Saltsjöbaden Golfklubb

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Saltsjöbaden Golfklubb was built in 1929, initially as a 9-hole course influenced by forest landscape which is quite typical in this part of Sweden. A further 18-holes were constructed in 1976. Part of the site is situated in a former lake, indicating an area dominated by wetlands and the course fits naturally into the surroundings. The club has worked actively in sustainability since 2002 and in the last 2-3 years has experienced financial problems, as many other golf clubs in Sweden, and has gone through a reconstruction but is now alive and…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Stora banan (18 holes, 5471 metres, year opened 1976)
Lilla banan (9 holes, 1878 metres, year opened 1929)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Halfway House(s)
1 Other
1 Other
1 Other


Saltsjöbaden is located about 15 km (25 min) southeast of the Stockholm city centre, and the community is surrounded by water and therefore also influenced by the archipelago's possibilities and challanges. Saltsjöbaden started to be developed in the end of 1800, initially as a "summer house area" for the a little bit richer Stockholm inhabitants. At the same time the construction of the railway from the Stockholm city centre (Slussen) to Saltsjöbaden started. In June 1893 the railway was inaugurated. In 1912 the railway was electrified.
Today, Saltsjöbaden has about 9 500 inhabitants, and the community is covering about 550 ha of land. The Saltsjöbaden Golf Course (GKS) was launched in 1929, as number 10 in Sweden, with a 9-holes forest influenced course. In 1976, an additional 18-holes course was inaugurated. Part of the golf course area is a former lake, mash and wetland area. Because of the land-rise during the last 10 000 years, combined with comprehenisve drainage actions, the land area that was dominated with coniferous and broad-leaved trees, is today dry enough for "hosting" a golf course. In the golf course area there are few cultural remains. One is a ground remain from a cottage from around 1690.
GKS's borders are as follows; north - residential houses (flats and single family houses), east - a high school, south and west - forest, mainly coniferous and broad-leaved trees. Close to GKSs club house and holes 1, 2 and 3, lake Lundsjön's northern part is located.
The lake and forest is a popular recreation area for inhabitants in the Saltjöbaden community, both for walking in the spring, summer (also bathing) and autumn, and skiing in the winter. Close to GKS the Nacka and the Tattby reserves are located.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Nacka municipality (Johan Aspfors)
  • Saltsjöbadens Hembygdsförening

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

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

  • Nacka municipality (Birgitta Held-Pauli)
  • Saltsjöbadens naturskyddsförening (Gudrun Hubendick)

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

Title Author Date View document
Flora Anders Svensson 2010/08/17 Download
Birds Göran Widén 2011/11/01 Download
Butterflys Ulf Andersson 2012/06/24

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

Local name Scientific name
Citronfläckig trollslända Leucorrhinia pectoralis
Stor vattensalamander Triturus cristatus
Storlom Gavia arctica

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
Historic Landscapes / Parklands Nacka Municipaility and County authority of Södermanland
Areas of Scenic Beauty n/a
National Park n/a
Geological Swedish Geological Survey (SGU)
Nacka and Tattby reserves Nacka minicipality and County authority of Södermanland

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 25 Local Government
Scrub Vegetation 10-15 None
Native Woodland 20 Local Government
Non Native Plantation Woodland 2 Local Government
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 0 None


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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.15 Hectares Poa annua 80%
Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 20%
Tees 0.45 Hectares Poa pratensis 40%
Lolium perenne 60%
Fairways 8.01 Hectares Poa annua 70%
Poa pratensis 30%
Semi Rough 25.0 Hectares Poa annua 70%
Poa pratensis 30%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
These species are dominating and used since they are optimal for the shape of the landscape, and also of course because of the local and regional climate conditions. Another issue of importance is that the golf course is loccated in a forest area.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 12 months

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

  • Golf course architect Peter Fjällman
  • STRI
  • Swedish Golf Federation
  • Consulting grass sales companies/staff

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 most important actions to supply a good playing quality is dry, compact, dense and well maintained playing areas, where smothness and speed are important for the greens. To supply this we must have
Dry - Draining, airation och dressing
Compact - Draining, vertical cutting, compacting och dressing
Dense - Nutrients, water, vertical cutting, grass cutting och draining
Well maintained - Balanced maintenance plan (t ex dressing, aeration, watering, fertilization, grass cutting)
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough We let the Poa annoa dominate on the fairways. On fairways and semi-roughs we have no active stearing of the established grass species.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces We are watering less, fertilicing enough and creating better playing areas for the golfers.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance It is difficult to get the customers to understand this issue, since customers have different views on the green maintenance, dependent on their background, age, culture, professionalism etc. However, there is a continous information compaign from the board, course personal and pro regarding the greens mainetnance and quality.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces The playing quality is presumed to be a combination of all issues descrtibed, and the environmental and sustainability concerns must also be regarded. The playing season at the golf course is April/may to October.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Not in use.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours The golf course is located in a rolling landscape, and this request us to match the mowing lines in accordance.
Protection and restoration of historic features There are no historic features along the golf course, that have to be taken into account for protection or restoration.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Signs, furniture and bins placed along the golf course are adapted to be discreet.
Conservation of specimen trees In the golf course area we have a number of old oak trees, that are conserved and investigated/mapped by us and for the local authority.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Pump houses and kiosk located in the golf course area are made discrete in wooden material and painted in the typical Swedish red coulor Falu Rödfärg. Toilettes along the golf course are placed discreetedly.

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 support the nature to come into the golf course, instead of reverse.
Increasing the size of habitat patches By decreasing the amount of amenity grasses, we support the size of natural habitat patches. Regular expert consultation is made STRI, The Swedish Golf Federation and Peter Fjällman.
Connection of internal habitat patches We have a small range of different habitat patches along the golf corase, and looking at ways to connect them, combined with a suitable way of managing and supporting them.
Connection of patches with external habitats External habitats for the case of our golf course is the natural forest area, that is surrounding the entire golf course, except for along and north of the driving range, where residential houses are located.
Creation of habitat corridors We support the existence and creation of open ditches and water ways, as well as of rough grasses areas, binding the different forest areas and habitats together.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation By the creation of corridors we minimize the fragmentation of habitats.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges We support habitats with bushes and heather, as well as more small trees and high grasses. This helps us to improve and diverse habitat edges.

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

Activity Description
Creation of botanically rich rough grassland The soil in the area is by nature semi-fertile and this makes it difficult to create increased biodiversity. However, we are looking into additional suitable grass species for un-mown and no meaintenance areas.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation In all management and development, information is gathered from external experts (practitioners and academia).
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands The golf course is located in a natural forest area, and the forest is allowed to be close to the fairways and greens. Parts of the area is also a former lake, mask and wetland.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas The littoral shelves and marginal vegetation along ponds and an existing lake, is managed in such a way that we support the establishment of natural species and do not need mowing.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation The ponds have natural species of Potamogeton natans, Nymphea alba, Elodea canadensis, etc., and these species are supported to develop further.
Naturalization of linear habitats The creation of corridors is supporting a natural development of linear habitats.

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 GKS has not yet actively introduced nesting places for pollinators.
Installation of nest boxes Nest boxes of different shapes (optimal for different bird species) have been built and set up along the golf course.
Provision of feeding tables Close to the Maintenance buidling and area 3-4 feeding tables are places. Feeding is only made during the winter season.
Control / management of alien species Not in use at GKS.
Provision of hibernation areas Piles of dry wooden materials are left during the winter season, to support hibernation for some species (e.g. hedgehog, dormouse)
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Old, dry and dead trees are left for different kinds of fauna species.


Water usage and quality is one of the critical administrative issuses and concerns for a golf course. Despite place and climate, it is important and necessary to demonstrate a conscious and responsible approach to water management regarding consumption and quality.

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:

2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,066,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 100% 42,825,000 Litres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,180,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 100% 41,850,000 Litres
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,355,000 Litres
Golf Course Surface 100% 19,924,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees 2-3 days per week
Fairways Weekly

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species Krypven, rödven, ängsgröe, engelskt raj, svingel, tyvtåtel och vitgröe
Soil decompaction and thatch management Verti-drain and hollow coring annually, tining monthly, spiking and verti cutting every second week. Top dressing light every second week.
Timing and dose of water application Watering is normally conducted during nights (10 PM-06 AM). The dose and timing is totally dependent on the weather situation.
Analysis of soil moisture Conducted when necessary and normally on a weekly basis.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data GKS has direct specific golf course information from SMHI and from an own weather station, located in the maintenance building area.
Use of wetting agents 2014. Dispatch used on tees (20 liters), farirways (40 liters) and greens (95 liters).
Overall reduction in irrigated area We have kept the area of irregation the same for at least the last 3 years.
Targeting of sprinkler heads All sprinkler heads are inspected weekly, and connected to a schedule.
Optimizing system pressure The pressure system is under inspection and development, and is scheduled to be ready during a 5 years period.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Nozzles are replaced when needed.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Toilets are equiped with two versions of water flush, depending on "what has been done" in the toilet.
Use of water efficient appliances Nothing special.
Use of efficient shower technology Showers have water saving nozzles.
Repairing leaks Potable water. If leaks appear within the golf course area, leakages are directly repaired when appearing. If leakage appear outside the houses, it is the municipal service staff that must be contacted and conducting the job.
Water awareness signage There is no specific program in place for water awareness.


För att fungera effektivt och minimera klimatpåverkan, ska golfanläggningen demonstrera att de diversifierar sin energiförsörjning och arbetar för att maximera effektiviteten.

Energy for the entire golf club and course can be divided into; energy for electricity and heat, and energy in the form of gasoline, diesel and fuel for vehicles and machines. Energy for electricity and heat is based on electricity. Since May 2009 all purchased electricity is "green" (10 % wind, 90 % hydro). Before that, the electricity was unspecified, which also means electricity from nuclear. GKS has monitored the electricity usage since 2006, especially at the two main meters, responsible for more than 90 % of the total electricity usage. However, all meters are monitored, and statistics are gathered regarding kWh and SEK, for elelcticity and the net distribution.
För att fungera effektivt och minimera klimatpåverkan, ska golfanläggningen demonstrera att de diversifierar energianvändningen och arbetar för att maximera effektiviteten.

During the period September 2008-March 2012, GKS has conducted an experienced consultant (ÅF) to evaluate and suggest actions to implment energy saving actions. An electricity reduction of 10-14 % have been obtained. The remaining actions to take to further decrease the usage are not considered cost-effective.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Cooperation with Ångpanneföreningen 2008-2012 Jonas Kristensson 2012/03/15
Hur många ton koldioxid släpper Saltsjöbadens GK ut under ett år? Sammanställning för 2014 Enell 2015/05/15 Download

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2014 2013 2012
Biogas (Litres) 0 0 0
Biomass 0 0 0
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydrogen (Litres) 0 0 0
On-site Hydro (kWh) 0 0 0
On-site Solar (kWh) 0 0 0
On-site Wind (kWh) 0 0 0
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 334388 331727 315350
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0 0 0
Wood from sustainable sources 0 0 0

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

2014 2013 2012
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Litres) 13793 14313 14190
Heating Oil (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 0 2 100
LPG (Litres) 0 0 0
Natural Gas (Litres) 0 0 0
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 0 0 0
Petrol (Litres) 5589 6302 5743
Propane / Butane (Litres) 0 0 0
Wood from unsustainable sources 0 0 0

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Since May 2009 all energy (electricity) purchaes is "green", from 10 % wind and 90 % hydro.
Installation of small scale wind turbine No actions regarding own wind energy generation.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels The possibility to install solar panels on the club house is evaluated, and quotes have been asked for.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources No actions regadring installation of geothermal or ground sources.
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Nothing done.
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol Aspen gasoline is used for small fuel driven machines for gardening purposes.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles All machines for maintenance of the golf course are new and leased. It is not possible to use electrical machines since the batteries do not stand for an entire round.
Use of recycled oils Oil used in the maintenance building and for machines are taken care of by a licensed waste recycling company (Sita).
Heat pump Three heat pumps are installed.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Air conditioning is not used in the climate zone where Saltsjöbaden is located. All heating of GKSs buildings is made with electricity and for the club house a heat pump was installed in 2010.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration A heat pump for the club house was installed in 2010.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities Not necessary in the climate we have in the Stockholm area.
Upgrading of building insulation About half the club house with the restaurant is closed during October/November to Marsch/April, and the temperature is therefore decreased to a minumum. However, in the office part, the electricityt and heat is on in the need requested.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) No special natural light technologies have been installed.
Installation of low-energy lighting Low-energy bulbs are replacing old traditional bulbs when the old ones are broken.
Use of motion sensor lighting Motion sensor lighting has not actively been installed, but will be when the general system have to be upgraded.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Energy efficient appliances are replacing old appliances, when it is time for replacing old and broken appliances.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Timers ar normally not used, since sensors are more effective.
Educating staff and customers Staff has been educated in the climate effect and the consequences that will appear in Sweden in 10-50 years, and this included also the information and discussion about the importance to save energy/ electricity.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 0% 100% 72%
Diesel 100% 0% 28%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 0% 0%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 0% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 13% 0% 0%
Diesel 0% 100% 0%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 88% 0% 0%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 0% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives Some of the staff personnel is car sharing when coming to and from GKS.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) Not in use.
Secure cycle parking A cycle parking is located in direct connection to the club house
Promoting public transport routes and timetables At the reception a time table for trains are exposed.
The distance to the train station is about 500 m.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) Golf bag lockers are available in the club house.
Staff showers Staff showers and a sauna is located at the maintenance building.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling Cycling to and from work and during work is possible and in use.
Promotion of walk to work campaigns Walking is promoted whenever possible.

Supply Chain

All golf courses can use their purchase power to improve sustainability in the supply chain. By requesting more sustainble materials and suppliers, positive social and environmental benefits can be reached. This is an extra important part for the golf sector´s leadership role, linked to local business partnerships and society groups.

Saltsjöbaden Golf Course (GKS) has an Environmental Policy since 2004, and a Policy for purchase since 2012. With these two policies in place, the Glub has defined how to work with environmental issues, and how to put pressure on suppliers on their environmental and social performance. If possible, local suppliers are chosen, but of course for certain products and services national and international suppliers have to be contracted. GKS is using fertilizers on tees, fairways and greens, and the quantities used, as well as spreading occasions, are annually reported to the municipality (the local authority). The last year we tested spreading smaller doses at more occasions compared to earlier, bigger doses at few occasions. This has resultet in a quantity incease of the fertilizer doses, especially for nitrogen. However, todays usage is less than about 10 ago. Pesticides are only used on greens, and mainly for fungi. The use of pesticides is also connected to analysis made by Botaniska Analysgruppen, with the purpose to use the correct substance at the right time. Since 2004, GKS has an ambitious waste collection program. Altogether 18 fractions are sorted, to optimize reuse, recycling, energy recovery and handling according to the local laws and regulations.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source See our emvironmental and purchasing posicy for details. If possible we also prefer deliveries without packaging material.
Use of local suppliers According to our Policy for suppliers, we promote the usage, where possible, of local suppliers.
Use of local products Where possible, local suppliers and products are used.
Selection of certified products Products and services that can show environmental or fair trade labels are prioritized.
Use of recycled and recyclable products When possible we repair and upgrade own products when possible. All our waste is source sorted and the supplier taking care of the waste is recycling and reusing it as much as possible. Today nothing goes to land fills.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging We ask the suppliers, when it is possible, to minimize the packaging material, and also take the packaging material in return.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) A number of suppliers have informed us about their certificates for ISO 9001 and 14001.

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 10 5 5
Catering Supplies 5 3 2
Retail 12 1 11
Trade & Contractors 3 3
Maintenance Equipment 2 2
Course Supplies 6 3 3

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses We dry the soil to get a more drought resistent grass species.
Managing stress and wear With aeration and top dressing we minimize the wear, and the stress we minimize by adjusting mowing hights.
Enhancement of soil structure We enhance the soil structure with hollow coring and top dressing, and also with verti draining.
Optimization of the growing environment Optimization od the growing environment is obtained by the aeration program, and reducing shading from surrounding trees.
Managing thatch levels The aeration program combined with verti cutting and spiking is a part of the managing program for thatch levels.
Managing surface moisture The surface moisture is controlled by the thatch management and minizining shadow and controlled irregation.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease By using the expertize from the Botaniska Analysgruppen, we have an early information of fungi desease activities.
Scouting for pests and diseases Scouting is perfomed on a daily basis, since it is a integrated routine by the course personnel when they are on the course.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health No, a systematic monitoring of the plant health is not done. But the daily inspections by the course personnel and some soil and plant analysis during the vergation season, gives indication of the plant health.
The use of bio stimulators och addition of some fungi Bio stimulators are used as a complement to the use of pesticides (fungicides). The usage bio stimulators means that the quantity of fugicides can be reduced, but not totally replaced.

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

2014 2013 2012
Fairways - K - Inorganic 54 31 37
Fairways - K - Organic 0 0 0
Fairways - N - Inorganic 131 64 155
Fairways - N - Organic 0 0 0
Fairways - P - Inorganic 16 9 14
Fairways - P - Organic 0 0 0
Greens - K - Inorganic 273 262 243
Greens - K - Organic 0 0 0
Greens - N - Inorganic 261 267 241
Greens - N - Organic 0 0 0
Greens - P - Inorganic 38 50 41
Greens - P - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 136 85 116
Tees - K - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - N - Inorganic 248 127 151
Tees - N - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - P - Inorganic 25 12 25
Tees - P - Organic 0 0 0

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

2014 2013 2012
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 4.9 4.5 2.9
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 19.0 16.8 6.5
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 10 7 6
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 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 Of the four earlier used fungicides, we are from 2012 only using two. This is regulated by the national authority.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases The appropriate products are recommended by the analysis made bu Botaniska Analysgruppen.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Most often all spot treatment is with handheld sprayers.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Regular inspections of optimal usage of the sprayers are conducted.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Yes, curtains and anti-drip nozzles are used, since the sprayers are faily new.
Non-chemical weed control Verti cutting and additional usage of iron (Fe) has a positive effect on reducing weed.

Waste Management

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

Title Author Date View document
Saltsjobaden Golfklubb Waste Audit Magnus Enell and Jonas Fejes 2009/09/01
Waste collectors scheme, based on local laws and regulations Ragnsells and Sita

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 false true false false
Grass Clippings true false false false
Cores & Turf true false false false
Sand true false 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 All recycled materials are collected by the waste collector and taken care of according to local laws and regulations.
Establishment of recycling centers GKS has no own recycling center, but we have an allocated area for the waste collecteion and storage, before it is collected by the external waste collector
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways All clippings on fairways are left on the faiways. Clipping on green and tees are used on other mowe areas.
Education of staff and customer education Yes. together with the waste collector, education is conducted, together with the Environmental Committee.
Waste awareness campaigns GKS has implemented a waste handling program with the waste collector, which means that the waste is sorted into 18 different fractions. The handling program is a daily part of all employees work. In the golf course, players are asked to sort waste into 2 fractions.
Recycling of hazardous substances In the environmental report delivered to the municipality annually, the handling and recycling of hazardous material is described. AN EcoSimplex equipment is used for all storage.

Pollution Control

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GKS is asked to deliver an Environmental Report to the Nacka Municipality (Department Environment & Health) on an annual basis (in end of March for the previous year). This has been done for at least 10 years, but the report has been much more comprehensive since 2006. GKS has since 2003 a sampling and analysis program for water pumped from the lake (in), and for the water leaving the course (out). the program has been modified during the last 10 years, dependent on a better understanding on the quantity and quality of the water cycle for the course.
The use of fertilizers and pesticides is well documented regarding quality and quantity. All usage is well documented, and on an annual basis the statistics (spreading dates, types and quantities) are handed over to the local authority. The use of fertilizers and pesticides is based on daily inspections about the quality of the grass of tees and greens. No usage is done for preventive reasons.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Monthly Never Weekly
On-Site Never Never Never
Outflow Monthly Never Weekly

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Stormwater Drain Yes
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer Yes
Wash Pad Stormwater Drain 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 Storage of hazardous products are made in an approved EciSimplex container, supplied by Sita. The container is approved and inspected annually-biannaually by the local authority.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas An oils separator is installed, to hinder any oil and other organic substances to impact the municipal sewage system. Particulate material is also hindered to reach the municapl system, since a filter is installed. The system is inspected by by the municipal authority.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas All handling of pesticides and fertilizers is done in a designated area, just for storage and mixing. The area is approved and annually inspected by the local authority. All drains are sealed, hindering any leakage to reach the municipal sewage system.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces See "Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas" above.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks The two above-ground fuel tanks, one for gasoline and one for diesel, are linked to a secondary containment, hindering any leakage to impact surrounding area.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel See "Installation of above-ground fuel tanks" above
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Booms and absorbants are provisioned in quality and quantity enough for spills and accidents, and also approved by the local authority.

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 spreading of pesticides and fertisilers, and other chemicals/ substances are not made, if weather conditions are not optimal.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Maintaining vegetative buffers and naturalisation of pond margins to improve oxygenation is continuously performed, guaranteeing the establishment of the buffer strips around water bodies.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan GKS has not yet developed an emergency spill response plan, but it will be done. The plan will be based on a risk plan (probability and consequences).
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge Along the golf course there are areas where erosion control is made, and all activities in these areas are adapted to the risk for erosion. normally no activities that can create erosion is conducted in these areas.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones There are well-defined non-spray zones along the golf course. The use of pesticides is also restricted and spreading is done when climatic conditions are optimal.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off Creation of swales and attenuation areas
Informed selection of fertiliser type The qualities and quantities of fertilizers have changed over time. Today we regard small and more frequant spreadings, more useful and environmentally adopted than bigger and less frequant spreadings.
Informed selection of pesticides The use of pesticides is based on documentation and many years of experience. No spreading is done from a preventive reason. All use of presticides, quality and quantity, is strongly connected to the situation in the golf course, and this is evaluated by daily inspections.


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GKS has 1625 members, and on an annual basis (May-October) about 4 500 greenfee members. The first golf course in the areas was inaugurated already in 1929, which means that the club has existed in more than 80 years. The first 47 years the course had 9-holes, but since 1976 GKS had 9 + 18 holes. GKS does not own the land for the golf course, it is to 30 % owned by Nacka municipality and 70 % by Erstaviks fideilkomiss. It is important that GKS an open, transparent and accountable dialoge and relation with its internal and external stakeholders. The local community is consisting of these stakeholders. GKS works with the following internal stakeholders; personal and memebers, and the following external stakeholders: greenfee players, the two land owners, local environmental group (Naturskyddsföreningen), neighbours, schools, local business, authorities, Nacka municipality, colleges (other golf clubs and Swedish Golf Federation) and media.
It is important that GKS is seen and heard outside the golf course and internal stakholder groups, so it is understood what GKS has done, is doing and is planning to do, within the areas of environment and sustainability.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 2
Course Management 4 6
Food & Beverage 2 1
Golf Coaching 2
Retail & Leisure 2 2

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

  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist
  • External environmental and sustainability expert
  • External environmental and sustainability expert

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides This is especially valid for the course personnel, that have a work part linked to pesticides. All education regarding storage, application and disposal are purchased from external and licensed consultants/ educators.
Efficient water management All course peronnel have been educated in water management by two of the GKSs Environmental committee members Jonas Fejes and Magnus Enell. Both these persons are professional water experts, with university degrees in freshwater ecology.
Management of accidents and emergencies Within this area there are some specific topics linked. e.g. First aid, Fire and extingisher handling.
Management of habitats and vegetation Especially the course manager has been externally education within the area of management of habitats and vegetation. There is a long list of different topics within this area, that the course manager has gone through.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling This education issue is especially valid for the course personnel, that also has a responsibility for the waste collection in the office area. Education has been conducted by Sita, the authorized waste collector.
Health & Safety Specific education in the topic health & safety has not been conducted, since it has not until now been considered to be a priority issue. However, this topic will be part of the education program 2012 and onwards.
Energy Saving ÅF has conducted an enery project during 2008-2012, and during thse years energy saving and actions have been performed. Linked to this all personnel has also been educated in the climate change dilemma.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage No specific education has been performed within the topic landscape and cultural heritage.
Environmental management planning Environmental management has been continously educated during all years since 2002, when GKS started to work structured with environment and sustainable development. This has been linked to the development of the environmental plan and the documents for the GEO certificate.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Lobal inhabitants, especially living at Ljuskärrsberget, will be invited to an information about what GKS has done, is doing and planning to do, with regard to environmental and sustainability issues.
Local Government GKS has since 2002 had a cloose and appreciated regular communication with the Nacka municipality. This has also resulted in an invitation from the municipality to GKS to present performance for other businesses in the municipality.
Local Environmental Groups GKS has started a discussion with the local environmental NGO, by informing about whats has been done, what is ongoing and what is planned for the coming years. Next step is to identify how we can work together.
Local Community Groups Saltsjöbaden GK has no established local community group.
Media GKS has been interviewed by local, regional national journals about the environmental work and driving forces for doing well, and often to do more than requested by laws and regulations.
Local Businesses GKS has with some regularity had meeting with local business at meetings arranged by the Nacka municipality-
Schools & Colleges GKS was an initiator of starting a golf class at the high school in Saltsjöbaden (Samskolan), but the general interest was unfortuntaely not enough for a continuation.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths In the golf course area there are many public paths, and these are managed by the municipality and by GKS. The golf course area is accessible by everyone, and the "All man's right" (Allemansrätten) means that the area is open for everybody.
Creation of new paths and nature trails There is no intention to create new paths or trails in the area.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage The only information focusing on external visitors in the area is that they have to watch up for golfers and their golf balls. For the members and greenfee players there are many different kinds of information and signs.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) In winter time, when there is enough with snow, ski trecks are madce with the help of a snow scooter. In the area of the golf course, there is a jogging track developed by the Nacka municipality.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) No partnerships or other types of joint projects are ongoing.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities There is no agricultural activities in the golf course area, and has not been for at least the last five-ten decades.

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

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage:

  • Nacka municipality. Cultural department. Maria Legars
  • Saltsjöbaden Hembygdsförening. Henning Rodhe
  • Länsmuseet i Sickla
  • Riksantikavrieämbetet

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

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) The only historical feature on our site, accoring to the cultre responsible person at Nacka municipality, is an old ground from a cottage that has a history back to about 1690. No other buidlings/monuments in the golf course area are known.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) No archaelogical features are know in the golf course area.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) No histirical features are know in the golf course area.


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display GKS is twice a year publishing a club magazine (UppTitten), and the ambision is that an environmental related articel or news is included in every second magazine. A set of poster dispalys (A3) are exposed one a year in connection with a golf competition, in July-August.
Members evenings and course walks GKS members are regularly informed about the progress of the environmental work, at annual meetings or other types of member or committee meetings.
Course guides / brochures The course guide is updated annually.
Interpretation panels & course signage No specific issues connected to panels and course signage.
Establishment of a nature trail Through the gof course area there are a number of small roads and trails, and a popular lake for picknicks and bathing. The nature are is frequantly used for outdoor activities, also for mushroom and berry picking (blueberries, lingon berries).

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures has comprehensive information about the environmental work conducted at the golf course.
Supporting campaigns No specific activities have been conducted, and are for the moment not planned.
Course walks / open days No specific course walks or open days for members, greenfee members and other interested stakeholders have been conducted. But, the area is popular for recreation, especially walking and in the summer, bathing in Lundsjön. Picknicks close to the lake are popular.
Attending community meetings GKS has been a member of the Nacka municipality's SME cluster, with focus on environmental cooperation. GKS is on a regular basis invited to the municipality, both as a presenter but also just as a participant at different kinds of meetings and seminars.
Joint practical projects with community No specific projects are conducted with the community. But in the future we are planning to conduct projects with the local environmental organisation (Saltsjöbadens naturskyddsförening).