Mission Hills Haikou Resort

GEO Certified® 01/2015
Hakou, Hainan,
China
Telephone: +86 898 6868 3888
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Constructed on top of an igneous rock site, Mission Hills Haikou has in total 10 unique 18-hole golf courses and is part of a mega tourist resort developed in the rural area 20 miles away from Haikou, the capital city of the tropical Hainan Island in the South China sea.

Mission Hills Haikou started its operation in year 2010. Acknowledging that the people, the communities’ development and environmental protection are vital to the success of its business, the club commits to sustainable development and contribution to the society. It regist…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Blackstone (18 holes, 7808 yards, year opened 2010)
Sandbelt Trails (18 holes, 7297 yards, year opened 2010)
The Vintage (18 holes, 7363 yards, year opened 2010)
Stepping Stone (18 holes, 2176 yards, year opened 2010)
Lava Fields (18 holes, 7475 yards, year opened 2010)
Meadow Links (18 holes, 6673 yards, year opened 2010)
Stone Quarry (18 holes, 6029 yards, year opened 2010)
Double Pin (18 holes, 1921 yards, year opened 2010)
The Preserve (18 holes, 6535 yards, year opened 2010)
Shadow Dunes (18 holes, 6428 yards, year opened 2010)
1 Clubhouse(s)
2 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Practice Facility/Facilities

Nature

观澜湖集团成立于1992年,一直致力于打造一个可持续发展的旅游休闲产业群,对当地社区以及整个地区的经济,文化和环境产生积极的影响。海口观澜湖度假区建立在距海口市中心20英里的石漠地上,这里的土地布满了火山熔岩,不适合进行传统的农业生产,如今它已经成为世界级的综合旅游休闲胜地。项目建设期间,我们保留了2万棵原生树木,新增亚热带树木5万棵,而深达20米的的岩石上以石造型,也保留了15,385英亩的原始黑色裸岩。在干涸的采石矿坑上建立了7个人工湖,以及人工湿地收集降雨为球场供水,避免使用公共供水系统或者地下水源。最初的大量绿化和再造工程完成后,观澜湖继续以每年栽种至少1万棵树木来改善栖息地。大部分种植的树木都是本地树种,相比于外来树种,更适合当地的生物如蝙蝠和鸟类。海口观澜湖度假区位于羊山地区,距东寨港红树林自然保护区以西约30公里,于1992年被认定为国际上重要的湿地保护区。保护区内有58种植物,包括红树林的15个种类29种植物,此外还有118种鸟类和93种鱼虾类。度假区以西不到5公里是海口火山国家森林公园,西北处约9公里是中国雷琼海口火山群世界地质公园。受热带气候的影响,海南有着复杂的地质地貌,多样的地形和降雨导致动植物分布不均,提高了物种多样性。观澜湖的高尔夫球场涵盖着各式各样的栖息地,从草原,灌木林到湖泊和湿地,吸引了不同的生物物种栖息,如许多鸟类,两栖类,蝴蝶,蜻蜓和鱼类等。球场内甚至栖息着一些国家珍稀受保护动物。

Founded in 1992, it has been Mission Hills’ vision to create a sustainable and environmentally responsible leisure and tourism business that harnesses the power of sports and leisure to make a positive economic, cultural and environmental impact on the local community and the whole region. Mission Hills Haikou was developed in a sparsely populated rural area, 20 miles outside the city of Haikou in an environment strewn with lava rock, prone to flooding and unsuitable for agricultural purposes. It has since been transformed into a revitalized natural landscape. During the construction work, Mission Hills conserved 20,000 trees and planted an additional 50,000 trees. It preserved 15,385 acres of pristine, black lava rock while building golf courses on the top of solid volcanic beds that run 20 meters deep. We created seven artificial lakes from rainfall captured on the volcanic rock to ensure that Mission Hills’ golf courses do not utilize any public water systems or tap into ground water supplies. After completing the initial greening and rehabilitation works, Mission Hills continues to improve woodland habitats by planting at least ten thousand trees each year. Most of the trees planted are native species; compared to exotic species, native trees are more palatable to local wildlife such as bats and birds. Mission Hills Haikou is located in Yangshan District, which lies about 30 km west from Dongzhaigang National Nature Reserve, designated as a wetland of international importance in 1992. There are 58 species of plants in the reserve, including 29 species and 15 families of mangrove plants. There are also 118 kinds of birds and 93 varieties of fish and shrimp on record in the reserve. Less than 5 km to the west of Mission Hills Haikou is the Haikou Volcanic National Forest Park and about 9 km northwest is the China Leiqiong Haikou Volcanic Cluster Global Geopark. Hainan has complex geology and is influenced by a tropical climate; its varied topography and uneven distribution of rainfall result in rich and varied flora. Mission Hills golf courses contain various habitats, ranging from grassland, shrubland, woodland to wetlands including lakes and streams. The diversity in habitats deservedly encourages the stay of wildlife from different groups. Birds, amphibians, butterflies, dragonflies and fishes etc. use Mission Hills as their feeding ground and roosting ground. Our golf courses even harbor some of our nationally rarest or protected animals.

Consultation & Surveys

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

No landscape assessments or surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

  • Environmental Resources Management Hong Kong Ltd.

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

Title Author Date View document
Ecological Review Report Environmental Resources Management Hong Kong Ltd. 2014/02/07

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

Local name Scientific name
Greater Coucal Centropus Sinensis - Class II National Protected Animals in Mission Hills
Golden Birdwing Troides aeacus - Species in Appendix II of CITES ( Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species f Wild Fauna and Flora

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

Local name Scientific name
While we do not regularly monitor species as an indicator of environmental quality at this time, by creating a baseline ecological review and by enhancing our guest education, we have strengthened our efforts to observe and monitor the biodiversity in our environment, which may lead in the future to a more formal monitoring system. What we have accomplished in the past year has been a significant step towards developing our awareness of the biodiversity of species at Mission Hills Haikou.

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Globa Low-Carbon Ecological Scenic Spot Global Forum on Human Settlements
National Low-carbon Tourism Demonstration Area Ecological Scenic Spot China Tour Committee

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

Title Estimated Area (Acres) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 76 Self Appointed
Scrub Vegetation 100 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 519 Self Appointed
Non Native Plantation Woodland 82 Self Appointed
Wetlands 27 Self Appointed
Sand dunes 47 Self Appointed

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Acres) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 29.7 Acres Paspalum vaginatum 100%
Tees 28.9 Acres Paspalum vaginatum 100%
Fairways 321.2 Acres Paspalum vaginatum 100%
Semi Rough 171.0 Acres Paspalum notatum 38%
Festuca longifolia 62%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Haikou features similar climatic and geographic conditions as found in Hawaii, thus we chose Pasplaum Vaginatum and Paspalum Notatum, which are drought and salt tolerant grass species with less water consumption in the golf course.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: Day: We believe it is important to carry out daily assessments of the conditions of our turf and alter our mowing patterns months

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

  • Schmidt-Curley Golf Design Company

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 Some practices are conducted to protect and enhance the grass quality: frequent trimming to enhance the turf flatness; the use of preventive fungicides and insecticides to reduce pests and diseases; appropriate top dressing and aeration to improve the turf tolerance; and regular fertilization to supply nutrition to the plants.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough We have divided fairways and rough areas and apply different trimming patterns to improve turf layering and dimensions. We have also introduced a ”Caddies De-weeding Program,” to reduce the need for chemical applications to enhance playing quality. The Caddie De-weeding Program allows us to have a cadre of caddies who hand-weed the turf grass, which has led to a very fine assessment of turf conditions on a very frequent basis, as well as to a reduction in the need for chemical applications aimed at reducing weeds, pests, and diseases.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Mission Hills created the specific turf area in designing the golf course with the intention of utilizing and protecting the landscape, as well as planting grasses based on the different courses that would be most applicable to the environment and would allow us to reduce the purchasing and on-going maintenance costs.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance We have created information about our green maintenance practices, including pictures and other details, which is maintained by our caddie master. In addition, our caddies will also share with the players during the rounds of golf the importance of our green maintenance practices and their important role in enhancing the playing condition.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces Some grass maintenance practices such as trimming are to maintain turf flatness; top dressing and aeration is to improve soil permeability; fertilization is to supply the plant with nutrition etc. These practices, along with our hand-weeding program, which provides for a very fine assessment of turf conditions, all contribute to the enhancement of the golf course condition.

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 turf grass will be dark green in color with high density in spring and summer season, as the turf grows very fast at that time. In autumn and winter, the turf grass will grow slowly so the turf will be in light green and low density.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours We match mowing lines to contours by cross stripes and shape the edges surrounding the terrains follow the course topography and natural shape.
Protection and restoration of historic features The golf courses are built on original lava rock landscape, while preserving 20,000 old trees and a traditional stone village. As part of our ongoing efforts to integrate landscaping and design to promote sustainability and educate the Chinese public on climate change, we created 15 kilometers of nature and ecological interpretation trails to provide our guests with a deeper opportunity for experiencing and understanding the natural environment that is incorporated into the resort landscaping, golf courses, and building layout.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We display course and yardage signage based on the course's natural shape and contours.
Conservation of specimen trees During the construction period, we preserved 20,000 old trees and planted another 50,000 trees on the golf courses. For some specimen trees, we have created and placed labels on them; we have also included information and education about certain species of trees along our ecotrails to further educate guests.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Black lava rocks remain and are widely visible in the golf course landscape, which highlights the natural environment of the golf courses and their volcanic origins; 30% of vegetation was retained and is maintained to keep the original ecological condition. We also screen man-made features with native trees and climber 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 We have only around 150 square meters of amenity grass.
Increasing the size of habitat patches Increase vegetation plantings to enlarge the habitat patches.
Connection of internal habitat patches All internal habitats are connected without any barriers in our golf courses.
Connection of patches with external habitats The patches were connected to the external habitats to increase the area and size of the habitat patches.
Creation of habitat corridors We have planted another 50,000 trees on the course in addition to the original plants there, and continue to add new plantings of trees.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation The smallest habitat patch in Mission Hills Haikou is 5000 square meters.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges We have planted a large amount of trees, scrub and ground covers at habitat edges to increase the size of habitat patches.

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 A large amount of Bahia grass, camomile and clovers are planted in non-hitting areas. Original reed and bushes are also preserved in these areas.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation The specific eco-friendly pesticides are applied in golf courses, in addition to our hand-weeding program which reduces the need for chemical applications.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands We trim the plants to improve their growth conditions and increase the layering and colour of the landscape.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas We established littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas to protect the original creatures and provide a habitat for amphibians.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation We clean the aquatic vegetation area regularly to maintain an appropriate balance of open water.
Naturalization of linear habitats We used artificial cutting to trim the plants especially twigs and large branches in habitat patches to ensure it is in natural shape.

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 Seasonal flowers and vegetation are planted on golf courses to encourage nesting and nectar sites.
Control / management of alien species Mission Hills has put a set number of solar insecticidal lamps on our golf courses, and pesticide use been decreased by 50% after a period of time. This helps to reduce the number of insects on the golf course, in addition to reducing the use of pesticides. We are continuing to monitor this program, and to increase the use of solar insecticidal lamps as they prove their effectiveness.

Provision of hibernation areas Because of our climate, we do not have hibernating species.

Water

水资源是人类最宝贵的资源之一。观澜湖非常重视水资源的合理利用,采取了多种节水措施以提升水资源的利用率。在污水处理方面,所有回收的污水都会经过污水站及人工湿地进行合理的处理。在节约用水方面,高尔夫球场灌溉所使用的大部分水资源都来自于污水处理厂和人工湿地处理后的灰水;和雨水。
酒店的淋浴、洗涤和烹饪等产生的废水被收集和运送到污水处理站及人工湿地。经过化学和生物处理过程之后,灰水被排水系统收集并储存在人工湖,用于高尔夫球场的灌溉。
观澜湖建立了污水处理厂,利用生物分解技术处理生活污水,处理后收集起来用于灌溉,实现污水零排放。
观澜湖利用人工湿地处理污水,这种方法经济、高效且环保。当污水经过湿地时,污水中的物质会被分解然后被植物吸收。经处理的污水最后会被排水系统收集,用于球场灌溉。
为了节约用水,我们从污水处理厂和人工湿地收集天然雨水和灰水,并将其汇聚到人工湖用于高尔夫球场的灌溉。人工湖有利于储存多余的雨水和灰水,便于日后的灌溉。通过循环使用灰水以及收集雨水进行灌溉,观澜湖集团每年节约用水约3,500,000立方米,相当于25万个家庭每月的用水量。

Water is one of our most precious and valuable resources. Mission Hills has implemented various measures to allow a more efficient use of water. In wastewater treatment, we treat our wastewater properly by processing it through our sewage treatment plants and through constructed wetlands before discharge. In water conservation, a large portion of water used for golf course irrigation in our golf clubs is from (1) grey water from our sewage treatment plants and constructed wetlands; and (2) rainwater. Water used in showering, laundry, and cooking at the resort is collected and transported to the water treatment plant and the constructed wetland. After chemical and biological treatment processes, the treated grey water is then collected by the drainage system and pumped into the artificial lakes, ready to be reused for golf course irrigation. Mission Hills has a sewage treatment plant using a biological decomposition technique for wastewater treatment and has achieved zero discharge of wastewater. Mission Hills also uses constructed wetlands, which are simple, economical and effective in treating wastewater. When the wastewater passes through the wetlands, it is decomposed and subsequently absorbed by the plants. The treated water is then collected by the drainage system and reused for golf course irrigation. For water conservation, we collect both natural rainwater and grey water from our sewage treatment plants and constructed wetlands and pump them to artificial lakes for golf course irrigation. These artificial lakes also help store the excess rainwater and grey water for future irrigation use. By reusing treated grey water and collecting rain water for irrigation, Mission Hills saved 3,500,000 m3 of tap water annually, equivalent to the water consumption of 250,000 families in a month.

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) Groundwater 70% 107,000,000 Gallons
Surface 10%
Reclaimed 10%
Treated Effluent 10%
Golf Course Surface 64% 445,933,504 Gallons
Treated Effluent 36%
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Surface 100% 963,600 Gallons
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Surface 100% 963,600 Gallons
Clubhouse(s) Groundwater 70% 106,000,000 Gallons
Surface 10%
Reclaimed 10%
Treated Effluent 10%
Golf Course Surface 65% 494,436,608 Gallons
Treated Effluent 35%
2011 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Groundwater 70% 137,000,000 Gallons
Surface 10%
Reclaimed 10%
Treated Effluent 10%
Golf Course Surface 75% 270,244,928 Gallons
Treated Effluent 25%
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Surface 100% 963,600 Gallons

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily
Tees 2-3 days per week
Fairways 2-3 days per week
Rough 2-3 days per week

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:
Fully computer controlled

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 6 months

Upgraded every 10 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 months

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species We use grass species that are drought and salt tolerant, such as seashore paspalum and platinum
Soil decompaction and thatch management Vertical cutting, aeration and top dressing are applied to loosen the soil and manage thatch levels in golf courses.
Timing and dose of water application We conduct irrigation in the evening to reduce water evaporation. Everyday, total water consumption is around 7000 cubic meters and it is controlled at six minutes for each area.
Analysis of soil moisture Everyday, we use a soil jack device to get 5 to 10 inches soil sample from turf in each area and observe that. If the soil is shaped like nuggets, then irrigation is not needed. If the soil appears to be in loose shape then we need to conduct irrigation.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Irrigation is normally conducted at night time instead of day time to reduce water evaporation and improve water usage.
Use of wetting agents We use soil-improvement agents to store the water in golf courses.
Overall reduction in irrigated area Overall reduction in irrigated area is approximately 1.3 million square meters.
Targeting of sprinkler heads We adjust sprinkler heads to 25 degrees which is the best angle for the targeting and it helps water atomization on sprinkler heads and wind force on irrigation.
Optimizing system pressure Pipe filters and sprinkle heads are cleaned regularly to optimize system pressure.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Toro automatic irrigation systems are adopted

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets We have installed infrared sensor urinals along the golf courses and hotels to automatically flush with low flow water when a person leaves the sensor area. Six-gallon water saving flush toilets and squat toilets have also been installed.
Use of water efficient appliances Dripping sprinkler heads are installed for irrigation. Water saving taps are installed in kitchen areas. We also use high temperature/pressure water-saving washing machines and taps.
Use of efficient shower technology Multi-functional showers are used in the hotel and water-saving showers are used in the staff dormitory.
Repairing leaks We check the irrigation tubes everyday and make sure any leaks are repaired in a timely manner. A daily record is taken for comparing and analyzing water and energy consumption. We have set up storage systems for pipe and regular consumable materials to repair leaks. Site inspection is conducted 3 times per day.
Water awareness signage Water saving signages are posted by every tap, and we also educate our staff on water saving by training and through email alerts.

Energy

节约能源是可持续发展的重点项目,因为它与碳排放和气候变化有密切关系。我们在节约能源方面的策略主要为减少碳排放、减少能源的消耗、回收利用能源及采用创新的方法来节约能源。近年来,观澜湖在节约能源方面已采取以下措施:

安装余热回收系统,收集酒店中央空调的余热,用于加热酒店客房用水。
在照明系统及加热水方面广泛使用太阳能
住宅物业区域使用测试风能和太阳能混合动力路灯。
酒店和会所的T8光管更换为T5光管和LED灯。
在球场区域安装节能照明系统
使用零碳排放的自行车进行保安巡逻,避免燃油消耗。
广泛使用太阳能球车
每年观澜湖有超过4000名球僮协助球场维护及清除杂草,可节省除草剂使用量达50%,同时减少保养球场所需的能源消耗。
通过采用先进的高效节能技术,观澜湖集团每年节电2,560,000千瓦时,相当于13,000户家庭每月的用电量。

Energy conservation is a key focus in terms of sustainability, because it highly relates to carbon emissions contributing to climate change. Our over-arching strategy is to reduce our use of energy, recycle energy that can be used for multiple purposes, and continue to implement new and innovative strategies that can conserve our energy resources. To date, we have implemented the following measures:
- Installing a heat recovery system to recover the heat energy from the central air-conditioning system of the hotels and using it for water heating, to provide hotel guests with hot water.
- Widely adopting solar energy for lighting and water heating.
- Using wind and solar hybrid street lights in residential property areas-
- LED lighting in hotels and clubhouses.
- Installation of energy efficient lighting in the golf course area.
- Using bicycles, which have zero carbon emissions, for security patrol.
- Using Solar Panel Golf Carts.
- Caddie De-Weeding program – reduces energy use for the application of pesticides and the maintenance of the golf courses.

By adopting various energy efficiency techniques, Mission Hills saved 2,560,000 kwh electricity annually, equivalent to the electricity consumption of 13,000 families in a month.

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
On-site Solar (kWh) 30000 30000 0

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

2013 2012 2011
Diesel (Gallons) 57644 65630 69880
LPG (Gallons) 13182312 12672000 12804000
Natural Gas (Gallons) 8634708 88543224 87000144
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 20029984 20559573 20632126
Petrol (Gallons) 54993 50354 49037

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels There are about 120 solar lights in our mineral springs and 250 solar lights around the hotel area. Solar panel golf carts are available at the clubhouse area. On our golf courses, a set number of solar insecticidal lamps were set up, and pesticide use has been decreased by 50% . We installed hybrid streetlights around the clubhouse and hotel to reduce energy consumption.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources Air Source Heat Pump was installed in the hotel and staff dormitory area and it can provide 300 cubic meters of hot water each day. While this is not geothermal energy use, which is not available in our area, it nevertheless has reduced our use of energy for the provision of heat and hot water.
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) LPG is widely used in all the kitchens of Mission Hills Haikou Resort.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles Mission Hills has purchased and uses around 220 solar golf carts and we are still continung to purchase muc more golf carts into operatin. The carts use solar power and conventional electricity. The cart can reach 70% electricity savings, with charging time decreased from 10 hours per day to 3 hours. Utilization of solar energy not only helps to reduce operation costs, but also enhances the battery usage and extends the usage life.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Air Source Heat Pump was installed in the hotel and staff dormitory areas to provide hot water. We installed a heat recovery system to recover the heat energy from the central air-conditioning system of the hotel and the clubhouse and we use the recovered heat for water heating, providing hotel guests with hot water. We also installed an inverter system air conditioner and a Boiler Steam Condensate Recovery system to save energy.

Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration We upgraded normal thermostats and solenoid valves to proportional integral solenoid valves in the air-conditioned areas, which can better regulate temperature and reduce energy consumption. The control module of the air conditioner in the hotel rooms has been upgraded to an energy saving version.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities The design of the hotel, clubhouse, spa and mineral hot spring has focused on optimizing natural ventilation opportunities. For example, the mineral hot spring area is primarily situated in the outdoors, with minimal indoor space. This has substantially reduced the use and need for air conditioning.

Upgrading of building insulation Insulating glass is installed into the windows to maintain indoor temperature to reduce energy consumption from air conditioning. The building is constructed with special concrete bricks made from industrial waste, an environmentally-friendly product that produces no emissions during the manufacturing process. Its insulation effect is 5 times better than clay bricks, with 30-50% energy consumption savings.
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Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) Insulating laminated glass is installed into windows and doors to make use of natural lighting. The Spa takes its design inspiration from the traditional Hakka Earthen Fortress Villages of Southern China. The iconic main spa structure is comprised of soaring, semi-circular bamboo, rising from a massive lava stone base which is perfect for enhancing the use of natural lighting.
Installation of low-energy lighting LED lightings and T5 energy-saving lighting tubes are widely installed in Mission Hills Haikou.
Use of motion sensor lighting We have installed sensor lighting in our back house areas.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Inverters have been installed to the water supply system, ventilation system, transfer pumps and irrigation pumps.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Time Switches have been installed into indoor and outdoor lighting and ventilation systems.
Educating staff and customers Mission Hills Haikou conducts regular staff training course, including on saving our resources. For example, in 2013, there were 14 training courses on energy saving, with around 700 staff in total attending. We have also incorporated information about the importance of saving our resources - energy, water, etc. - into our environmental education centre, which helps further educate our guests on how they can make their own efforts to save energy, as well as learn about and support our efforts at Mission Hills Haikou.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 47% 100%
Diesel 53%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 88% 54%
Diesel 12% 46%
Grid Electric 97%
Micro Renewable 3%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives We encourage staff to share the company car for business trips to save gas consumption. A regularly scheduled shuttle bus also runs from the hotel to the airport and city downtown, and the schedules are provided on our website, in our hotel and clubhouse lobbies, and to our staff.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) We schedule shuttle buses from the staff dormitory and city downtown to hotel area respectively for the staff. We also provide complimentary shuttle bus service between the Hotel and the airport/Evergreen Park for guests and citizens. The public K2 bus line is also available from the hotel to downtown.
During the golf tournament period, the regular shuttle bus will be arranged for the specators to come into Mission Hills and enjoy the tournament.
Secure cycle parking We have set up a separate and independent area for cycle parking . The Security Department uses bicycles for their patrols, and we also offer cycle rental for hotel guests.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables We post the shuttle bus routes and timetables at the main entrance of the clubhouse and the hotel to make sure guests are informed about the shuttle service. Related information is also displayed on the Mission Hills official website. All staff bus routes and timetable are regularly sent to staff via email.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) There are total 1566 lockers (including for Caddies and other staff) for staff to manage their belongings during work hours. This has also been helpful in reducing the need for transportation between staff dormitories and office. We also provide locker rooms to guests.
Staff showers There are 32 shower rooms for staff in the hotel and the clubhouse to reduce the need for transportation between the dormitory and the office.

Supply Chain

观澜湖一向致力于购买环保及可持续的产品、设备及服务。我们寻找本地、有机、持久、可回收及天然的产品、设备及服务,以及节能节水的高效设备。我们还建立了一个具有可持续实践及环境保护管理的供应商网络。我们鼓励我们的商业伙伴执行促进可持续发展相关政策,优先考虑采用可持续发展政策些供应商提供的产品及服务。在观澜湖,90%的商业合作伙伴都位于15公里以内,以减少交通运输带来的碳排放。中国是鱼翅的最大消费国,观澜湖已经全面禁止球会所有餐厅销售鱼翅。我们也不决不允许在球会内任何地方销售象牙制品。此外,观澜湖向顾客倡导及宣传保护濒危生物如大象、犀牛,和鲨鱼等等的重要性,并且承诺停止偷猎和不购买濒危的任何产品和动物。对于未来与观澜湖合作的零售商,我们将同样坚守着这样的原则。
Mission Hills endeavours to procure products, equipment and services that are eco-friendly and sustainable. We seek out local, organic, durable, recyclable and natural products, as well as energy and water efficient equipment. We have also established a purchasing network of suppliers with sustainability practices and environmental management. We encourage our business partners to implement policies that promote sustainable development and give preference to suppliers that produce products or services responsibly. 90% of Mission Hills’ business partners/suppliers are located within a 25-kilometre distance, reducing carbon emissions associated with transportation. China is the largest consumer for Shark’s Fin in the world. Mission Hills has banned shark’s fin at all of its restaurants. We do not permit the sale of ivory products at any of our resorts. In addition, Mission Hills educates guests on the importance of saving endangered species like elephants, rhinos, and sharks, and how we must all commit to stopping poaching and to not buying any products from endangered and threatened animals. We apply these same principles to future retailers doing business with Mission Hills.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Mission Hills prefers to choose products that are more environmentally-friendly. For example, we purchase rechargeable flashlights for our security and engineering staff night patrols and we have purchased 300 solar-powered golf carts, among other green products. On the golf course, we provide tees made from biodegradable bamboo. We are also purchasing unleaded petrol to reduce emissions and meet the National Environment Emission Standards. We purchase in larger quantities to reduce packaging and waste.
Use of local suppliers 90% of Mission Hills’ business partners/suppliers are located within a 25-kilometre distance in order to reduce carbon emissions associated with transportation.
Use of local products We select local suppliers for our solar golf carts and it has always been our policy to choose printing houses, advertising companies, and food processing factories nearby. In addition, we support the development of local farms to provide seasonal vegetables and organic vegetation.
Selection of certified products Mission Hills seeks out green accredited suppliers and it is Mission Hills’ first priority to select products certified by ISO 14001, FSC, etc. For example, we choose to cooperate with a color printing corporation with FSC certification to carry out our printing business, Shenzhen International Color Printing Co., Ltd. Examples of some of our ISO 14001 products include: Vinda Tissue from Vinda Paper Co. Ltd; Detergent and Cleanser by Shenzhen Yaoxin Co.Ltd; Porcelain products from Shenzhen Weiye Porcelian Co.,Ltd; Petrol and Diesel by China National Petroleum Corporation.
Use of recycled and recyclable products We have set up waste recycling centers to sort and collect our waste. There are two recycling centers in our company - the dry recycling center and the wet recycling center. All kitchen waste is placed in the wet recycling center. All dry waste is sorted and recycled according to our policies. On the golf course, we provide tees made from biodegradable and recyclable bamboo;
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging We select minimal packaging products like paint, Engine oil, 25Kilogram Rice, 22L Oil etc.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) We encourage our suppliers to support ISO certification and our low carbon environmental policies. Examples of suppliers that provide us with low-carbon products include: Shenzhen Minghui Co.Ltd, Guangdong Zhuoyue Golf Cart Co.Ltd, etc.

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 11 3 8
Catering Supplies 11 5 6
Retail
Trade & Contractors
Maintenance Equipment 67 30 37
Course Supplies 8 8

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses We use Paspalum in our golf courses. It features drought tolerance and high anti-disease characteristics which reduce turf damage and the need for turf grass replacement.
Managing stress and wear We conduct much more work on top dressing and aeration in some specific areas to manage the stress and wear. With our caddie de-weeding program, which employs more than 1500 caddies who carry out hand-weeding activities, they pay very close attention to the state of the turf grass, and provide this information for better and more effective management of stress and wear.
Enhancement of soil structure Oganic fertilizer and soil improvement agents are used to reduce damage to the turf.
Optimization of the growing environment Mission Hills has extended the landscape grass to optimize playing conditions on the courses.
Managing thatch levels Regular top dressing and vertical cutting on thatch levels are conducted to keep the moisture and nutrients flowing to the roots.
Managing surface moisture Optimize the Drainage system on the golf courses to manage surface moisture.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease We try to focus on prevention to minimize pests and disease and reduce the need for chemical applications. The Caddie De-weeding program allows us to do a very fine assessment of turf conditions, which has led to a reduction in the need for chemical consumption aimed at reducing weeds, pests, and diseases.
Scouting for pests and diseases Regularly monitor turf conditions to check if there are any pests and diseases. In addition, the Caddie De-Weeding program provides for another level of fine assessment of turf conditions.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health We monitor plant health conditions regularly and keep records of our findings to revise our maintanance practices to minimize damage to the plants.

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

2014 2013 2012
Fairways - K - Inorganic 70 150
Fairways - K - Organic 10 3
Fairways - N - Inorganic 70 150
Fairways - N - Organic 10 10
Fairways - P - Inorganic 10 30
Fairways - P - Organic 10 2
Greens - K - Inorganic 240 60
Greens - K - Organic 40 10
Greens - N - Inorganic 160 40
Greens - N - Organic 90 20
Greens - P - Inorganic 40 10
Greens - P - Organic 30 10
Rough - K - Inorganic 70 150
Rough - K - Organic 10 3
Rough - N - Inorganic 70 150
Rough - N - Organic 20 10
Rough - P - Inorganic 10 30
Rough - P - Organic 10 2
Tees - K - Inorganic 500 60
Tees - K - Organic 10 10
Tees - N - Inorganic 330 40
Tees - N - Organic 20 20
Tees - P - Inorganic 60 10
Tees - P - Organic 10 10

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

2014 2013 2012
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 5.55 5.30
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 1783 1700
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 2 2
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.15 0.12
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 49.5 37
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 3
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 1.92 5.90
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 615.4 1896
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 2 3
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 2.15 1.60
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 64 47.5
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 12 12
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 1.91 7.91
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 57 235
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 2 3
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.29 0.22
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 49.5 37
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 3 3
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 3.60 11.09
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 615.4 1896
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 2 3
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 26.4 10.42
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 763 301
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 10 3
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 2.16 31.0
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 62 896
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 2 3

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products We use organic pesticides and fungicides such as carbaryl, chlorothalonil, iprodione and thiophanate-methyl on the course.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases We select regular chemicals applied to agricultural products to treat pests and diseases in the turf.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers If there are no large-spot pests and diseases in the golf course, handheld sprayers and wipers are used for treatment to minimize environmental pollution.
Calibration and testing of sprayers We test all the sprayers before we use them to make sure the proper dosage will be applied to the turf, and to minimize the amount of spray to what is specifically needed.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles are monitored regularly. In windy weather, we check the anti-drip nozzles to avoid inadvertent loss of pesticides.
Non-chemical weed control More than 1500 caddies at Mission Hills help with weed removal on the golf courses, saving 50% of the herbicide required annually. Having these caddies examining the courses in such detail also helps us to more specifically identify problem areas and to focus our efforts, reducing our use of chemicals. Mission Hills also chooses turf species that match the local environmental and weather conditions, which saves five tons of fertilizer per golf course annually.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. Organic fertilizer is applied to turf to minimize the need for chemical fertilizer. We also use soil-improvement agents to enhance plant health.

Waste Management

No waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass false true false false
Plastic false true false false
Aluminium false true false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard true true false false
Grass Clippings false true false false
Cores & Turf false false true false
Sand true false 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 Garbage sorting and recycling of plastic, metal, and paper is fully implemented in our resorts. Sorting dustbins are displayed in all logistics area, dormitories and guest public areas. Staff also assist guests with sorting their waste. We also train our staff about garbage sorting via training courses, internal emails, and posters. All sorted waste is placed in the appropriate area by PA personnel.
Establishment of recycling centers We have set up waste recycling centers to sort and collect our waste. There are two recycling centers in our company - the dry recycling center and the wet recycling center. All kitchen waste is placed in the wet recycling center, which is maintained at a lower temperature and is odor-resistant.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways The Golf Course Maintenance Department is responsible for course daily maintenance and the collection of clippings. All clippings are placed in a secure location and are composted to be used as organic fertilizer. We use this fertilizer to maintain our golf courses and to reduce the usage of chemical fertilizers. Each year, we have reduced the use of chemical fertilizers by approximately 50 tons by using grass clippings compost.
Education of staff and customer education We promote education and information through emails, training courses, posters etc. For example, the latest issue of “green wisdom” with green information is regularly sent to staff and colleagues, who are encouraged to deliver these green messages to our guests.
Moreover, we use recycling bins in all of the hotels rooms to encourage guests to separate their waste. Sorting dustbins are displayed in all logistics area, dormitories and guest public areas. Staff also assist guests with sorting their waste. Also, environmental education signage can be seen in public areas to encourage guests s
Waste awareness campaigns As a National Low-Carbon Tourism Demonstration Area, Mission Hills has carried out a series of campaigns to promote Mission Hills ”Low Carbon, Environmental, Ecology” development to guide our guests to participate in eco actions, including "Green Life with You and Me" fingerprint making event, "Recycling DIY” and “One World, One Sky" eco activity. All of these campaigns are open to the public with support from Mission Hills members and guests. In addition, our newly opened Environmental Education centre and gallery provides guest education opportunities.

Pollution Control

现阶段,尽管中国拥有世界上最多的人口和快速增长的中产阶级,但可持续性旅游和环保实践在这里仍是刚刚起步。观澜湖致力于成为中国可持续发展的先驱,向世界展示可持续发展的最佳范例。观澜湖从污水处理厂和人工湿地收集天然雨水和灰水,将其汇聚到人工湖用于高尔夫球场的灌溉。我们采用先进的灌溉系统与中央计算机控制系统来优化水资源使用效率。
在会所、酒店、球场等等所有区域都已针对一般废物(包括纸张、塑料和金属)推行全面的废物回收计划。植物废物如树叶和树枝是从高尔夫球场收集并转化为有机肥料,供苗圃使用。厨余则由专业的处理公司收集处理变成植物肥料。同时,观澜湖与电脑生产商联想合作,参加电脑的资产回收计划,妥善处理电子废物。
我们选用与气候条件相符的夏威夷草种,采用球童人工拔杂草以减少化学制品的使用。并使用太阳能灭虫系统,以减少农药的使用。我们还培训员工如何安全存储,处理和处置危险物质,以减少污染风险。
In China today, sustainable tourism and environmental practices are still a relatively new concept, even though China has the largest population in the world and a fast growing middle class. With such scale, it is Mission Hills’ vision to showcase examples of sustainable best practices, especially in China. Mission Hills treats waste water through sewage treatment plants and constructed wetlands, which is then used for golf course irrigation, along with collected and natural rainwater. We have adopted advanced irrigation systems with centralized computer controls to optimize water use efficiency. Recycling programs are being fully implemented in all premises for general waste such as paper, plastics and metals. Organic waste materials such as leaves and tree branches are collected from golf courses and converted into organic fertilizer for plant nurseries and cultivation. A food decomposer has been installed to convert food waste into plant fertilizer. We have partnered with computer manufacturing leader Lenovo to recycle and properly dispose of electronic waste by joining the Lenovo Asset Recovery Program.
We select maintenance-free grass that best suits the weather, we have implemented a hands-on "Caddie De-weeding program." Mission Hills uses a solar pest control system to reduce pesticide use. We train our staff to minimize pollution risks by safely storing, handling and disposing of hazardous substances.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Irrigation Reservoir Yes
Clubhouse Irrigation Reservoir Yes
Maintenance Facility Irrigation Reservoir Yes
Wash Pad Irrigation Reservoir 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 false
Lubricants true false
Pesticide Containers true false
Fertiliser Bags true false
Oil Filters true false
Batteries true false

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 products and equipment are stored separately and are covered and sealed, such as waste engine oil, waste batteries, oily rags, oil filter tanks, etc.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas We have installed Anti-leakage devices and grease traps in the large scale equipment maintenance area, with regular clean up processes. For large-scale equipment maintenance, a standard practice process and training plan are developed to ensure all operations are under compliance with both safety and legal requirements.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Pesticides and fertilizers are stored in a dedicated warehouse; the liquid form of pesticides and fertilizers is stored in plastic containers with covers.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces We have an anti-leakage floor in the pesticides and fertilizers store room.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks The Engineering Department installed above-ground fuel tanks in the backup generator room.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel A separate containment area for diesel and petrol containers has been built in our oil depot.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials We have constructed a sandbox around the oil depot to avoid and adsorb leaks.

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 Fertilization and chemical application is only applied on non-raining days to prevent leaching and run-off.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Bahia grass, chamomile and scrubs are planted along the course to prevent water loss.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan If spillage happens during fertilization, there is an emergency clean-up process in place, and clean-up work begins immediately and continues until the issue is resolved.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge We clean tools after fertilization and the water is recycled back to the golf courses. A specific cleaning area has been established to control erosion and sediment discharge.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones The littoral shelves have been established between the turf area and the artificial lakes and also Bahia Grass and chamomile are planted along the course, which creates a buffer.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off The Bahia Grass, chamomile areas, artificial wetlands and artificial littoral shelves have been established along the golf courses to reduce surface run-off.

Community

观澜湖集团拥有1万5千名员工,作为一名对环境负责的企业,为附近社区提供各种工作机会,这不仅有利于当地的经济发展,更在许多其他方面产生广泛影响,进一步扩大了社会,环境和经济效益。
我们的员工大部分来自于本地省份。我们为当地居民提供有竞争力的薪金待遇,创造更多的职业发展机会,同时持续完善培训体系和人才储备计划。事实上,我们正在努力为员工们创造一个良好的社区环境。员工入职后,我们会为其购买社会保险和住房公积金,以及提供相关福利如年度体检、基本医疗诊治、工作餐、住宿以及相关生活设施如游泳池、图书馆和超市等。这些均不是中国的法定要求,且在中国其它公司难以享受到的福利。
对于员工的职业发展,我们提供各项培训课程,包括优秀员工表彰、学历教育、领导力培训、语言培训、培训师认证以及交叉培训等。随着集团的持续发展,我们还提供内部调动的机会,实施企业继任计划等来促进当地员工进一步发展。为了让当地人民学习和更好了解高尔夫运动,我们设立了高尔夫学院以及公众高尔夫球练习场,让周边地区的初学者或居民可以练习高尔夫。此外,我们深知集团可持续发展的成功不能缺少员工的支持和参与,因此通过开展大量绿色研讨会和活动,与全体员工分享集团的绿色愿景,并承诺努力打造一个绿色环保的高尔夫度假区,同时鼓励员工将可持续发展融入日常工作中。
多年来,观澜湖已经举办了数个环保活动,推动环境教育和环保实践,为我们的社区,客人和员工创造可持续性的效益。
Mission Hills employs 15, 000 people full-time in all its properties. It provides people with a job, which not only helps the local economy, it benefits the wider community in many other ways by familiarizing these employees with the opportunities that a sustainable business operation can bring, extending the social, environmental and economic benefit still further. The majority of our employees come from the provinces in which our resorts are located. We provide attractive job opportunities for local people with competitive salary packages. We also create more career development opportunities and have developed training systems and talent performance programs. In fact, we are building a community for staff inside of Mission Hills. Mission Hills is a China leader in fare wages and benefits for its staff. When a staff member joins Mission Hills, we provide them with both social insurance and a housing fund. Additionally staff are provided with a health benefit system for annual medical examination, basic medical treatment in clinics, duty meals, swimming pool, library, supermarket and accommodation in our staff quarters. These employee benefits are not statutory requirements in China and are unusual in other enterprises in China. For their professional development, we provide training programs including outstanding employee recognition, academic education, leadership training, language training, Trainer Certificate, cross training, etc. With our group sustained development, we also provide Group Internal Transfer opportunities, succession planning and other programs for local employee’s career development. To enable the local people to learn and understand golf, we have golf academies and also a public driving range so that any beginners or citizens around the region can practice golf. We also recognize that our commitment to sustainability could not be successful without the support and participation of our employees. Through the introduction of numerous impressive staff green seminars and events we have shared our green vision with all of our employees, and reiterated that we are committed to be an environmentally responsible golf club while encouraging our employees to embed sustainability into their everyday work.
Over the years, Mission Hills has hosted environmental awareness events and activities to promote environmental education and environmental best practices to our members, staff and guests.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 321
Course Management 255
Food & Beverage 263
Golf Coaching 7 42
Retail & Leisure 542
Caddies 500 133
Other 642

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

  • Owner
  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Technical Specialist
  • Local Government

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides The golf course maintenance department conducts weekly training with staff in regards to proper pesticide usage to minimize pesticide pollution. (The training includes disease prevention, preparation work before chemical application, cleaning after use and properly disposing of the leftover pesticides, etc.)
Efficient water management “Water management” training is conducted by the Engineering Department. New staff also attend an orientation training on water consumption practices.
Management of accidents and emergencies We have various procedures and trainings to handle emergencies in all the departments. These include “Typhoon Weather Emergency Plan”, “Swimming Pool Accidents Emergency Management”, “Canteen Poison Accidents Emergency Management” and so on.
Management of habitats and vegetation The Golf Course Maintenance department conducts “Plant Cultivating Training” for the golf course horticulture staff. And we have also launched courses in Turf maintenance and Management, Turf Damage and Repair, Grass Trimming, and so on. All of these trainings are conducted 4 times a year.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling “Waste classification” training is conducted twice a year for all the staff by the Sustainable Department, F&B Department and Housekeeping Department respectively.
Health & Safety Various Safety Training courses for all staff such as “Work Safety”, “Fire Safety”, “First Aid Knowledge”, “Food Safety”, “Sunstroke Prevention”, “Flu Prevention”, “Snakebite Prevention” are carried out by the Security Department, F&B Department and Medical clinic every year. The fire safety and first aid knowledge have been added into the new staff orientation requirements.
Energy Saving Training Department, Engineering Department and Sustainable Department conduct the related trainings for new staff. The ISO department will talk about the low carbon and environment best practices. The engineering department and golf course department conduct related trainings for energy saving twice a year.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Mission Hills Haikou developed two Eco Trails and an Eco Gallery to promote eco-tourism and heritage management. We have conducted two-day trainings for all staff on the eco trails and eco tour. All front office staff goes to the heritage site of Haikou city twice a year.
Environmental management planning Sustainability development is one of the guiding principles in Mission Hills Group. Low Carbon, Environment and Ecology is one of our most important sustainable strategies. Mission Hills Group has drawn up a 'green strategy' to protect the natural environment and has mapped out the direction of future development in the context of community, culture and the environment. We have put in place various programs to reduce carbon, energy, and water consumption and waste generation across our golf courses, clubs and hotels. Mission Hills also works to create sustainable benefits for the community.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Mission Hills Haikou’s Eco Gallery Learning Centre, containing educational displays about ecology, biodiversity conservation, and climate change, along with information about how to be a more responsible environmental citizen in today’s world, provides ecological interpretation to educate the Chinese population about the importance of responsible tourism and conservation of biodiversity. This is particularly important given that China’s growing middle class often lives in urban areas with very limited understanding of biodiversity, nature and the importance of conservating natural habitat.
Local Government We maintain communication with many local government agencies, including the Department of Land and Resources Guangdong Province, the Environment Protection Bureau, Municipal Environmental Protection Monitoring Station, Provincial Geological Environmental Monitoring Station, and Provincial Academy of Environmental Sciences. We regularly participate in relevant government meetings and communicate with the related departments re water quality monitoring.
Local Environmental Groups We maintain communication with WWF, the Environmental Protection Association, and the Global Forum on Human Settlements, among other organisations.
Local Community Groups We have worked with the Haikou Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau to organize a Carnival on low carbon and environment protection, which we hope to repeat on an annual basis.
Media Mission Hills maintains a very close relationship with the media. For every event that Mission Hills hosts, including eco and sustainable events, we invite the media to be on site to cover the event. Over the years, Mission Hills has also participated in environmental awards and during the awards ceremony, we take the opportunity to be interactive with the media. The spokes-people of Mission Hills regularly do media interviews to ensure that we communicate Mission Hills’ sustainable tourism messages.
Local Businesses We have a green purchasing policy, and choose local, organic, durable, recyclable, natural, energy-saving products and equipment whenever possible
Schools & Colleges We have established three eco education tour routes for primary and middle school students, inviting them to visit our Eco gallery, educating them about the importance of low carbon, eco and environmental knowledge, and how to work towards a more sustainable future.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths We do not have public walkways within the resort, however we do maintain walkways for all of our guests and visitors to enjoy the resort grounds.
Creation of new paths and nature trails We have developed two eco trails (Eco-Heritage Trail and Eco-Diversity Trail) at the resort. The Eco-heritage trail pays tribute to local cultural heritage and natural volcanic formations. The Eco-Diversity Trail offers visitors the opportunity to experience the biodiversity of wildlife species in this tropical habitat and provides information and education on protecting natural and cultural heritage resources.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Signage introducing the common wildlife species (birds, butterflies, dragonflies, mammals and freshwater fauna etc.) and tree species that can be found in Mission Hills Haikou is installed in areas of high guest and golf traffic. Various signage have been installed along the course and around the resort to introduce guests, visitors, and staff to the biodiversity and wildlife that live in the different environments of Mission Hills Haikou.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) A jogging/walking path is established near the hotel for visitors to improve their fitness. In the Eco trails, visitors can enjoy bird watching, nature walks, and learning about the area’s cultural and natural heritage.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) Mission Hills always pays attention to environmental protection in the resort, especially in regards to the wildlife, waterways, etc. Since its founding, Mission Hills has worked closely with the local government to discuss and ensure the protection of the landscape and environment during the development process.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities Traditional agricultural activities were long ago abandoned in this area, but we have created a cultural heritage trail that educates visitors on the ancient cultural traditions of the Hainan peoples who lived here in past centuries.

No archaeological or heritage surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage.

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to conserve cultural heritage features:

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) During the construction period, Mission Hills Haikou conserved an ancient village site, stone houses, stone wall, cooking materials, and other artifacts, which can be found near the Blackstone Golf Course.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) Mission Hills Haikou lies in the volcanic region of Hainan Island. On the golf courses, many ancient trees with over a thousand years of history such as Lychee Trees and Longan Trees were preserved.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) The volcanic landscape where Mission Hills Haikou is located was shaped from volcanic eruptions over 10,000 years ago. Many volcanic elements of the landscape and the use of volcanic stone were preserved at Mission Hills Haikou. All the golf courses are built on the bed of the volcanic landscape.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display We promote company sustainable development information via posters, signage, noticeboards, backdrops, in our Eco gallery, and via email, SMS and other electronic means. All information is updated regularly.
Members evenings and course walks We regularly host eco activities for visitors at the resort. Visitors can walk along the eco trails on a complimentary basis.
Course guides / brochures Brochures are available in the public area for the various eco trails, galleries, and for the ecological tours for students. The efforts in sustainable development are also showcased in our corporate brochures and in all other company collateral.
Interpretation panels & course signage A series of signs has been installed on Mission Hills’ golf courses, providing guests with information about the bird, butterfly, dragonfly and other insect species, as well as wetland fauna species that use the diverse habitats on the golf courses with information about their roosting, feeding and breeding sites. 4 themes are displayed on signboards in the clubhouse lobby of Haikou to educate visitors on environmental best practices.
Establishment of a nature trail Two natural trails named Eco-Heritage Trail and Eco-Diversity Trail have been developed within the woodland patches on Blackstone course and Vinage course in Mission Hills Haikou. We encourage our visitors to walk along the trails and educate themselves to appreciate our natural resources and promote environmental best practices.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures On our Mission Hills official website, we have a website page dedicated to Eco Tourism, which includes all of the Eco tourism initiatives and events that Mission Hills has done over the years. The Marketing and Communication Department sends regular press releases to the media to promote environmental best practices to the public. Various eco related brochures are produced and displayed in the public area of the resort for visitors to review.
Supporting campaigns As a National Low-Carbon Tourism Demonstration Area, Mission Hills has carried out a series of campaigns to promote Mission Hills ”Low Carbon, Environmental, Ecology” development to guide our guests to participate in eco actions, including "Green Life with You and Me" fingerprint making event, "Recycling DIY” and “One World, One Sky" eco activity. Our eco actions help to engage our guests in our sustainable tourism development initiatives. The Mission Hills Ecological Study Tour is tailor-made for elementary and middle school students with the theme of "low-carbon, environment, and ecology."
Course walks / open days We invite the school students to come and visit the golf course to experience the nature eco chain and system. Each year, numbers of media will be able to tour around the golf courses to wirte the story and promote the golf course sustainability.
Attending community meetings We regularly attend local government and community meetings to learn the most updated information about sustainable development and to share that information internally with our staff.
Joint practical projects with community We promote and implement garbage classification and recycling in the staff dormitory area. This not only trains the staff to know about these practices at Mission Hills Haikou, but they can also bring the information to their friends and family to implement such practices in their daily lives. We also engage our residents, staff, and guests in tree planting activities around the resort.