Mission Hills Haikou Resort

GEO Certified® 01/2015
Hakou, Hainan,
China
Telephone: +86 898 6868 3888
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Executive summary (English & local language)

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 registered the GEO Oncourse Program in 2014. The verification visit was conducted on 16&17 Dec 2014.

Nature habitats are enhanced through continuous restoration work. The fairway is well integrated into the environment, presenting multiple layer texture with the splendid landscape scenery. Around 20000 old trees are preserved and various birds such as the Hoopoe and Kingfisher were spotted during the visit. The blooming plants attract butterflies even in the chilly December. The ecological educational centre, together with 2 walking trails, a 1-km eco-heritage trail and a 4-km eco-diversity trail, enable visitors to appreciate the local culture and experience the diversity of the tropical land.

Efficient water usage is the key strategy for the club. 7 artificial lakes are constructed on abandoned mining pits to collect rainfall water and reclaimed water. The lakes are protected by green riparian buffer zones to minimize pollution, and the water body also functions as feeding ground for immigration birds such as the Mallard and Egret.

The club collaborates with local environmental authorities to monitor its ground water quality and air quality. Real time air quality data are synchronized to government database and the ground water are sampled by staff from environmental authorities.

The site visit verified that club facilities are well managed, following the best management of practices. The procedures are properly documented and the staff showed strong environmental awareness. The club is ISO140041 certificated.

By organizing a series of international competitions such as the World Ladies Championship, the World Celebrity Program, etc., club created an economic boom in the local community by putting the city on the world map. Furthermore, it is the largest public course to promote sustainable golf activities; the club’s golf academy provides extensive learning opportunities for the local community.

In general, Mission Hill Haikou is a true destination for Green, Oxygen, Leisure and Friendship and demonstrates strong commitments to environmental and social responsibilities.

兴建于火山熔岩之上,海口观澜湖球会拥有10个独具特色的18洞球场,是距海口市20英里的观澜湖旅游度假区的一个组成部分,而海口则是位于南中国海的热带岛屿海南岛的省会。

海口观澜湖于2010年投入运营, 球会认识到其商业成功取决于于员工的发展,环境的保护与社区的发展并致力于可持续发展与社会贡献。观澜湖球会于2014年注册GEO Oncourse 认证, 并与2014年12月15至16日进行了现场认证。

球场内的自然栖息地通过自然恢复工作得到不断的加强,并与球道相互溶合,呈现出具有丰富层次变换的景观特色,约近2万颗古树得以保留,验证期间可以见到各种鸟类如戴胜,翠鸟栖息其中,茂盛的植被即使在12月也吸引了各种蝴蝶。球会兴建了一个生态教育中心及两条自然小径,其中包括一条1公里的古迹生态径和一条4公里的自然生态径,为参观者提供了探索本地文化和体验热带生物多样性的机会。

高效的水资源利用是球会的一项主要环保策略。利用废弃的矿坑球会建造了7个人工湖用于收集地表雨水及污水站处理后的中水。人工湖岸保持的植被缓冲区可以减缓水体的污染,而人工湖的水体同时为迁徙的候鸟如鹭鸟等提供了觅食地。

球会与当地环保部门密切合作对地下水及大气环境进行检测。大气环境检测站的检测数据实时传送,而地下水取样则由环保部门执行,从而有效保证了数据的公正性。

球会与当地环保部门密切合作对地下水及大气环境进行检测。大气环境检测站的检测数据实时传送,而地下水取样则由环保部门执行,从而有效保证了数据的公正性。

现场认证表明球会设施管理遵循行业最佳工法,工作程序建章立制,员工环境意识强烈,球会已获颁ISO140041认证。

通过如世界女子锦标赛,国际明星赛等一系列国际赛事的举办,球会大大推动了当地社区的国际知名度从而助力社区经济发展。海口观澜湖是推广可持续高尔夫的最大的公共球场,旗下的高尔夫学院也为本地社区提供了多样的学习机会。

海口观澜湖打造了一个充满了绿色,氧气,欢乐与友谊的场所,并展现了对环境和社会责任的承担。

Nature

The indigenous vegetation is dominated by various scrubs and herbs; studies have shown that there are more than 30 species of scrubs and 20 species of herbs in the area. The club preserved 20000 old trees during development. While banyan trees, palm trees and coconut trees can be easily spotted in the site, tropical fruit trees such as wild lychee trees, guava trees and jackfruit trees also can be found in the reservation area.

An EIA study has been conducted by the Development Centre of National Environmental Protection Department in year 2008. Recently, an ecological review has been conducted by Environmental Resource Management HK Ltd (ERM) in year 2014. An environmental baseline can be constructed through these studies and hence be helpful for the on-going environmental management of the club.

Nature habitats are well restored and enhanced; it blends well with the fairway and presents multiple layer texture with the splendid landscape scenery. Around 20000 old trees are preserved and various birds such as the Hoopoe and Kingfisher were spotted during the visit. The blooming plants attract butterflies even in the chilly December.

The preservation and restoration work has been well recognized by various organizations, the club was designated as a Global Low-Carbon Ecological Scenic Spot in year 2013 by the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS), an organization supported by UNEP and UNDESA.

The turf grass includes Pasplaum Vaginatum, Paspalum Notatum and Platinum. Pasplaum is chosen based on the tropical weather, usage and management inputs. It is a drought and salt tolerant grass, and hence more suitable for reclaimed water, studies also show that it has a better root system and faster establishment time with less nitrogen requirements.

Platinum keeps good colour in winter and requires less mowing or other maintenance, it also adapts well to the hot tropical climates by having the ability to roll its leaves to conserve water, thereby increasing its drought tolerance.

Tree planting has been conducted annually as an effort to enhance the site habitat. The visit to an enhancement area shows that the planted trees have grown well.

Water

Mission Hills Haikou is located at a tropical area with abundant rainfall; the annual rainfall is 65.5 inch. The club constructed 7 artificial lakes using abandoned mining pits to collect rainfall water. All treated wastewater are discharged into the artificial reservoir to ensure zero discharge outside the premises.

The irrigation water is mainly from surface flow and reclaimed water. Portable water for club usage is provided by treated groundwater.

The club uses the Toro irrigation system which is computer controlled. The irrigation schedule is set up based on the monitoring result of the soil samples. Irrigation is usually arranged at night to avoid the high evaporation rate during the day.

Mission Hills values its water resources and strives to reduce its water consumption by various means. Water saving devices such as the sensor control system is widely installed in the club facilities. The irrigation system parameters such as the nozzles’ characteristics, sprinklers’ spacing, are optimized for irrigation efficiency. The irrigation pipes are checked on a daily basis to identify and repair any potential leakage.

Energy

The club shows clear understanding of the importance of reducing carbon emission and the benefits of using sustainable energy. Various measures have been adopted to reduce the energy consumption of its operations.

Mission Hills Haikou maintains a detailed record for its energy usage, although no energy audit has been conducted,

Mission Hills Haikou has made efforts to reduce its carbon emission by diversifying its energy supply. Solar powered golf carts has been imported since 2013 and wind and solar hybrid road lights have been installed at the residential area. With the high radiation of a tropical island, solar energy is a promising potential for the club.

The club adopts an air source heat pump system to provide hot water; the system performs ideally in the tropical area with a COP (coefficient of performance) of around 2.0-5.0, which is much higher than the traditional heating systems where the COP is around 0.8-0.95. The energy consumption is around 25% when comparing to the traditional electric heating system. The heat from the central air-conditioning systems is also collected by an installed heat recovery system and used to provide hot water to clubhouse and hotel.

LED lights and T5 energy saving tubes are widely installed in the club while solar outdoor lighting are well adapted for the parking lot, roadway, path, sign, and pavilion. Insulating glass windows enable natural sunlight and at the same time insulate heat transfer; the indoor temperature is set to 25 Degrees for a comfortable environment.

The club provides shuttle bus service to its staff and guests, shuttle buses’ routines are designed to link the facilities with the city public transportation network and the shuttle bus schedule can be found at the club lobby.

Supply Chain

The environmental impact is considered in the club’s procurement process. The club gives preference to products that are friendlier to the environment and human health. 90% of its suppliers are located within a 25-kilometre distance.

For instance, igneous volcano rocks are widely used as construction material to buildings, paths, retaining structures and partition walls. It is also used as decoration material for indoors and outdoors. The extensive usage of local material not only reduces transportation cost but also supports the local economy.

Mission Hills Haikou endeavors to procure products, equipment and services that are eco-friendly and sustainable. The club seeks to procure local, organic, durable, recyclable and natural products, as well as energy and water efficient equipment. The green purchase policy helps in extending the club’s green practices to the entire supply chain.

The club has established a purchasing network of suppliers with sustainable practices and environmental management. The club uses around 100 suppliers in total.

Paspalum is chosen as the turf grass while the caddies are trained to remove the weed via the Caddie De-weeding program. The site visit shows that the turf grass is well maintained.

The turf grass condition is regularly monitored and recorded. The course could be closed for maintenance without spoiling visitors’ pleasure, as there are 10 courses available.

The club implements the 3R strategy (reduce, reuse and recycle) to fulfil its sustainable responsibility commitments. In the golf course, the abandoned mining equipment is used to create unique landscape features.

The clipped and pruned vegetative materials are decomposed and applied to the fairway.

Pollution Control

Due to the high permeability of the igneous rock formation at Mission Hills Haikou, the underground water is more vulnerable to contamination and high standard pollution control is required. The club has invested heavily in its monitoring system to ensure that the sensitive environment will not be disturbed. Different pollution control measures are adopted to neutralize the negative impact.

A cutting edge air quality monitoring station has been constructed inside the golf courses to provide real time data such as PM2.5 readings.

The water quality of the artificial lakes is analyzed annually; the club also collaborates with government environmental agencies to closely monitor the underground water quality.

Wastewater from the club house, hotel and other facilities is collected and treated at the sewerage treatment plant. The treated water is then discharged into the artificial lake for irrigation purpose,

Hazardous materials are stored in specific storage facilities. These facilities are locked and only authorized staff with proper training is allowed to handle the hazardous materials.

Pesticides and fertilizers are mixed in a covered specific area with impermeable concrete floor. Specific mixing equipment is used to reduce the risk of leakage. Absorption sand is stored near the mixing area for emergency usage.

The club has set up an emergency plan to deal with oil, fertilizer and chemical leakage on the golf course. Staff is given necessary training to handle these accidents following the emergency plan.

A buffer zone around the water body has been set up, in which no chemical is allowed to be applied.

Community

Mission Hills believes that its success is directly linked to the vitality of the communities where it operates. It helps the local communities to prosper through job creation, local sourcing, and economic development.

Mission Hills Haikou employs more than 2500 staff and health and safety training are conducted for new staff, while continuous professional development training are arranged to maintain the knowledge and skills of the staff. Meanwhile, various events and activities are organized, such as the celebration of the World Environment Day and the National Tree Planting Day, to raise environmental awareness and involve the staff into the sustainable operation of the golf courses.

Mission Hills Haikou has a Sustainable Development department to promote sustainability in the club, its ISO department also works on low carbon development and environmental best practice.

Mission Hills Haikou operates as a golf club opening to the public, its golf academy not only provides training courses to professional players, but also provides extensive learning opportunities to the local community.

Most of its staff are hired locally and hence maintains a close link with the local community. The club collaborates with local government agencies, NGOs, local universities, schools, and the media to promote sustainable concepts and build a harmonious society.

The once barren and rock covered site has now been converted into a green mixed-used scenery resort. The verifier was impressed by the contrast of the existing landscape with the pictures took before the start of the project. The restoration work has been recognized by the society and well reported in the press.

An old stone village ruin was found at the planning stage and the stone village has been preserved in between hole3 and hole7 of the Black Stone course. A heritage trail of 1 km in length was created to enable visitors to explore the local culture heritage and natural volcanic formations. The preserved old stone village was visited during the verification period, the primitive house and tools made by the igneous stones illustrates the lifestyle of the indigenous HaiNan villagers and their wisdom of surviving and adapting to the nature.

Internal communications related to environmental issues are provided through posters, noticeboards, billboards, brochures, email, SMS and other digital communications. The club’s website has a section about the club’s environmental efforts and achievements, with the contents being updated frequently. The environmental statements and strategies are posted on the bulletin boards located at the staff office area. Posters encouraging recycle and reuse also can be spotted in the staff office area.

The club’s website is their main channel for external communications. Newsletters and e-magazines are published periodically. Billboards and brochures are used for environmental and ecological protection news. Brochures about the eco trails can be found at the ecological educational centre, club lobby and hotel guest rooms.
As a high profile golf club, Mission Hills Haikou gets extensive media coverage. The club also organized various engagement events to enhance its external communications. For instance, in year 2012, Mission Hills Haikou launched a “Together We Go Green” environmental campaign to promote the “Reuse and Recycle” principle to the public.

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Conclusion

Mission Hills believes its success relies on the people, the communities’ development and environmental protection. The club has established social and environmental guidelines for sustainable development and commits to maintain its leadership in sustainable golf.

The nature biodiversity has been greatly enhanced via continuous restoration works and the historical heritage is now conserved and celebrated. Mission Hill HaiKou has become a driving engine for the local economy, while international exposure of HaiKou city has increased tremendously through tournament events hosted by the club. The courses are managed following international/local regulations and best practices.

I Gao Shan, Golf Environmental Organization Accredited Verifier, verified that the certification criteria has been met by the club and recommend the ecolabel to be certified.

Certification Highlights

 Largest public golf course in China
 Building constructed using local igneous rock
 Ecological educational center and Eco-heritage trails
 Automatic air quality monitoring station
 Underground water quality monitoring network
 Caddie De-Weed Program
 Solar Panel Golf Cart