.
All personnel are trained in order to provide a high working quality standard. When attracting new personnel The Dutch pays attention to the experience that applicants have.
The golf club uses their website to communicate the status of the golf course and when major maintenance is executed. The golf club consults the water regulatory authority on the maintenance of the water features. In 2016 to 2018 The Dutch will host the KLM Open, the biggest golf competition in the Netherlands.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 5 1
Course Management 14 1
Food & Beverage 6 15
Golf Coaching 1
Retail & Leisure 1
Other 7 61

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Annually, refresher courses are offered to the personnel on this subject. The Dutch wishes to provide refresher courses on a regular base to keep the quality of work as high a possible.
Efficient water management Annually, refresher courses are offered to the personnel on this subject. The Dutch wishes to provide refresher courses on a regular base to keep the quality of work as high a possible.
Management of accidents and emergencies Annually, refresher courses are offered to the personnel on this subject. The Dutch wishes to provide refresher courses on a regular base to keep the quality of work as high a possible.
Management of habitats and vegetation Annually, refresher courses are offered to the personnel on this subject. The Dutch wishes to provide refresher courses on a regular base to keep the quality of work as high a possible.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling This will be done by both the personnel and the suppliers.
Health & Safety Annually, refresher courses are offered to the personnel on this subject. The Dutch wishes to provide refresher courses on a regular base to keep the quality of work as high a possible.
Energy Saving Annually, refresher courses are offered to the personnel on this subject. The Dutch wishes to provide refresher courses on a regular base to keep the quality of work as high a possible.
Environmental management planning Annually, refresher courses are offered to the personnel

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours The Dutch notifies neighbours when an event with fireworks takes place (in case of scared horses or livestock) on the golf course or when an event takes place that will increase the traffic.

The Dutch brengt alle buren op de hoogte brengen indien we een evenement op de golfbaan hebben met vuurwerk (ivm met het aanwezig vee en paarden) of indien er een evenement plaatsvindt waarbij de verkeersdrukte groter is dan normaal.
Local Government Water regulation authority 'Rivierenland' is involved for the ground water levels.
Local Environmental Groups Staatsbosbeheer and the association for the preservation of the Lingelandschap and in preparation of the KLM Open.
Local Community Groups The Dutch takes part in local meetings. These meetings take place in preparation for the KLM Open tournament but can also be hosted to increase the involvement of local entrepreneurs.
Media When a big event is organised, the local and national media will be approached.
Local Businesses Oranjewoud during the construction of the golf course.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths The walking route over the Oude Kweldijk is maintained by the Dutch in cooperation with Staatsbosbeheer.
Creation of new paths and nature trails The walking route over the Oude Kweldijk will be improved in cooperation with Staatsbosbeheer.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage At the entrance signs are placed that welcome visitors to the golf course.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) This is not possible due to the exclusive nature of the golf club.

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

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage:

  • NLadviseurs for the Oude Kweldijk
  • Staatsbosbeheer for the Oude Kweldijk

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to conserve cultural heritage features:

Activity Description
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) The Oude Kweldijk is a historic feature that is preserved by The Dutch

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display The Dutch has different memberships that provide services for club members.
Members evenings and course walks The Dutch has different memberships that provide services for club members.
Course guides / brochures The Dutch has a course guide, different brochures for the membershops, an information booklet, a year planner with events and a magazine that is published four times a year
Interpretation panels & course signage Course signage is used to welcome guests on the golf course.
Establishment of a nature trail The Oude Kweldijk is used by hikers and cyclists and is part of the ecological corridor around the golf course.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures The website describes the characterics of the golf course
Joint practical projects with community We have an annual event called the 'Divot Kids' in which children from local schoolcommunities come and help the greenkeepers around with repairing divots. During thse activities they get a lesson in English by our foreign greenkeepers. This has been a succesful event for the past three years.

The Dutch werkt samen met een scholengemeenschap via Stichting Logos. Leerlingen helpen het greenkeeping team met het repareren van divots en onderwijl krijgen ze Engelse les van onze buitenlandse greenkeepers