Drentse Golfclub De Gelpenberg

GEO Certified® 07/2017
Coevorden,
Netherlands
Telephone: 0591-371929
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Golfclub De Gelpenberg lies in the very heart of the province of Drenthe, near the rural village of Aalden. The club’s history goes back to 1966, with the establishment of the De Gelpenberg Golf Course Foundation. The club proper was founded in 1970, making it the oldest golf club in the province. In 1972, the first nine holes were constructed, based on designs by Frank Pennink, in a rolling landscape of heath and a sand drift, bordered by mixed woods (approx. 60 acres). The club expanded to 18 holes in 1992, based on designs by Donald Steel, b…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Wedstrijdbaan (18 holes, 6031 metres, year opened 1972)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Practice Facility/Facilities

Nature

De Gelpenberg is a natural woodland and heathland course and wishes to protect the natural elements, such as woodlands, heathlands, water features and natural vegetations to their best ability. The character of the local landscape is integrated wherever this is posible.
In order to structure the maintenance of the natural elements, the golf club has created a multi-annual plan for the natural elements on the golf course. Sheep are used as a way of maintaining the rough vegetations and heathlands.
The holes and turfgrasses are maintained by a professional team who work with an annual maintenance plan for the different elements of the holes.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • NLadviseurs
  • Heidemij Adviesbureau

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

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
Birdwatchingday DGCC Gelpenberg 2016/05/21

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

Local name Scientific name
Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
Boomvalk Falco subbuteo
Draaihals Jynx torquilla
Groene Specht Picus viridis
Heideblauwtje Plebeius argus
Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
Huismus Passer domesticus
Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Levendbarende Hagedis Zootoca vivipara
Matkop Parus montanus
Patrijs Perdix perdix
Ringmus Passer montanus
Ransuil Asio otus
Roodborsttapuit Saxicola torquata
Wielewaal Oriolus oriolus

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

Local name Scientific name
Dopheide Erica tetralix
Muizenoortje Hieracium pilosella
Biggenkruid Hypochaeris radicata
Liggend walstro Galium saxatile
Dwergviltkruid Filago minima
Rendiermos Cladina spec.
Bruine vuurvlinder Lycaena tityrus
Kleine vuurvlinder Lycaena phlaeas
Bruin zandoogje Maniola jurtina
Bont zandoogje Pararge aegeria
Hooibeestje Coenonympha pamphilus
Heideblauwtje Plebejus argus
Groentje Callophrys rubi
Heidesabelsprinkhaan Metrioptera brachyptera
Levendbarende hagedis Zootoca vivipara

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Geological UNESCO GEOpark - located next to the Hondsrug

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 4.9 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 13.1 Self Appointed
Open Water Features 1.2 Self Appointed
Rough 'ecological' grassland 6.2 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.0 Hectares Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 60%
Poa annua 30%
Tees 0.5 Hectares Lolium perenne
Poa pratensis
Fairways 11.1 Hectares Lolium perenne
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
These grass species grow well on our soil, we maintain the turfgrass according to the 2015 ITM plan by Vos Ruinerwold BV.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 years

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

  • Vos Ruinerwold BV

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 We have an annual maintenance plan for the turfgrass on the golf course that we follow.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough This is part of the ITM plan of Vos Ruinerwold BV
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces The course committee informs the club manager about all activities that influence the quality of the golf course.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance The clubmanager informs guests and club members about the playability of the golf course and communicates about the maintenance that takes place.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces The clubmanager informs guests and club members about the playability of the golf course and communicates about the maintenance that takes place.

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 golf club has a working protocol on the maintenance of forests and heathland
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Mowing lines are mowed according to the architects design and emphasize natural elements
Protection and restoration of historic features We have an old hedgerow with trees that is maintained.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We have our own house style for the on course furniture
Conservation of specimen trees We have many trees and woodland on the golf course that is maintained to keep the woodlands healthy. Older trees, like the old aoks on the course, are monitored on their health and the occurence of dead branches.

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 We use sheep to pasture the parts of natural grasslands
Increasing the size of habitat patches We protect the locations with natural rough vegetation and heathlands
Connection of internal habitat patches Natural areas are connected by rough
Connection of patches with external habitats The golf course is surrounded by agricultural fields, but connections to tree lanes and other more natural feaures are maintained.
Creation of habitat corridors We already have the natural areas mapped and protect these areas by annual maintenance
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation We already have the natural areas mapped and protect these areas by annual maintenance
Improving and diversifying habitat edges We have a multi-year work plan for rough maintenance

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 The locations with natural rough and heathlands are mapped and maintained according to a work plan. Locations where a golf ball may land are maintained more frequent.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Young woodland and exotic species are maintained. Species that supply honey for bees and butterflies are tolerated but also maintained.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands There is a survey of all the trees on the golf course and have all locations with woodland mapped digitally. Maintenance to these elements is done according to a work plan.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas We have several natural banks, that even have heather growing there. We seek to maintain these elements to our best abilities.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Ponds and water features are kept open in order to keep the line of play free from high vegetation. On more secluded locations, water vegetation is allowed to grow.
Naturalization of linear habitats We use sheep to pasture the natural rough and heathland in order to create a more structured vegetation.

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 heathlands, natural rough and shrubs like alder buckthorn provide honey
Installation of nest boxes We have nest boxes for several bird species
Control / management of alien species We keep an eye on exotic species and maintain them.
Provision of hibernation areas We leave parts of the rough vegetations to provide shelter for small animals and insects during the winter

Water

De Gelpenberg monitors the annual use of water in their accommodations. In order to save water, the golf club has stated various actions including keeping informed about new appliances and monitoring the water usage every three months. The irrigation system is feeded by two sources for ground water. Only the greens, tees and fairways are irrigated according to a strict programm.
Since the last audit, one of the ponds has been provided with a layer of loam to prevent surface water to discharge to soon.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Wateronderzoek landbouwkundig Laboratorium Zeeeuws Vlaanderen 2014/11/27

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

2016 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 893,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 3,613,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 217,000 Litres
2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,027,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 8,900,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 190,000 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 850,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 8,300,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 183,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Tees Weekly
Fairways Never

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced 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 that are present and are re-seeded can handle drought quite well.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Maintenance focussed on improve the soil quality is done according to the maintenance plan. Greens and tees are aerated in order to control thatch levels.
Timing and dose of water application 1. The greens and foregreens are managed to maintain a humidity percentage of 15% to 20%. The need for irrigation is determined on the basis of the humidity measurement. When the weatherforecast predicts rain the greens are allowed to dry out slightly more. .
2. Tees als only irrigated at extended periods of drought or when fertilizer is applied.
The humidity percentage is not measured on the tees but judged based on visual inspection of the tees.
3. Fairways are not irrigated , not even in extended periods of drought. The roots will go deeper in search for water which strength
Analysis of soil moisture Soil moisture levels are checked during the daily routine. Irrigation is only done sparcely adn when needed to keep the turf healthy.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Weather data is collected and used to decide on the moment of irrigation.
Use of wetting agents Wetting agents are used on specific locations in order to minimise the use of irrigation water.
Overall reduction in irrigated area Greens, tees and fairways are irrigated, and only when the head greenkeeper descides it is necessary to do so.
Targeting of sprinkler heads The sprinkler heads are targetted whenever the irrigation system gets maintenance.
Optimizing system pressure This is done by the irrigation programm.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology The sprinkler heads are targetted or replaced whenever this is necessary.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets The toilets have water saving buttons.
Use of water efficient appliances Whenever appliances need to be replaced, the use of water is taken into consideration.
Use of efficient shower technology We have modern shower heads
Repairing leaks Should this appear, the leak will be repaired as soon as possible.
Water awareness signage This is done by informing personnel during informal meetings.

Energy

The past years, de Gelpenberg has gained more insight in their energy usage by monitoring and registering the usage of the different energy sources and researching the possibilities in order to use more sustainable sources.
Since 2016, the golf course is maintained by a contractor, which has a guideline for energy efficient machines. Since the previous contractor used his machines for two locations, there are no accurate usage numbers of petrol and diesel for 2015 and 2014. Therefore, 2016 will be used as a reference year regarding the machines.
For the next years, the golf club wishes to further implement energy saving appliances in the club house and will look into installing a recharging point for electrical cars.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Financieen Meerjarenonderhoud Gelphenberg 2016 2028 DGCC de Gelpenberg 2016/12/08
Maatregelen voor besparing energie Niemeijer Duurzame Technieken 2016/07/13

This golf facility does not consume any renewable energy or resources.

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

2016 2015 2014
Diesel (Litres) 12350
Natural Gas (Litres) 2338000 18012000 13490000
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 112072 113459 121406
Petrol (Litres) 459

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Installation of small scale wind turbine We are looking into the possibilities of on-site energy generation. Whether we actually will start doing so, depends on the financial possibilities.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels We are looking into the possibilities of on-site energy generation. Whether we actually will start doing so, depends on the financial possibilities. We will look into installing solar panels on the roof of the driving range building.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles The contractor uses several hybrid machines for the daily maintenance. When replacing old equipment, the contractor has stated to take the use of energy into consideration.
Charging pole We wish to install a charging pole for electrical cars and have recieved a proposal from an installer at the end of 2016.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems We look into the posibilities that Provincie Drenthe provides for accommodations that wish to take an energy survey.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration We look into the posibilities that Provincie Drenthe provides for accommodations that wish to take an energy survey.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities We look into the posibilities that Provincie Drenthe provides for accommodations that wish to take an energy survey.
Upgrading of building insulation We look into the posibilities that Provincie Drenthe provides for accommodations that wish to take an energy survey.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) The club house has many big windows
Installation of low-energy lighting We making new installments, we will use energy efficient lights. We have already done this on several locations in the club house.
Use of motion sensor lighting Several motion sensors have been installed in extensive used areas of the club house.
Transition to energy efficient appliances When installing new equipment, the use of energy is always taken into consideration.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting We look into the financial possibilities of switching to energy efficient equipment.
Educating staff and customers We wish to place notices on locations where our staff works, to make them more aware on their actions to help to save energy.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100% 33%
Diesel 86% 33%
Grid Electric 33%
Hybrid 14%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Diesel 100%
Grid Electric 100%

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

Activity Description
Secure cycle parking Guests can park their bikes near the club house.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables The nearest bus stop is about 2 km from the golf course, so most people use their car to visit our course.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) The club house has several options for storing bags and trolleys.
Promotion of walk to work campaigns Most of the employees live to far from the golf course, so coming to work by foot is not really an option.

Supply Chain

Purchasing sustainably is part of corporate social responsibility. We try to purchase certified products and use local services and suppliers. This is also part of our statement of intent, also used by the restaurant contractor, that focusses on minimising the risk of polution in our daily acitvities by reducing waste, good instructions of all personell and purchase locally.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source We buy products in large packaging in order to prevent waste.
Use of local suppliers We prefer to work with local suppliers for our restaurant and other services. This is part of our statement of intent. This is part of our statement of intent.
Use of local products The restaurant contractor prefers local and seasonal products to use. This is part of our statement of intent.
Selection of certified products Products and materials that are used by the greenkeepers, are certified.
Use of recycled and recyclable products When ever possible. This is part of our statement of intent.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging The restaurant contractor purchases in bulk packages in order to reduce the amount of waste. This is part of our statement of intent.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) The suppliers frequently purchase at have their own statements on sustainability. This also goes for the services we use.

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 1
Trade & Contractors 21 1 16
Maintenance Equipment 2
Course Supplies 2

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses vos Ruinerwold has implemented their own ITM plan in order to reduce the use of chemical products to a minimum. By choosing the right grass species for the soil when seeding, the risk of stress is already being reduced.
Managing stress and wear vos Ruinerwold has implemented their own ITM plan in order to reduce the use of chemical products to a minimum.
Enhancement of soil structure vos Ruinerwold has implemented their own ITM plan in order to reduce the use of chemical products to a minimum. By aerating and dressing with sand the soil structure is improved.
Optimization of the growing environment vos Ruinerwold has implemented their own ITM plan in order to reduce the use of chemical products to a minimum. This is done by the daily maintenance.
Managing thatch levels vos Ruinerwold has implemented their own ITM plan in order to reduce the use of chemical products to a minimum. By aerating and dressing with sand thatch levels are kept on the right level.
Managing surface moisture vos Ruinerwold has implemented their own ITM plan in order to reduce the use of chemical products to a minimum. By using wetting agents, the soil moisture levels are kept on the right level.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease vos Ruinerwold has implemented their own ITM plan in order to reduce the use of chemical products to a minimum. Part of this plan is a list of acitvities that can be taken instead of using chemicals.
Scouting for pests and diseases vos Ruinerwold has implemented their own ITM plan in order to reduce the use of chemical products to a minimum.Scouting for diseases is done during their daily maintenance.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health vos Ruinerwold has implemented their own ITM plan in order to reduce the use of chemical products to a minimum.Monitoring plant health is part of their daily practice.

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Inorganic 99
Fairways - K - Organic 12 12
Fairways - N - Inorganic 198
Fairways - N - Organic 15 15
Fairways - P - Inorganic 66
Fairways - P - Organic 6 6
Greens - K - Inorganic 256.76 120 127
Greens - K - Organic 57 42
Greens - N - Inorganic 442 98 95
Greens - N - Organic 41 62
Greens - P - Inorganic 61.25 14 12
Greens - P - Organic 32 38
Tees - K - Inorganic 130.8 41 89
Tees - K - Organic 192 233
Tees - N - Inorganic 60.2
Tees - N - Organic 203 203
Tees - P - Inorganic 20.8
Tees - P - Organic 28 18

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 5.38 7.5
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 19.8 10.3 10.8
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 0.15 0.15
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 0.1 0.1
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 10.2 10.2

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products vos Ruinerwold has implemented their own ITM plan in order to reduce the use of chemical products to a minimum. Only products that are legally allowed are used in the correct amounts.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases vos Ruinerwold has implemented their own ITM plan in order to reduce the use of chemical products to a minimum. Only products that are legally allowed are used.
Calibration and testing of sprayers This is part of the maintenance on machines and other equipment.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles The contractor uses modern spraying devices.
Non-chemical weed control vos Ruinerwold has implemented their own ITM plan in order to reduce the use of chemical products to a minimum. Part of this plan is a list of acitvities that can be taken instead of using chemicals.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. The contractor keeps their knowledge on new products up to date.

Waste Management

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

Title Author Date View document
Afvalrapportage Van Gansewinkel 2016/12/01

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 false false false
Cores & Turf false true false false
Sand false true false false
Wood / Timber false true false true

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials We seperate several waste streams. These streams are collected by waste removal service Van Gansewinkel. The waste removal service also gives insight in the quantities removed waste and what the costs are per waste stream.
Establishment of recycling centers Grass clippings are stored on a collection location near the greenkeeping facility and from there districuted to several agricultural fields nearby.
Education of staff and customer education Personnel is informed on how to separate waste.

Pollution Control

De Gelpenberg executes their daily acitivities conform the legislation. By monitoring the water quality and registering any hazardous product that is present, they are aware of the potential risks for polution.
All facilities on the golf course, including the driving range and green keepers facility, are built according to the national legislation. This means that all buildings are checked for fire prevention and pollution is prevented as much as possible. All greenkeepers work according to a working protocol on how to use dangerous substances and chemicals.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Ditch
Clubhouse Via Oil Separator Yes
Maintenance Facility Via Oil Separator 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 The floors in the greenkeeper accommodation has sufficient space to store hazardous products according to the legal requirements.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas The greenkeeper accommodation is build and organised according to the legal requirements and is checked by the contractor.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas The floors in the greenkeeper accommodation are impervious and checked by a certified business.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces The floors in the greenkeeper accommodation are impervious and checked by a certified business.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks The fuel tank is provided with a safety buffer to prevent collisions with machines.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel The fuel tank meets all legal requirements.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials The greenkeeper accommodation is build and organised according to the legal requirements and is checked by the contractor.

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 the contractors plan of action. Weather data is used to decide on the moment of spraying.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Only those locations that need a certain plant product are treated.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan There is an action plan for emergencies present in the maintenance facility.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge The greenkeepers are schooled in order to execute maintenance the correct way, without damagin natural aeas, inlcuding banks.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Only those locations that need a certain plant product are treated.

Community

De Gelpenberg has a structured organisation. Several committees take their responsibility into providing the golfer with hospitality and a welcoming golf course. Comunication between the committees, head greenkeeper and course manager are scheduled frequently. The website of the gofl club provides guests will all information needed on the golf club and golf course.
All hte important information about our golf course and pictures from recent events can be found on the website of the golf club.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 1 1
Course Management 5
Food & Beverage 1
Golf Coaching 1

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist
  • Contractor for course maintenance

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Greenkeepers are trained during their education and are further informed on their daily activities by the contractor.
Efficient water management Greenkeepers are trained during their education and are further informed on their daily activities by the contractor.
Management of accidents and emergencies The greenkeepers are trained for in house safety.
Management of habitats and vegetation This is part of the training greenkeepers recieve. When needed, we consult an expert on this subject.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling This is done internally the restaurant contractor.
Health & Safety The contractor has training in VCA and is certified untill 2020.
Energy Saving This is done internally by the comittee members and notices.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage We have looked into this, but there are no cultural or archeological elements on our golf course, except for some old oak trees.
Environmental management planning This is part of the greenkeeper education. The contractor checks frequently for the correct way of working.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Next to our golf course is a holiday park with cottages. Guests of the holiday park recieve a discount on their green fee.
Local Community Groups Our restaurant contractor has another location in Westerbork. This location and the one in Westerbork work together frequently.
Media When the local media posts about the golf club, we will share this with our club members thourgh Facebook.
Local Businesses Local enterprises and organisations use our golf course for events.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths We have no public paths on the golf course.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage When entering the golf course, there are signs installed that inform the guest.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) Next to our golf course is a holiday park with cottages. Guests of the holiday park recieve a discount on their green fee.

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

Title Author Date View document
Beleid beheer bos en heide Heidemij Adviesbureau 1992/02/01

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
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) We have looked into this, but there are no cultural or archeological elements on our golf course, except for some old oak trees.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) We have looked into this, but there are no cultural or archeological elements on our golf course, except for some old oak trees.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) We have looked into this, but there are no cultural or archeological elements on our golf course, except for some old oak trees.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display We have a club magazine called 'Pitch' that can be viewed digitally.
Course guides / brochures We provide out guests with score cards.
Interpretation panels & course signage At the entrance of the golf course, there are several information panels for the local rules.
Establishment of a nature trail We have no room for a safe nature path over the golf course. People that pass the golf course, can however look at the golf course from the 'Gebbeveenweg' and the 'Gelpenberg' roads.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures We frequently communicate through our Facebook page and website when there is any news.
Supporting campaigns We just started a cooperation with Pro Golf Events.
We will host the Open Amateur Golf Tour in July 2017
Course walks / open days De Gelpenberg participates in the Open Golf Days in order to introduce new players the the game of golf.
Joint practical projects with community We participate in the cooperation of 'Golf in het Noorden', a hospitility chain of ten golf courses in the nothern parts of the Netherlands.
Social media We use Facebook as a media for additional communication. By posting short newsflashes, pictures and short films, we keep our followers up to date.