Oosterhoutse Golf Club

GEO Certified® 11/2013 GEO Re-Certified 12/2016
Oosterhout,
Netherlands
Telephone: +31(0) 162 458759
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I have visited the Oosterhoutse Golf Club on November 14, 2016.
The Oosterhoutse has been certified in 2004 according to the Committed to Green program with subsequent renewals in 2007 and 2010 at which date the CtG status has been changed to the GEO-certification.

For this audit I have used the criteria for re-certification as set by the Golf Environment Organization. During my visit I talked to Paul Jansen (course committee chairman, boardmember OGC/SGO) and Arijan van Alpen (head greenkeeper).

A lot of work has been done in the last…

Guido Hamelink, GEOSA, Accredited Verifier Read verifier report.

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Oosterhoutse Golf Club (18 holes, 5847 metres, year opened 1989)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Other

Nature

The Oosterhoutse Golf Club is located on higher sand grounds that have been deposited by the Rijn and Maas rivers. After the last Ice Age, these sand layers were covered with a thin layer of muddy sand ground, also known as surface sand. The area is surrounded by woodland, urbanisation and agricultural land. The terrain plays host to various historical elements including wooded banks, old parcels of forest and ancient lanes. These lanes can be dated back to 1830 at the hand of maps material and are considered to be of high value. They will be restored if needed.
The flora and fauna found on the golf course is of great importance to the club. The grass is allowed to follow its own natural course in those places where it does not need mowing. This allows for varying habitats of flora and fauna and, as such, a bewildering of the golf course can take place. Policy stipulates that inventoring of flora and fauna takes place every two years, as it has transpired since 1990. The plant and animal groups have been defined as follows: vascular plants, dragonflies and damselflies, mammals, beetles, butterflies and birds

De Oosterhoutse golfclub is gelegen op de hogere zandgronden, welke zijn afgezet door de Rijn en de Maas. Na de laatste IJstijd zijn deze zandlagen afgedekt met een dun laagje lemige-zandgrond, ook wel dekzand genoemd. Het gebied is omsloten door bos, bebouwing en akkerbouwgebied. In het terrein zijn verschillende historische elementen te vinden waaronder houtwallen, oude bospercelen en oude wegen omsloten door bomenrijen. Deze wegen zijn al terug te vinden in kaartmateriaal van 1830. Deze elementen worden dan ook als zeer waarde vol beschouwd, en waar nodig gerestaureerd.
De flora en fauna op de golfbaan staat binnen de club hoog in het vaandel. Zo wordt ervoor gezorgd dat op plaatsen waar het mogelijk is niet al het gras gemaaid wordt, maar als het ware de natuur de vrije loop krijgt. Daardoor ontstaat er leefruimte voor de flora en fauna en vindt er verruiging op de golfbaan plaats. Verder is het beleid vastgelegd om elke twee jaar de flora en fauna op de golfbaan te inventariseren. Dit inventariseren wordt al gedaan sinds 1990. De plant en diergroepen die worden onderscheiden zijn: vaatplanten, libellen en juffers, zoogdieren, kevers, vlinders en vogels.

Consultation & Surveys

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

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

Title Author Date View document
Handboek Committed to Green HAS Kennistransfer 2002/07/01
Natuurbeheerplan FF&M commissie 2010/08/01
Natuuronderzoek Oosterhoutse Buiting Advies 2013/08/28 Download
Inrichtingsschets Uitbreidingsgebied Buiting Advies 2013/07/16 Download
Ruimtelijke Visie incl Saldobenadering EHS Buiting Advies 2014/11/28 Download

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

  • IVN Mark en Dongen
  • Staatsbosbeheer
  • Buiting Advies

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

Title Author Date View document
Plants Floron 2009/01/01
Birds IVN 2009/01/01
Mamals H. Lightvoet 2009/01/01
Amphibians RAVON 2009/01/01
Bats Vleermuizenwerkgroep Brabant 2009/01/01
Ruimtelijke plan incl compensatieplan en saldobenadering Buiting Advies 2015/07/09 Download
butterflies Vlinderstichting Download

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

Local name Scientific name
see rapport Buiting saldobenadering

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

Local name Scientific name
Stekelbrem Genista anglica
Dwergviltkruid Filago minima
Eekhoorngras Vulpia bromoides
Groene specht Picus viridis
Oeverloper Actitis hypoleucos

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
EHS zone Provincie Noord Brabant

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 7 Self Appointed
Scrub Vegetation 1 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 4,6 Self Appointed
Non Native Plantation Woodland 8 Self Appointed
Open Water Features 3,1 Self Appointed
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 0,1 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.0 Hectares Poa annua 60%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 30%
Tees 1.1 Hectares Poa pratensis 45%
Poa annua 20%
Fairways 10.0 Hectares Poa pratensis 60%
Poa annua 30%
Semi Rough 2.5 Hectares Poa pratensis 60%
Poa annua 25%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
In this situation a combination of these species, including fescue, is optimal for a good playing surface and sustainable maintenance.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 years

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

  • Jan van Mondfrans
  • Barenbrug Zaden
  • Frank Pont

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 The course commission adheres to a course management plan that includes all daily operations, frequencies and goals. The manner of maintenance has been laid down in our maintenanceplan which is signed off by the club.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces The choices for the design and maintenance of various elements are transparent and accessible to members. Regular publication via the website or club newsletter addresses issues that have given rise to concern. A request for intensified maintenance is often parried with the financial consequences.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Golfers are informed through various means concerning maintenance activities on the course. Intensive maintenance is also listed on the website on a daily basis or mentioned by phone thereby successfully staving off any unpleasant surprises.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces Sustainable terrain management clearly stipulates to all stakeholders which maintenance measures have been taken and how they are related to the results of good, playable greens and to the limited amount of closures.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture De verkleuringen door droogte (tot op zekere hoogte) en andere factoren worden gezien als een toevoeging aan de landschappelijke kwaliteit en de spelkwaliteit.
Discolouration as a result of dry seasons and other factors is seen as an addition to the landscapequality and playing quality of the course
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours The mowing lines of the fairways and semi-rough are well tuned in to the undulations and different elements of the terrain.
Protection and restoration of historic features Present historical elements are protected and restored where possible.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture The terrain furniture has been selected with care and is maintained accordingly.
Conservation of specimen trees The older, monumental trees on the golf course have been inventoried and are being caringly managed and maintained.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Constructions that do not correlate to the landscape are being obscured through vegetation.

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 surface of intensively mowed grass is kept to a minimum. By determining which elements fall outside the game and which are of importance to the character of the natural landscape, only some elements need to be extensively mowed.
Increasing the size of habitat patches Habitats are connected on, and around the golfcourse. As a consequence of the EHS status of part of the total golfcomplex we have reserved a large part of the course-extension as a habitat for the crested newt (kamsalamander)
Connection of internal habitat patches Habitats are connected on, and around the golfcourse whereever possible
Connection of patches with external habitats The reserved area in the EHS zone is connected to the external wet route for amphibians (part of the EHS deal)
Creation of habitat corridors Habitats are connected on, and around the golfcourse
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation Habitats are connected on, and around the golfcourse
Improving and diversifying habitat edges yes

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 Different grass and plants are present in the rough and by mowing on a regular basis we enrich the quality of the rough
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation There is a multiannual management plan in place carried out.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Woodlands and shrubs are maintained on diversety.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas Natural and gentle banks have been realised in different locations in order to stimulate the flora and fauna in water and its banks.
There are also a number of natural pools on the course.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation There is a good balance between the different vegetation types.
Naturalization of linear habitats Different liniar elements are present, like aveneus end hedges.

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 Tree and shrub species that attract birds and insects are used in the woodland and shrub vegetations.
Installation of nest boxes 110 nestboxes for different species are placed in different places on the course. On top of this the course also has 7 nestingboxes for butterflies and we have a bat-cellar. We furthermore have 1 Kingfisher wall and 5 insect hotels. On top of that rills have been constructed to offer shelter to small animals
Provision of feeding tables there are sufficient food resources on the course so no need for additional feeding places
Control / management of alien species Alien (exotic) plants and trees (f.i. serotinous prunus) are removed when detected
Provision of hibernation areas Areas for hibernation are created. We have a bat cellar for the bats
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Micro habbitats are created in different placen on the course.

Water

Various water elements are present on the course in the form of ponds, pools and ditches. Groundwater is used for the irrigation of the holes. Irrigation takes place via an automatic installation that allows sprinkler heads to be used separately. The pump is equipped with frequency control that allows the speed of the pump to be determined by the pressure. This staves off unnecessary pumping of water which saves on both water- and energy usage. Fairways are only irrigated minimally. The club accepts slight discolouration but will irrigate if the grass is deteriorating as a result of drought. Besides irrigation, wetting agents are also used which has led to a 20% reduction of water usage.

Op de golfbaan zijn verschillende water elementen aanwezig in de vorm van vijvers, poelen en sloten. Voor de beregening van de holes wordt gebruikgemaakt van het grondwater. De beregening vind plaats via een computergestuurde installatie die het mogelijk maakt de sproeiers afhankelijk aan te sturen. De pomp die gebruikt wordt is voorzien van frequentiebesturing waardoor de snelheid van de pomp bepaald wordt door de druk. Hierdoor voorkomt men het onnodig oppompen van water waardoor zowel op water als op energie wordt bespaard. Fairways worden minimaal beregend. De club accepteert lichte verkleuring, maar dreigt het gras door droogte dood te gaan dan wordt er wel beregend. Naast beregening wordt er gebruik gemaakt van wetting-agent s waardoor er naar zeggen ca. 20% minder water nodig is.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
BLGG water research Kees Kolen 2009/08/01
legionella check 4 x per year Hydroscoop

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

2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,621,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 23,847,000 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,287,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 14,151,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
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 2 years

Upgraded every 1 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species An external specialist on golf course turf advises on the correct composition of grasses for the different parts of the course.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Prevention of soil compaction and thatch is a part of regular maintenance and this is checked on a quarterly basis for the greens
Timing and dose of water application The modern irrigation system is computerised and thus very effective
Analysis of soil moisture in the summer season the groundkeeping staff measures soil moisture twice per month
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data A weather station is situated on the course which is closely monitored
Use of wetting agents Wetting agents are used locally on extremely dry areas and incepting 2014 it will be used on all fairways, tees and greens
Overall reduction in irrigated area we have installed sector sprinklers in certain areas of the course where the olf sprinklers were delivering water in the wrong places
Targeting of sprinkler heads Sprinkler heads are checked on a regular basis for effectivity
Optimizing system pressure The irrigation system contains an automatic pressure regulator that optimises the mains pressure.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Innovations are analysed when adjustments and replacements are needed in order to determine their application and usefulness in the irrigation system.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Yes, in the clubhouse and the maintenance facility.
Use of water efficient appliances Yes, when appliances are replaced.
Use of efficient shower technology Yes, in the clubhouse and the maintenance facility.
Repairing leaks Leaks are immediately fixed.
Water awareness signage Message boards and other means of communication are used to create awareness of sparingly using water. No use of water to clean golf carts.

Energy

Various energy-saving measures have been taken over the last few years. After the recent rebuild of the clubhouse virtually all lighting has been switched to LED combined with state of the art automatic switching devices. Also the new heating system is a huge improvement.
The use of alternative energy has been investigated in the light of our goal to be fully energy self sufficient. The outcome of the study was that alternative energy is no solution for us and consequently our goal of being fully energy self efficient cannot be reached under the existing set of circumstances. Especially solar energy was a disappointment. Our current green electricity deal is our best option. We will follow future developments and re-check the situation on a regular basis.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Energy audit Dhr den Oude 2009/11/01

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 202874 201135 200000
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 125 150 175

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

2015 2014 2013
Diesel (Litres) 11833 20241 10743
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 120 120 120
Natural Gas (Litres) 22136000 20067000 17881000
Petrol (Litres) 600 976 610

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply yes, since 2008
Installation of small scale wind turbine no
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels Research has been carried out to use solarpanels but installation on our own premises is not economic. Instead we use green energy only.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources We have carried out extensive research to see if we can use geo-thermic energy but in our situation that was deemed inpossible
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) not applicable
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol not applicable
Use of electric hybrid vehicles We use 2 electric greenmowers. All our John Deere transport-vehicles are electric
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 A high-yield heating system has been installed. Air treatment unit with recuperation of energy is used
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Levels of heating and cooling are arranged centrally, but can also be regulated in separate areas in order to prevent unnecessary heating or cooling.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities Optimising ventilation was a matter of concern in designing and constructing the clubhouse.
Upgrading of building insulation The clubhouse has recently been extra insulated.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) Various skylights were constructed in the roof to make optimal use of natural light.
Installation of low-energy lighting LED lighting has been installed in most buildings
Use of motion sensor lighting Movement sensors are used for the lighting in the locker rooms and in the toilets.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Energy labels are highly considered in the purchasing of new equipment.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Outdoor lighting is regulated via a timer that is programmed in relation to Sunrise and sunset. We also use motion sensors where possible to reduce illumination time
Educating staff and customers The staff is made aware of the effects of activities with regard to energy usage.

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 61%
Grid Electric 22%

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
Secure cycle parking Yes, there is a secured bicycle parking.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) The locker room has been expanded to allow for the storage of not only the bags but also of the trolleys.
Staff showers Showers are available in the green-keepers shed.

Supply Chain

Many products are purchased locally to minimise environmental impact through transport, as well as to decrease delivery times and stock levels. Furthermore, there is always the option to pick-up the products if shortage turns dire. Durability and performance are factors that are considered a.o. in the purchase of equipment and machinery.

Veel producten worden lokaal ingekocht, niet alleen om milieubelasting van het vervoer te verminderen. Ook de levertijden zijn lager en de voorraad minder groot. Bovendien is er de mogelijkheid om producten zelf te gaan halen wanneer er dringend tekort is. Bij de inkoop van elektrische apparaten en machines worden zowel prestatie als duurzaamheidsthema’s bij de afweging betrokken.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source If possible products are eco and environmental friendly and/or local which avoids waste at source.
Use of local suppliers Local suppliers are used as much as possible for the purchasing of various products.
Use of local products Different regional products are offered on the restaurant menu.
Use of recycled and recyclable products Purchasing also considers whether a product can be recycled. This is an important element in the final decision.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging In order to minimise packaging waste, purchasing is done in bulk and containers as much as possible.

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
Trade & Contractors 2 2
Maintenance Equipment 4 1 3
Course Supplies 1 1

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Used grasses are optimal for these climatic conditions. This minimizes the water usage and chance for disease.
Managing stress and wear Damage and wear and tear are avoided as much as possible by means of a good maintenance plan.
Enhancement of soil structure Soil structure is improved by means of aerating and through the measurement of results.
Optimization of the growing environment An optimal growth environment is cultivated through a good and actual maintenance plan and through expert advice.
Managing thatch levels Quarterly measurements are made by external advisors who also advise on the amount of thatch and the policy to reduce this.
Managing surface moisture we will use a wetting agent all over the course starting in 2014
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease sweeping of the greens in the wet periods of the year
Scouting for pests and diseases Pheromone traps on the course timely indicate when a plague can be expected.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health The head of green-keeping keeps a keen eye on the quality of the grass. We get regular expert-advice from Jan van Mondfrans for our grass and Ronald Buiting for our trees
Pesticides In 2012 the total amount of pesticides used was 300kg of insecticide for the whole course, 6kg fungicide, and 3 litres fungicide to vary active ingredient, mainly on greens. We minimise pesticide use and are looking into alternatives for the forthcoming change in legislation

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 7 30
Fairways - N - Inorganic 17 0 86
Fairways - P - Inorganic 2 0 8
Greens - K - Inorganic 39 84 58
Greens - N - Inorganic 80 84 71
Greens - P - Inorganic 8 14 16
Tees - K - Inorganic 68 87 35
Tees - N - Inorganic 110 123 141
Tees - P - Inorganic 68 87 35

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

2015 2014 2013
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 - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0.15 0.15 0.15
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 1 0.5 1.5
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0.5 0.5 5.6
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 0.5 0.5 5.6
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 2
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
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 - Total Weight 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 - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
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 we use the internet-application Milieu Meetlat.nl
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases The correct substances are chosen as a result of the expertise present on diseases and plagues, and the use of pesticides.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers we have a dedicated shower for our groundstaff for emergency purposes
Calibration and testing of sprayers The ideal measurement is chosen depending on the substances used and the type of weather, thereby realising usage- and dispersion optimisation.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Spraying is done with anti-drip nozzles.
Non-chemical weed control In first instance, weeds are treated mechanically and biologically. Chemical treatment will only be considered in extreme situations.

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 false false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings false true false false
Cores & Turf false true 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 Practically all materials are recycled.
Establishment of recycling centers Various containers are located centrally on the terrain in order to separate waste
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Fairway grass is not removed but remains on the fairway.
Education of staff and customer education Both staff and members are informed on how to proceed with waste removal.

Pollution Control

All clubhouse, restaurant and maintenance staff complies with the criteria ensuing from environmental legislation. Regular controls by the municipality are carried out to ensure that legislation is being met. The management plan also highlights this topic.

De heersende wet- en regelgeving rond milieubeheer wordt nageleefd door zowel het onderhoudspersoneel als het personeel in de horeca. Met enige regelmaat vinden er controles plaats door de gemeente om te kijken of de wetgeving wordt nageleefd. In het beheerplan is apart aandacht besteed aan dit onderwerp.

Water Analysis

This golf facility does not monitor water quality.

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Mains Sewer Yes
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Via Oil Separator Yes
Wash Pad On-Site Treatment Plant Yes

Hazardous Materials

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

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents false true
Cooking Oils false true
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true true
Fertiliser Bags false 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 Dangerous substances are stored in a certified cabinet.
All zones where we use hazardous materials have special floors
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Large machine maintenance is outsourced whereas small maintenance is conducted on a fluid-sealed floor.
Our workplace conforms to all applicable legislation
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Fertilisers are mixed in a zone with a special floor
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Fertilisers are mixed on a fluid-sealed floor.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks The fuel tank meets all criteria and is periodically checked
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel The drip container of the fuel tank meets all legislative criteria and is large enough.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials There is plenty of absorption material present and within reach.

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 Weather statistics are narrowly watched to determine the ideal timing for the application of pesticides and fertilisers.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies No substances are used in the bank zone of water elements (at least 3m from the water line).
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan A contingency plan is in place directing the necessary actions needed in order to immediately fix any leaks, thereby minimising/eliminating damage.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones No-spray zones have been determined across the entire terrain.

Community

The goals of the Committed to Green and the activities carried out by the Flora-, Fauna- and Environmental Commission to meet these goals are communicated to club members in different ways. Communication plays an important role in gaining widespread support in order to attain the goals. Besides using the digital information board, the club newsletter of OGC regularly reports about developments in sustainability and nature conservation. A special competition is organised yearly addressing the realm of nature, environment and sustainability. A nature quiz is held during the match to increase member awareness of the nature present on the terrain. The proceeds from these games are dedicated to nature and to attaining the formulated goals.

De doelstelling van Committed to Green en de acties van de Flora -, Fauna- en Milieucommissie om deze te realiseren, worden op diverse manieren gecommuniceerd naar clubleden. Dit om zoveel mogelijk steun en ondersteuning van leden te krijgen, waardoor doelstellingen gewaarborgd worden. Naast verschillende publicaties via het publicatiebord, wordt er in het clubblad van de OGC, regelmatig aandacht besteedt aan zaken rond duurzaamheid en natuur. Jaarlijks wordt er een wedstrijd gehouden in het kader van natuur, milieu en duurzaamheid. Tijdens deze wedstrijd wordt er een natuurquiz gehouden, om leden attent te maken op de aanwezige natuur in het terrein. De opbrengsten van deze wedstrijd komen ten goede van de natuur en de gestelde natuurdoelen.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 7
Course Management 4 3 1
Other 1

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

  • Committee Members

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Employees are informed about the use, the storage and disposal of chemicals and pesticides. Applying pesticides and chemicals is only done by employees with a license.
Efficient water management Staff is trained on several issues.
Management of accidents and emergencies Staff is trained on several issues. Much is done to prevent accidents and emergencies, when they do happen, date and time are recorded in a log.
Management of habitats and vegetation The management plan, paid attention to the value and maintenace of habitats. Nature friendly maintanence is part of the greenkeeper course.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Staff is trained on several issues.
Health & Safety Staff is trained on several issues.
Energy Saving Staff is trained on several issues.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Staff is trained on several issues.
Environmental management planning Staff is trained on several issues.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours The golf club is in contact with the neighbours (i.e. StaatsbosBeheer). We have extensive contacts with the bordering Industrial estate
Local Government The golf club is in contact with the local government.
Local Environmental Groups Several enviromental groups are involved with the nature activities.
Media When there are interesting events at the golfcourse (local) media are informed by the club.
Local Businesses Several local businesses are involved by the club through a business membership.
Schools & Colleges HAS den Bosch, Princentuin College Breda

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths The terrain is crossed by paved paths which are accessible to the public.
Creation of new paths and nature trails no plans for roads.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage in progress with the help of the city of Oosterhout

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
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) Hedges, and old avenues

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display we extensively use our website, our clubmagazine and messageboard in the clubhouse to communicate with the members.
Members evenings and course walks The Fauna and Flora committee organise on a regular basis special tournaments to increase awareness for certain birds etc. and we participate in the annual Bird counting activities and we work together with local specialised nature groups
Interpretation panels & course signage in our shelters we publish nature documentation

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures see above
Supporting campaigns on a regular basis we organise a theme year. Year of the bee etc.
Course walks / open days Birdwatching day, flora and fauna golf event.