Rijswijkse Golf Club

GEO Certified® 06/2012 GEO Re-Certified 02/2016
Rijswijk,
Netherlands
Telephone: +3170 3954864
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On 16 July I carried out a re-audit of the Rijswijkse Golfclub. The audit consisted of examining documents which were made available, a meeting with those responsible for GEO and an inspection of the premises. In order to embed the sustainable use of the golf course, the Rijswijkse Golfclub has, in the last three years, made progress in each of the six areas identified by the GEO organisation. In general, the GEO committee made a good impression on me. The Rijswijkse Golfclub has put a lot of effort with considerable enthusiasm into sustainabil…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Championship Course (18 holes, 6556 metres, year opened 1989)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Other

Nature

The course of the Rijswijkse Golf Club was constructed in 1988 in the south-eastern part of the Municipality of Rijswijk. In the Middle Ages, a knight’s homestead, Craayennest, was situated here and around 1736 the estate ‘Craayenburgh. The golf course consists largely of water, grasslands and planted areas. The connection with a large recreational area and ecological zone offers a substantial potential for various sorts of animals. The soil, which primarily consists of clay, has less potential for very rare plants, but can house a large variety of sorts.
The location of the Rijswijkse Golfclub is special and of great natural value. The enormous urban pressure on the environment means that the golf course, together with nearby parks, becomes a green buffer zone that can guarantee natural quality.
The golf course has reed beds, plant areas on a bank with a well-developed shrub layer and a number of small pools. Various stock takes have been carried out on the course to chart the flora and fauna. Special sightings include the caterpillar of the Chamomile Shark Moth, the Eurasian Woodcock, the Kingfisher, the Cuckoo and the Southern Marsh Orchid.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • NLadviseurs
  • Vlinderstichting (Butterfly Foundation)
  • Hoogheemraadschap (water authority)

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

Title Author Date View document
Natuurbeheerplan Rijswijkse Golfclub NLadviseurs 2012/02/15

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

  • NLadviseurs
  • Butterfly Foundation (Vlinderstichting)
  • Vleermuiswerkgroep Rijswijk

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

Title Author Date View document
Summer field count: plants Coen Knotters 2015/05/11
Summer field count: mammals Local bat specialist 2015/04/01
Summer field count: amphibians Coen Knotters 2015/05/11
Summer field count: butterflies and dragonflies Coen Knotters 2015/05/11
Summer field count: fish Coen Knotters 2015/05/11
Birdwathcingday 2015 Golfclub 2015/04/25

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

Local name Scientific name
Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola
Chamomile Shark Moth Cucullia chamomillae
Wall brown Lasiommata megera
Southern Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza majalis subsp. praetermissa
Broad-leaved Helleborine Ornithogalum umbellatum
grass lily Ornithogalum umbellatum
wild teasel Dipsacus fullonum
summer snowflake Leucojum aestivum
European bitterling Rhodeus amarus
Edible frog Pelophylax kl. Esculentus
Smooth newt Lissotriton vulgaris
Hare Lepus europaeus

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

Local name Scientific name
Southern Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza majalis subsp. praetermissa
Broad -leaved Helleborine Epactis Helleborine
grass lily Ornithogalum umbellatum
wild teasel Dipsacus fullonum
summer snowflake Leucojum aestivum
European bitterling Rhodeus amarus
Edible frog Pelophylax kl. Esculentus
Smooth newt Lissotriton vulgaris
Hare Lepus europaeus

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Concrete bunker self appointed – MOD facility
Green buffer zone self appointed and designated by the province as urban green

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 6.67 acres Self Appointed
Scrub Vegetation 0.49 acres Self Appointed
Native Woodland 12.05 acres Self Appointed
Open Water Features 9.6 acres Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 0.99 Hectares Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 80%
Festuca rubra 15%
Tees 0.58 Hectares Lolium perenne 80%
Poa pratensis 15%
Fairways 8.4 Hectares Poa pratensis 30%
Lolium perenne 50%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
On the golf course grasses are used which require less water and are less susceptible to diseases and fungi.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 years

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

  • IPC Groene Ruimte
  • Lawn Care - Jan van Monfrans

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 head greenkeeper monitors daily whether additional irrigation or fertilisation is required. He is also responsible for the cutting heights and mowing frequency.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours The grass cutting lines run parallel to the shape of the holes which allows for visibility of raised areas in the terrain.
Protection and restoration of historic features The concrete bunker is maintained to make it accessible for bats.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Signs, benches, shelters are maintained. The hole signs have been placed in such a way that they are not in the line of sight.
Conservation of specimen trees Ornamental and notable trees are conserved and, where necessary, planted around the clubhouse.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features The greenkeepers hut is located behind a bank covered with trees and shrubs. Fences designated to catch golf balls have a black or green colour and have been constructed, where possible, out of sight.

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

Activity Description
Minimizing the amount of amenity grass The area of mowed grass is kept at a minimum. Because of the nutriënt rich soil, it is not always possible to mow more extensive.
Increasing the size of habitat patches Locations where the rough can be extended are being identified and more natural banks are being created.
Connection of internal habitat patches The whole terrain is surrounded by a border of plants and shrubs. A large area of the rough borders a natural bank and/or planted area.
Connection of patches with external habitats Despite the urban location, the golf course is, through a line of trees along the Delftweg and the canal connected to the environment. To the south west there are two parks which are reasonably accessible to various groups of animals.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation The shrubs around the course are maintained, also as protection from the motorway.

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 More locations to create rough and extensively controlled grass land are being sought. The past years, we had sheeps grazing in the roughs. This resulted in a more diversified vegetation.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation struikvormers krijgen voorrang bij het beheer van de geluidswal. Shrubbery is given priority in the maintenance of the dividing bank/sound barrier.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands In a part of the planted areas there is some variation, in the degree of density as in the transition from playing elements to plant elements.
The major part of the tree varieties is indigenous by thining the woodlands selective and planting species indigenous to the area. This also provides for a spreading of different age groups.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas vijver hole 7 heeft glooiende oevers gekregen, vijvers bij hole 14 en 18 zijn voorzien van natuurlijke oevers. The pond of hole 7 now has sloping banks, the ponds of holes 14 and 18 now have natural banks.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Nearly half of the banks of the water areas consists of natural banks. These banks are extensively managed.
Increasing sort diversity The possibilities to improve the diversity of tree sorts are being investigated. In the long term, the current planted areas will be changed for a large part by introducing different varieties of indigenous deciduous trees.

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 presence of herbaceous vegetation, in particular in the surrounding plant areas is an important feeding source for insects.
Control / management of alien species Bij beheer aan de plantvakken krijgen inheemse boom en struiksoorten voorrang. In management of planted areas, indigenous trees and shrubs are given priority.
Provision of hibernation areas The concrete bunker is suitable for bats as a hibernation/resting place. Moisture levels of the bunker will be regulated to make it a more suitable place for bats to stay.

Water

In the clubhouse, tap water is used for the catering, changing rooms with showers, toilets and other water points. During the building of the new clubhouse of the Rijswijkse Golf Club, equipment to reduce water consumption was installed as much as possible.
A computer-controlled system is used for irrigation, as well as application in a location-oriented manner. Surface water is used for irrigation of the golf course. The necessary licenses have been obtained. The sprinklers have partly been substituted by sector sprinklers, in order to be able to better control the irrigation. The water storages are controlled by an irrigation computer. This system was recently replaced. The amount of water is determined by the measuring of the precipitation and from the experience of the head greenkeeper. The elements which are irrigated are: greens, foregreens and tees. If necessary, fairways may be irrigated manually by the use of reels.
Wetting agents are used in the summer months to reduce the application of water. In the short term, the cost of installing a meter to measure the use of irrigation water is being investigated.

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:

2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,340 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 4,920,000 Litres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,381 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 4,600,000 Litres
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,409 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 4,180,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Tees Daily in season

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 2 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 2 years

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

Activity Description
Soil decompaction and thatch management The head greenkeeper visually monitors soil compaction and the presence of thatch.
Timing and dose of water application The quantity of irrigation water is determined by measuring precipitation and by the experience of the head greenkeeper. When necessary, irrigation is carried out manually with the use of reels.
Analysis of soil moisture De aanschaf van een vochtmeter is besproken, er wordt nog onderzocht op welke locatie deze meter moet komen te staan. The purchase of a humidity meter has been discussed. The optimal location for the meter is still being investigated.
Use of wetting agents During the summer months, wetting agents are used to save water.
Overall reduction in irrigated area Only the grees and tees are irrigated
Targeting of sprinkler heads Section sprinklers have been placed in strategic positions in order to optimize irrigation.
Optimizing system pressure The irrigation system and computer have recently been replaced and optimised for the course.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology The sprinklers have recently been replaced by section sprinklers in order to better direct irrigation.
Minimising the area of irrigation The irrigated area is limited as much as possible.
sensor op sproeiers Sensor on sprinklers De sproeiers zijn voorzien van sensors. Zodra er boven een bepaalde hoeveelheid regen valt, schakelen de sproeiers uit. The sprinklers have sensors. As soon as a certain amount of rain falls, the sprinklers are de-activated.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets During the construction of the new clubhouse, water-saving toilets were installed.
Use of water efficient appliances In the clubhouse, water-saving devices are used as much as possible.
Use of efficient shower technology Water-saving shower heads were installed in the showers of the new clubhouse.
Repairing leaks Pipes, etc. are regularly checked for leakage. A leakage is repaired as soon as possible.
Taps with sensors Taps with sensors are installed in the sanitary facilities of the clubhouse in order to prevent unnecessary use of water.

Energy

Together with members of the sustainability working party, ways of reducing use of energy and resources have been considered. An environment care plan was drawn up for the GEO course, which describes the use of energy, etc. Action points were drawn up to reach an optimal energy management efficiency.
The golf club is considering the possibilities of renewable energy and is planning to install meters at different locations so that the use of electricity and gas can be measured accurately. The clubhouse has been insulated with double glazing. Saving energy is a continuing matter of attention for the golf club.
As much as possible, energy-saving lights and movement sensors will be used for lighting, etc. instead of conventional light switches.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Environmental performance plan (Milieuzorgplan) NLadviseurs 2015/06/01
Lichtpunten in kaart Bob Knaap 2012/06/01

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2014 2013 2012
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 198246 260829

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

2014 2013 2012
Diesel (Litres) 10000 10000 9500
Natural Gas (Litres) 33337 8806 8807
Petrol (Litres) 1080 1000 950

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply RGC has a contract for the supply of green energy since 2014.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels The installation of solar panels is still being considered.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles Electric golf carts are used on the golf course.
gebruik van milieuvriendelijke brandstof. Use of environmentally-friendly fuel. Voor de gemotoriseerde handgereedschap wordt variant van Aspen gebruikt, deze brandstof is minder schadelijke voor mens en milieu. A variant of Aspen is used for motorised hand tools. This fuel is less harmful to people and the environment.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems An advanced system for temperature control was installed in the clubhouse. The system has been optimised and is checked annually.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Temperature is controlled by a thermostat. There are two boilers in the boiler room. The boilers were installed in 2010. An advanced system for temperature control was installed in the clubhouse which has been optimised and checked in 2014.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities There are sufficient possibilities in the new clubhouse to ventilate the building without using air-conditioning.
Upgrading of building insulation The new clubhouse is well-insulated and has double glazing which leads to less heating and cooling.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) Possibilities to make more use of natural lighting in the restaurant are being investigated.
Installation of low-energy lighting Energy-saving light bulb are being used in as many places as possible in the clubhouse and workshop
Use of motion sensor lighting Movement sensors are being used in as many places as possible in the clubhouse and workshop.
Transition to energy efficient appliances All new equipment purchased has to be energy-saving.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting During the building of the new clubhouse, a system was installed which automatically regulates the on and off switching of the lights, i.e. activating the alarm system automatically switches off all lights.
changing energy supplier Because of changing energy supplier and the different way in which they invoiced and summarised the invoices, no reliable figure can be given for the year 2012. However, reduction of grid consumption was a major aim. A considerable decrease has been accomplished and management will continue to attempt to limit the use of energy.
terrasverwarmers Patio heaters De terrasverwarmers zijn sinds een paar jaar voorzien van timers. Na een bepaald tijdstip worden de verwarmers uitgeschakeld, dit bespaart aanzienlijk wat energie. For the last few years, the patio heaters have been controlled by timers. After a set time, the heaters are switched off. This saves considerable energy.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100% 40%
Diesel 100% 60%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 100%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives There are staff initiatives for carpooling.
Secure cycle parking The golf course has a secure bicycle storage.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) In the new clubhouse, more space was created for lockers.
Staff showers In the clubhouse, showers are available for staff and guests.

Supply Chain

The Rijswijkse Golfclub has set up a working party to register the material and chain management and, where necessary, to improve this. Much is already being done to prevent waste by smart purchase. At the moment, as much as possible is purchased in bulk to prevent package waste. Where possible renewable packaging is used. Package waste is separated and compacted for the removal services. In addition, the waste cycles and quantities for the clubhouse and workshop, including costs, have been charted.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Use of local suppliers Pesticides/fertilisers etc. by the greenkeeping is purchased from local suppliers as much as possible.
Use of local products In 2015, heeft de golfclub met de horeca exploitant overlegt welke duurzame producten er kunnen worden ingekocht, zo wordt er nu fairtrade koffie geschonken en verkoopt de horeca Haagsche koeken. In 2015, the golfclub has discussed with the caterer which sustainable products could be purchased. Fair trade coffee is now being served and local The Hague biscuits are being sold.
Selection of certified products Soil and sand, necessary for dressing, filling bunkers, etc. requires the necessary (soil) certificates to prove the quality of the product which eliminates the possibility of environmental damage.
Use of recycled and recyclable products During the building of the new clubhouse, different sustainable and re-cycled materials were used. All used wood carried the FSC stamp. Sand and soil which become available are also kept separate for re-use.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Purchases for the clubhouse are made in bulk as much as possible.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) De Ridder takes care of maintenance and replacement of the machines and is an ISO certified company.
Sponsor producten Sponsor products Sinds 2015 kunnen gasten producten kopen waarvan de opbrengst naar Natuurmonumenten gaat. Since 2015, guests can purchase products of which the turnover benefits 'Natuurmonumenten', a charity for the preservation of nature in The Netherlands.
Inkoopbeleid de Ridder Purchase policy De Ridder Aannemer de Ridder BV heeft een eigen inkoopbeleid voor de aankoop van producten en heeft dit op hun eigen website gepubliceerd. Contractor De Ridder has its own purchase policy for the purchase of products which is published on their website.

Supply Chain

This golf facility does not use a supplier network.

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses On the golf course grasses are used which require less water and are less susceptible to diseases and fungi.
Managing stress and wear Wear and tear of the grass is prevented as much as possible by prohibiting the use of golf carts at the appropriate times and by changing pin positions regularly.
Enhancement of soil structure Regular management by soil analysis and fertilisation, where necessary, ensures the health of the soil.
Optimization of the growing environment The growing environment for the grass is optimised by carrying out management such as vertidraining and verticutting when necessary.
Managing thatch levels By vertidraining the grass on a regular basis, the soil is aerated which prevents an excess layer of thatch.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease By using resistant grass sorts, pests and diseases are limited as much as possible.
Scouting for pests and diseases By carrying out daily checks, timely intervention can be carried out in the event of disease or fungus in the grass.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health The grass is visually monitored daily for drought or wetness, diseases and fungi so that the grass remains in optimal condition.

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

2014 2013 2012
Greens - K - Inorganic 183 184 168
Greens - N - Inorganic 144 135 148
Greens - P - Inorganic 35 20 16
Tees - K - Inorganic 71 84 61
Tees - N - Inorganic 53 71 70
Tees - P - Inorganic 13 26 16

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

2014 2013 2012
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 24.5 25
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 49
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 1.5 20 27

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products De Ridder prefers to use materials and products which are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases As little use as possible is made of chemical pesticides or fertilisers.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Spray equipment is regularly maintained and checked for use.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles The spray equipment is shrouded and has anti-drip nozzles.
Non-chemical weed control Chemical pesticides or fertilisers are used as little as possible.
Gebruik azijn en maaien Use of vinegar and mowing Sinds 2013 wordt azijn gebruikt tegen algen en onkruid op het terras en maaien tegen hogere kruiden in plantvakken. Dit scheelt in het verbruik van herbiciden. Since 2013, vinegar is used for algae and weeds on the patio and mowing is used for the higher herbs in plant areas.

Waste Management

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

Title Author Date View document
Afvalstromen in kaart Rijswijkse GC 2012/06/01

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass true true true false
Plastic true true true false
Aluminium false false false false
Metal false false false false
Paper & Cardboard true true true false
Grass Clippings true true false false
Cores & Turf true true false false
Sand true false false false
Wood / Timber true false false false

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Recyclable waste is separated as much as possible, at the clubhouse as well as the workshop, and re-used if possible. Available soil is stored until it can be re-used on the course.
Establishment of recycling centers Bij het clubhuis is een plek voor het scheiden van afval. There is a waste separation area near the clubhouse.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Mowed grass is re-used on the fairways.
Education of staff and customer education Among clubhouse and greenkeeping staff, as much attention as possible is paid to how to deal with separating waste and materials.
Waste awareness campaigns Er is veel aandacht voor de juiste manier van afval scheiden bij het personeel. Staff pays much attention to the proper way of separating waste.

Pollution Control

The management is contracted to De Ridder B.V., including machinery. De Ridder ensures maintenance and replacement of the machinery and is an ISO certified company. De Ridder strives to work, as much as possible, in accordance with corporate social responsibility. In this, the environment and sustainability plays an important role.
They use chemical products as little as possible and, where possible, reduce waste and recycle raw materials as much as possible. In addition, only ISO certified raw materials are used.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Yearly
On-Site Yearly
Outflow

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Mains Sewer Yes
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer Yes
Wash Pad Mains Sewer 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 false false
Fertiliser Bags true true
Oil Filters false 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 The machine shed has a concrete and liquid-containing floor surface. Pesticides and herbicides, paints and lubricants are kept in special cupboards which conform to legal requirements.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas The machine washing area is a concrete slab with a drain and a raised edge. The water is drained to the press sewer through an oil and grease separator.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Mixing of pesticides and fertilisers is carried out in the machine shed, which has single walls and translucent roof sheets.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Mixing of pesticides and fertilisers is carried out in the machine shed, which has a concrete and liquid-containing floor surface.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks The double-walled tank carries a recent certificate and meets the requirements.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel De jerrycans met smeervetten en brandstof staan boven een lekbak van voldoende omvang. The jerry cans with lubricants and fuel are kept above a bin of sufficient size.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials De Ridder BV draagt hier zorg voor. De Ridder takes responsibility for this.
RIE clubhuis en greenkeepers Risk Stock-take and Evaluation (RIE) In 2013 is een RI&E uitgevoerd in het clubhuis. De Ridder hanteert een eigen RI&E voor de greenkeepers. In 2013, a RIE was carried out in the clubhouse. De Ridder has its own RIE for their greenkeepers.

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 Starting point is to only use what is really necessary in additions. The greens are sampled to optimise any application of fertilisers and pesticides.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies There are buffer zones around the pools and ponds where pesticides or fertilisers are not applied.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan De greenkeepers zijn voldoende opgeleid en weet wat zij moeten doen bij het morsen. The greenkeepers have had sufficient education to know what to do in case of spillage.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge Erosion and sediment discharge is prevented as much as possible.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Rondom de waterpartijen worden nooit chemische middelen gebruikt. No chemical products are used near the ponds and ditches.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off Run-off of (hazardous) materials is delayed by the presence of swales and bio-filters.

Community

The greenkeeping, catering and golf equipment retail is contracted out by the Rijswijkse Golf Club. De Ridder carries out daily maintenance of the playing elements and the planted areas. Staff is trained and attends regular courses including company safety and First Aid. De Ridder BV is ISO certified. They handle hazardous materials and use the right pesticides and fertilisers in the correct manner at all times. They offer training to handicapped youths and employment to staff with a physical disability. The Rijswijkse Golf Club has regular contact with the Municipality of Rijswijk and the water authorities with regard to management and other work to be carried out. In addition to meetings of the working party, management of the Rijswijkse Golf Club has regular (weekly) meetings with the head greenkeeper. The items discussed encompass all aspects of golf course management (including water, waste, energy, etc.).
RCA Beheer, the catering company is fully licensed and is represented in the sustainability working party. Management of the Rijswijkse Golf Club has regular (monthly) meetings RCA. Items discussed encompass all aspects of catering management (including water, waste, energy, etc.).
The Rijswijkse Golfshop is owned by two individuals who have been connected to the Rijswijkse Golfclub since 1989. They have one part-time employee. They are responsible for the retail of golf equipment and are part of the sustainability working party. Management of the Rijswijkse Golf Club has regular contact with the shop owners regarding a variety of matters, including waste, energy, etc.
The (PGA) golf professionals at the Rijswijkse Golfclub are self-employed. Management of the Rijswijkse Golf Club has regular meetings with professionals regarding a variety of matters, including environmental topics.
Staff of the catering company, the retail unit and the golf professionals are involved in any company safety and First Aid instructions organised by the Rijswijkse Golf Club.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 2
Golf Coaching 1
Other 4 1

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

  • General Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist

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

Activity Description
Efficient water management The greenkeeping staff is able to operate the irrigation equipment.
Management of accidents and emergencies De Ridder employs staff with the necessary knowledge of company safety and First Aid. In the clubhouse most staff have attended the company safety and first aid courses. Accidents are registered, dangerous situations are avoided as much as possible.
Management of habitats and vegetation Het baanbeheerplan is in 2015 herzien en wordt door de golfclub gebruikt om het beheer van de natuurlijke elementen op uit te voeren. Bij twijfel over de periode of manier van uitvoeren wordt een specialist geraadpleegd. The course management plan was reviewed in 2015 and is used by the golfclub to manage the natural elements. In case of doubt about the timing and manner of management, a specialist is consulted.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Club members and staff are informed that the quantities of waste produced by the club at source (purchase) are limited as much as possible.
Health & Safety De Ridder's staff have the necessary knowledge of company safety and First Aid and have the necessary protective equipment to be able to carry out their work safely. In the clubhouse staff with a company safety and First aid certificate are present.
Energy Saving Staff are made aware of energy saving by being asked to switch off the lights when leaving the building if this does not happen automatically.
Environmental management planning De Ridder BV heeft een inventarisatie van de mogelijke milieurisico's gedaan. De aannemer draagt zorg voor het juiste beheer van de faciliteiten en de wijze waarop de greenkeepers onderhoud uitvoeren aan de golfbaan. De Ridder has carried out a stock take of possible environmental risks. The contracten ensures the correct management of the facilities and the manner in which the greenkeepers carry out management of the golf course.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours There is regular contact with the neighbours.
Local Government There is regular contact with the local authorities on a variety of matters, mainly concerning the terrain.
Local Environmental Groups The Butterfly Foundation was involved in a stock take of the golf terrain.
A local expert on bats visited the club with a bat detector.
There has been contact with the local bird watching group.
Local Businesses Various local businesses are members of the golf club.
MVO bij de Ridder 5% van de werknemers die bij de Ridder werken, heeft een lichamelijke beperking. We zijn bereid om aanpassingen te doen aan de werkplek als dit nodig is. Ook heeft de Ridder diverse Wajongeren in dienst die succesvol zijn opgeleid in het Greenkeeperproject. 5% of the employees of De Ridder are physically handicapped. The golfclub is willing to

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

This golf facility does not provide access and diversified land use for others.

The following archaeological and heritage surveys have been carried out at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Management plan for the terrain of the Rijswijkse Golf Club (excluding buildings) (Beheerplan buitengebied Rijswijkse Golfclub) NLadviseurs 2015/06/01

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
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) Before the construction of the course, the Rijswijk municipality carried out an archeological investigation. All finds from the investigation are with the municipality who, at the time, owned the course.
Concrete bunker The bunker is an official MOD object and is maintained by the Rijswijkse Golf Club, where necessary, as a resting place for bats.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display De golfclub is op zoek naar nieuwe manieren om de communicatie over natuur en duurzaamheid naar een hoger niveau te tillen. The golf club is looking for new ways to increase and improve the communication about nature and sustainability.
Members evenings and course walks The Rijswijkse Golf Club takes part in the annual Dutch Golf Federation’s Bird Watching Day which is usually well attended.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Attention is paid to certification and sustainability on the Rijswijkse Golfclub website.
Course walks / open days The Rijswijkse Golfclub participates in the annually organised Open Golf Day.
Joint practical projects with community Bench-marking with other golf club, organised by NGF and NVG.
Communicatie Publicaties vinden plaats, maar lijken het draagvlak niet erg te vergroten. De club kijkt naar nieuwe mogelijkheden. Publications are taking place, but do not seem to increase the interest. The club is investigating new possibilities.