Goyer Golf & Country Club
Executive summary (English & local language)
The Goyer Golf & Country Club has shown that financial and sustainable management can go hand in hand. Water management has been improved over the last years, and with the upcoming renovation of the clubhouse also energy use will be reduced. All necessary actions in and around the course are well documented and supervised by a highly skilled headgreenkeeper. The management is well aware of the presence of endangered and protected species and it is their intention to further improve biodiversity around the course.
The Goyer Golf & Country Club (GGCC) opened its doors in 2003 and consists out of a 18 holes championship course and a 6 holes practising course on a total surface area of approximately 56 ha. Generally vegetation types are typical for more nutrient-poor soils and not surprisingly several protected and endangered species plant species have been observed during the last decade. The headgreenkeeper is well aware of the presence of the endangered species and implemented a code of conduct for golf course management in relation to the Dutch Flora and Fauna Act. Besides plants, the club also monitors butterflies-and insect groups, mammals and birds. For maintenance and improvement of the nature areas the club works along a list of activities for the coming years. It is their intention to increase the species-richness and surface area of botanically interesting grassland communities and to increase the surface area of heather communities. The club is very keen on sustainable management of the playing areas of the course. Special attention is paid to maintenance of their greens, and the headgreenkeeper and his team are keen on experimenting with new technologies to become / remain in the top of the Dutch golf courses. Grass species used for greens and other playing areas are suitable for the conditions present at GGCC.
GGCC uses surface water for irrigating the playing areas. The last three years total water consumption for irrigation varied between 23000 and 27000 cubic meters for 24 holes. During my visit the irrigation system was under reconstruction and new flow-meters will be (are) installed. In this way the management further hopes to optimize water use on their course. The irrigation system of the teeboxes will be renovated in order to further optimise irragation rates and improve plant health. Several measures have been taken to further reduce potable water consumption. Water taps in the course are equipped with stop-knobs avoiding unnecessary waste of potable water, and a new watersaving dishwasher has been purchased.
Replacing old fashioned energy consuming lightning with LED lightning has become common good in Dutch clubhouses. Also at the GGCC old non-functioning lightning is now being replaced by LED lights which will have a considerable impact on their annual energy consumption. Electric charging stations for cars are available and it is the management’s intention to install more of them. Motion sensors have been installed on the parking area further reducing unnecessary energy-use. With the coming renovation of the clubhouse more attention will be paid on insulation and energy-use.
All waste (paper/plastic/glass/batteries and rest) at GGCC is separated according to legislation. The club does not have a strict policy with respect to the use of certified food products, but the management of the restaurant is stimulated to buy certified products within their financial limits. With respect to the upcoming renovation of the clubhouse, GGCC will contract local companies as much as possible. For the maintenance of the golf course the headgreenkeeper only buys certified products. Rates of fertilization are based on experience and environmental conditions and do show quite some variations of the years. To further optimise green / golf course maintenance the greenkeep team experiments with fertilization rates and new techniques to reduce fungicide use on their practising holes.
In order to reduce fungicide use on their greens, the greenkeep team experiments with several measures on the practise area. Until now partly successful, but the headgreenkeeper assured me that they will continue to experiment by 2017. All chemicals were stored according to legislation. Waste water is discharged via a grease/oil separator and maintenance is carried out on impervious floors. However, the conditions of these floors are not up to standard anymore, and will be renovated by 2017.
The GGCC predominantly communicates about club affairs internally via website and their club journal. It is the club’s policy to keep external media communication down to a minimum, this despite the fact that they sustainably run the golfcourse and that interesting charity events are organised regularly for e.g. the Ronald McDonald Childfund. Special attention to their members will be given the coming years on how GGCC will deal with the new (possible) Dutch rules with respect to chemical free maintenance of golf courses. Further the club offers the opportunity for (disabled) youngsters to get acquainted with golf course management in the broadest sense of the word. All personnel is trained regularly on safety issues.
- Action Plans and Project Proposals
- Environmental Data
- Environmental Management Plan
- External Surveys and Reports
- Internal Reports
The management of GGCC clearly demonstrated progress of sustainable management over the last few years and based on the information presented and discussions during my visit I, Adrie van der Werf, recommend The Goyer Golf & Country Club to be awarded with GEO certificate.
Excellent relationship with diverse neighbours and other land functions due to location
Clear plans form the basis for landscape management and includes nature, forest, game elements and grass quality, stating the frequencies, methods, planning and the pathways to the set goals. This is great for continuity and integrating new staff into the correct philosophy.