Wassenaarse Golfclub Rozenstein

GEO Certified® 05/2016
Wassenaar,
Netherlands
Telephone: 00 31 70 5117846
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On the north-western flank of the Wassenaar village, dead south of the N411 motorway, lies the golf range of the Wassenaarse Golf club Rozenstein (WGR): an 18-hole course with practice track, pro-shop and club house. The land is largely owned by the club itself; a small area is held in leasehold (lease until 2038). The course has been constructed by Gerard Jol over two phases, on a relatively modest surface area of 46 hectares. The South course (1984) is the oldest part and has a parkland course feel, while the North course (1993) has some char…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Main course (South) (9 holes, 2933 metres, year opened 1986)
Main course (North) (9 holes, 2819 metres, year opened 1993)
Pitch & put (6 holes, 346 metres, year opened 1986)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Halfway House(s)
1 Other
4 Other

Nature

WGR is located in a protected green zone on the outer fringes of Wassenaar village, touching on one side the farm to which it owes its name and original first nine holes. The farmhouse - not owned by the Club - is a listed building. To the West and North, the course borders a nature reserve (Natura 2000, original "dune-scape", AONB) and mixed farmland. From the golf course one has far-reaching views over the dunes and, in season, over spectacular fields of daffodils and tulips. The "south course" has a parkland character with mature trees, shrubbery, woodland and undulating fairways and greens; the newer "north course" has features of a links course. Water is never far away anywhere on the course. WGR takes pride in the diversity of flora and fauna, some rare orchids and birds among them. As part of its sustainability effort, WGR undertakes through a multi year plan to strengthen and broaden the biodiversity of the course.

Consultation & Surveys

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

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

Title Author Date View document
Quality scan Jol Golf Design 2009/12/01

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

  • NLadviseurs

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

Title Author Date View document
Ontwikkeling Flora en Fauna Rozenstein over de laatste 5 jaar Floris Vogelaar 2015/06/20 Download
NGF Birdwatching day 2015 2015/04/26 Download
Inventory trees and shrubs 2015/09/01 Download
Birdcount cumulative up to 15 april 2016 2016/04/15 Download
Flora inventory 2016/03/15 Download
Oppervlakte verdeling Extract uit het GIS systeem 2016/05/14 Download
Waterbalans golfbaan en polder A.B.Wagter Lid CtG 2016/05/12

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

Local name Scientific name
Brede wespenorchis Epipactis helleborine
Zwanenbloem Bitomus umbellatus
Parnassia Parnassia polustris
Moeraswespen orchis Epipactis palustris
Riet Orchis Dactylorhiza Praetermissa

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

Local name Scientific name
Brede wespenorchis Epipactis helleborine
Moeraswespen orchis Epipactis palustris
Riet Orchis Dactylorhiza Praetermissa
IJsvogel Alcedo atthis
Krakeend Anas strepera
Groene specht Picus viridis

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Parkland South course Jol Golf Design
Links features North course Jol Golf Design

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Atrificial 1.2 Self Appointed
Bunkers 0.5 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 0.6 Self Appointed
Non Native Plantation Woodland 4.5 Self Appointed
Foregreen 0.87 Self Appointed
Total rough 18.55 Self Appointed
Open Water Features 6.46 Self Appointed
Driving range 0.97 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.12 Hectares Festuca rubra 80%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 20%
Tees 0.72 Hectares Festuca rubra 80%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 20%
Fairways 9.52 Hectares Festuca rubra 60%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 30%
Semi Rough 2.3 Hectares Festuca rubra 80%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
WGR uses mainly Fesuca rubra (roodzwenk) en Agrostis Capillaris (struis). In the NL, these are the most commonly used varieties of turfgrass and best suited to the local weather and soil conditions.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 years

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

  • David Stansfield
  • Gerard Jol, Jol Golf Design

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 Clear policies are outlined in the Course Management Plan (Baanbeheer Plan), which is annexed to the GEO certification document.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough The Course Management Plan (see above) identifies species of turfgrass for tees, fairways and greens, and suitable, more naturalized grass for semi-rough and rough.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces The benefits are presented during meetings, on the website an through newsletters.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance The benefits are presented during meetings, on the website an through newsletters.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces The benefits are presented during meetings, on the website an through newsletters.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Through careful choice of suitable trees, shrubs, plants, flowers and careful mowing practices allowing course vegetation, including protected species, to complete their annual cycle.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Mowing lines follow as much as possible the natural contours of the course.
Protection and restoration of historic features N.A.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture On-course signage is limited to the usual tee box hole map with yardage and features. Along the length of the hole, yardage indicators are placed on the fairway at ground level; 150 yards mark is also indicated by an unpainted wooden stake.
Conservation of specimen trees The sustainability plan includes a Tree management plan, including an inventory, valuation and a gradual replacement scheme of existing trees and the introduction of more indigenous varieties .
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features N.A.

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 Through minimising moisture/irrigation and fertilisation.
Increasing the size of habitat patches Habitat patches are an integral part of the course design, taking into account the compact surface area of the golf course.
Connection of internal habitat patches Included in the course design.
Connection of patches with external habitats This is possible where the course adjoins neighbouring farmland.
Creation of habitat corridors See above.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation This is not applicable to the course and neighbouring farmland. On two sides, the golfcourse is intersected by public roads.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges Work in progress as part of the Course Management Plan. The recent birdbox initiative proved a great success. Nesting facilities were extended to include bats and insects.

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 Mowing policy for habitat areas is part of the Course Management Plan. Woodlands and shrubbery cater to the requirements of a variety of animals and insects.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation This is an integral part of the Course Management Plan.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands This is an integral part of the Course Management Plan and the Tree Management Plan.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas This is an integral part of the Course Management Plan.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation This is an integral part of the Course Management Plan and particularly important to the WGR which boasts ample water features, approx. 6 hectares.
Naturalization of linear habitats These are a feature of the golf course.

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 The Club takes pride in the biodiversity of the golf course. Existing nesting facilities have been enhanced recently through the very successful nest box initiative. Besides providing additional nesting for a wide variety of birds, the facilities have been extended to include bats and insects.
Installation of nest boxes See above. The new nest boxes have been installed in time for the nesting season 2016.
Provision of feeding tables Feeding tables are placed at intervals outside the clubhouse.
Control / management of alien species As and when required, including selected culling.
Provision of hibernation areas See nest boxes.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Micro habitats like log piles, shrubbery and woodland are present and maintained with a view to hosting a variety of species of plants and animals. Recently, two so called "insect hotels" have been added to the range. See also above.

Water

Water supply at WGR.

1. Potable water supply is provided by the Dunea water company. The use is limited to the clubhouse, sanitary facilities, restaurant, pro shop,
outbuildings and the drinking water point on the course.
2. Deep well with depth of 35.00 m is used for sprinkling of the greens tee boxes and for machine cleaning. No irrigation is used for the fairways.
3. The on-course toilet facilities use groundwater from a shallow well of 6.00 m .

Provisions for efficient water management include sensor taps in changing rooms and toilets, and water saving equipment and appliances in the kitchen. WGR follows closely developments in the field of water conservation which, if economically feasible, will be adopted.

In consultation with “Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland" (local waterboard) a full inventory will be made of all external sources which affect water quality in the polder in which the golf course is located. Depending on the results of this study, measures will be proposed to improve the water quality with special attention to eutrophication.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
OW0132 Hoogheemraadschap Rijnland 2015/09/28 Download
Bronwatertest (beregening) Relab Den Haan 2008/03/21 Download

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% 869 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Groundwater 15,600 Cubic Metres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 892 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 16,000 Cubic Metres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 769 Cubic Metres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Tees Daily in season
Fairways Never
Semi-Rough Never
Rough Never

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 6 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 WGR uses mainly Fesuca rubra (roodzwenk) en Agrostis Capillaris (struis). In the NL, these are the most commonly used varieties of turfgrass and best suited to the local weather and soil conditions.
Soil decompaction and thatch management The club monitors soil water content with a view to minimizing irrigation and improving turf quality..
Decompaction of tees, fairways and greens by various means of aeration.
Timing and dose of water application Depends on circumstances, mostly in the mornings and evenings to prevent unnecessary loss of water through evaporation. Moisture content of greens is frequently checked.
Analysis of soil moisture Analysis of soil moisture takes place regularly.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Club maintenance takes meteorological data into account.
Use of wetting agents Yes, in periods of drought to maximise water absorption and to minimise irrigation.
Overall reduction in irrigated area In accordance with WGR's irrigation policy, only greens and tees are irrigated. In extreme circumstances parts of the fairways may be irrigated.
Targeting of sprinkler heads Regularly adjusted and calibrated.
Optimizing system pressure Automatic pressure control. Application time is set by computer, based on pressure and nozzle capacity.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology N.A.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Present.
Use of water efficient appliances Where feasible sensor taps have been installed.
Use of efficient shower technology Timer taps have been installed.
Repairing leaks Club installations are supervised by the Technical Committee, and defects reported and repaired. Members are asked to report possible defects.
Water awareness signage WGR makes use of water saving taps and appliances.

Energy

• Gas is used for heating of the clubhouse, workshop and kitchen. High efficiency heaters are used for heating of those buildings.
• Electricity is used for lighting and all equipment related to clubhouse and workshop. In addition electricity is used for the pump required for the water supply for irrigation and electrical equipment in the halfway shed which includes frost prevention in the winter period. Together with a number of other golf clubs, the WGR has a contract with a certified supplier of sustainable energy in the framework of the Main Energy Programme.
• Diesel is used for the greenkeepers equipment for maintenance of the golf course.

The majority of the light fixtures have been replaced by led type fixtures to reduce energy.
In order to reduce energy, the lighting of the driving range can be switched of in the clubhouse when not in use. Those fixtures are not yet changed to led type but on a regular base the research will be done on the marked if an upgrade is feasible.
Upgrading of those fixtures to led type lightning will performed when new developments replacement on a technical and economic base can be justified.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 147574 146227 171175

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

2015 2014 2013
Diesel (Cubic Metres) 12.5 12.0 12.5
Hydraulic Oil (Cubic Metres) 0.06 0.05 0.05
Natural Gas (Cubic Metres) 20470 28954 20650
Petrol (Cubic Metres) 2.27

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply WGR has a contract with the so called Main Energy Programme, which supplies green energy to a large number of golfclubs in the NL.
Installation of small scale wind turbine N.A.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels The installation of solar panels is scheduled for 2016. The expected capacity of the first phase installation is 30000 kWh, which is approximately 25 % of the total consumption.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources N.A.
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) N.A.
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol N.A.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles All buggies, including the marshall buggy and the Toro workman (maintenance) in use on the golf course are driven by electric power.
Use of recycled oils N.A.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems A feasibility study for the installation of a heat exchanger in the ventilation system in the restaurant.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Monitored and adjusted on a regular basis, special attention to this subject is given at season changes.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities Sufficient natural ventilation opportunities exist.
Upgrading of building insulation Club house has been extensively renovated in 2009/2010. Newly constructed workshop incorporates latest insulation technology.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) Natural light is available throughout clubhouse.
Installation of low-energy lighting Led lighting has been installed where possible.
Use of motion sensor lighting Yes, where feasible.
Transition to energy efficient appliances WGR has installed high efficiency heating system in clubhouse and workshop.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Yes, for heating and lighting.
Educating staff and customers Work in progress.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 15% 100% 13%
Diesel 77%
Grid Electric 88%
Hybrid 8%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Grid Electric 100%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives Car sharing initiatives are popular in the Netherlands. Car sharing is common practice, e.g. during golf competition.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) When group transportation is required buses can easily be arranged. Car sharing is common practice during golf competition.
Secure cycle parking Yes.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables All staff members are aware of the possibilities of public transport, however most of them are living in the neighbourhood of the golf course and will use a bicycle.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) Ample equipment storage facilities exist.
Staff showers Present.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling Cycling is the predominant means of (local) transportation in the Netherlands.
Promotion of walk to work campaigns Sufficient awareness exists.

Supply Chain

Overview of products and services: besides water and energy, all necessary products and services related to clubhouse and to course operations, ranging from secretarial requirements, cleaning materials, kitchen provisions, course management machinery, including lubricants etc.The Beleidsplan/Policyplan 2015 -2020 identifies responsible (procurement of) material and resource use as a priority; the various actions are explained in detail in the relevant chapters of the GEO application report and related GEO website questionnaires. Summary: local sourcing of goods and services for the club facilities - clubhouse and course - is starting point, followed by separation of recyclable materials, safe collection of oil products in grease traps and disposal through certified contractors, Toxic materials and fuel are kept in purpose built containers and sheds. Waste from the course is kept in a special area and either re-used or collected by specialized contractors. Provisions for efficient water management include sensor/timer taps in changing rooms and toilets and water saving equipment and appliances in the kitchen. Energy saving measures include LED lighting, energy saving equipment and appliances in the kitchen. Solar panels are due to be installed in the course of 2016 and will provide approx. 25 % of the energy requirements of the WGR.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source See above. Recyclable materials are collected separately (oil and lubricants, organic waste, paper, glass and plastics) and collected/processed by certified contractors.
Use of local suppliers The above mentioned Policy Document 2015-2020 contains guidelines for the sustainable management of club operations - clubhouse and course - a.o. the local sourcing of goods and services.
Use of local products Where possible, the Club will use local products. Surrounded by bulb/flower growers, the clubhouse and grounds showcase a wide variety of flowers.
Selection of certified products Where possible.
Use of recycled and recyclable products Where possible.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Where possible, the club will source products with minimal packaging, e.g. crated vegetables.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Where possible.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Kilometres Total number of suppliers within 100 Kilometres
Food & Beverage 6 6
Catering Supplies 2 2
Trade & Contractors 6 4 2
Maintenance Equipment 2 2
Course Supplies 10 5 5

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses WGR uses mainly Fesuca rubra (roodzwenk) en Agrostis Capillaris (struis). In the NL, these are the most commonly used varieties of turfgrass and best suited to the local weather and soil conditions, i.e. irrigation and fertilisation.
Managing stress and wear Through mowing procedure and regularly changing footpaths.
Enhancement of soil structure Through the addition of calcium and vertical aeration.
Optimization of the growing environment Through the application of wetting agents in dry periods.
Managing thatch levels Through aeration. application of sand and vertical mowing.
Managing surface moisture By managing thatch levels.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Through careful/limited use of water and fertiliser and a balanced turfgrass management.
Scouting for pests and diseases Done on a daily basis.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Twice yearly checks by agronomist David Stansfield who produces a report on his findings; regular checks by the greemkeepers; the collection of soil samples once a year.

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 32.0 30.0 30.0
Fairways - K - Organic 4.5 4.5 4.5
Fairways - N - Inorganic 73.1 60.0 60.0
Fairways - N - Organic 4.0 4.0 4.0
Fairways - P - Inorganic 8.0 7.50 7.5
Fairways - P - Organic 2.5 2.5 2.5
Greens - K - Inorganic 52.0 129.0 129.0
Greens - N - Inorganic 147.0 140.0 140.0
Greens - P - Inorganic 0.0 7.0 7.0
Tees - K - Inorganic 120.0 120.0 135.0
Tees - N - Inorganic 156.0 156.0 171.0
Tees - P - Inorganic 30.0 30.0 38.0

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 22.5 28.0 28.04
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 5 3 4
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 6.5
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 3
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 1.15
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 4
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 0.81
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products Selection is based on legally approved products. In the Netherlands very strict legislation applies.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases See above.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Where applicable.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Before use.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Latest technology is used.
Non-chemical weed control Greens and fore greens done by hand.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. Localised use of organic fertiliser.

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 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 See above.
Establishment of recycling centers Separate collection and recycling of solid and organic materials is common throughout the Netherlands. Recycling centres may be organised by local governments and/or certified contractors.
Education of staff and customer education See above: separate collection and recycling of solid and organic materials is common throughout the Netherlands.
Waste awareness campaigns See above: separate collection and recycling of solid and organic materials is common throughout the Netherlands.

Pollution Control

Minimal and controlled use of pesticides and dangerous substances (diesel) , careful and controlled use of water and energy, separate collection of glass, paper, plastic etc. See relevant chapters for detail.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

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 Via Oil Separator Yes

Hazardous Materials

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

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents true false
Cooking Oils true false
Lubricants true false
Pesticide Containers true false
Fertiliser Bags true false
Oil Filters true false
Batteries true false

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 Present practice.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Present practice.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Present practice.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Present practice.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Present practice.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Present practice.

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 A.o. minimum quantities are used when applying turf inputs.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Present practice, e.g. reeds and mixed rough.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge Sediment is collected and re-used.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones At present: rough, semi rough and eco zones.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off N.A.

Community

Committed to Green and sustainability is by its very nature a community affair, involving central and local government, specialized organisations, community groups and interested individuals. A golf club as a large landowner/user, necessarily, has dealings with all other stakeholders. WGR is aware of the special significance of its golf course in a green zone in a densely populated area of the country. The existing green spaces are jealously protected, and the golf course and surrounding land is subject to (inter-)national, provincial and local legislation. In this context, the Club is committed to cooperating with the local authorities and other relevant organisations and interested parties in achieving the goals of the municipal rural area plan (Bestemmingsplan Landelijk Gebied 2015) which aims to safeguard the nature, landscapes and cultural heritage which are not part of Natura 2000. In turn, the Club is recognized as a valid partner in discussions at local government level about the future use of land bordering the golf course. As a member of the local community, the WGR aspires to be a valuable partner to its immediate neighbours. At club level, people and purpose come together in a range of related activities.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 2
Course Management 7
Food & Beverage 4 4
Golf Coaching 2
Retail & Leisure 2

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

  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist
  • Management Board- Member responsible for GEO

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Employees receive training in the responsible use, storage and disposal of pesticides. See also under Environment.
Efficient water management Clubhouse and adjacent buildings are connected to municipal water supply system. Sensor taps have been installed in changing rooms and toilets. Kitchen relies increasingly on water saving equipment and appliances.
Management of accidents and emergencies Selected staff and marshals receive First Aid training and regular refresher courses. Results are positive as recent emergencies have shown. Experience used to improve performance and to facilitate access of ambulance teams to club and course. Log is kept to register emergencies and action taken.
Management of habitats and vegetation Sustainability working group has drawn up a multiyear tree management plan and related GIS tracking programme. Club experts have completed a flora and fauna inventory for future monitoring and action.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Liquid waste from kitchen and maintenance facilities is collected in special grease and oil traps and collected/processed by specialized firm. Organic waste from course and kitchen, paper, glass and plastic is collected separately and removed by certified contractor. Selected course waste is reused
Health & Safety See also Accidents and Emergencies. Selected staff receive training and refresher courses in fire prevention/control and First Aid. Necessary equipment – fire extinguishers, First Aid kits and AED defibrillator – is available, certified and regularly tested.
Energy Saving LED lighting progressively installed throughout club facilities. Energy timers installed where feasible. Energy saving equipment and appliances used in kitchen. Solar panels to be installed in course 2016 will provide approx. 25% of energy needs.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Tree Plan uses selected species indigenous to coastal area and suitable for soil conditions. Course, clubhouse and outbuildings are part of a protected green and heritage zone just inland from sea, dunes and nature reserves. Building is strictly controlled by Local government regulations.
Environmental management planning This is extensively described in the Course management plan and annexes. Greenkeepers receive relevant training and refresher courses.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Club entertains close relations with immediate neighbours - previous owner of the land of the original first 9, 3 sports clubs and 2 allotments - and liaises with them on issues of mutual interest (parking, security, management of adjoining watercourses. These issues are discussed with authorities.
Local Government Club and LG maintain a constructive relationship and liaise on important issues, e.g. the future of the former Navy Airbase co-owned by two municipalities and bordering the course. LG supports club GEO/CtoG aspirations and has responded positively to a request by the club to obtain additional land.
Local Environmental Groups Club undertakes to involve local groups in flora and fauna registration and monitoring activities.
Local Community Groups Club has involved municipal social service facilities (social workshop) in its birdhouse project and wishes to engage such facilities in future activities.
Media Club maintains good relations with local newspaper which reports regularly on club activities, including recently on the solar panel project.
Local Businesses Club has given a fresh start to the monthly Business Club golf afternoon. Local businesses are involved in club activities as commercial suppliers, sponsors and as participants at golfing events.
Schools & Colleges NA.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths NA.
Creation of new paths and nature trails NA.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage NA.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) Club is keen to extend birdwatching meetings, e.g. on the occasion of national birdwatching day.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) NA.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities Club has a constructive relationship with its immediate neighbour, a local farmer who used to own the land of the original first 9 holes. Club and farm complement each other as attractive elements within the green zone.

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:

  • Wassenaar Municipal Council

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

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) Club owns some of the outbuildings of the original farm. While these buildings are not listed, the farmhouse (not owned by the club) is listed as part of the “cultural identity” of Wassenaar municipality. Farm and club grounds belong to an “area of special significance” for nature and recreation.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) The area is known to have been settled since the new Stone Age with some remains – Roman Road – and occasional findings as witnesses of its ancient past. Club grounds have thus far not yielded any archaeological finds.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) Intensive farming has erased the original features of the landscape. The adjacent coastal nature reserves (AONBs) retain the original topography.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display GEO/CtoG news is distributed through regular Newsletters, articles in the Club Magazine and posterdisplay.
Members evenings and course walks GEO/CtoG news is a permanent item on the agenda of the General meeting.
Interpretation panels & course signage On course signage is limited to the usual tee box hole map with yardage and features.
Establishment of a nature trail N.A.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures GEO/CtoG news is disseminated through the website, newsletters and the local press.
Supporting campaigns The Club has organized flora and fauna monitoring and inventory walks.
Course walks / open days Course walks may be organized as part of the annual birdwatching day.
Attending community meetings Club participates in various fora with private parties/stakeholders and local government representatives.
Joint practical projects with community See nestbox project which involved the Social Workshop of Alphen a/d Rijn.