Amsterdamse Golf Club

GEO Certified® 11/2011 GEO Re-Certified 01/2015
Amsterdam,
Netherlands
Telephone: +31(0)20 4977866
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The course of the Amsterdam Golf Club is part of the Spaarnwoude recreational area. Among the nearby neighbours are Golf Club Houtrak, leisure association Recreatieschap Spaarnwoude, Spaarnwoude holiday park (bungalows and campsite), and the Amsterdam harbour. Over all, all parties have sustainability policies in place.
The Spaarnwoude recreational area is part of the ‘national buffer zone’ to limit urbanisation in the area between the cities of Amsterdam and Haarlem. The golf course is part of the Nature Network the Netherlands (category ‘sea…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
main (18 holes, 6197 metres, year opened 1990)
par 3 (6 holes, 460 metres, year opened 2004)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Halfway House(s)
1 Other

Nature

The Golf course of the Amsterdamse Golf Club was developed in the eighties on the clay soil of the then called Buiten IJ and has been completed over the years as a true park course. Many water ponds, bushes and solitaire trees result in beautiful sceneries throughout he course. All the holes have their specific character and own identity by well placed bunkers, ponds and several sloping areas in the course. Outside the fairways the course is covered by natural rough. Several water ponds have been developed over the years and show to be very suitable for amfibic lifeforms.

The golf course and main buildings are on the Westside from the Baduinlaan while the driving range and car parking area are East from same raod. The total area is 59 ha.

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De golfbaan van de Amsterdamse Golf Club is eind jaren tachtig aangelegd op de zeeklei van het voormalige Buiten IJ en heeft zich in de loop der jaren ontwikkeld tot een echte parkbaan. Hij wordt gekarakteriseerd door veel waterpartijen, bosjes en solitaire bomen met fraaie doorzichten door de baan. Specifiek geplaatste bunkers en glooiende heuvels door en tussen de fairways geven de verschillende holes een eigen identiteit. Ruigten met natuurontwikkeling bevinden zich in die delen van de baan, die buiten het spel liggen en in de zgn. carry's. Afgelopen jaren zijn er diverse poelen aangelegd die uitermate geschikt zijn voor de voortplanting van amfibieën.

Het gebied wordt doorsneden door de Bauduinlaan, met aan de westzijde de wedstrijdbaan, clubhuis en werkplaats en aan de oostzijde de oefenfaciliteiten met parkeerplaats. Het totale gebied is ca. 60 ha.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Jol Golf Design, Gerard Jol
  • NLadviseurs, Arnhem, NL

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

Title Author Date View document
Gezonde beplanting op de Amsterdamse Golf Club Theo Berkhout 2004/12/16
Natuurlijk waarderen Sander Hoogland 2008/12/10
Nulmeting 2011 IPC de groene ruimte Casper Paulussen 2011/09/20
Baanbeheerplan Amsterdamse Golf Club Rob Assman 2014/10/01 Download
Gebiedsscan NL Adviseurs 2011/01/01 Download
Bevindigen Flora- en Fauna inventarisaties t.b.v. de implementatie Flora & Fauna wet NLAdviseurs 2014/08/21 Download
Natuurbeheer plan Amsterdamse Golf Club Berkhout, Hoogland, Hamelink, Sander 2014/12/11 Download

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

  • NLadviseurs, Arnhem
  • Jol Golf Design, Gerard Jol

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

Title Author Date View document
veldonderzoeken in kader van F&F project NLAdviseurs 2014/08/21 Download

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

Local name Scientific name
Rugstreeppad Bufo calamita
Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica ssp. rustica
Groene specht Picus viridis ssp. viridis
Oeverloper Tringa hypoleucos
Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica ssp. urbica
Koekoek Cuculus canorus ssp. canorus
Nachtegaal Luscinia megarhynchos ssp. megarhynchos
Graspieper Anthus pratensis
Huismus Passer domesticus
Kramsvogel Turdus pilaris
Ringmus Passer montanus
Visdief Sterna hirundo
Watersnip Callinago gallinago
Wintertaling Anas crecca
Korenbloem Centaurea cyanus
Brede wespenorchis Epipactis helleborine
Rietorchis Dactylorhiza majalis praetermissa
Moeraswespenorchis Epipactis palustris

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

Local name Scientific name
no monitoring is done on the basis of one or more specific type of birds; it rather is an overall monitoring by the Flora & Fauna committee

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Historic Landscapes / Parklands niet van toepassing
Areas of Scenic Beauty niet van toepassing
National Park niet van toepassing
Geological niet van toepassing
Rijksbufferzone National Government
Status of Landgoed National Government

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 7.5 (natuurlijk grasland) Self Appointed
Scrub Vegetation 2 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 2.5 Self Appointed
Non Native Plantation Woodland 7.5 Self Appointed
Wetlands 0.5 (draspoelen) Self Appointed
Open Water Features 6.5 Self Appointed
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities is er niet N/A
bloemenweide 0.5 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.2 Hectares Festuca rubra 50%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 45%
Tees 1.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 50%
Lolium perenne 40%
Fairways 13.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 40%
Lolium perenne 40%
Semi Rough 5.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 80%
Poa annua 20%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Due to the condition of our soil (clay, high humidity) and the mowing requirements these turfgrasses suit us best.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 months

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

  • STRI, Connor Nollan
  • Jol Golf Design, Gerard Jol
  • Barenburg

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 In the "Baanbeheerplan 2008/2011/2014" and "Nulmeting 2011" one can find detailed descriptions of all aspects of greenkeeping and golfcourse management. These publications are available to all club members.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough doorzaaien met gewenste grassen voor de fairways, niks aan semi-rough
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces one of the benefits of the GEO programme
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Information to club members through the Club magazine and through the website and email with a.o. newsletters to our members.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces Please see the Club website, the Committed to Green section "de Golftechnische Beschrijving".

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 Committed to Green committee and The Headgreenkeeper are constantly working together with the Golfcoursearchitect/adviser Gerard Jol and the "Flora en Fauna committee" to improve the outlook and its natural status of the course, with special attention to the areas outside the regular playing area ( an overview of the changes/improvements introduced since first audit in November 2011 is available)
Additional information can be found in "Natuurbeheerplan version 2014"
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Yearly review of the mowing paterns by Headgreenkeeper with the Golfcoursearchitect.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture It is the policy of the AGC to keep all man-made additions to the course (signage, washers, furniture, shelters, etc.) to a minumum and to use durable and natural materials as much as possible.
Conservation of specimen trees Every winter the whole course is screened how we can improve the conditions for growing the best, beautiful and longlasting trees.
A tree (replacement) policy document is available
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features For example the irrigation pumphouse near the pond between the holes 1 and 18 has been surrounded by screening, covered with appropriate plants.
Other man-made objects are painted or constructed to blend in as much as possible with the surrounding area.

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 policy is to introduce goodlooking healthy roughgrass as much as possible outside the regular playing surfaces.
Increasing the size of habitat patches In several places (hole 3, hole 7/8, hole 9, hole 14) we have created wetland areas (ponds) with the appropriate vegetation surrounding these areas.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges In cooperation with the architect and the "flora en fauna commissie" we are in a continuous process of improving these areas by sanding, topdressing, weeds removal, etc.

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 In several mounds and areas outside the fairways and mowed (semi-)rough we are working on altering the topsoil and vegetation by adding a thick layer of sand (2 inches) and reseeding with festuca (rough species).
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Until 2010 all grasslands were sprayed (MCPA, Primstar) against weeds, etc.
Since 2011we only sprayed the fairways, tees and greens.
In all other areas weeds removal is on a selective base, only by mowing.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas The last couple of years in several places (hole 3, hole 7/8, hole 9, hole 14) we have created wetland areas (ponds) with the appropriate vegetation surrounding these areas.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation The ponds and waterways are cleared yearly (partially) to ensure proper drainage of the golf course.
One-third of the reeds is removed in wintertime.
All this is done in cooperation with the "flora en fauna commissie"

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 In cooperation with the "Flora en Fauna Commissie" we have placed a number of nesting spaces for birds of prey. There is also a nesting space for stork family. In three specific locations there are plants/flowerbeds for pollinators.
Installation of nest boxes Several nest boxes throughout the course have been installed.
Consulting with "Flora en Fauna Commissie".
In 2014 all nestboxes are replaced by a more sustainable one 9consisting of a mixture of timber and concrete
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Consulting with "Flora en Fauna Commissie".
Throughout all wooded areas we have created log piles.
These are renewed and enlarged every winter.

Water

Main water use is for irrigation of the golf course; this surfacewater is sourced from an external water source, i.e. Haarlemmmeerse Ringvaart via a jointly used pumping station by AGC and the Houtrak. Other water use concerns municipal water for use in clubhouse (toilets, dressing rooms, kitchen) and water for cleaning of equipment at the Greenkeepers lodge/area (although in summer time water is used from a pond on the golfcourse)

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
water use has been assessed Koos Brandenburg 2014/10/17 Download

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

2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 982,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 100% 41,776,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 50% 218,000 Litres
Surface 50%
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,014,300 Litres
Golf Course Surface 100% 12,343,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 50% 225,400 Litres
Surface 50%

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 1 years

Upgraded every 5 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species Door grassen te introduceren die minder water nodig hebben om te overleven.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Door veelvuldig te bezanden en te prikken om de viltlaag zo laag mogelijk te houden.
Timing and dose of water application Alleen water toe te voeren als de beregenings- vijver in een lage stand verkeerd
Analysis of soil moisture Dagelijks de greens te checken voor bodemvocht.
Use of wetting agents Maandelijks een wettingagent te spuiten op de greens en surrounds.
Overall reduction in irrigated area In plaats van full circle beregening op de greens over gaan naar part circle beregening.
Targeting of sprinkler heads In het seizoen regelmatig checken dat ze correct zijn afgesteld.
Optimizing system pressure Door het instaleren van een filtratiesysteem de leidingen goed schoon te kunnen houden waardoor een correcte druk in de leidingen is.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets is in place
Use of water efficient appliances is done on an ongoing basis
Use of efficient shower technology is still to be considered
Repairing leaks is done when applicable
Water awareness signage kitchen staff has been made aware of the need to use water responsibly

Energy

The energy use at the AGC is considerd by our GEO-advisor as "normal" compared to similar golfcourses. Nevertheless, the board of the club as part of the GEO programme decided to set up in 2011 an "energy committee" which was tasked to work on reduction of the energy use. This committee is a sub-committee of the committee looking after the facilities, i.e "de Gebouwencommissie". Per end of 2013 the work of the energy committee is fully integrated in work of "de Gebouwencommissie".

The committee is focussing on the following areas :
- Propane gas is used for heating purposes of facilities and heating the water for showering and use in kitchen.
- Electricity is used for lighting, kitchen equipment and on the golf course for the irrigation pumps and charging of the batteries of the golfcarts.
- Equipment for maintenance of the course is using diesel and benzine.

All purchased electricity is produced as green energy and 1 of the golf carts is equipped with solar pannels on the roof.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Milieuzorgadvies Amsterdamse Golf Club D.Bol 2002/10/02
verlichtingsplan onderzoeken
energy consumption evaluation 2007-2013 Tjalling Ament 2014/03/07 Download
energy use assessment Koos Brandenburg/Jan Jacob Bleeker 2014/12/07 Download

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2013 2012 2011
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 119024 163657 154832

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

2013 2012 2011
Diesel (Litres) 10360 9036 10242
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 0 0 0
Petrol (Litres) 419 409
Propane / Butane (Litres) 29266 25912 24251

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Supplier is delivering 100% green electricity since 2010; reconfirmed in 2014 and branded as GreenChoice
Installation of small scale wind turbine feasibility has been investigated, but so far financially not viable for the club. In next certification period the possibility to generate electricity by wind for fontain in water pond at hole 1 will be re-investigated
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels not investigated because there is not sufficient surface available to put them on, but
1 of the buggies is equipped with solar pannels.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources not applicable
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) is in use for heating (CV) in facility and in kitchen and production of warm water for showering
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol purchase of energy efficient machinery (6 new ones scheduled for 2015, which can run on biodiesel)
Use of electric hybrid vehicles 2 moving machines are hybride type
1 of the buggies is equipped with solar pannels.
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 in 2013/14 new cooling cell with higher energy efficiency has been installed in the kitchen during kitchen renovation/upgrading project
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Temperature control devices are in place and are upgraded.
Early 2011 temperature control device in greenkeepers facility and secretary room is replaced by more sophisticated system which allows temperature setting per day of the week, i.e. lower temperature settings are possible during the weekend.
Installation of low-energy lighting We are in the process of replacing conventional tubes and bulbs with low-energy alternatives. The proposed investment has recently been approved by the board of the club; this includes LED; implementation planned for end of 2014/early 2015.
Lights in greenkeepers area are energy efficient since 2012
Use of motion sensor lighting Are in place in dressing rooms, toilets, greenkeepers quarters, storage rooms for trolleys and greenkeeping equipment.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Has partially been done and will be expanded when replacement is due.
Low energy lighting will be installed in clubhouse during Q4 of 2014 or early 2015.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting is used in greenkeepers and admin building
Educating staff and customers restaurant staff is trying to avoid spillage of energy in clubhouse; use of gas burnt fireplace is better controlled with lower consumption in 2014

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100% 17%
Diesel 71% 83%
Hybrid 29%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Grid Electric 100%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives Een aantal greenkeepers doet aan carpoolen.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) no busline conections are at acceptable distance
Promoting public transport routes and timetables closest railway station is available at about 2.5 km
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) The electrical trolley storage has been upgraded in 2011.
Staff showers Have recently (2012 winter time) been renovated.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling This oportunity has been used by some greenkeepers

Supply Chain

Currently we aim to purchase quality products, which are manufactrured in a sustainable, responsible way and which are mainly bought from local suppliers.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Het vullen van de strooiers gebeurt als volgt. De zakken worden pas open gemaakt als deze zich boven (of in de strooier) bevinden om verspilling te voorkomen. Juiste hoeveelheden moeten worden gebruikt aan de hand van adviezen. Het gras krijgt alleen bemesting als dat nodig blijkt. We gebruiken "spoon feeding". Dit betekent elke keer een klein beetje en geen grote hoeveelheden ineens.
Use of local suppliers We use local suppliers whenever possible, taking into account competitive pricing, reliability of supply and environmental performance.
Use of local products most products used in kitchen/restaurant are sourced from a local company (about 10 km away from the AGC golf course)
Selection of certified products Alle producten die we gebruiken komen van Prograss Nederland.
Use of recycled and recyclable products glass and paper/carton are recycled for re-use, of which part of will come to the AGC as glass and/or carton packaging materials
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging grass seed and composting material are coming in bags of 25 kgs and or 10 L pales

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Kilometres Total number of suppliers within 100 Kilometres
Food & Beverage 1 1
Catering Supplies 1 1
Maintenance Equipment 2 1 1
Course Supplies 1 1

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses As described in "Baanbeheerplan" and "Nulmeting" we are in the process of overseeding using the most updated grass species.
Managing stress and wear Wij hanteren een no disturbance theorie waarbij we zo min mogelijk grove behandelingen toepassen om zo de juiste grassen te behouden.
Enhancement of soil structure The "Nulmeting" showed us some shortcomings this year. We are adapting our procedures to improve the soil structure within the limits of our normal maintenance program and budget.
Optimization of the growing environment Adapting our existing procedures as described in the older version of the "Baanbeheerplan" taking into account the recent results of the "Nulmeting".
Managing thatch levels Dit doen we door veel te bezanden en daarmee een nieuwe toplaag te creeren die het vilt afbreekt.
Managing surface moisture Door gebruik van wetting agent en door het monitoren van de vochtigheid bepalen we of er moet beregend moet worden of niet. Hierdoor beheren we het oppervlakte vocht.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Door het sterk houden van de juiste grassen is er een drempel voor plagen en ziekten.
Scouting for pests and diseases Done in a daily basis by the Headgreenkeeper and all other Greenkeepers.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health We doen aan spoonfeeding. Dit betekent dat we b.v. op de greens om de 3 weken voeding geven zodat de plant sterk en gezond blijft.

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

2013 2012 2011
Fairways - K - Inorganic 100 100 100
Fairways - N - Inorganic 80 80 80
Fairways - P - Inorganic 25 25 25
Greens - K - Inorganic 140 140 140
Greens - N - Inorganic 150 150 150
Greens - P - Inorganic 20 20 20
Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 140 140 140
Tees - N - Inorganic 120 120 120
Tees - P - Inorganic 20 20 20

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

2013 2012 2011
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 22 22 22
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 7.3 14.5 14.5
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 2 4 4
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 1.7 1.7 1.7
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 0.16 0.16 0.16
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 0.7 1.4 1.4
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 1.7 1.7 1.7
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products The 5 products described below are used as reluctantly as possible.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases We are allowed 5 products: Signum, Caramba, Heritage, Merit Turf, Chip Co green
These are used only and strictly in case of necessity and strictly according to the rules supplied by the manufacturer.
Use is off course for the appropriate diseases.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers new set up and facilities have been installed in 2013
Calibration and testing of sprayers Our weed sprayer is tested and checked on a regular basis. We are changing our sprinklers on the greens from full circle to part circle so that we have to use less water and electricity an that we have better control over our output of water.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We use a 2 year old, up-to-date weed sprayer.
Non-chemical weed control We are investigating the possibilities for an effective approach

Waste Management

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

Title Author Date View document
Milieuzorgadvies Amsterdamse Golf Club D. Bol 2002/10/02
Afval inventarisatie audit in 2014 Koos Brandenburg 2014/11/02 Download
milieuzorg systeem AGC Koos Brandenburg/Jan Jacob Bleeker 2014/12/07 Download

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 false false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings true true false false
Cores & Turf false false false false
Sand true false false false
Wood / Timber false true false false

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Glass and paper/cardboard are segregated (by AGC) and recycled (by waste handling contractor).
Chemical waste is collected and disposed of seperately.
Establishment of recycling centers done through waste handling company and for some waste coming from the course on composting area behind hole 2 which has a leak tight underlayer
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Fairway clippings are left on the fairways.
Only tee and green clippings are composted and/or landfilled at the golf course.
Education of staff and customer education restaurant staff has been trained to segregate waste
Waste awareness campaigns restaurant staff has been trained to segregate waste

Pollution Control

The club has a documented environmental management plan, which describes the most relevant environmental impacts from our energy use, our water use and the generation of waste.

The total used and produced quantities are fully registered and monitored. The committees, which are looking after course management, buildings and maintenance and all related facilities are continously working to identify opportunities forpotential savings and minimizing waste.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Yearly Yearly Two Yearly
On-Site Never Never Monthly
Outflow Never Never Two Yearly

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

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

Hazardous Materials

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

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents true false
Cooking Oils true true
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true true
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 see Golfcourse Management Plan (GMP)/Baanbeheerplan
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas see GMP/Baanbeheerplan
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas see GMP/Baanbeheerplan and Nulmeting
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces see GMP/Baanbeheerplan and Nulmeting
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks in place for LPG and for Diesel/Gasoline
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel in place
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials in place

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 see GMP/Baanbeheerplan and Nulmeting
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies see GMP/Baanbeheerplan and Nulmeting
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan see GMP/Baanbeheerplan
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge see GMP/Bannbeheerplan
Establishment of pesticide-free zones any area outside fairways, tees, greens and carpaths.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off not applicable

Community

The golfcourse is situated in the middle of a park/forrest area with only 2 residential houses close to the course.

The nearest residential area is about 3 km away from the club. On the North side of the club an industrial area is located, which belongs to the Port of Amsterdam activities.

The contribution to the local community is by purchasing materials from local suppliers. Environmetal impact is minimized.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 3
Course Management 8
Food & Beverage 2 6
Golf Coaching 2
Caddies 1 3
Other 1

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

  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides All greenkeepers who handle and apply pesticides have a "weed spraying license", which is updated regularly.
All purchases and applications are registered (date, amount, dilution, area) in special forms.
Storage is done is a special, certified, approved locked cupboard.
Efficient water management All greenkeepers have received appropriate eduation during their training as greenkeeper.
Management of accidents and emergencies All employees have been trained in first aid and dealing with small emergencies. There is an annual AED training for members and staff.
Management of habitats and vegetation The appropiate areas are monitored in close consultation with the architect/advisor Gerard Jol and the "Flora en Fauna Commissie";
spared as much as possible and maintained in the best possible ecological way.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Guidance is given to the caddiemasters, restaurant staff, secretariate and greenkeepers where to leave the different waste categories (chemical, regular waste, paper/carton, glass).
Health & Safety All staff receive ARBO training and/or safety training on an annual basis or whenever upgrade is necessary.
Energy Saving staff from restaurant/kitchen have been informed about the need to avoid wasting energy. The same applies to green keepers when they are in their greenkeepers lodge or working with machines on the golfcourse
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage All greenkeepers receive a dedicated greenkeeper course and later on a (assistant)headgreenkeeper course if applicable.
Environmental management planning Part of the club wide committed to green programme and the club's environmental management programme

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Only 2 residential houses are located close to the entrance of the golfcourse: occasional contacts take place.
Frequent contacts exist with the golf course on the west side of our property, i.e.
Houtrak and also frequent contacts with the authorities of the Port of Amsterdam, who own the property on the north side of our course.
One of the neighbour children is working for us during his schoolbreaks.
Local Government The authorities of the city of Amsterdam and the province of Noord-Holland. The Mayor of the City of Amsterdam is a honorary member.
Local Environmental Groups Contact with bird watching group through the "Flora en Fauna Commissie".
Local Community Groups Local community is limited to 2 residental houses
Media it is rare that there are contacts with the media, which basically is a policy of the club
Local Businesses Sponsorships
Schools & Colleges For students special membership arrangements exist.
Use of students (interns) from agricultural schools as trainees in the greenkeeping department.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths This is not applicable because there are no public routes on the golf course
Creation of new paths and nature trails not applicable
Installation of effective and welcoming signage not applicable, although signs guide you to the course from the railway station onwards
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

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

Title Author Date View document
Gebiedsscan Guido Hamelink 2011/01/01 Download

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

  • NL Adviseurs, Arnhem, NL
  • Jol Golf Design, Santpoort, NL

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) Given the fact that our site was open sea 150 years ago, we are part of a "polder" but there are no direct cultural heritage features on our course.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) Given the fact that our site was open sea 150 years ago, we are part of a "polder" but there are no direct cultural heritage features on our course.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display Through regular emails to the members.
Through our quartely hardcopy issue `the Birdie`.
Special chapter on the website of the Club.
Members evenings and course walks Bird watching walks.
Course guides / brochures "Birdie book".

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Through regular emails to the members.
Through our quartely hardcopy issue `the Birdie`.
Special chapter on the website of the Club.
Course walks / open days not applicable
Attending community meetings not really applicable with only 2 residential houses nearby the golfcourse