Golfbaan Het Rijk Van Nunspeet

GEO Certified® 08/2017
Nunspeet,
Netherlands
Telephone: +31 541 255 255
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One of the key-features of the Het Rijk van Nunspeet golf course is the combination of a high level of course maintenance with a keen eye on a natural development of the surrounding nature areas and landscape. Drifting sand dunes, once a typical characteristic of this area, have been brought back on this course and heather vegetation is now being restored such that a more gradual and natural transition from playing area to the surrounding woodlands is achieved. Apart from that, the management demonstrated that sustainability is part of their ma…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
North Course (9 holes, 2979 metres, year opened 1987)
South Course (9 holes, 3033 metres, year opened 1987)
East Course (9 holes, 3009 metres, year opened 1987)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Practice Facility/Facilities

Nature

Het Rijk van Nunspeet Golf Course is located south-east of the built-up area of Nunspeet. The course borders the A28 on the south side, and is further surrounded by forested areas with buildings. There is a recreational lake on the east side. The golf course was opened for use in 1987 and has 27 competition holes. Within the perimeter of the golf course there are not only the course elements for the game of golf, such as greens, tees and fairways, but there is also a large expanse of more natural areas. The golf course is located high on the northern flank of the deposits of the Veluwe lateral moraine, and this creates many height differences in the golf course. These height differences not only offer extra challenges to the golf players, but also create extra diversity for habitat conditions. The golf course is surrounded by forest and there are also forest stands between the holes on the golf course. These forests are predominantly Scots pine and American oak, with English oak and silver birch in some places. Many forests have a well-developed shrub layer with rowan, alder buckthorn and the exotic American black cherry.
There are many areas of heath and/or impoverished grasslands spread across the course. These are mainly on the edges of the forest stands on slopes, and form a natural transition between the golf course and the forest.
Due to the predominantly east-west position of these strips, there are many south (warm and dry) and north (cool and relatively moist) slopes. This gives the golf course a great variety of microclimates which many plants and animals (can) use. On the steep south-facing slopes there are patches of heath and impoverished grassland rich in different species, including mouse-ear hawkweed, hawkbits and common heather; see figure 5. These impoverished soils already have great value, but this slope definitely has even greater nature potential. This potential can be raised and preserved through management of impoverished areas.

Consultation & Surveys

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

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

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

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

Title Author Date View document
Inventarisatie en werkprotocol flora & fauna Tim Asbreuk en Elmar Prins 2016/10/19
VTA Rapotage Tim Lemmerlijn 2016/10/27

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

Local name Scientific name
Buizerd Buteo buteo
Boomvalk Falco subbuteo
Ransuil Asio otus
Sperwer Accipiter nisus
Havik Accipiter gentilis
Ijsvogel Alcedo atthis

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

Local name Scientific name
Heggemus Prunella modularis
Boomkruiper Certhia brachydactyla
Houtduif Columba palumbus
Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Grote bonte specht Dendrocopos major
Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
Groenespecht Picus Viridis

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
National Park De Veluwe

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Native Woodland 50 None
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 3 N/A
Sand dunes 1 N/A

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.5 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 50%
Poa annua 50%
Tees 1.5 Hectares Festuca rubra 40%
Poa annua 60%
Fairways 11.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 40%
Lolium perenne 60%
Semi Rough 1.5 Hectares Festuca rubra 50%
Lolium perenne 50%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
In combination with our maintenance schedule and meticulous irrigation system, we are able to provide these grasses an optimal living environment in our grounds on this basis.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 2 months

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

  • • Alan Rijks
  • • Eric Seijn
  • • Pro-Grass
  • • De Enk Golf en Groen B.V.

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 Each year, after taking soil samples, we prepare a maintenance plan for the entire course. The plan covers the whole year and is drawn up in months and weeks.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Improvement of soil structure is included in the maintenance plan. Not collecting the grass clippings leaves sufficient natural growth/food on the fairway and semi-rough.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces The elements on the course such as uncut rough are mown/clipped once a year.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance We keep the members informed of major maintenance work to the greens through the clubs website, and if golf players have questions, we are happy to answer them in person.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces A good maintenance plan and the right choice of grasses will ensure quality and sustainable management compatibility.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture On the important sections of the course, such as the tee box, green and pre-green, we ensure a perfect, healthy lawn through fertilisation and customised irrigation. Outside these sections, we allow natural discolouration as much as possible.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours The contours are in harmony with the environment and the game.
Protection and restoration of historic features Not applicable.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We have chosen golf course materials with a natural appearance in a colour and material appropriate for the course.
Conservation of specimen trees Not applicable.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Not applicable.

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 grass surface that is intensively mown is kept as small as possible to achieve a suitable course for the game of golf.
Increasing the size of habitat patches We try to make habitats as large as possible.
Connection of internal habitat patches Not applicable.
Connection of patches with external habitats Not applicable.
Creation of habitat corridors Not applicable.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation As the rough and the forest edges/areas are maintained as natural as possible, we avoid shredding between the areas.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges The course continues to develop, and therefore increasingly better and more appropriate habitats will be developed.

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 Not applicable.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Not applicable.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands There are various native shrubs and trees that are preserved through management and maintenance. Furthermore, Buiting has made a Forest Management Plan whereby an area is maintained every three years.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas Not applicable.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation There is variation in vegetation. The existing ponds are maintained yearly by trimming the sides and keeping them clean.
Naturalization of linear habitats Not applicable.

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 Not applicable.
Installation of nest boxes Various nesting boxes have been hung up around the course for different bird species.
Provision of feeding tables not applicable
Control / management of alien species In accordance with the Dutch Flora and Fauna Act.
Provision of hibernation areas Various nesting boxes have been hung up around the course for various bird species, and can also be used by birds which stay over winter.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) We have placed a few piles of tree stumps and various wooded banks around the course.

Water

In the clubhouse of Het Rijk van Nunspeet, tap water is used in the catering establishment, the changing rooms and at other consumption points.
Surface water is present on the course; this is the buffer for the irrigation system. There are also two springs. The first spring is at the Greenkeepers’ shed on the south side, approximately 160 m deep, and the other spring is at the pond of south 9 and is 180 m deep. Irrigation sprinklers and wetting agents are used to limit the amount of irrigation water. The irrigation is controlled by an irrigation computer. The amount of irrigation water is determined by the experienced head greenkeeper with the assistance of a weather station and moisture measurements. The irrigation pump that is used has frequency control; this sets the speed of the pump. This prevents water from being pumped up unnecessarily, which saves water as well as energy.

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:

2016 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,024,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 2,343,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 0 Litres
Other Public / Potable 0 Litres
2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,447,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 3,559,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 0 Litres
Other Public / Potable 0 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,259,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 80% 38,900,000 Litres
Surface 20%
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 0 Litres
Other Public / Potable 100% 0 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees 2-3 days per week
Fairways Weekly
Semi-Rough Never

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 6 months

Upgraded every 2 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 6 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species When the course was laid out, the grasses were selected consciously. Different species were sown in shady areas. All the grasses have been selected to limit water consumption.
Soil decompaction and thatch management We have a maintenance schedule for the maintenance of the thatch layer, such as aeration of the top layer.
Timing and dose of water application The irrigation is dosed through moisture and evaporation measurements by the weather station
Analysis of soil moisture The soil moisture is analysed annually by a certified company.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data The irrigation is dosed through moisture and evaporation measurements by the weather station.
Use of wetting agents In the summer, we use wetting agents on the greens and tees.
Overall reduction in irrigated area Because we have an average of two rows of sprinklers per fairway, the zone is restricted.
Targeting of sprinkler heads All sprinklers are set according to the intended area to avoid excessive water consumption.
Optimizing system pressure The pump that is used has frequency control; this sets the speed of the pump according to the pressure..
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology We have water-saving Tale nozzles.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Not applicable.
Use of water efficient appliances To date, we have made all the appropriate adjustments to save water.
Use of efficient shower technology Not applicable
Repairing leaks Any leaks are repaired as quickly as possible
Water awareness signage Not applicable.

Energy

Het Rijk van Nunspeet Golf Course has prioritised the reduction of energy consumption. When renovating the clubhouse, we modified the lighting (LED) and the heating, as well as the cooling. We will implement even more improvements in the coming periods. We will continue to keep abreast of new developments in the field of cleaner and more sustainable energy sources. In the future we would like to have an energy survey performed, in view of the renovations.

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) 7.800 8.040 8.005
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 80 100 150
Natural Gas (Litres) 48.922 57.715 49.555
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 386.713 387.738 402.232
Petrol (Litres) 4.210 4.860 4.754

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Not applicable.
Installation of small scale wind turbine Not Applicable.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels We may install solar panels at some point in the future to generate electricity for our electric rental golf buggies.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources Not Applicable.
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Not Applicable.
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol Not applicable
Use of electric hybrid vehicles The rental buggies all run on batteries.
Use of recycled oils Not applicable.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Not applicable.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Not applicable.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities Not applicable.
Upgrading of building insulation The clubhouse and the other annexes have optimal insulation.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) There are sufficient windows in the building to minimise the use of artificial lighting during the day.
Installation of low-energy lighting When renovating the clubhouse, we modified the lighting (LED).
Use of motion sensor lighting Not applicable.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Not applicable
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting On theTerrace heeters timers are installed
Educating staff and customers We are aware that we need to minimise the use of heating and lighting when we are not working or when there are no visitors.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100%
Diesel 33% 100%
Hybrid 67%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 50%
Grid Electric 50%
Hybrid 100%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives The members mainly live in the vicinity of the golf course. During tournaments, the members usually carpool and, particularly during youth tournaments, it is encouraged that several young members carpool in their parents’ car.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) Not applicable.
Secure cycle parking The bicycle shelter is close to the main entrance and is monitored by cameras.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables he golf course is easily accessible by public transport, both by train and by bus. This is also promoted via the website.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) The locker room has sufficient lockers available for members.
Staff showers At Greenkeeping there is one shower, and there are two showers for the catering establishment.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling Not applicable.
Promotion of walk to work campaigns Not applicable.

Supply Chain

Het Rijk van Nunspeet Golf Course is working consciously on material and supply chain management for the catering establishment. As of 1 January, De Enk will purchase the material for course maintenance using local suppliers if possible, especially for seasonal products in the catering establishment, such as asparagus and strawberries. Pesticides are used as little as possible and only when necessary. A good record is kept of the amount of resources used. Fertilisers are applied on greens, pre-greens, tees and fairways. Waste from the Greenkeeping and the catering establishment is collected centrally and recycled if possible.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Products are specifically purchased and efficiently used.
Use of local suppliers The catering establishment uses suppliers who are located within a maximum radius of 50-70 km. Technical maintenance and repairs to the buildings and installation systems are carried out by local/regional businesses.
Use of local products Food and drink products for the catering establishment are supplied by regional suppliers as much as possible.
Selection of certified products Where possible, and applicable, these products are specifically purchased.
Use of recycled and recyclable products There are certainly recycled products in use within the company, both by the catering establishment and Greenkeeping.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Some products are supplied with limited packaging materials, such as vegetables and fruit in crates.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Supplies of raw materials and consumables are delivered under certificate in accordance with the requirements.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Kilometres Total number of suppliers within 100 Kilometres
Food & Beverage 6 1 5
Catering Supplies 1 1
Retail 18 18
Trade & Contractors 5 5
Maintenance Equipment 5 1 4
Course Supplies 12 8 4

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Stress is avoided as much as possible by regularly changing sections of the course that are played on intensively and by not permitting handy carts in wet periods.
Managing stress and wear Wear and stress are monitored daily, for example around the pin positions on the greens.
Enhancement of soil structure To guarantee good soil structure the ground is regularly aerated and topdressed with sand.
Optimization of the growing environment Het Rijk van Nunspeet is a forest golf course. At the start of 2016 we commenced a three-yearly round of maintenance per loop. This gives course elements enough sun and sufficient wind for good growing conditions.
Managing thatch levels The maintenance plan is adapted to the thatch level as required per location.
Managing surface moisture We have this well under control. During the season we check the surface moisture daily.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Through specific management with a view to the Green Deal, we will have to create more natural barriers to prevent pests and diseases.
Scouting for pests and diseases The head greenkeeper or the greenkeepers monitor the grass on a daily basis and we are therefore aware in time of any diseases and pests in the course.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Through management with a view to the Green Deal, we must remain alert to plant health.

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Inorganic 70 103 110
Fairways - N - Inorganic 125 93 150
Fairways - P - Inorganic 30 15 35
Greens - K - Inorganic 222 308 265
Greens - N - Inorganic 178 192 180
Greens - P - Inorganic 36 35 35
Tees - K - Inorganic 155 155 155
Tees - N - Inorganic 180 180 180
Tees - P - Inorganic 55 54 56

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 90
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 36
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 21 35 70
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 4 8 16
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 2 2 6
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 15
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 6
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products We spray with water-soluble Fe up to a certain amount.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases We spray with water-soluble Fe up to a certain amount.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers At the greenkeeper location there is one shower, while there are two showers for the catering establishment.
Calibration and testing of sprayers These are checked yearly.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We spray with anti-drift nozzles..
Non-chemical weed control Steaming water/burning weeds with propane torch
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. We do use organic fertilisers; naturally, they support this process.

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

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials All waste is separated behind the main building
Establishment of recycling centers There are three large waste containers near the kitchen where we separate paper, glass and residual waste.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Not applicable.
Education of staff and customer education Signs will be placed in various places in and around the clubhouse to make people aware of this.
Waste awareness campaigns Signs will be placed in various places in and around the clubhouse to make people aware of this.

Pollution Control

The environmental management plan not only seeks to ensure strict compliance with environmental legislation, it also aims to launch a process with a constant focus on the effects of the operations on the environment. In that process of awareness, attention will be given to the most efficient use of raw materials and targeted influence on the generation of waste and the way in which it is processed.
The objective of Het Rijk van Nunspeet Golf Course is to minimise environmental impacts. This should be possible through creating a high degree of awareness among employees, and thus preventing wastage and misuse.
Drawing up measurable criteria, other than the assessment to determine compliance with applicable laws and regulations, could be a useful addition. Routine inspections by the municipality are an additional impetus for complying with the rules.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course N/A N/A
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Via Oil Separator N/A
Wash Pad Via Oil Separator N/A

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 false
Fertiliser Bags true false
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 All locations where dangerous substances are to be found have liquid-tight floors
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas The floor is checked annually and is liquid-tight.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas That takes place from the chemical storage cupboard on a liquid-tight floor
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces That takes place on a liquid-tight floor.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks We have one double-walled diesel tank.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Yes, inspection takes place regularly.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials They are present.

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 We avoid this, for example by filling the field sprayer tank with exactly the amount that is required; there is no residual liquid left after spraying.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Buffer strips have been established around the watercourses.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan Filling takes place on a liquid-tight floor and an emergency response plan is being drawn up.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge They are inspected regularly.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones We are working on that with a view to the Green Deal.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off There are oil separators at the hose-off area.

Community

Het Rijk van Nunspeet Golf Course has 537 members, approximately 350 of whom live within a radius of 20-30 km, while the rest come from further afield. In terms of the working environment, we try as much as possible to employ people from the Nunspeet region. We have also been collaborating with Gresbo in the past. The golf course is committed to providing a safe and sustainable working environment through open and frequent communication.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Course Management 1
Food & Beverage 4 1 13
Golf Coaching 1 1
Retail & Leisure 4
Caddies 1 3
Other 1 1 2

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Greenkeeper training, spraying permit
Efficient water management Irrigation system training is followed with a view to efficient water management.
Management of accidents and emergencies An occupational health and safety officer is present at Het Rijk van Nunspeet and we have at least one person in each department who has a company emergency response training certificate.
Management of habitats and vegetation reenkeepers regularly follow courses in their professional field, of which this forms a part. The Dutch Flora and Fauna Act.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Everyone on the golf course, whether a client or an employee, is made aware of the importance of waste separation.
Health & Safety Employees follow safety training and company emergency response training. Dutch Flora and Fauna Act, working safely on the roadside.
Energy Saving No investigation of energy saving has been done as yet; this will be done in the future
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Head greenkeeper Eric Metselaar has extensive knowledge of the landscape and cultural heritage.
Environmental management planning The head greenkeeper is in charge of planning, together with his team, as far as environmental management is concerned.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours We have a good relationship with our neighbours on all fronts. We work together on achieving a beautiful and tidy environment in terms of greenery maintenance along the boundary and litter.
Local Government We have a good relationship with the local aldermen in the municipality of Nunspeet.
Local Environmental Groups Not applicable
Local Community Groups Het Rijk van Nunspeet Golf Course is a commercial organisation and therefore, whenever possible, local community groups are welcome.
Media From our initial beginnings, we have always made use of the press. Nowadays, the internet and Facebook make it much easier to reach the guests. Of course, we still use the local paper to reach the local market.
Local Businesses We work together with local businesses through our various departments. We also aim to involve more businesses in the area.
Schools & Colleges There are regular tours from local schools and the professionals also provide group lessons for them.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Not applicable.
Creation of new paths and nature trails Not applicable.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Welcome signs and directions are located in several places on the course.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) Not applicable.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) Not applicable.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities Not applicable.

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

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) Not applicable.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) Not applicable
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) There are shifting sands present, which may not be disturbed.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display The members receive a newsletter via e-mail each month.
Members evenings and course walks Occasionally, there are information evenings on the subject of changes in the course, maintenance etc.
Course guides / brochures We still have a simple flyer promoting the golf school, but most of the information can be found on the website www.golfenophetrijk.nl.
Interpretation panels & course signage There are sufficient signboards on the golf course and we want to place some local notice boards with information about the area.
Establishment of a nature trail There are various types of paths across the course and 80 percent of these were laid using a natural product.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures is a website for external promotion on which we publish news and announce promotions.
Supporting campaigns Not applicable.
Course walks / open days Not applicable.
Attending community meetings Golf course manager is a member of the local commercial network
Joint practical projects with community Not applicable.