Club Golf D´Aro Mas Nou

GEO Certified® 10/2017
Platja D´Aro,
Spain
Telephone: 972816727
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Regarding nature and biodiversity the golf club is situated along a ridge situated 300 meters above sea level in the Gavarres Mountain range. This area forms part of the nature reserve Espai d’Interès Natural (or EIN) established in 1992. The area is composed of 100% granite bedrock. The golf club is surrounded by forests composed mainly of three kinds of trees: Holm oak (Quercus ilex), Cork oak (Quercus suber) and Stone Pine (Pinus pinea) which are also the three main species of trees in the rough of the golf course. The trees serve to blend w…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Club Golf d´Aro Mas Nou (18 holes, 6218 metres, year opened 1990)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
3 Other

Nature

The golf club is situated at 300m above sea level in the Gavarres mountain range, the area forms part of a state nature reserve, declared in 1992 to be a protected nature reserve. The local rock is mainly granite, an extension from a volcanic area to the north. The area is host to a good example of the diverse nature found in mediterranean ecosystems. Local flora is comprised of cork olk, holm oak, and Stone pine, all at dense concentration. Rich plantlife, unmatched on a national level, is readily found in the locale, examples include Cistus ladaniferus, Genista linifolia and Carex Grioletti.

The nearby estuary of the Ridaura provides the ornithological side to local fauna in the form of Orphean Warbler (Sylvia hortensis), European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) and long eared owl (Asio otus) among others.

On the ground can be found more typical examples of mediterranean fauna e.g. Water Vole (Arvicola sapidus).

Nearby freshwater sources play home to a broad range of underwater life with points of interest such as the endangered three spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) as well as the European freshwater crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes).

Consultation & Surveys

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

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

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

  • Consorci de la Costa Brava
  • Universitat de Barcelona

No ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

Local name Scientific name
Lucanus cervus, Euphydryas aurinia, Mauremys leprosa Stag Beetle, Marsh fritillary, Spanish pond turtle

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

Local name Scientific name
ganso egipcio, puput Alopochen aegyptiacus, upupa epops

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Areas of Scenic Beauty Generalitat de Catalunya

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Native Woodland 15 None
Scrub Vegetation 2 Local Government

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.5 Hectares Poa annua 90%
Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 10%
Tees 1.5 Hectares Poa annua 40%
Festuca ovina 60%
Fairways 20.0 Hectares Poa annua 75%
Festuca arundinacea 25%
Semi Rough 15.0 Hectares Poa annua 30%
Festuca rubra 70%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
The current turfgrasses were chosen based on their low consuption of water and their suitability to local climate and temperature as well as their hardiness, thus reducing our use of fungicides. Currently we are trialling Cynodon Dactolon on two fairways, 14 & 15, with the expected good results. Greens are only lightly seeded during the summer.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 years

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

  • Agrosalvi

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 Based on our choice of grass, we are able to plan quite well regarding irrigation and fertilisation programs. We try to adopt a minimal impact approach so we leave the colour to change with the season, mowing patterns vary from high to low season. Irrigation times and patterns are checked regularly as part of the daily maintenance routine. We keep a close eye on comments from social networks which allows us to implement recommendations that come directly from the clients. Management and maintenance staff visit other national courses several times a year to monitor current trends and conditions
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough We communicate to our customers the beneficial qualities of a sustainable approach using internal bulletins, signs around the club house as well as providing information during our open days.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Coupled with the positive effect on the local environment, the changes we make on the course also result in savings and if we can pass those savings on to our customers we believe that this will increase the enjoyment of everyone who plays on our course.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance On our open days and golf initiations we give out details about course and greens maintenance as well as information about our policies and ethics.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces It is our goal to communicate exactly this message to our customers. In our outgoing communications, e.g. our blog and email bulletins, we stress the importance of a minimal environmental impact and explain how that can still deliver top quality playing on the ground.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture We want the course to reflect its natural surroundings and we believe that it is important to respect the natural flow, as such we lean towards a system of minimal maintenance allowing the changing seasons to take their form on the course.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours It is our wish that our clients have an immersive experience while playing the course, we strive to achieve a balance between quality of play and letting the quality of the surroundings speak for themselves, in this regard we try to accentuate and put focus on the course´s natural contours. Mowing patterns are adapted to highlight natural contours for aesthetic value as well as use of machinery.
Protection and restoration of historic features Extensive restoration has been carried out on the clubhouse, originally a farmhouse constructed in 1870. The restorative work has tried to remain as close as possible to the original spirit of the building using local material. Exisiting archaeological features (a standing stone and a perimeter stone from a stone circle or tomb) have been incorporated into the course.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Signage on the course is kept to an absolute minimum so as not to disturb the vista. Furniture is incorporated into tee off areas in order to leave other areas of fairway and green free from physical as well as visual obstruction.
Conservation of specimen trees There are no specimen trees on site. Cork and Holm oak as well as Stone pine are abundant in the area, the oldest on the course are approx 50 years.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features We want our course to shine, we try to disrupt the environment as little as possible so that any on course buildings, bathrooms, shaded areas etc. are designed in a style that complements the course and club house and is consistent with the overall theme we are aiming for.

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 Currently we are studying playing patterns in order to identify areas of amenity grass that can be reduced. We wish to balance speed of play with a flourishing natural environment. Recently we have eliminated the fairway entrances in order to reduce the amount of high-maintenance areas.
Increasing the size of habitat patches We have an independent program dedicated to the care of on course fauna. Bird feeders are in place at many points throughout the site. Once established our man made lakes quickly became home to large groups of avian life.
Connection of internal habitat patches We take the conservation of natural habitats very seriously so attention is always paid to the lie of the land whatever the task. We ensure that on site rough is always well connected and large enough to allow a safe and comfortable dwelling for its inhabitants.
Connection of patches with external habitats We are fortunate to be situated within an ecologically rich and diverse nature reserve, the borders of the club blend seamlessly into the surrounding native woodland allowing us to reinforce our commitment to and practice of minimum maintenance and not stand in the way of the natural environment.
Creation of habitat corridors There are few areas on our site where habitats are isolated to a large degree. We ensure that any large open areas are connected via hedgerows or bordered with long grass. There is also a network of ditches running throughout the course.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation Care is always taken to ensure that habitats and rough remain connected as much as possible to allow passage of local fauna. In the event of a habitat being at risk of isolation or separation measures would be taken to ensure safe passage to larger areas.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges We want our course to have both ecological and visual points of interest, we try to plan for "soft borders" graduating from wooded areas where the ultimate transition to fairway appears smooth and has a more natural tone from a visual point of view and, we hope, a more natural feel for the wildlife.

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 surrounding nature reserve has incredibly rich botanical life, as a result with a small amount of encouragement on our part we can achieve quite diverse woodland throughout the course.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation We always try to keep in mind the overall ecological picture and believe that it is important to maintain the course in line with its ecological context.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Local woodland has a varied range of tree types, we follow its lead and try to reflect the local surroundings as much as possible on course.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas To increase the habitability of our lakes we have created a rough grass fringe.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Our two large water features have partial coverage with reed bed as well as moderate amounts of aquatic vegetation
Naturalization of linear habitats Where possible we opt for a low maintenance approach to allow the natural features of the course to be appreciated

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 Mining bees are common to the area, we deliberately leave patches of exposed soil and sand in safe places to allow them to nest
Installation of nest boxes Course wide we have approx 5 nest boxes
Provision of feeding tables Course wide we have approx 5 feeding tables
Control / management of alien species We have an electric fence running along the border of the course to deter the entry of Sus Scrofa. The electric fence covers approximately 70% of the course perimeter.
Provision of hibernation areas Local hibernatory animals include hedgehogs and winter birds however currently we make no deliberate provision to provide hibernation areas for them.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Residual wood and stone is redistributed tastefully throughout the course, by doing this we reduce waste and further transport, increase aesthetic value and provide a habitat for insect and mammal life.

Water

From the outset responsible on site water use has been a focal point for minimal impact on the environment. Grey water is pumped from the local Santa Cristina d´Aro water treatment plant and used for all course irrigation and water features. During the low season, November to March, greens and fairways are watered very infrequently while in the high season, April to October, they are watered daily. The use of arid plants around the clubhouse is favoured to further reduce excess water use. Another benefit of using grey water is the fact that its naturally high mineral content allows us to reduce the cost and scheduling of fertilisation.

We have recently installed an upgraded irrigation system on six holes and it is our goal to continue to develop a more efficient and eco friendly system than the existing one. We want to encourage the use of new technology and new systems in order to bring about increased efficacy and minimal waste.

Sources & Consumption

No water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,695,182 Litres
Golf Course Reclaimed 100% 270,014,016 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,063,034 Litres
Golf Course Reclaimed 100% 212,078,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:
Semi-automatic

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 years

Upgraded every 1 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 months

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species Poa and Agrostis species were chosen initially due to their rate of water consumption and their high performance in the local climate. We are currently trialling cynodon dactylon on two holes with good results. Once the trial is complete and properly reviewed we may change turfgrass on other holes
Soil decompaction and thatch management Greens are spike aerated twice a year. Excess thatch is kept to a minmum due to our mowing and fertiliser input patterns, any excess however, is removed regularly with the vertical cutting green machine.
Timing and dose of water application Currently the timing for water application is late evening or night in order to avoid loss due to evaporation and to facilitate player access to the course.
Analysis of soil moisture Please see below
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data It is our goal to upgrade the irrigation system to a central computer with weather station. Currently, on six holes, we are trialling a new irrigation system which so far is a success. We expect to continue upgrading the system throughout the coming years.
Use of wetting agents We do not use wetting agents, we believe that more research needs to be carried out on their correct use and their long term impact on the environment.
Overall reduction in irrigated area The new system that we are currently trialling on six holes was designed with input from the head greenkeeper . Our goal is to target each area of the hole, tee, fairway and green as accurately as possible in order to reduce any spill over to areas where extra irrigation is not necessary.
Targeting of sprinkler heads Sprinkler heads are checked and aligned for optimal performance on installation
Optimizing system pressure System pressure is checked monthly as part of a routine inspection
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology As we continue to upgrade our systems we will incorporate new technology into our irrigation system. We keep a close eye on on new developments in the sector and we believe that by using the latest technology we can achieve increased efficiency with a minimal impact on the environment.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets All our urinals and taps in public and staff washrooms have automatic stop systems and all toilets are fitted with dual flush buttons. We also use aerators on all taps to guarantee further reduction. When any major repairs become necessary we will upgrade to low flow technology.
Use of water efficient appliances Responsible water usage is always a consideration for us. All new appliances are approved water efficient and any older equipment is in line to be upgraded.
Use of efficient shower technology Use of showers in the club is quite limited but we are currently reviewing an upgrade to using eco shower heads in all wash facilities.
Repairing leaks Maintenance inspections are routine on our course, any fault or problem found is addressed and corrected immediately. We have a wide range of skill sets among the maintenance team however if it was necessary to contract outside help this would be done.
Water awareness signage Water awareness signs are displayed in Staff and customer facilities as well as in the staff and restaurant kitchen. We believe it is important to promote a company wide sense of responsibility for the environment so each individual can help to contribute to an important change.

Energy

Energy use at the club is an area where we want to look very carefully at making big changes. We try to keep in mind modern energy efficient machines when making upgrades. Recently we have been researching about changing our fleet of golf buggies to fully electric machines with solar assisted charging stations. This year we have added two electric buggies to our fleet.

We try to review all aspects of energy consumption on site in order to identify the areas where we can make reductions. One example of this is the LED lighting that we have installed in the clubhouse, it now represents about 30% of all clubhouse lighting.

We have also replaced the paper towels in the bathrooms for electric hand dryers, reports show these to be up to 70% cheaper than paper towels and significantly less harmful to the environment.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

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

2016 2015 2014
Diesel (Litres) 11073 19199
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 656262 549633
Petrol (Litres) 5815 9520

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Green tariff grid supply is not available in Spain.
Installation of small scale wind turbine We are currently investigating this possibility, we advised the local council of this and they said they may be able to subsidise part of the construction and consider buying back any unused power we can send to the grid.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels We plan to introduce solar powered charging stations for electric golf buggies in the near future. We are currently meeting with several different providers to find one that can best match our needs.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles We have several fully electric individual golf buggies available for rent to customers. Two golf carts and five electric tricycle scooters. We plan to introduce a larger fleet of fully electric buggies in the near future.
Use of recycled oils The used vegetable oil from the restaurant is collected on site by an officially licenced company and recycled for further use. Used machinery oil is also collected and removed from our maintenance facility by an officially licensed company.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Our air conditioning systems in the club house are modern low consumption devices.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Thermostats are checked and programmed regularly to ensure that both heating and refrigeration systems are running at top efficiency. We run temperatures of approx 19C from November to March and 22 - 24C April to September.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities In all our buildings we promote this method in favour of air conditioning. Our location is ideal for effective natural ventilation.
Upgrading of building insulation In 2005, 15 years after the initial restoration, the clubhouse was partially renovated again, insulation was added and increased in some areas.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) Passive solar lighting is used in on course bathrooms.
Installation of low-energy lighting We always use LED lighting where possible. We began this change two years ago and have now changed a significant percentage of the lighting in the clubhouse approx 50% of all lighting is now LED.
Use of motion sensor lighting We employ the use of motion sensor controlled lights in the bathrooms
Transition to energy efficient appliances Moving forward we always aim to upgrade older equipment with more modern, energy efficient and progressive appliances.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting The central heating system is controlled using a programmable timer. Some on course vending machines are also programmed to turn on and off at particular times.
Educating staff and customers We always try to promote a responsible attitude to energy consumption. Gentle reminders are displayed around the club house and staff are briefed on our policies during training.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100% 23%
Diesel 100% 77%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 100% 100%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives Our location limits us slightly by not being on any public transport routes, however our employees do avail of car pooling on a casual basis.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) If a customer ever needs to organise group transport then we can provide a shuttlebus or larger coach for them.
Secure cycle parking We offer secure cycle parking on site in both club house and maintenance facility.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) All Staff have a changing room with individual locker
Staff showers Staff showers are provided

Supply Chain

Our restaurant sources food primarily from local sources, of their 50 or so suppliers approximately 70% are from within a 30km radius. A portion of the restaurants vegetable supply is grown in their own private vegetable garden. We try to promote local small businesses as much as possible in order to boost the role of the community in the area.

Course material such as sand for bunkers, is all sourced from the region. Treatment supplies come from nearby companies and all empty containers are collected on delivery of new ones. We have recently changed cleaning product providers for one that is fully certified and only stocks ecological products. Maintenance material is bought to order locally and older machinery is kept for occasional use or to provide spare parts.

Cuttings and organic material from the course is redistributed as mulch to avoid any further transport.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Organic waste from the course is reused as mulch. Used oil from the restaurant is collected on site and recycled by a dedicated company. Used machine oil as well as containers for biocides, fertilisers and solvents are collected by a licensed retrieval company for appropriate processing. From restaurant, club house and maintenance facility waste is separated into typical categories, i.e. packaging, paper, glass to allow proper sorting and disposal. The collection company for oils is Cator S.A. and the collection company for fertilisers and biocides is Agrosalvi.
Use of local suppliers Where possible we try to use local suppliers. Of the 50 or so suppliers for our restuarant approxmately 70% are from the area, meat, fish, fruit & veg etc. Course supplies such as fertiliser are bought locally as well.
Use of local products The area is well known for its high quality of food and wine and we believe that it´s important to promote this to our clients. Our restaurant offers a typical menu from the region and we aim to use as much local produce as possible. The restaurant itself has a small private vegetable garden.
Selection of certified products Where possible certified products are selected. Due to the small size of some local providors e.g. seafood, vegetables, no certification is available, however products are delivered fresh and from within a 10 - 15km radius.
Use of recycled and recyclable products We put a strong focus on recycling so we will always opt for products and materials that can be recycled. We have a large recycling station on site where products are separated and stored based on type of material.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Another plus from having small local suppliers is that there is very little surplus packaging, this is in line with our broader policies on minimising waste. We have seen a reduction in quantity of packaging from our larger suppliers as well, a reflection of global efforts to reduce waste.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Where possible with our larger suppliers we would always opt for choosing the international standard.

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 50 10 25
Catering Supplies 2 2
Retail 10 10
Trade & Contractors 1 1
Maintenance Equipment 36 36
Course Supplies 7 2

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Curently we are trialling cynodon dactylon on 2 holes to measure its performance as regards water consumption and tolerance. If it proves to be a winner we will continue to increase its use with a view to using it coursewide.
Managing stress and wear Daily inspections by maintenance staff allow us to keep on top of the appearance of any stress or wear on the course and also mean that we can respond quickly and effectively when needed.
Enhancement of soil structure Carefully planned spike drainage and application of sand will help to strengthen and improve longevity of the soil providing the best quality playing surface and keeping the turf as healthy as possible thereby reducing the need for any fertiliser or pesticide use. During summer we regularly use the verticut machine on greens.
Optimization of the growing environment We believe that with careful planning a minimal input approach can be beneficial for the growing environment. Adequate maintenance at carefully scheduled times will result in top quality playing surfaces with a minimal need for input.
Managing thatch levels Low inputs of fertiliser result in a naturally manageable topsoil that requires minimal maintenance.
Managing surface moisture Ensuring that the soil is carefully maintained, refining the duration of irrigation cycles and if needed excavation and construction of drainage channels to allow for the proper filtering of surface water should remove the need for further action on the part of our maintenance team.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Any occurence of pest or disease on the course is carefully monitored in order to avoid the application of pesticide if at all possible.
Scouting for pests and diseases The maintenance staff carry out daily inspections on the entire course in order to ensure that there is no appearance of anything harmful to the playing surface.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Daily inspections would also uncover any problems or anything harmful to any on course plant life.

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Inorganic 100 100
Fairways - N - Inorganic 100 100
Greens - K - Inorganic 85 85
Greens - N - Inorganic 70 70
Tees - K - Inorganic 40 40
Tees - N - Inorganic 40 40

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 200 200
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 60 60
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 0.9 0.9
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 50 50
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 20 20

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products If at all possible we try to select the lowest impact or most ecological pesticide products to minimise any potential side effects of the application.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Each appearance of pests or diseases is treated on an indvidual basis, if there is a specific treatment for a particular issue then we would favour that over a generic or blanket spraying response.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers With careful monitoring all applications can be done in time and by hand.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Machines undergo regular maintenance in order to make sure there are no leaks or other issues.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We use appropriate safety equipment and protective gear when applying hazardous products, all equipment is regularly checked to ensure optimal performance.
Non-chemical weed control In many cases manually extracting weeds is a viable alternative to spraying.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. We re-use clippings and organic material from the course as mulch in order to reduce further transport and promote a naturalistic environment.

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 false false false
Cores & Turf true false 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 We encourage all employees to be conscious of waste separation when managing waste. We hang signs in all employee areas indicating this
Establishment of recycling centers We have a dedicated waste separation center on site, it is used by all employees and regularly collected.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways All clippings are redistributed around the course in order to reduce further transport and to promote sustainability.
Education of staff and customer education Signs are hung in staff and customer areas displaying reminders advising the low use of water and electricity and the separation of waste.
Waste awareness campaigns We try to maintain a proactive approach to waste management, we are always open to suggestions from our employees and customers about ways our methods can be improved.

Pollution Control

We try as much as possible to maintain a minimal impact on our surroundings. We believe that in order to achieve the correct balance between player satisfaction and environmental quality we need to let the local environment thrive as much as possible.

Reclaimed water is used for all irrigation purposes as well as artificial water features. All water entering and leaving the course is analysed once a month.

We have a dedicated recycling center on site to handle all waste.

We encourage local wildlife to inhabit parts of the course with the use of feeding trays and micro habitats as well as artificial water features.

Hazardous materials are stored securely in approved secure cabinets.
Use of pesticides and fungicides is considered to be a last resort and when used is only ever applied via spot spraying. Maintenance staff are trained how to act in the event of hazardous spills, spill kits are hung at high risk locations e.g. vehicle filling zones.


Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Reed Bed N/A
Clubhouse Septic Tank No
Maintenance Facility Ditch No
Wash Pad Ditch No

Hazardous Materials

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

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

Pollution Prevention

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution from its maintenance facility and clubhouse:

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas The workshop is purpose built for storage and maintenance of equipment and machinery. It is covered and sealed to ensure there is no risk of hazardous material escaping into the environment. Within, all hazardous materials are kept in a specially designed cabinet to further ensure protection.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas All maintenance carried out in the workshop is done in a specially designated and fitted area which is both covered and sealed. Hazardous materials are stored in secure cabinets and staff are trained to use the utmost care when dealing with these materials.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Mixing of hazardous materials is always carried out within the confines of the workshop. Staff training takes into account industry best practices in order to clearly define the correct steps to take in order to reduce risk of harmful effects to the environment.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces The maintenance facility is designed specifically to ensure maximum safety at all times. As such run off of any material is impeded within the workshop.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks We have two fuel tanks on site, diesel and gasoline, both are above ground, in a covered zone and on a sealed impervious surface.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel A system of drainage control is in place to prevent the run off of liquids to areas where they can do damage. The floor beneath the tanks is liquid tight, sloped and runs off to an area where spills can be treated.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials We keep a supply of absorbent materials in order to quickly respond to any spills.

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 All greenkeepers responsible for the application of any inputs are officially certified. We encourage them to trust their experience while administering doses in order to avoid any over application and possible run off
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies We leave a rough fringe bordering our on course water bodies to add aesthetic value, increase habitability and to act as a filter.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan We have an emergency response plan established for spills on course and in the maintenance facility. This plan is drilled and all new employees receive thorough training. There are response kits within the maintenance facility
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge We use mulch layers to offset any erosion that is found on the course, regular monitoring fortunately helps us keep erosion to a minimum.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones We try to keep the use of pesticide on the course to a bare minimum. Spot spraying is done in areas where it is deemed necessary but usually only as a last resort. On site water features are completely free from pesticides.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off The lie of the land in many parts of the course could act as a natural swale in the event of any run off needing to be treated.

Community

We believe that being a sustainable golf club means being active in the local community. Through our internal and external communications we try to promote a healthy lifestyle, an active interest in community projects and the use of local business and produce. Local schools are invited to the course to learn about the history of golf, to see the local flora and fauna on the course and to learn about our drive for sustainability.

Local community groups are welcome to use our clubhouse, currently we have a tai chi and yoga group and our grounds are open to bird watching enthusiasts.

Recently we entered into a community employment scheme with the local council of Platja d´Aro to provide training and temporary contracts to a number of people on the unemployment register. The scheme was a success and three of the workers were taken on as full time employees.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 7
Course Management 10
Food & Beverage 3
Golf Coaching 3
Retail & Leisure 2

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Technical Specialist

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides All staff that work with hazardous materials must first complete an official training course that covers proper handling practices, storage and disposal instructions.
Efficient water management We promote responsible water use on a course wide basis, all staff are instructed on our policies during initial training. We display signs in all bathrooms and kitchens.
Management of accidents and emergencies Employees are instructed on accident and emergency response plans for all areas of business during their initial training. We have emergency spill plans in place for hazardous material.
Management of habitats and vegetation Our greenkeeping team have a wealth of professional experience which they apply in their daily work. We are planning to arrange an ecological survey of the course to take place later this year in order to properly identify the flora and fauna on the course.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Our recycling center is used effectively by all staff. We always encourage our employees to try to find new ways to reduce waste in each area of the business from workshop to kitchen.
Health & Safety Employees are given Health and safety training during their initial induction. If a specific task requires more specialist training then we would arrange for an instructor to come to carry out the training. On occasion we invite technicians from John Deere or Toro to come and give a presentation to our maintenance staff.
Energy Saving Staff are instructed on our energy use policies during initial training and we welcome any suggestions they have that can help to continue reducing. We always inform them of any new energy saving technology or systems that we have installed to ensure that we can all get maximum benefit from day one.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage We are proud to have a place in the local heritage, the majority of our employees are from the area and they too show a keen interest in local culture. We always mark local holidays or special times of the year with events at the club.
Environmental management planning We are always looking for new ways to minimise our environmental impact, whether that be simply installing nestboxes or feeding trays to evaluating the viability of an on site wind turbine. We have a dedicated team that is constantly investigating new ways to allow us to blend into our environment.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours We value the inclusion of the local community in our business, to this end we aim to stay aware of local needs. Through our open days and staff connections we try to communicate clearly our mission statement and goals on sustainability. We organise family days for employees to bring their families to the club to learn about golf and socialise amongst themselves.
Local Government We have informed the local council of our plans to work on our environmental impact. It is in their interest as well to be a part of a wider effort among local businesses to move closer to a sustainable approach. Recently we entered into an agreement with the local council to provide employment to people on the unemployment register. As a result of this we have hired a further three full time employees.
Local Environmental Groups We are planning to have an ecological survey of the entire course done in the near future in order to catalogue all the flora and fauna that exists on the course.
Local Community Groups Currently we offer spaces in our clubhouse to local groups for practicing tai chi and yoga, our grounds are open to local birdwatching groups and we encourage the use of local hiking and nature trails for a healthy lifestyle.
Media We get exposure in some local newspapers, usually when there are celebrity players or the club celebrates an anniversary.
Local Businesses We pride ourselves on the quality of local produce so when possible we always opt to work with local suppliers or contractors. We make advertising space in the clubhouse and on our website available to local businesses first.
Schools & Colleges We organise school trips during the year where students get the chance to visit the course and find out more about golf, the flora and fauna contained within the course and our drive for sustainability.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Our maintenance team is responsible for the upkeep of all paths within course grounds.
Creation of new paths and nature trails There is a large network of hiking and nature trails in the area, as part of a healthy living program we encourage their use among our customers. The course is also open to bird watching enthusiasts.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage We have clear and welcoming signage installed at the entrance and around the clubhouse.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) We encourage the use of local hiking and nature trails as part of a drive for healthy living. Our grounds are also open to birdwatching groups. Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi groups hold free classes in the clubhouse and grounds.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) School tours come to the club in order to learn about golf and to see the flora and fauna on the course.

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

Title Author Date View document
Cista Megalitica num 14 Catalan Culture Dept.

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

  • Archaeological Services Catalan Department of Culture

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

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) The club house was originlly a farmhouse dating from 1870. It was fully reconstructed in 1990

Two neolithic standing stones that were on site before construction have now been incorporated into the course.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) Archaeological surveys were carried out initially due to the presence of several features on site. The surrounding area has a rich and varied archaeological record ranging from prehistory to medieval times.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) Standing stones that were discovered on site have now been incorporated into the course design.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display In the clubhouse reception we display community events or notifications either on the noticeboard or displayed on posters.
Members evenings and course walks We have open days as well as special member events, where we discuss the club´s goals as well as taking suggestions from the visitors.
Course guides / brochures We publish a course brochure every year with updated pictures and changes within the club.
Interpretation panels & course signage We try to keep signage on the course to a minimum but we do have interpretation panels regarding the local flora and fauna
Establishment of a nature trail We think it is important to encourage a healthy lifestyle, there is large range of hiking and nature trails in the area which we promote via posters in the clubhouse.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures We think it is very important to communicate our goals on sustainability to the public, we update our online profiles, blogs and websites with details of our progress in these regards.
Supporting campaigns We are always on the look out for other organisations or charities that we can support or be associated with in order that both parties can benefit.
Course walks / open days During our open days we try to promote our goals on sustainability as well as being open to any suggestions from the visitors.
Attending community meetings We like to keep an open channel with the local council and community, if we hear of anything, either that we can help with, or something that may be beneficial to the club, we will always try to play an active role in it.
Joint practical projects with community During school tours the students help to build microhabitats around the course, this is an exciting way for them to get involved and learn about local wildlife and their environment.