The Shropshire Golf Centre

GEO Certified® 12/2014
Telford,
England, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01952 677800
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The Shropshire Golf Centre is located to the North of Telford on an area of high ground bordered by open farmland to the North South and East, Muxton to the West. The clubhouse complex is an attractive conversion of farm buildings with a car-park, maintenance buildings and floodlight driving range.

The underlying bedrock is sedimentary mudstone and sandstone formed around 300 million years ago with topsoil ranging across the site from sandy soils to heavier loams.

The facility was originally built in 1990 and provides 27 holes together…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Main Course (Gold) (9 holes, 3334 yards, year opened 1992)
Main Course (Silver) (9 holes, 3303 yards, year opened 1992)
Main Course (Blue) (9 holes, 3285 yards, year opened 1992)
Par 3 (13 holes, 1100 yards, year opened 1992)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Other

Nature

The Shropshire Golf Centre conscisting of 3 loops of 9 holes was established in the early 1990's by Mr Martin Hocknell on 250 acres of undulating former farmland,sufficient for two 18 hole championship courses, which means that the 27 holes wind majestically through the countryside without any hint of overlap. All three loops were designed by Martin Hawtree who put great thought into providing a course which was capable of operating on a pay and play basis and additionaly the benefit of a members club.The essential features which satisfy such demand,include wide fairways to ensure safety and speed of play between large tees and greens,this enables teeing positions to be regularly moved retaining maximum grass cover.The greens at the Shropshire with their unique shape and contours provide a testing yet fair putting surface for all golfers.The courses undoubtedly offer immense charm and mesmeric views,not only of the shropshire plain,but also the rolling countryside of Cheshire and the Welsh hills.The Shropshire golf centre also accomadates a 18 hole par 3 pitch and putt course with an average length of hole at just 60 yards,also included within the facility is a 30 bay floodlit driving range.The facility also consists of a members and public clubhouse and maintenance facilities.





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
Phase 1 Habitat Survey Howard Craft 2014/08/04 Download

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

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

Title Author Date View document
Environmental Policy Howard Craft 2014/08/09 Download

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

Local name Scientific name
Early Purple Orchid Orchis mascula
Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorous
Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera

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

Local name Scientific name
Early Purple Orchid Orchis mascula
Bee Orchid Ophrys apifera

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility does not feature any landscape designations.

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 15 Self Appointed
Scrub Vegetation 2 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 15 Self Appointed
Wetlands 1 Self Appointed
Open Water Features 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 1.7 Hectares Poa annua 95%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 5%
Tees 1.7 Hectares Lolium perenne 75%
Poa annua 25%
Fairways 20.0 Hectares Lolium perenne 75%
Poa annua 25%
Semi Rough 25.0 Hectares Lolium perenne 80%
Poa annua 20%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
The greens at The Shropshire are sand greens and are dominated by Poa annua. The sward density is excellent on all greens and the greens perform superbly throughout the year despite the course having in excess of 40,000 rounds a year on the main Courses alone. Having one species of grass on your green allows you to simplify and optimise your management techniques saving valuable resources.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 3 months

This golf facility does not consult individuals or organizations regarding its grassing plan.

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 2011, an Intergrated Turf Management policy was created by The Shropshire. This clearly sets out how to implement and monitor cultural and mechanical practices to alleviate problems on the course with the minimum use of pesticides.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Promoting to members the greater resilience that more naturalised turf possesses and how a more resilient plant will adapt to changing atmospheric variables better.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Fertiliser and pesticide budgets increase by less than inflation due to promoting sustainable surfaces. Customers made aware of sustainability through regular course maintenance updates in clubhouse
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Regular newsletters to members detailing seasonal maintenance around the course. copies are displayed on the course noticeboard for visitors to view.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces Regular newsletters to members detailing seasonal maintenance around the course. copies are displayed on the course noticeboard for visitors to view.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Greens are never managed to enhance colour i.e. the spraying of long-term dyes for example.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours For health and safety purposes, to minimise soil erosion and prot sward density, mowing lines will follow contours where possible. This is set out in the hole by hole risk assessments carried out at The Shropshire Golf Centre.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture The on-course signage is small and discreet allowing golfers to benefit from the landscape visibile around the course.
Conservation of specimen trees The Deputy Course Manager is qualified to climb trees and work off the ground with chainsaws. Therefore any specimen trees are managed in such a way as to preserve and enhance the quality of the tree
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features The driving range netting and wire mesh fencing is screened from view with avenues of trees not only for health and safety reasons protecting golfers from stray shots but also to enhance the landscape for golfers on the Gold course and and academy 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 creation of wildlife corridors of long rough to reduce size of managed turf. These wildlife corridors will help meta populations of certain species such as butterflies.
Increasing the size of habitat patches Linking areas of long rough allowing small mammals to move easily around the site and increasing the area of habitats.
Connection of internal habitat patches Allowing scrubland away from areas of play to go un-managed and hence linking up areas of woodland. Areas of long rough are connected between the holes creating wildlife corridors.
Connection of patches with external habitats Area around golf course is a mixture of farmland and woodland and therefore the long rough provides a meta-habitat for both farmland and woodland species alike.
Creation of habitat corridors Areas of long rough are connected to allow safe passage for small mammals etc. to move between habitats minimising the chance of habitat fragmentation and populations of species becoming geographically isolated.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation Habitat corridors are provided throughout the golf course for tall grassland habitats as well as woodland creating larger meta-habitats of better size and shape.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges Areas of woodland and scrub away from play are allowed to sprawl and left unmanaged. Other areas are scalloped to increase the edge of woodland where alpha diversity is highest.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the quality of habitats on the golf course:

Activity Description
Creation of botanically rich rough grassland The rough grassland at The Shropshire Golf Centre does not receive any nutritional enrichment. Future projects will include ways to try and impoverish the soil.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Area of overgrown Gorse habitat managed by removing old stands and allowing re-growth creating multi-aged vegetation, thus maximising the number of habitats in an area and also maximising the edges of the habitat where biodiversity will be highest.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Woodland areas away from play receive minimal management other than thinning out of non-native species i.e. Sycamore or non-native coniferous species or removing even-aged stands to create light to woodland floor and promote new growth.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas The one lake on site has marginal vegetation consisting of bulrush predominantly. A vegetative buffer zone is in place around the lake as well.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation The one lake on site is surveyed on an annual basis outside of breeding seasons to establish the percentage coverage of bulrush and if any must be removed to maintain an optimum balance of open water and vegetation.
Naturalization of linear habitats Areas of long rough are inter-connected to produce larger habitats of a better shape for species. Areas of woodland away from play are allowed to sprawl and the adjacent grassland succeed into scrubland increasing the number of habitats and niches.

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 The areas of long rough are not cut down until later in the year to allow species chance to flower and for insects to collect nectar. Areas away from play are left unmanaged for wildlife to thrive.
Installation of nest boxes Nest boxes have been put up around the course including larger Owl boxes for Little Owl and for Barn Owls.
Control / management of alien species The Shropshire Golf Centre does not suffer from many alien species but non-native neophyte species of tree such as Sycamore (Acer psuedoplantanus) will be chosen for felling ahead of native species that inevitably support a greater number of host-specific species.
Provision of hibernation areas The Shropshire Golf Centre provides Log piles and habitat piles from smaller branches to provide suitable habitat for hibernation of small mammals and insects.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) When thinning out woodlands around the three courses at Hoebridge Golf Centre care is taken to provide log piles for insects and small mammals in suitable locations where disturbance will be minimal.

Water

Water is becoming a scarce resource for the UK, particularly in relation to the irrigation to turf areas on the golf course, fortunately for the Shropshire Golf Centre water supplies are plentiful as numerous abstraction licences are available along with two large resovoirs.

The automated irrigation system at The Shropshire is not viable and therefore the turf is irrigated through the use of large water bowsers filled from an abstraction licence or a lake on site and then applied manually through sprinklers attached to the bowsers or through hoses and applied manually. The result of this is that it is very hard to over water the surfaces at The Shropshire, albeit it is also very hard to ensure that the water is applied evenly to all areas. Future capital investment will involve looking at the feasibility of installing an automated irrigation system.

Irrigation is supplied to tees and greens only on the gold, silver and bronze courses (9 holes each) and no irrigation is supplied to the 18 hole short course at all. The policy at The Shropshire is to irrigate to preserve the health of the plant and to maintain sward density throughout the summer but not to over water the greens. The putting surface must be true and responsive to a ball but firm as well. The short course is managed during the summer month through good cultural practices of raising the height of cut or simply not cutting the plant.

The maintenance shed for the greenkeepers at The Shropshire is fed 100% by mains water. However, the water run-off from the wash down area for machinery flows into a closed loop recycling system.

The clubhouse at The Shropshire consists of a 19th century farmhouse, a series of converted barns in the 1990's and 100% of the water is supplied through mains and 100% of the sewage water flows into the main sewage network.

Sources & Consumption

No water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 3,060,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 3,610,000 Litres
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 3,388,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 691,000 Litres
2011 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 3,042,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 12,093,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Weekly
Tees Weekly
Fairways Never
Semi-Rough Never
Rough Never

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:
Manual

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 12 months

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species Promotion of naturalised turf that is adapted to local environmental factors such as rainfall and soil pH. Deeper rooting is encouraged through good cultural practices and when overseeding good quality cultivars are chosen.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Renovations to greens carried out twice a year via hollow-tining and or deep scarification of the greens. Regular deep solid tining at varying depths reduces compaction and minimises thatch levels allowing the plants to utilise water available.
Timing and dose of water application Weather patterns are analysed for likelihood of rainfall and irrigation practices altered accordingly.
Analysis of soil moisture Visual health of sward is regularly monitored. Soil analysed visually when changing holes and dry areas are probed to ascertain soil moisture levels. Irrigation requirements can then be altered if necessary.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data The weather and rainfall levels are recorded daily and irrigation requirements can then be altered if necessary.
Use of wetting agents Wetting agents are only applied in hand held applicators as required to minimise chemical inputs
Overall reduction in irrigated area Reduction in irrigated areas dependable on climate conditions
Targeting of sprinkler heads The arcs of the sprinkler heads are checked regularly throughout the year and altered if necessary. Arcs also checked on start up of system in spring and shut down in autumn.
Optimizing system pressure Variable speed pumps used for irrigation system.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Whenever nozzles are replaced within sprinkler heads then genuine original parts are used and the latest nozzle available is utilised.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Cistermisers are in use to reduce the usage of water.
Use of water efficient appliances All appliances replaced are done so with water efficiency as a priority. When current appliances are replaced under capital expenditure, more water efficient appliances will be sourced.
Repairing leaks Any leaks are reported to the General Manager or Duty Manager, recorded on the health and safety fault log and they are rectified as a priority. All irrigation leaks are reported to Course Manager and dealt with as a priority.
Water awareness signage The Shropshire Golf Centre remained unaffected by hosepipe ban in 2012. However, signage was placed around the clubhouse informing visitors that we would still be irrigating conservatively.

Energy

Over recent years, The Shropshire Golf Centre has been analysing its energy consumption and efficiency more closely with a view to reducing costs and helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the club.

Energy consumption is a continuous point at every HOD meeting, SCCM meeting and regional Manager meetings with the slogan 'switch off and you will make all the difference.' This is re-iterated to all members of staff in every department to help reduce the energy costs of the building.

The majority of administrative rooms, toilets and changing rooms within the golf club have motion sensor lighting fitted in order to save on lighting costs.

All exterior lighting including car park and driving range are on timers and these are monitored regularly to ensure they are not on when not required.

All chargers for clubhouse buggies are on timers to charge through the night in off-peak electricity times to minimise costs. The latest charger technology is used to ensure that once the buggy is 100% charged, the charger itself will switch off saving electricity.

The golf course benefits from sand based greens with good drainage installed into the subbase of the greens. The free-draining surface created by this allows a ‘little and often’ approach in terms of the fertiliser programmes with foliar feeds preferentially used to reduce the likelihood of large ‘flushes’ of excess growth.

Fungicides are sprayed to maintain disease at tolerable levels never exceeding 5% coverage of the sward as per the twice annual golf course audit within BGL Golf. All other areas of turf receive no fungicides and minimal fertiliser input. If fertiliser is required then a slow-release product is applied to ensure slow, even growth throughout the year and no large flushes of growth when nutrient levels are unnaturally high due to excessive inputs.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2013 2012 2011
Biogas (Litres)
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres)
Hydrogen (Litres)
On-site Hydro (kWh)
On-site Solar (kWh)
On-site Wind (kWh)
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres)

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

2013 2012 2011
Diesel (Litres) 18083 13356 15004
LPG (Litres)
Natural Gas (Litres) 442739 431706 414316
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 274048 286483 320316
Petrol (Litres) 1014 679 913

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Use of electric hybrid vehicles All electric fleet of buggies for use by visitors to The Shropshire Golf Centre.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Recent refurbishments of clubhouse has included utilisation of the most energy efficient air conditioning and heating systems available.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Temperature in clubhouse monitored daily and thermostats adjusted accordingly. When doors are opened then air conditioning is switched off to conserve energy.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities In summer months natural ventilation opportunities are used where possible instead of air-conditioning units.
Upgrading of building insulation Recent refurbishments of clubhouse has included increasing the insulation levels within the building
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) Several areas of clubhouse and maintenance facility benefit from skylights reducing the need for as many internal lights.
Installation of low-energy lighting Low-energy lighting is in use through out the the golf centre
Use of motion sensor lighting Motion sensor lighting is in use in all our changing room and toilets
Transition to energy efficient appliances Energy efficient fridges and freezers are chosen as a priority when replacing existing appliances.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting All out side lighting including car park and driving range lights. Golf buggies are charged during off peak times.
Educating staff and customers All staff are educated in turning off lights when rooms are not in use and heating is turned down or off at night, in the warmer months the heating is off.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100% 13%
Diesel 100% 88%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Diesel 100%
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 Staff will car-share to attend meetings at other sites within the group.
Secure cycle parking Cycle parking is provided within the kitchen service yard, This is a locked environment.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) Large lockers available to staff so that golf clubs can be stored. Some members of staff therefore cycle to work as they can leave their clubs at work.
Staff showers Several members of staff utilise showers within shropshire Golf Centre.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling The tax break incentive for cycling is available to all employees of The Shropshire Golf Centre.

Supply Chain

It is important to The Shropshire Golf Centre that our suppliers have similar ideals including that of environmental awareness.

The total number of suppliers is minimised in order that deliveries can be consolidated where possible. For example, the greenkeeping department receives two major drops of fertiliser and pesticide per year. The budgets are designed to accommodate this and there is minimal ordering outside of these two deliveries. Likewise, retail and food and beverage deliveries from the same supplier will be delivered by one vehicle.

Over recent years, recycling has become a more prominent issue at The Shropshire with plastic, metal, cardboard and paper now recycled. Paper recycling bins are in administrative offices and recycling bins are present at point of sale. All cardboard packaging for the retail is recycled and any goods that need to be returned to manufacturers are packed with recycled materials from on site activities.

Where possible materials are recycled within the greenkeeping department., For example, for small scale turfing tasks the chipping green is utilised for repairs to greens on the Main course. Likewise, any root zone required for turfing jobs, old cores taken from hollow tining. Therefore, there are no transportation costs involved and also there is guaranteed continuity in terms of soil characteristics of pH for example.

In 2011, The Shropshire Golf Centre introduced a discounted rate on green fees for members of the armed forces and the Battle Back charity is supported by The Shropshire with war veterans receiving complimentary rounds of golf on all courses including buggy hire. The Shropshire also hosted in 2013 a ryder cup style match between UK and American disabled ware veterans supporting the battle back charity.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Number of suppliers limited to reduce haulage. Greenkeepers receive two major drops of fertiliser/pesticide a year to minimise haulage. Primo Maxx used to reduce growth rates and as a result lower diesel consumption
Use of local suppliers Retail, Food and Beverage and greenkeeping departments use many suppliers that are within a 10 mile radius of The Shropshire.
Use of local products All top dressing sand is sourced from a local quarry that is relatively close to The Shropshire. The compromise is using a local sand whilst still ensuring that its performs to the required standard.
Use of recycled and recyclable products The tee markers are made on site by the greenkeepers from recycled plastic. The Shropshire recycles all paper, plastic, cardboard and metal from the clubhouse.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Products with minimal packaging include bottles of drink within retail department. Any packaging is recycled if appropriate. Other packaging is used to pack goods when returning to manufacturers.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Ransomes Jacobsen is one of our major equipment suppliers for the golf course. This organisation puts environmental responsibility as a major objective and is ISO14001 accredited.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Miles Total number of suppliers within 100 Miles
Food & Beverage 5 1 4
Catering Supplies 3 2 3
Retail 12 1 5
Trade & Contractors 4 2 4
Maintenance Equipment 15 11 15
Course Supplies 6 3 6

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses The latest cultivars are chosen for overseeding with drought and disease tolerance a priority as irrigation coverage is minimal with a manual system used in the form of water bowsers and the Short Course at The Shropshire has no irrigation system at all.
Managing stress and wear Winter traffic management techniques employed include white lining areas in play close to greens complexes. Trolleys have hedghog wheels on when frosty. The wettest areas are post and roped off to direct traffic to drier areas.
Enhancement of soil structure A good quality top dressing is used with a high drainage capacity and good particle size with minimal fines. This coupled with regular aeration and soil exchange program such as scarifying and hollow-tining enhances the soil structure.
Optimization of the growing environment A holistic approach is taken to turf management through the ITM policy and this includes looking at other factors such as shading of greens that may require tree felling to optimise the growing environment.
Managing thatch levels Regular verticutting and annual scarify maintains thatch at acceptable levels and this policy is run in conjunction with minimising fertiliser and water inputs to produce firm, true surfaces.
Managing surface moisture Preventative applications of wetting agents in growing season reduce the irrigation requirements whilst still maintaining good sward density in drier periods.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Disease is sprayed for as required to maintain disease coverage of no more than 5% of sward. Pests managed in a discreet and sustainable manner keeping numbers at tolerable levels.
Scouting for pests and diseases All evidence of pests and disease is plotted onto the IPM maps on each hole. The severity of the attack is also noted and then the action taken to control the attack be it cultural, physical or chemical.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Using the ITM policy it is possible to identify problematic turf and track actions carried out to improve the quality of the turf such as aeration and fungicide applications. Over time the severity and frequency of pests/disease attacks will reduce.

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

2013 2012 2011
Fairways - N - Inorganic 120
Greens - K - Inorganic 215 222 241
Greens - N - Inorganic 156 247 191
Greens - P - Inorganic 52 49 73
Tees - K - Inorganic 11
Tees - N - Inorganic 6
Tees - P - Inorganic 3

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

2013 2012 2011
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 23 45 4
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 55 105 10
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 3 2
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 45 35 47.5
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 90 70 95
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 2.5 6 5
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 5 11.5 10
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 2 1
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 5.4
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 15
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 23 19 4
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 55 45 10
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 3 1
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 8.5 4
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 20 10
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 2
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 2.5 5 5
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 5 10 10
Tees - Insecticide - 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 The herbicides that are chosen for dicotyledon species are of low toxicity and are broken down into inert compounds within a few days. The only product that does persist is used for small areas and spot treated using the chemicals florasulam and fluroxypyr.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases All pesticides used are only applied for their intended use and at the recommended concentrations. The most efficient product is always selected and applied in optimum conditions to maximise the performance of the product.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers All herbicides and insecticides are used as spot treatments for all areas of turf. This minimises the amount of chemical used. Likewise, when applying total herbicide such as glyphosate then spot treatment is used.
Calibration and testing of sprayers All sprayers undergo a full MOT annually to comply with all legislation. Nozzles are changed regularly and jug tested to ensure calibrated correctly.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Bubble jet nozzles used to reduce water volume and spraying pressure and as a result minimising the potential of spray drift particularly as the site is exposed in certain areas.
Non-chemical weed control All weeds on greens are removed by hand and areas with Common Ragwort that may come into contact with horses close by are removed by hand.

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

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Separate recycling bins at rear of the building. Recycling bins at Point of sale. Recycling bins in admin and sales offices for paper.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways The clippings from tees, approaches, fairways and rough are not removed and returned to surface. Greens clippings are distributed finely into areas of weak growth and poor sward density to boost organic matter levels.
Education of staff and customer education Recycling forms part of new staff inductions in each department and also SCCM, HOD and regional managers meetings.
Waste awareness campaigns Signs visible to staff to encourage recycling in offices and point of sale.

Pollution Control

It is important to everyone at The Shropshire Golf Centre that we minimise our impact upon the environment and enhance the quality of the environment where possible. This includes operating a sustainable business.

We have worked very hard at improving our recycling at Shropshire and we have recently increased the range of products that we can recycle from just cardboard to now recycling cardboard, plastic, paper and metal. The result of this is improving our recycling and lowering our carbon footprint and It is cheaper to have recycling bins picked up than general waste bins.

The biodiversity of the site is an important issue at Shropshire and is taken into consideration when making decisions about habitat management on the site. For example, thinning of woodland areas around the site to create multi-species, multi-aged woodland is the vision for the woodland at The Shropshire. Therefore, when deciding which trees to remove their contribution to the quality of the environment and habitat is also taken into consideration. An example would be we would rather remove a non-native neophyte species of tree such as Sycamore (Acer pseudoplantanus) before a native species of tree such as Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur).

These native species are chosen because they support a greater number of host-specific species of invertebrate and therefore woodland dominated by native species is likely to have a higher alpha diversity value than that of non-native plantation woodland.

The cultural practices of golf course management are carried out with environmental quality as an important subject. Where possible existing root zone on site is used for small scale landscaping jobs . Likewise, small turfing jobs are carried out by removing turf from our nursery on site.

Any harmful waste that is disposed of at The Shropshire, be it waste cooking oil or engine oil then a licensed waste disposal company is chosen and the harmful material is taken safely off site.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course N/A N/A
Clubhouse Septic Tank Yes
Maintenance Facility On-Site Treatment Plant Yes
Wash Pad 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 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 All hazardous liquids including engine and hydraulic oils are stored on sealed, impervious areas able to hold more than the maximum volume of liquid stored at any one time.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Induction tank on the side of the sprayer where all chemicals and fertilisers are input for mixing.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks Above ground diesel tank that is double-skinned and fully bunded to prevent leakage of hazardous fuel into surrounding area.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Metal storage for petrol cans is then stored in a larger petrol storage tank to minimise chance of spillage and contamination.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Spill kits in place in workshop and when used are disposed of via a licensed waste disposal company.

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 forecasts are analysed before application of all pesticides and fertilisers. Low volume nozzles are used to reduce water volume in sprayer and to reduce nozzle pressure and spray drift. Foliar feeds are the prefered option for fertilisers.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies All lakes on site as well as the stream flowing through the course benefit from large vegetative buffer zones and no pesticides are applied to any of these areas.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan All stock holding of pesticides is maintained at all times and copy available should an emergency situation occur so that emergency services are aware of what chemicals are on site at any one time
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Areas of long rough away from line of play receive no pesticides annually. These areas are surveyed annually to establish species composition and update site species list.

Community

.The Shropshire golf centre prides itself on being a destination enjoyed by families and young children. Our 18 hole Par 3 course specifically designed for children just beginning to learn to play golf. We passionately believe that golf is an excellent sport for young children to learn to play and it teaches them vital life skills such as honesty, integrity and good etiquette.

We at The Shropshire therefore strive to be as accessible to young people learning the game of golf as we can. We offer free tuition to primary school children in the form of TRI-GOLF and to secondary pupils in Golf Extreme. We are a Golf Mark accredited centre due to our thriving academy and host monthly training sessions for the juniors assisted by our PGA Professional,

The Shropshire runs its annual kids fun day where the short game practice area becomes a family picnic area with a barbeque and kids can receive a fun and basic introduction to golf and The Shropshire Golf Centre. It is important that we break down the perceived perception of golf clubs not being family orientated. We do not enforce a strict dress code at The Shropshire.

In 2011,The Shropshire Golf Centre introduced a discounted rate on green fees for members of the armed forces and the Battle Back charity is supported at The Shropshire with war veterans receiving complimentary rounds of golf on all courses including buggy hire.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 6.0
Course Management 7
Food & Beverage 3 4 4
Golf Coaching 4
Retail & Leisure 5.0

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

  • Owner
  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Technical Specialist

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides All pesticides stored on impervious surface. All pesticide containers removed by licensed waste disposal company. All pesticides applied by qualified operators, with modern equipment, efficiently, minimising amount of chemical required.
Efficient water management Monthly temperature checks.
Management of accidents and emergencies Accident book filled out every time there is an accident. A quarterly meeting with Senior management team to assess recent Health and Safety issues and implement action plan. Reviewed at quarterly SCCM meetings as well.
Management of habitats and vegetation Course Maintenance display board includes articles on habitat and vegetation management techniques employed around the golf course.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Glass and cardboard are separated for recycling.
Health & Safety A comprehensive health & safety policy is in place together with risk assessments.
Energy Saving Light switch sensors, low energy lights,and good water management are all in place.
Environmental management planning The Shropshire Golf Centre Environmental Policy outlines future environmental management requirements for the site. All necessary surveys are carried out prior to commencing works.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Preferential rates are offered to local offices that are situated on the The Shropshire estate.
Local Environmental Groups The local Bat group has recently surveyed areas of the site.
Local Community Groups The local Scout group has built and installed many bird boxes for the site. The Woking Rotary Club meet every Monday at The Shropshire and local community groups regularly give presentations to Rotary Club.
Media Landmark Media are utilised to send out press releases detailing environmental achievements from The Shropshire Golf Centre and also BGL Golf.
Local Businesses Special corporate rates offered to local businesses on the shropshire golf centre
Schools & Colleges Special corporate rates offered to local businesses on the The Shropshire estate.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths A public footpath runs through the course and is used by local rambler groups for walks

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 does not undertake any activities to conserve cultural heritage features.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display An environmental notice board is displayed in the clubhouse and environmental achievements are communicated to staff through monthly staff newsletters and quarterly SCCM meetings.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures An environmental notice board is present in the clubhouse at The Shropshire Golf Centre. Environmental achievements are communicated through a third party PR agency, Landmark Media.
Supporting campaigns The Shropshire Golf Centre supports the Battle Back programme for injured war veterans and offers complimentary golf to members. The Shropshire recently hosted a match between UK and USA war veterans.