Oddur Golf Club

GEO Certified® 11/2017
210 Garðabær,
Iceland
Telephone: +354 565 9092
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This report refers to the initial GEO Certification of Oddur Golf Club, Garðabær, near Reykjavik, Iceland; including both the 18-hole championship course and the 9-hole par 3 course and practice facilities. The verification visit was carried out on 25 and 26 September 2017, preceded by desk review of the on-line application form (old version) and uploaded supplementary information. Following a preliminary discussion and familiarisation tour on day 1, the visit centred on a systematic evaluation of the application in collaboration with the gol…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Urridavöllur (18 holes, 5908 metres, year opened 1990)
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Other

Nature

The course lies in the municipality of Garðabær in the outskirts of Reykjavik. The land is grown heath land, forest and lava rock. The course lies partly in an area belonging to a small sheep farm Urriðakot which no longer is habited. The land to the south of the golf course is a water protection area. The lava which is prominent on a number of golf holes originates from the volcano Búrfell and ran over the area 7000 years ago. The land to the east of the course is protected under the current Environmental Act. There are a number of caves in the lava, both to the north and south of the golf course which are protected.
The first nine holes were built between 1989 and 1992 and the last nine holes were completed in 1997. The golf course area is 73 hectares with one 5859 meter long 18 hole golf course and a 1924 meters long, 9 hole par 3 course along with two practice putting greens, chip green and 15 bay driving range. The course is on average 80 meters above sea level.
Before the course was laid out and constructed the vegetation and bird life was minuscule in the wind beaten rock and gravel which was predominant where the golf course was built. In the last 30 years the golf course area has been transformed by planting over hundred thousand trees on and around the golf course. This has had a dramatic effect on the vegetation and bird life for the better. Today the area is a outdoor haven where a number of birds and animals are living on harmony with golfers and other people using the area for walking, cycling and horse riding. The characteristic of the course is the contrast between the traditional heath land, woodland and lava rock.

Main ecotypes are Icelandic lava feld shrub and moss heaths, birch woods, glacial moraines with sparse vegetation, moss fjell fields and North Atlantic Vaccinium-Empetrum-Racomitrium heaths. Furthermore, Alaska lupin, an invasive species, has colonised substantial areas within the course boundary.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Umhverfisstofnun
  • Náttúrufræðistofnun Íslands
  • ÍSOR / Iceland Geosurvey

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

Title Author Date View document
Urriðavöllur - Verndargildi jarðminja í Urriðavatnsdölum Árni Hjartarson og Ingibjörg Kaldal 2007/02/01 Download
Urriðavatnsdalir - Gildi náttúruminja Kristján Jónasson og Ásrún Elmarsdóttir 2016/12/15
Fuglalíf í Garðabæ (Bird life in Garðabær) Jóhann ÓIi Hilmarsson og Ólafur Einarsson 2013/12/15 Download
Fuglalíf í Heiðmörk (Bird life in Heiðmörk) Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson 2010/10/01 Download
Wildlife and vegetation - list 2017 Golf club staff and members 2017/09/01 Download

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

  • Umhverfisstofnun
  • Náttúrufræðistofnun Íslands
  • ÍSOR

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

Title Author Date View document
Urriðavatnsdalir - gildi náttúruminja Kristján Jónasson og Ásrún Elmarsdóttir 2016/12/15

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

Local name Scientific name
Brandugla (Short eared owl) Asio flammeus
Fálki (Gyrfalcon) Falco rusticolus
Grágæs (Greylag goose) Anser anser
Hrafn (Raven) Corvus corax

This golf facility does not monitor any species as indicators of environmental quality.

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Geological Umhverfisstofnun

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Open Water Features 0,15 None
Lava 3,5 National Government
Non Native Plantation Woodland 1,8 None
Managed turfgrass 30,7 None
Sparsely vegetated glacial moraines, moss fields, heaths 30 None
Lupin - invasive species 7 None

Turfgrass

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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.2 Hectares Festuca rubra 40%
Poa annua 30%
Tees 0.6 Hectares Poa annua 30%
Lolium perenne 20%
Fairways 9.4 Hectares Festuca rubra 30%
Poa annua 30%
Semi Rough 20.9 Hectares Festuca rubra 30%
Lolium perenne 30%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Greens are over seeded with Festuca/Agrostis mix, we feel that these grasses are the most sustainable species once established requiring less nutrients and water to maintain an appropriate surface. They are the most consistent species for this climate, in regard to winter hardiness, wear and diseases tolerance and for its playing quality, aesthetics and to form part of our unique selling point to members.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 12 months

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

  • ALTA
  • Edwin Roald GEOSA

This golf facility is making the following efforts to manage the playing quality expectations of customers:

Activity Description
Establishing clear internal policies for irrigation, fertilization, colour, cutting heights, overseeding etc The presentation of greens and tees during high season is at a high standard, but we focus on healthy turf and presenting good playing quality, not color.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough We keep fertilizer input and irrigation on fairways and semi at a minimum. This promotes fescue.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces No.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Regular e-mails to members with information about upp coming maintenance.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces No.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture We maintain the course with plant health and playability in mind, not color.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours We try to blend in with nature and use changes in topography to shape the areas of fairways.
Protection and restoration of historic features All historic features are looked after by the landowner.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Mostly made from natural material, designed to fit into the area. The idea is to have unique furniture, that will last decades with minimal maintenance.
Conservation of specimen trees Not applicable.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Buildings are screened by trees and build into the land to lessen the impact on overall look on the golf 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 During golf course renovation projects, some areas of what were short cut rough, have now been transitioned to unmanaged areas or returned to more natural areas.
Increasing the size of habitat patches We already operate a limited mowing footprint.
Connection of internal habitat patches Limited consideration as of yet.
Connection of patches with external habitats Limited consideration as of yet.
Creation of habitat corridors Limited consideration as of yet.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation Limited consideration as of yet.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges Limited consideration as of yet.

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 Not applicable.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Skógarkerfill, individually spot sprayed with Roundup, next to maintenance compound and in a bush next to the 16th tee. No management of the scrubs themselves. A few scrubs, along parking and in front of a few tees, are trimmed. Fighting lupina, an invasive species.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Land owner follows a planting plan produced by a landscape architect. The golf club's only involvement is in the planting itself. Course manager meets planting committee 1-2 per year, only to discuss locations, not species. Pine, spruce and birch is planted, mostly away from managed turf areas.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas No wetlands on site.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Limited consideration as of yet.
Naturalization of linear habitats On aerial photographs, some habitat edges look linear but are hardly noticed on the ground. This is expected to gradually fade out. Hard to execute without expanding mowing area.

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 No.
Installation of nest boxes No.
Provision of feeding tables No.
Control / management of alien species Lupina. Kerfill.
Provision of hibernation areas No.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) No.

Water

We are fortunate that because of the climate in most years we are getting sufficient rain to limit the irrigation to a minimum. However we get dry spells when irrigation is needed on greens in particular. Up until 2011 the course was solely irrigated with water from our own drilling hole, located by the 9th green. After the hole partly collapsed we have also been using water from the municipality for irrigation. The use of water from the mains has been increasing gradually and from 2016 the course has been irrigated only from the mains water from the municipality. The aim has always been to use only water from our own drilling hole. This summer we drilled a new hole which is giving us 15 liters per second which will be more than sufficient for all our water usage. We still need to connect the hole and built a pump house before we can use this water which will be ready before next season.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Survey report Heilbrigðiseftirlit Hafnarfjarðar og Kópavogssvæðis (Health Authority) 2016/08/05 Download

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

2016 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,716,550 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 12,427,200 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 2,077,700 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Tees 2-3 days per week

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:
Semi-automatic

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 years

Upgraded every 1 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 3 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species Use of bent/fescue mix in greens. Tees are seeded with fescue/rye/smooth-stalked meadowgrass and fairways fescue(/rye)
Soil decompaction and thatch management Greens and Tees are regularly vertidrained and hollow cored followed by topdressing to dilute thatch layer.
Timing and dose of water application We irrigate during the night and amount is based on moisture reading.
Analysis of soil moisture We use soil moisture meter (Field scout TDR300)
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data We have a Davis weather station on site, which give us daily ET rates
Use of wetting agents Greens are on a monthly wetting agent program, tees on a 90 day program.
Overall reduction in irrigated area As we only irrigate tees, greens and some greens surrounds whitc is the minimal to provide good playing sureface, we feel there is little room for reduction.
Targeting of sprinkler heads All sprinkler heads are checked through out the season.
Optimizing system pressure As we are irrigating on a mains water on a temporary connection the system pressure is not close to optimal and therefore the irrigation system preformance poor.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology We are updating our irrigating system to more cutting edge technology.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Not considered thus far.
Use of water efficient appliances Not considered thus far.
Use of efficient shower technology Not considered thus far.
Repairing leaks All leaks are repaired as soon as they are discovered.
Water awareness signage Not considered thus far.

Energy

All electric power is supplied by renewable sources, geothermal and hydroelectric power plants.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Græn vottun frá Orkusölunni Orkusalan 2016/12/31 Download

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2016 2015 2014
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 218960 212713 191787

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

2016 2015 2014
Diesel (Litres) 10446 10815 11776
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 31 69 19
Petrol (Litres) 1630 4053 5017

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply N/A
Installation of small scale wind turbine no
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels no
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources We are working on connecting to the geothermal heating system of the municipality in 2018/2019 thus eliminating the use of electricity for heating.
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) no
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol no
Use of electric hybrid vehicles Gasoline operated golf carts were replaced by electric carts in 2016
Use of recycled oils no

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems The Golf club invested in 2015 in laying out pipes for hot water towards the building site which is rising north of the golf course. As soon as streets have been laid out nearest the intersection than we are ready for connecting to the geothermal heating system.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Thermostats are used in the winter time but the clubhouse is not heated during the summer months as the sun and wast windows are more than sufficient to heat the building.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities Air ventilation is only used in the WC and locker rooms
Upgrading of building insulation The building is fairly new (2006) and insulation was and still is according to the Icelandic building code.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) The Clubhouse has a lot of natural light flowing through wast glass windows overlooking the 18th and 9th green. There is no need to turn on lights during the months of June and July in the main hall.
Installation of low-energy lighting LED lighting bulbs are installed when bulbs need replacement.
Use of motion sensor lighting Motion censors are used in WC area and in reception in the club house.
Transition to energy efficient appliances When appliances fail and need to be replaced, energy efficiency is one the main factors in the decision making process.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Timers and daylight sensors are used on all outside lighting fixtures.
Educating staff and customers We do not have a program in place.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 0% 100% 83%
Diesel 56% 0% 17%
Hybrid 44% 0% 0%

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 No.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) NO. Buses do not operate in the neighbourhood.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables Not applicable
Promotion of walk to work campaigns Not applicable
Encouraging use of electric vehicles We have set up a electric power station in the parking lot to encourage members and staff to shift to electric powered vehicles.

Supply Chain

The golf club uses mostly domestic suppliers for its daily operation but foreign or domestic distributors for most of its machinery and spare parts. We buy soil, bunker sand and gravel from a nearby gravel mine and turf when needed. We buy liquid fertilizers and seeds from a local company. We collect and store soil, sand and other materials for future use in our storage mine when maintenance and new projects on the course is taken place for future use. Oil and gas for vehicles is delivered weekly during the season. All the waste, both in the clubhouse and at the greenkeepers shed is sorted and discharged by a waste recycling company every week during the season. All waste chemicals and old cooking oil is discharged by a local waste chemical company when needed. We are currently reliant on electricity for heating but large steps have been taken to connect us to the main geothermal heating system. To save cost we changed utility company this spring after a bidding process. In the fall of 2016 we also changed oil and gas company in order to save cost and get a better overview of our usage. In the clubhouse we rely on domestic distributors in the Proshop and on domestic producers in the bar and grill as much as possible.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source We try to buy products as needed and limit packaging, buy in bulk when possible. This keeps our waste disposal cost down.
Use of local suppliers This has happened almost automatically, to limit time and transportation. Most of our suppliers are within 10 km radius.
Use of local products As above.
Selection of certified products We select certified products and specially environmentally friendly products.
Use of recycled and recyclable products 1st choice.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) We have not actively used suppliers with accreditation or made that a prerequisite for doing business although many of them might have that accreditation.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Kilometres Total number of suppliers within 100 Kilometres
Food & Beverage 8 8
Catering Supplies 2 2
Retail 8 8
Trade & Contractors 46 46
Maintenance Equipment 49 46 3
Course Supplies 21 20 1

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses All amounts in kg/ha. Drought and diseases tolerant cultivars selected for overseeding and maintenance program aim to encourage finer gresses.
Managing stress and wear Foilar fertilizing to ensure plant health and to encourage finer grasses (Festuce/Bents).
Regular aeration and traffic control.
Enhancement of soil structure Aeration with diffrent depths and width, same toppdressing material since 2000.
Optimization of the growing environment Organic based fertilizer when possible, contolled irrigation, thatch maintaint with aeration and topdressing.
Managing thatch levels Part off the growing enviroment.
Managing surface moisture Not a realy a issue in our climate, dew remowed as needed.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Thresholds are high, fungaside only used on greens when serious turf damage is expected.
Scouting for pests and diseases The course is constantly monitored.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health The course is constantly monitored.

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Inorganic 0 0 26
Fairways - K - Organic
Fairways - N - Inorganic 79 88 131
Fairways - N - Organic
Fairways - P - Inorganic 27 30 30
Fairways - P - Organic
Greens - K - Inorganic 39 34 88
Greens - N - Inorganic 147 168 179
Greens - P - Inorganic 7 8 14
Tees - K - Inorganic 70 70 100
Tees - N - Inorganic 167 167 153
Tees - P - Inorganic 20 20 20

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 8 4.8 0.3
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 18 9 1
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 3 2 1
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products EIQ calculator used to select least toxic product, with an expert´s advice.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Only appropiate products used.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers If possible we spot treat.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Sprayer is regularly calibrated and passes through government inspection every year.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We have a shrouded sprayer and use air induction nozzles.
Non-chemical weed control Weed is usually hand picked, chemicals rarely used.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. We have been trying out different organic and biological products, but none are in regular use.

Waste Management

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

Title Author Date View document
Recycled waste 2016 and 2017- Oddur Golf Club Gámaþjónustan hf. 2017/09/21 Download

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass false true false false
Plastic false true true false
Aluminium false true false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings true true true false
Cores & Turf true true true false
Sand true true false false
Wood / Timber false true false false

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials In the spring of 2017 we changed the procedure on how we recycle waste and how it is collected in order to increase sorting of waste and decrease cost. An employee now collects all waste from the clubhouse who transports the waste to the recycling center which is located by the greenkeepers shed.
Establishment of recycling centers We established a recycling center by the greenkeepers shed and in the process increase the number of materials that are sorted. We currently sort the following waste for removal by the waste management company: Metals, timber, paper and pap, plastics and bio materials.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways We actively return clippings to fairways
Education of staff and customer education We have no formal education for our staff regarding waste and recycling materials.
Waste awareness campaigns Members have been allocated a hole for maintainance. E.g a member which name starts with an A "owns" hole 1. That means that the member should pick up all broken tees, all waste they see in sight, fix ballmarks on greens and other things that they feel are worth keeping their hole nice.

Pollution Control

Our aim is to leave as little footprint as possible as the golf course is on the edge of a water protected area. Use of herbicides is minimal, only used in very small amount around the clubhouse in some years but not on the golf course. Use of fungicides is kept at minimum as well and only used on the greens when serious fungus outbreak is imminent. Both the clubhouse and the greenkeepers shed is connected to septic tanks and wash pads with oil separation. Toilets on the course are connected to septic tanks as well. All hazardous waste on the premises is removed weekly by the waste management company.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Never Never Never
On-Site Never Yearly Daily
Outflow Never Never Never

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 Septic Tank Yes
Wash Pad Via Oil Separator Yes

Hazardous Materials

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

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents false false
Cooking Oils false true
Lubricants false true
Pesticide Containers false true
Fertiliser Bags false false
Oil Filters false true
Batteries false 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 Equipment is mostly stored inside on a concrete floor. Hazardous products are kept within specifically designed storage containers or in a dry, secure area.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Yes, inside the maintenance building on a concrete floor.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas This is done outside.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces On a concrete floor, but spillage flows into drain. Plans are to build a dedicated spray area in 2018/2019.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks All fuel tanks are underground and maintained by specialized company.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials We have a number off different types of absorbent materials. Using sawdust. Oil mats.

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 The weather forecast is checked before spraying and adapted accordingly.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Closely mown banks around lined ponds on holes 2 and 5. Mown bank only on fairway side on hole 9. Lined pond originally built for sediment control.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan No
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge There are no open water courses on the property, only four small lined ponds with overflows connecting to soakaways out of play.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones No, but only used on greens, tees and small important play areas. Occasionally use around clubhouse and on paved areas.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off Surface run-off is more of a winter issue. When ground is frozen, melting snow and ice needs to be dealt with. We employ various means to do so, including surface grading to direct this stormwater away from sensitive areas, including greens, and into soakaways or cracks in the lava.

Community

Við bjóðum upp á barna og unglinganámskeið fyrir börn í sveitarfélaginu. Á hverju ári koma til okkar yfir 100 börn og kynnast golfíþróttinni. Einnig bjóðum við upp á násmkeið fyrir aðra byrjendur í íþróttinni á vorin í samvinnu við okkar PGA kennara. Við eigum í góðu samstarfi við Skátafélagið Vífil sem er með bústað á okkar svæði. Einnig höfum við boðið skíðagöngufólki að nýta sér svæðið til útivistar á vetrum. Við eigum einnig í samstarfi við Skógræktarfélag Garðabæjar sem hefur fengið úthlutað gróðurreitum í landinu. Við höfum tekið við unglingum frá Garðabæ sem hafa unnið við umhirðu á golfvellinum.

The Golf club offers children in the municipality from the age of 6 golf lessons, seminars and SNAG-golf for 5 weeks in June-July, after school closes for the summer. Well over 100 children come to us each summer to learn the basics of the game. We also offer golf lessons to adult beginners at the start of the season in partnership with our dedicated team of PGA professionals.
We are in close collaberation with the Boy Scouts in Garðabær who have a cottage on our land that they use mostly during the winter months.
We welcome cross country skiing enthusiasts in the area to use our facilities during the winter months.
We work with the Forestry Society of Garðabær, who regularly work on the land in and around the golf course.
We work closely with the municipality on issues such as water usage and providing youngsters with paid work on the golf course during the summer months.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 1 1 2
Course Management 4 12
Golf Coaching 3

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Head greenkeeper is a verified user of pesticides.
Efficient water management Employees are encouraged to keep water usage to a minimum when washing machinery and not to let water flow needlessly.
Management of accidents and emergencies First Aid seminar is held biannually for all employees. Last held in March 2017.
Management of habitats and vegetation Greenkeeping staff regularly participate in seminars and study tours, arranged by The Icelandic Greenkeepers and Groundsmen Association (IGGA) and The Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environmental Research Foundation (STERF) and others.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Verbally in-house communication.
Health & Safety Biannual first aid seminar for all employees. All new employees receive formal training on the operation of machinery, arranged by the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health.
Energy Saving Working towards GEO Certification has been eye-opening and raised our employees' awareness.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Working towards GEO Certification has been eye-opening and raised our employees' awareness.
Environmental management planning Working towards GEO Certification has been eye-opening and raised our employees' awareness.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours We encourage the residents of Garðabær to use the land and facilities by sending out leaflets every spring to every home within the municipality.
Local Government We work closely with the municipality and the Icelandic Institute of Natural History to ensure we are working in accordance with Icelandic law regarding building permits and Environmental laws.
Local Environmental Groups We work with the municipality's environment committee, forestry society and the relevant committee within The Oddfellow Order.
Local Community Groups We work very closely with The Oddfellow Order, the land owner.
Media We almost only use social media for promotions and messaging, with the exception of a leaflet that we distribute annually to every home in Garðabær in the spring.
Local Businesses We strive to use local businesses when possible.
Schools & Colleges We are not collaborating with any schools as there are no schools in the neighborhood. However a new development of buildings is rising and when new residents move in a new elementary school will start operating.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths One path exists on the current municipality zoning plan, between the 9th and 18th holes, connecting the clubhouse to the Heidmörk plantation and recreational area.
The club welcomes non-golfers on other paths. The entry road is maintained by the club.
Creation of new paths and nature trails The club and land owners have submitted extension and redesign proposals to the municipality that include a significant increase in this regard. These have been reviewed, e.g. by The Icelandic Institute of Natural History and The Environment Agency of Iceland, and is being processed.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage The golf club has installed signage by the road leading up to the clubhouse, although this does not mention non-golfing traffic.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) Under favorable conditions, the course has been used for cross-country skiing in winter. The club has developed a keen interest to integrate more varied uses into the golf course framework, as outlined by STERF, to which The Golf Union of Iceland is affiliated. These proposals are being processed.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) The club and land owners have suggested a collaborative monitoring project with the municipality and The Icelandic Institute of Natural History, with regard to the encroachment of invasive plant species into the lava edge.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities No agriculture exists on or near the facility.

The following archaeological and heritage surveys have been carried out at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Fornelifar nálægt Urriðavelli í Heiðmörk Ragnheiður Traustadóttir 2017/09/24 Download

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) N/A
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) N/A
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) 7 listed elements.

Communications

This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display We send out weekly newsletter to members by e-mail during the summer months and bi-weekly during the winter months. We remind our members regularly on daily care of the golf course when playing. There is a notice board in the club house which is used for both internal and external notices.
Members evenings and course walks We do not have course walks scheduled but we regularly hold club meeting on various topics such as on environmental and planning issues regarding the expansion of the course to 27 hole layout.
Course guides / brochures Stroke-saver can be purchased in the club house. Course guide is also available on our web side including a fly-over of the course and individual holes.
Interpretation panels & course signage We have course signage on every tee but it is solely used for information about the hole they are playing.
Establishment of a nature trail There is a nature trail through the lava which the golf club, the landowners and the municipality oversee.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures We use our website www.oddur.is as a platform for all our internal and external announcements and newsworthy activities.
Course walks / open days We have not held any open days.
Joint practical projects with community We are currently in collaboration with the municipality in the drilling of water on our land so the golf club will be self sufficient in watering our greens and fairways. The drilling hole will provide us with 15 liters per second which is sufficient for a 27 hole layout.