Golfbaan Het Rijk Van Sybrook

GEO Certified® 08/2017
Enschede,
Netherlands
Telephone: +31541530331
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On June 29th I visited Het Rijk van Sybrook. This golf course is situated in the province of Overijssel and started working towards the GEO certification in 2016.

After the golf club explained their process and the working plan and the 6 GEO subjects, the head greenkeeper and director gave me a tour of the golf course. We looked at some of the ecological and landscape highlights, and also the maintenance facility. Through this visit I got a good impression on the current situation of the golf course and the ambitions that Het Rijk van Sybro…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities

Nature

Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course is located to the north and on the border of the municipality of Enschede, along the road between Enschede and Oldenzaal. The construction of the golf course started in 1990, with an initial 18 holes. Around 2005, the expansion to 27 holes started (three loops of 9 holes). Land for this purpose was purchased east of the original course. The northern loop is still intact the way it was laid out. The original southern loop was modified during the expansion, so that it now forms a combination with the eastern loop. The expansion has resulted in forested holes and outside holes. The latter category concerns the newly constructed holes which are situated freely. There are no trees between these holes, only on the edges of the course. The original land is part of the National Ecological Network. This does not apply to the land on which the expansion took place. No part of the land lies within a groundwater protection area.
The composition of the forests on the golf course is highly diverse. These differences are caused by the prior history and the soil type. The following tree species are present: beech and Norway spruce forests, birch forests, English oak forests and birch and pine forests. White oxalis and May lilies grow at several locations on the golf course. These ‘old’ woodland plants show that the forest at those locations is probably already more than 100 years old. Other common species are: creeping thistle, blackberry, dandelion, bentgrass, stinging nettle, big trefoil, common rush and broad-leaf dock. Two (partly) protected plants have also been found: small sundew and helleborine. A very large number of bird species also live on the golf course, including the blackbird, robin, wren, song thrush, woodpecker, starling and coal tit. The small pools and larger ponds provide excellent living environments for frogs, toads and salamanders.
The golf course is located on a registered Estate and is thus also ranked under the Dutch Estates Act.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Buiting Advies
  • City of Enschede
  • Rentmeester Bureau Takkenkamp, Lonneker

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

Title Author Date View document
Visual Tree Assesment Tim Lemmerlijn / Buiting Advies 2016/11/18 Download

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

  • Buiting Advies, dhr. R. Buiting

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

Title Author Date View document
inventarisatie en werkprotocol Flora & Fauna Golfbaan Het Rijk van Sybrook Tim Asbreuk & Elmar Prins 2016/11/21

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

Local name Scientific name
Poelkikker Pelophylax lessonae
kamsalamander Triturus cristatus
Kleinde Zonnedauw Drosera intermedia
brede wespenorchis Epipactis helleborine
buizerd Buteo buteo
sperwer Accipiter nisus

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

Local name Scientific name
heggemus Prunella modularis
goudvink Pyrrhula pyrrhula
houtduif Columba palumbus
Grote bonte specht Dendrocopos major

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Historic Landscapes / Parklands Ministerie van Natuur & Milieu / NSW Rangschikking

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Open Water Features 3,84 None
Non Native Plantation Woodland 30,82 None

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.3 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 52%
Poa annua 48%
Tees 0.72 Hectares Lolium perenne 30%
Poa pratensis 30%
Fairways 9.95 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 20%
Poa annua 30%
Semi Rough 6.47 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 20%
Poa annua 30%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
The grasses mentioned above are the most common grass species in a golf course element. Other species of grass are present, but to a lesser extent. The grass on the greens of the outside holes has a different composition: bentgrass / Agrostis Stolonifera (65%) & annual meadow grass / Poa Annua (35%). The composition is not yet optimal for all the course elements and it is vulnerable to disease. An improvement process was started several years ago and there are visible improvements.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 2 months

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

  • Alan Rijks / architect
  • Eric Seijn / APS Green Services
  • SBA Golf & Groen
  • Pro-Grass

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 Every year SBA draws up a maintenance and fertilisation plan on the basis of the various samples (soil/external audit). This plan takes the different conditions and locations of the course elements into consideration.
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. The same applies to the plants in and around the various water features.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance The newsletter for the members of the association and the website regularly provide information about the measures taken for (major) maintenance. The greenkeepers are also responsible for providing information to our players when desired.
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. Maintenance is currently underway, with the Green Deal prioritised in all measures taken.

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 various course elements, such as tee box, green and pre-green, are fertilised and irrigated as planned to create an optimal soil and turf with vitality. The other course elements are fertilised and irrigated less intensively and natural discolouration is accepted.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours The mowing patterns have been clearly identified and set out with our contractor. The design of the architect is the guiding principle here. Our external auditor also plays an important part in this, to ensure that the mowing patterns are in keeping with the game and the environment.
Protection and restoration of historic features This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture The course furnishings are made from natural materials with colours that perfectly fit in with the landscape.
Conservation of specimen trees The Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) resulted in a list of trees which are of value. The maintenance of these trees has been adjusted accordingly.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features These items are not present at Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.

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 surfaces requiring intensive mowing maintenance have been kept to a minimum, in consultation with the contractor. Naturally this may not interfere with the golf game.

Het oppervlakte gras dat intensief gemaaid word is zo beperkt mogelijk voor het behalen van een geschikte baan voor het golfspel.
Increasing the size of habitat patches A number of locations on the course are noted as habitats for various flora and fauna. These are known to the contractor and where possible, they are worked as little as possible. If the opportunity presents itself, these habitats are even enlarged.
Connection of internal habitat patches This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Connection of patches with external habitats This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Creation of habitat corridors Wherever possible, we will link developments in the surrounding nature with the development of the golf course. Currently, there are no real connection zones.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation The rough and various forest edges/areas are maintained naturally in consultation with our contractor, ensuring that they tie in better with the surroundings of the course.

Improving and diversifying habitat edges The development of the outside holes in particular is in full swing and better and new fauna are appearing here continually. We need to ensure that they completely tie in with the surroundings of the golf course.

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 Currently, this does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Currently, this does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Currently, there is no management plan for the forested areas. We do intend to make one in the coming years. We are currently making use of the expertise of our contractor.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas The golf course has a number of locations that are important for the drainage and serve as water storage. The vegetation there is natural. Nothing artificial has been laid out here.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation The vegetation present shows diversity (differences between the forested holes and the outside holes). Annual maintenance in accordance with Flora & Fauna legislation.
Naturalization of linear habitats This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve and enhance biodiversity on the golf course:

Activity Description
Provision of nesting and nectar for pollinators This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Installation of nest boxes Nesting boxes have been installed at several places on the course. This number must be expanded in the coming years, targeting those bird species in particular which contribute to the maintenance of the course (e.g. starlings).
Provision of feeding tables This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Control / management of alien species At Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course, we work in accordance with the Flora & Fauna legislation.
Provision of hibernation areas The various nesting boxes spread around the course can also be used by birds which stay over winter.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) In 2017 we started storing the coarse pruned materials on the edges of the course (in forested areas); this will create a natural separation between the grounds of the golf course and the surrounding area. These wooded banks are also suitable as a habitat.

Water

In the clubhouse of Het Rijk van Sybrook, tap water is used in the catering establishment, the changing rooms and at other consumption points. Notices have been hung up in various places requesting visitors to use water wisely. Surface water is present on the course in various ponds. They form the buffer for the irrigation system. The water level in the ponds is maintained by pumping up groundwater. There are two springs/pumps for this purpose. The first one is at the Greenkeeper’s shed, while the other spring is located in the shelter next to the pond and tee box of hole south 5. 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. Clearing the various watercourses that allow water to drain properly towards the ponds is essential for the winter maintenance of the course. This was also done in the winter of 2016/2017.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
controle legionella Bureau de Wit 2017/01/19

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% 15,500 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 20% 27,292 Litres
Surface 80%
2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 16,494 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 20% 20,980 Litres
Surface 80%
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 12,190 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 20% 17,606 Litres
Surface 80%

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
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 In consultation with our external consultant, the contractor has been working for many years on selecting grass species that require less irrigation and are more drought-resistant. Areas of shade are also taken into consideration.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Management of the thatch is an essential part of the overall maintenance plan drawn up by the contractor. Aeration of the top layer is an important element in the plan.
Timing and dose of water application The irrigation is dosed through moisture and evaporation measurements by the weather station. The sprinklers at Het Rijk van Sybrook are single-headed and can therefore be controlled individually. Since 2017 we have also been irrigating manually.
Analysis of soil moisture The soil is sampled every year by an external company. The moisture is also analysed. Our external auditor also performs a Quality scan four times a year. This scan also examines the moisture.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data The irrigation is dosed through moisture and evaporation measurements by the weather station, as well as measurements and observations by our contractor.
Use of wetting agents Wetting agents are used in the summer months, only at those places which require this.
Overall reduction in irrigated area All sprinklers are set so that they have the most efficient range. This prevents excessive water consumption. The sprinklers are also single-headed and can be controlled individually at each location. This also reduces water consumption.

Targeting of sprinkler heads Alle sprinklers staan zo afgesteld dat het bereik zo efficient mogelijk is. Dit om overmatig waterverbruik te vermijden. Daarnaast zijn de sproeiers single headed en kunnen ter plekke individueel worden aangestuurd. Ook hierdoor minder waterverbruik.
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 Water-saving nozzles are used.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets These applications have been implemented where possible. They will be taken into consideration with all new modifications and renovations.
Use of water efficient appliances These applications have been implemented where possible. They will be taken into consideration with all new modifications and renovations.
Use of efficient shower technology Currently, this does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course, but it will be investigated.
Repairing leaks If these arise, they are repaired immediately to prevent wastage.
Water awareness signage Guests are reminded at several locations to use water efficiently.

Energy

Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course has prioritised the reduction of energy consumption. When lighting is replaced, LEDs are used. We will implement even more improvements in the future. When equipment is replaced, we will always choose the best energy label. We must continue to keep abreast of new developments in the field of cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.

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) 13743 14243 13518
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 60 80 75
Natural Gas (Litres) 22100 22098 22095
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 191830 191199 192020
Petrol (Litres) 1254 1319 1429

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Our energy supplier reported that the use of renewable energy was 14.9%.
Installation of small scale wind turbine This is not present at Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels This is not present at Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course. This is something which will be investigated in more detail in the future to supply electricity for the electric buggy.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources Currently, this does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Currently, this does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol Biodiesel and ethanol are currently not used in the fleet of the golf course, nor in that of the contractor. Pruned materials are collected and removed for the supplier to process into biomass. In the event of replacement, this will be examined.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles The rental buggies are all electric. In 2016, the contractor replaced two diesel ‘transporters’ with electric ones. This will be done in the future with more equipment, if possible.
Use of recycled oils Currently, this does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems The current hot water/heating boilers are high efficiency. They were installed in 2012. In the event of future replacement, the best energy label will be chosen for all equipment.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course
Upgrading of building insulation The clubhouse is fully insulated. However, this does require a more detailed inspection, since it is old and might not meet current standards.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) The entire clubhouse has sufficient windows to ensure maximum benefit from daylight. This means that during the day, no or very little lighting needs to be used.
Installation of low-energy lighting When replacement is necessary, LED lighting is chosen. A plan has been drawn up for this purpose, with phased implementation in the clubhouse and annexes.
Use of motion sensor lighting Movement sensors are used in the toilet blocks and lockerrooms.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Dit is op dit moment niet van toepassing op Golfbaan Het Rijk van Sybrook.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Dit is op dit moment niet van toepassing op Golfbaan Het Rijk van Sybrook.
Educating staff and customers The department managers continually remind the employees about energy consumption. Where possible, lighting and other equipment that uses electricity is turned off.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100%
Diesel 100% 50%
Hybrid 50%

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

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

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives Due to varying shifts and thus different start and end times, it is difficult to encourage carpooling among the employees. This does happen where possible. Within the association, only the youth committee is encouraged to share cars.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Secure cycle parking There is no locked and supervised bicycle shelter.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables The golf course is easily accessible by public transport, and more specifically, by bus. However, this is rarely or never used by players because of their golf equipment.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) At Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course, all available lockers are taken. There is even a waiting list of people who would like to have a locker. More lockers would be a reason for some members to come by bicycle instead of by car.
Staff showers No showers are available for the employees.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Promotion of walk to work campaigns This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course. The golf course is too far from the built-up area for employees to be able to walk to work.

Supply Chain

Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course is working consciously on material and supply chain management for the catering establishment. Where possible, local suppliers are used, and we focus on typical regional products. Our contractor, SBA, takes care of maintenance of the golf course and buys its own material which is used for the maintenance of the course. In this case too, local suppliers are used if possible. Pesticides are used as little as possible and only when necessary. A good record is kept of the amount of pesticides used. Fertilisers are applied on greens, pre-greens, tees and fairways. The waste created in the greenkeeping is stored centrally in a container; a local farmer collects the waste to fertilise farmland. The coarse pruned materials are collected by a company and processed into biomass. The waste from the clubhouse is sorted (glass, paper, residual waste) and collected by the company Remondis twice weekly. This company has issued a statement that it sorts the residual waste at its business location.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source The purchasing policy in all departments undergoes continuous critical examination. Purchases are made consciously, avoiding wastage as much as possible. Furthermore, we work highly efficiently according to the so-called residual waste processing principle.
Use of local suppliers Catering suppliers come mainly from the region. This ensures a better purchasing policy. A number of (wholesale) suppliers for non-food are located within a maximum radius of 50-70 km. Technical maintenance and repairs to the buildings and systems are carried out by local/regional businesses.
Use of local products Seasonal products (such as asparagus) in particular are purchased locally. 90% of the (fresh) supplies for the catering establishment and kitchen come from regional suppliers in so far as possible.
Selection of certified products Where possible, and applicable, these products are specifically purchased.

Use of recycled and recyclable products The organisation, both clubhouse and greenkeeping, certainly use recycled products. However, these are not mentioned by name.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging If possible, products are ordered without packaging material, e.g. vegetables in boxes, soft drinks in glass bottles rather than PET bottles, fruit in crates.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Not every supplier is asked for certification. For larger purchases, the presence of a certificate is definitely a requirement. We have drawn up a list of our larger suppliers in this respect.

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 10 6 4
Catering Supplies 1 1
Retail 19 1 18
Trade & Contractors 7 7
Maintenance Equipment 6 1 5
Course Supplies 11 8 3

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Areas on the course which are played intensively are checked regularly for modifications (such as tee box markers, hole cups). Handy carts are not permitted on the course in wet periods. Only appropriate grass species are used for re-seeding.
Managing stress and wear On their daily rounds, our greenkeepers check tee boxes, fairways and greens for any wear or other forms of disease or fungal growth. SBA has drawn up special work instructions for this purpose.
Enhancement of soil structure Regular aeration and sand topdressing are essential to improve the soil structure. The monthly audit by an external company gathers information about the structure through random checks. This is also done by SBA. A plan is drawn up jointly.
Optimization of the growing environment In the winter of 2016/2017 rigorous pruning was carried out to ensure that certain course elements would have more ‘light and air’. This will be an ongoing process. In consultation with and as a result of the VTA, an analysis will also need to be made about trees.
Managing thatch levels During the season, the thatch level on the various course elements is checked monthly by an external party as well as the contractor. If necessary, the maintenance plan is adjusted accordingly.
Managing surface moisture We are aware of a number of very damp patches on the course. They are caused by slight subsidence, a large thatch layer and drainage that is not functioning fully. The thatch layer in particular needs our full attention and these areas are frequently aerated and topdressed with sand.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease With the Green Deal constantly in sight, we will have to implement more natural impediments to combat pests and disease. Greenkeeping must have this as its priority every day, for example treating the greens with natural products (sulphate) for fungal growth.

Scouting for pests and diseases On their daily rounds, our greenkeepers check tee boxes, fairways and greens for any wear or other forms of disease or fungal growth. SBA has drawn up special work instructions for this purpose.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Green Deal basic principles are the guidelines for monitoring and improving the health of the various grasses. We attempt to prevent specific threats in advance rather than tackling them afterwards. That is the purpose of the daily greenkeeping round.

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Inorganic 24 46
Fairways - K - Organic 0 0
Fairways - N - Inorganic 87 89
Fairways - N - Organic 0 0
Fairways - P - Inorganic 20 24
Fairways - P - Organic 0 0
Greens - K - Inorganic 83 334
Greens - K - Organic 107 0
Greens - N - Inorganic 61 196
Greens - N - Organic 137 0
Greens - P - Inorganic 36 72
Greens - P - Organic 44 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 0 306
Tees - K - Organic 166 0
Tees - N - Inorganic 0 189
Tees - N - Organic 180 0
Tees - P - Inorganic 0 50
Tees - P - Organic 58 0

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 71 37 60
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 71 37 60
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 4 2 4
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 100 50 125
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 100 50 125
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 9 5 11
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 62 36 50
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 62 36 50
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 4 2 4
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 7 12 5
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 7 12 5
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 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 There is a shower in the greenkeepers’ shed.
Calibration and testing of sprayers The total irrigation system is checked and tested annually. The settings of the various sprinklers are also tested.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles This kind of sprinkler is present at Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.
Non-chemical weed control Currently, this does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course yet.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. When possible, we use organic fertilisers. They definitely contribute to the health and resistance of the plants.

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 paper and glass waste from the catering establishment/kitchen is collected separately. All the other waste is currently considered to be residual waste. However, we made sure to select a waste processing company that does recycle this waste.
Establishment of recycling centers Containers are lined up on the side of the clubhouse. 1 x glass / 1 x paper/cardboard / 2 x residual waste.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Mowing waste at Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course is collected in a container at the greenkeepers’ shed. When it is full, it is collected by a local farmer who spreads this waste on his land as a natural fertiliser.
Education of staff and customer education The staff members are highly aware of the sorting of waste. For the guests we have distributed as many rubbish bins as possible around the clubhouse and on the course, in order to prevent litter as much as possible.
Waste awareness campaigns Currently nothing is being done with this. In the future, possibly by placing signs.

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 Sybrook Golf Course is to minimise environmental impacts. This should be possible through creating a high degree of awareness among employees and the external contractor. This will prevent 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 and the Province 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 This production is stored in accordance with fixed protocols and in accordance with the applicable legislation. All materials are stored in liquid-tight containers or on liquid-tight floors.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas This is done on a liquid-tight floor. This floor is inspected regularly and a statement has been issued that it meets the legal requirements.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas If applicable, this is done at a location in the greenkeepers’ shed where there is a liquid-tight container or liquid-tight floor.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces If applicable, this is done at a location in the greenkeepers’ shed where there is a liquid-tight container or liquid-tight floor.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks There is a diesel tank at the greenkeepers’ shed. It was installed fairly recently and meets the applicable legal requirements.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel These are present and are checked regularly by greenkeepers.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials These are present and are checked regularly by greenkeepers.

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution on its golf course:

Activity Description
Eliminating leachate and run-off through careful timing of turf inputs The greenkeepers work extremely precisely in this area. The amount of the area to be treated is determined in advance and the exact quantity required is added. Of course, the weather conditions are also monitored closely.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Our contractor has written a protocol that includes the precise distances from ponds and pools at which spraying is allowed. All greenkeepers have been informed of this.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan Our contractor has written a protocol for this point for attention, which indicates precisely what needs to be done in such a situation. All greenkeepers have been informed of this. The appropriate materials are also present in the shed for taking action as fast as possible.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge This is checked regularly by the greenkeepers.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Currently, these are not present. In the framework of the Green Deal, they will be created in the future.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off There is a specifically equipped hose-off area at the greenkeepers’ shed. The water used is captured in a special collection pit.

Community

Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course has a total membership of 863 members. Most of the members (approx. 85%) live in the immediate vicinity of the golf course (1-20 km). Many of the members are active in the association. There is therefore a strong sense of togetherness between the members and the association. Within the association there are various clubs which attract specific age and/or gender groups.
Similarly, 90% of the employees live in the immediate vicinity of the golf course. This is an important matter also with respect to the future.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Course Management 1
Food & Beverage 3 5 13
Golf Coaching 1 2
Retail & Leisure 2 1
Caddies 3
Other 1 1 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 Greenkeeping at Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course is outsourced to an external contractor. This contractor ensures that the employees possess the correct certificates and diplomas (Greenkeeping diploma/spraying permit, etc).
Efficient water management The greenkeepers’ team has sufficient knowledge of the irrigation system to ensure that water management is as efficient as possible.
Management of accidents and emergencies A large company emergency response team organisation has been set up among the total team of employees (greenkeeping and other), with employees from all departments taking part. A trained company emergency response team member is always present.
Management of habitats and vegetation The contractor regularly offers industry-related courses, of which the Flora & Fauna legislation comprises a large part. All greenkeeping employees should be fully aware of this.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling The importance of sorting waste is pointed out constantly to the employees, so that this is done consistently. This is also an important point for attention among the greenkeepers and the various products are handled safely.
Health & Safety There is a large company emergency response team organisation, and at least two persons per department have been trained as a company emergency response team member. Refresher training is given every year, ensuring that the knowledge remains present. Greenkeeping receives further specific training and courses (safe handling of equipment).
Energy Saving No training has been followed as yet for this component. It is our intention to do this in the future.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Currently, there is insufficient knowledge of this topic. Specific training for this is not desired, although a great deal of contact with various bodies in the region that do possess this knowledge is indeed desirable.
Environmental management planning The head greenkeeper is responsible for the greenkeeper team. Within the clubhouse, this responsibility falls to the different department heads.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours There are only a few neighbours, with whom we have good contact. We ensure that the environment is clean, also outside the grounds of the golf course. If there are special events, we inform the neighbours in advance to limit any nuisance they might experience.
Local Government Our golf course has a good relationship with the Municipality of Enschede. We know how to reach the right people in the municipality, if this is required. In 2017 the entire Municipal Executive will make a working visit here, at which we will present all aspects of the golf course.
Local Environmental Groups Currently, there is no consultation with local environmental groups.
Local Community Groups Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course is a commercial golf course. We are open to everyone and not only to members of the association.
Media We make optimum use of the available media in the region. Whenever there is a special event, the media are informed of it. There is also an active Social Media policy, whereby Facebook and suchlike are used. Improvement of our image is the central theme.
Local Businesses We are frequently working with local businesses. This applies to all departments. We hope to expand this in the future. Often this is a matter of reciprocity, and these companies are also members of the golf course.
Schools & Colleges We have regular contact with various educational institutions. On the one hand for apprenticeships and traineeships, and on the other hand to stimulate the sport of golf. For example, there is a special membership for students.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths The entire grounds of the golf course are open to the public. In view of safety, we do not draw attention to this fact, and we also advise people against this. However, the grounds are a golf course and are not used for other purposes.
Creation of new paths and nature trails A total of 11 km of paths have been laid throughout the grounds. These paths were completely relaid in 2016, to ensure better drainage.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage There are information signs and directions at various locations on the course. A welcome sign has been erected on the approach road leading to the golf course.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course and will not change in the future.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course and will not change in the future.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course and will not change in the future.

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) These items are not present at Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.

Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) These items are not present at Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.

Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) These items are not present at Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display The golf course members receive a newsletter each month via e-mail. This also pays attention to all matters relating to GEO. In addition, the members are provided with information via the association website.
Members evenings and course walks In 2016, an information evening was held for the first time to discuss the maintenance of the golf course. The head greenkeeper gave a presentation about the ins and outs of maintenance. It is our intention to do this every year, with GEO also playing an important role.
Course guides / brochures Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course has beautiful brochures setting out all options: membership, business membership, lessons and suchlike. The brochures were redeveloped and restyled in March 2017.
Interpretation panels & course signage There are sufficient information signs on the golf course which the golf player will need when playing a round. The signs are made from natural materials, so they do not disrupt the landscape.
Establishment of a nature trail There are 11 km of paths on the golf course. In principle they are used by the golf players, but they can also be used for going for a walk. The paths are made entirely from natural products.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures The members are informed monthly about the progress/GEO. We try to make them aware of the importance and of Green Deal. The website of the association and our own website also provide a lot of information.
Supporting campaigns The Netherlands Golf Federation (NGF) also has a lot of support material available. No use has been made of this as yet, but this will certainly happen in the future in order to make the players more aware of nature and the environment.
Course walks / open days This does not apply to Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course and will not occur in the future in connection with safety.
Attending community meetings If possible, a representative of Het Rijk van Sybrook Golf Course will be present, if there are issues that affect the operation directly.
Joint practical projects with community If specific action is desired by the community and/or golf course, we will definitely respond to this.