Golf & Country Club Lauswolt

GEO Certified® 08/2017
Telephone: +31(0)512-383590

The 18 holes course Lauswolt opened its doors in 1964 and is situated on a 100 ha estate, and combines the typical characteristics of woodland, parkland and heathland golf courses. Due to a variety of habitats, the biodiversity of golf course is high and not surprisingly many rare and protected species are observed on this 100 ha large golf course. Recently a brand new clubhouse was built with all modern energy saving equipment, resulting amongst others in a very low annual electricity use. During the audit, I spoke with several committees, and…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Golfbaan (18 holes, 6146 metres, year opened 1964)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
2 Maintenance Facility/Facilities


Golf & Country Club Lauswolt plays on an 18-holes golf course, situated on the Lauswolt estate, an estate with both sandy and dry forests and a stream valley for the creek of the Koningsdiep. This transition in the landscape provides the golf course with both woodland holes and holes in the open pastures of the Koningsdiep. With 100 hectares, the terrain is spacious for an 18-holes golf course.
This space and landscape diversity provide the golf course with holes that are surrounded by woodlands and heath, and holes that have a view on the stream valley of the Koningsdiep.
The soil is mostly permeable up to 1 or 2 metres below ground level, since an impervious layer of loam is situated there. Around and in the stream valley, this layer of loam is not present.
This diversity in heights contributes to the complex water system, thus creating unique ecological situations and a rich variety in habitats.
The rich biodiversity (with the presence of grass snakes, Carex panicea, inundated club moss, round-leaved sundew and red wood ant) provide for an unique ecological situation.
A management plan concerning the natural parts of the golf course has been written at the moment. This plan will assist the club in preserving and improving the natural and landscape qualities of the terrain and the estate.

Golf & Country Club Lauswolt bespeelt een 18-holes golfbaan, gelegen op Landgoed Lauswolt. Dit landgoed is gelegen op zowel hogere dekzandgronden, als lagere beekdalgronden in het Koningsdiep. Met 100 hectare is er relatief veel ruimte voor een 18 holes golfbaan. Deze ruimte en landschappelijke diversiteit zorgen ervoor dat de golfbaan beschikt over holes die worden omlijst door bos en heide, en holes die uitzicht bieden over het beekdal, het Koningsdiep.
De bodemopbouw is grotendeels doorlatend tot 1 a 2 meter onder maaiveld omdat daar een ondoorlatende keileemlaag ligt. Meer richting het beekdal is de bodemopbouw anders; ontbreekt het grotendeels aan deze keileemlaag. Dit reliëf draagt bij aan een complex watersysteem met unieke ecologische uitgangspunten en een diversiteit aan biotopen.
De rijke biodiversiteit illustreert dit, denk aan het voorkomen van onder andere ringslang, blauwe zegge, moeraswolfsklauw, ronde zonnedauw en rode bosmier.
In het recent opgestelde beheerplan zijn de diverse waarden verder omschreven en zijn de beheerdoelstellingen vastgelegd.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Bosgroep Noord-Oost Nederland
  • Mackenzie & Ebert Limited
  • Vereniging van Opsterlandse Groene Parels
  • NLadviseurs

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

Title Author Date View document
Report visit GCC Lauswolt Mackenzie & Ebert Limited 2008/03/01 Download

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

  • NLadviseurs
  • Bosgroep Noord en Oost

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

Title Author Date View document
Plants NLadviseurs 2013/06/01
Birds Frank van den Haak 2013/06/01
Mammals NLadviseurs 2013/06/01
Amphibians NLadviseurs 2013/06/01
Butterflies NLadviseurs 2013/06/01
Dragonflies NLadviseurs 2013/06/01
Bats Bosgroep Noord Oost Nederland 2011/09/01
Moths Gerrit Tuinstra 2013/07/16

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

Local name Scientific name
Rietorchis Dactylorhiza majalis subsp. Praetermissa
Poelkikker Rana lessonae
Ringslang Natrix natrix
Kleine watersalamander Lissotriton vulgaris
Gewone pad Bufo bufo
Bruine kikker Rana temporaria
Bastaardkikker Rana klepton esculenta
Meerkikker Pelophylax ridibundus
Rode bosmier Formica polyctena
Blaasjeskruid Utricularia vulgaris
Dubbelloof Blechnum spicant
Ronde zonnedauw Drosera rotundifolia
Spits fonteinkruid Potamogeton acutifolius
Wateraardbei Potentilla palustris
Blauwe zegge Carex panicea

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

Local name Scientific name
Rietorchis Dactylorhiza majalis subsp. Praetermissa
Poelkikker Rana lessonae
Ringslang Natrix natrix
Kleine watersalamander Lissotriton vulgaris
Gewone pad Bufo bufo
Bruine kikker Rana temporaria
Bastaardkikker Rana klepton esculenta
Meerkikker Pelophylax ridibundus
Rode bosmier Formica polyctena
Blaasjeskruid Utricularia vulgaris
Dubbelloof Blechnum spicant
Ronde zonnedauw Drosera rotundifolia
Spits fonteinkruid Potamogeton acutifolius
Wateraardbei Potentilla palustris
Blauwe zegge Carex panicea

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Historic Landscapes / Parklands Part of the Lauswolt estate
National ecological network Entire course is part of this network

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 2.24 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 56.22 Self Appointed
Wetlands 2.21 Self Appointed
Open Water Features 3.12 Self Appointed
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 2.53 Self Appointed
Golfrough 10.38 Self Appointed


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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.11 Hectares Festuca rubra 80%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 20%
Tees 0.72 Hectares Festuca rubra 60%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 40%
Fairways 8.54 Hectares Festuca rubra 60%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 40%
Semi Rough 4.64 Hectares Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 60%
Festuca rubra 40%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
The grass species fit the soil wich is sandy and provide perfect playing qualities

Passend bij grondslag zandgrond, pH 5. Soorten bezitten perfekte spelkarakteristieken

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 years

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

  • David Stansfield, Stansfield Ltd. Golf Course Agronomy
  • Wout Muilwijk, Prograss Harderwijk

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 A concept is written down in the management plan

In het beheerplan ligt het concept hiervoor vastgelegd.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Through our club magazine'Rough' we inform our players about large scale a management.
Starting from January 1th 2017 we have replaced the information into the website ( monthly news letter)
Via ons clubblad 'rough' worden de spelers op de hoogte gehouden van grote werkzaamheden. Is sinds 1 januari 2017 vervangen door info in maandelijkse nieuwsbrief via Website.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces This is linked to the chosen grass species.

Is gekoppeld aan de keuze van grassoorten

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture The natural elements in the course are not irrigate and show coloration during the seasons

De natuurlijke elementen worden niet beregend en kleuren mee met de seizoenen.

Projectplan geïmplementeerd herstel laanbomen structuur in 2015
Project plan implemented into recovering avenue trees structure (2015)
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours The fairways in the woodlands are less broad than the ones in the southern part of the course

De fairways op de bosholes zijn kleiner dan de overige fairways
Protection and restoration of historic features Project plan implemented into recovering avenue trees structure (2015) Projectplan geïmplementeerd herstel laanbomen structuur in 2015
Discreet on-course signage and furniture All terrain furniture is neutraly colored and has a uniform look

Het terreinmeubilair heeft natuurlijke kleuren en is uniform in uitstraling

Informatieborden m.b.t. flora en fauna informatie (3 x) geplaatst voor golfers en wandelaars (2015)
Conservation of specimen trees Projectplan geïmplementeerd herstel laanbomen structuur in 2015

Project plan implemented into recovering avenue trees structure (2015)
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features n.v.t.

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 Only the holes are mowed intensively. Other parts of the terrain are mowed once a year or less often, depending on the function.

Enkel de spelelementen en landingszones worden intensief gemaaid. Overige delen van het terrein worden 1x per jaar of minder vaak gemaaid, afhankelijk van de functie.
Increasing the size of habitat patches The current habitats are preserved. The areas with Carix panicea have a good potential to scale up.

De huidige leefgebieden worden behouden, oppervlakte met potentie voor blauwgrasland heeft potentie om dit uit te breiden.
Connection of internal habitat patches Forest edges are connected to the woodlands on the estate, the shallow banks in the southern part of the course are connected to pastures south of the creek 'Koningsdiep'.

De bosranden sluiten aan op de bossen van het landgoed, oeverzones in het zuidelijke deel staan in verbinding met percelen in de omgeving van het Koningsdiep.
Connection of patches with external habitats We wish to restore the natural hydrology of the creek 'Koningsdiep'

Herstel van de natuurlijke hydrologie van het Koningsdiep
Creation of habitat corridors Measures for fish migration will be executed on the Koningsdiep

Het Koningsdiep wordt weer bruikbaar gemaakt voor vismigratie.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation Around the village of Beetsterzwaag, forest are transformed to heathlands.

In de omgeving van Beetsterzwaag wordt gewerkt aan het omvormen van bos naar heide

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 We know the creation of herbaceous vegetation can best be done around hole 6 and 15, since these location hold a high potential.

Locaties voor het creëren van bloemrijk grasland of schraalgrasland zijn bekend langs hole 6 en 15
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Shrubs are managed to ensure vitality and improve the structure

Struweel wordt onderhouden om het vitaal te houden en de structuur hiervan te verhogen.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands The first six metres of the woodlands are in direct management of the course committee and are maintained by the Bosgroep according to FSC-standards. This keeps the woodlands vital and ensures to woodland to be preserved.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas Shallow banks are present and location for creating more shallow banks are known to the club

Er zijn flauwe oevers aanwezig en het is bekend waar potentie ligt voor meer flauwe oevers
Naturalization of linear habitats There are no fences that surround the terrain, except locations where the course lies next to private terrain. Woodlands and creeks are the boundaries of the golf course.

Er zijn vrijwel geen hekwerken aanwezig in het terrein, behalve waar de golfbaan grenst aan privé terreinen. Bossen en sloten begrenzen de golfbaan.

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 Outside the playing rough, herbaceous vegetation and potential for fen-meadows are present.

Buiten de spelrough komt bloemrijk grasland en blauwgrasland-achtige vegetatie voor met diverse kruiden en grassensamenstellingen.
Installation of nest boxes In 2014 zijn 75 nestkastjes opgehangen. Jaarlijkse schoonmaak en controle. Hoog percentage gebruikt. Gewerkt wordt aan grotere diversiteit (niet alleen voor mezen)
In 2014 75 birdhouses are hung. Yearly cleaning en checking. A high percentage of the birdshouses are used. We try to to improve the diversity.
Control / management of alien species The precense of black cherry is monitored. When needed, this species is removed from the woodlands.

Het voorkomen van Amerikaanse vogelkers wordt gemonitord. Waar nodig wordt deze soort verwijderd.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) There are several breeding batches present on the course for the grass snake.

Broeihopen voor ringslang zijn aanwezig


The golf course holds several water features, partially in the line of play, with a total area of 4,58 hectares. The largest part of these water features are situated in the southern part of the course, near the Koningsdiep creek. Also, several ditches run through the woodlands, that provide drainage of the terrain. These ditches are managed by the golf club.
The combination of differences in terrain height, impervious layers of loam in the soil and different types of soil, create a complex ground water system. The northern part of the course suffers from rewetting on the fairways, while the woodlands are drained to well and seem to be too dry. The golf club works together with Wetterskip Fryslân (the local water regulation authority) in researching the problem and finding possibilities to solve these two problems with the same solutions.
Groundwater is used for irrigating the golf course, a part of the irrigation system has been recently renewed. In the recently renovated clubhouse, several measures have been taken to improve lowering the use of water.

Op de golfbaan zijn een aantal waterhindernissen aanwezig met een totale oppervlakte van 4,58 hectare. Het grootste deel van deze waterpartijen bevinden zich in het zuidelijke deel van de golfbaan, nabij het Koningsdiep. Daarnaast lopen er door het bos en langs de holes tal van sloten, die voor de afwatering van het terrein zorgen. Deze sloten, ook de sloten in de bosvakken, zijn in het beheer van de golfclub.
De combinatie tussen het hoogteverschil, ondoorlatende lagen van keileem in de bodem en de verschillende bodemtypen, zorgt voor een complexe (grond)waterhuishouding. Zo heeft het noordelijk gelegen bosdeel van de golfbaan te maken met verdroging, terwijl er op de noordelijk gelegen fairways snel vernatting plaats vindt. De golfclub heeft in samenwerking met het Wetterskip Fryslân een studie laten verrichten om de verdroging van de bossen en wateroverlast op de golfbaan zelf aan te pakken.
Er wordt grondwater gebruikt voor de beregening van de spelelementen en een deel van het beregeningssysteem is recent vervangen.
In het recent vernieuwde clubhuis zijn diverse maatregelen aanwezig die er voor zorgen dat de golfclub minder leidingwater verbruikt.

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:

2016 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 698 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 5,003,000 Litres
2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 829 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 6,362,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 59,000 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 879 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 6,382,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 51,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees Weekly
Fairways Never

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 years

Upgraded every 10 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species The grass species used are relatively drought tolerant

De gekozen grassoorten hebben een hoge droogte tolerantie
Soil decompaction and thatch management We use wetting agents to help the grass' roots to longer hold moisture, and aeration to improve the soil structure

Door te beluchten en het gebruik van wetting agents
Timing and dose of water application We use section irrigation

We doen aan blokberegening
Analysis of soil moisture We measure the soil moisture by using moisture metres.

Middels bodemvochtmeters
Use of wetting agents We use wetting agents on the greens and spot treatement on the fairways

Op de greens en deels op de fairways
Overall reduction in irrigated area The greens and tees are irrigated, the fairways only partially

De fairways worden voor een deel beregend
Optimizing system pressure We use a frequency regulating device

We maken gebruik van een frequentie regelaar

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets We have toilets with an automatic flushing system

We hebben toiletten met automatische spoeling
Use of water efficient appliances The tabs at the toilets and sinks have on/off tabs. We also installed new dishwashers

Kranen in de toiletten en bij de wastafel hebben aan/uit handkranen, nieuwe vaatwassers
Use of efficient shower technology The tabs in the showers have a saving mode
We install Legionella proved hoses and taps
Kranen in douches hebben een spaarstand. In 2015 zijn legionella werende slangen en kranen geplaatst
Repairing leaks When needed we repair these as quickly as possible

Gebeurt zo snel mogelijk


The present clubhouse is just 6 years old and during the renovation several energy saving installations have been made that have already provided a saving on energy usage. These installations are for example energy saving lighting, motion sensors, a thermostat in every room and a sensor that measures the outdoor temperature and activate the floor radiation heating through the central heating. The golf club purchases renewable energy and choses to sometimes use gas instead of electricity because of a better price. Because of the recent rebuilding of the clubhouse and a switch to another energy supplier the figures off 2011 are not available.
Lauswolt wishes to improve the temperature in the clubhouse by using thermometers to monitor the changes in temperature. They also wish to conduct a professional audit on the light sources, in order to improve the use of energy efficient lighting on specific location in the building. Lastly, the golf club wishes to research to possibilities for placing solar panels on the buildings.

Het clubhuis is in 2010 gebouwd, en is tijdens de bouw voorzien van moderne voorzieningen. Dit heeft onder andere geleidt tot energiezuinige verlichting, bewegingsmelders, een thermostaat voor iedere ruimte apart en een sensor die op basis van de buitentemperatuur de CV laat aanslaan om de vloerverwarming te activeren. De golfclub koopt groene energie in. Er is op basis van een prijsberekening bewust de keuze gemaakt om meer gas te verbruiken dan stroom. Door de bouw van het clubhuis en de overstap naar een andere energieleverancier zijn de gegevens van 2011 niet te achterhalen.
Lauswolt wil de temperatuurregeling in het clubhuis verbeteren door middel van het installeren van thermometers die temperatuurwisselingen in kaart te brengen. Ook zijn zij voornemens om een professionele inventarisatie van de lichtpunten te laten uitvoeren om de verlichting pleksgewijs aan te kunnen passen waar nodig met bijvoorbeeld energie efficiënte verlichting. Ten slotte zal er in de komende periode onderzocht worden welke mogelijkheden er zijn voor het installeren van zonnepanelen.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2016 2015 2014
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) 0 0 0
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:

2016 2015 2014
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Litres) 11935 11944 10954
Heating Oil (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 240 60 60
LPG (Litres) 0 0 0
Natural Gas (Litres) 13040000 12553000 14996000
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 95701 103278 100907
Petrol (Litres) 595 540 829
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 January 2013, we use renewable energy from the label GreenChoise

GreenChoise, vanaf 1/1/2013
Installation of small scale wind turbine Nom
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels Installatie zonnepanelen gepland voor 2017 najaar (op nieuw te bouwen drivingrange)

We have planned to install solar panels in 2017 autum ( on te new drivingrange)
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources No
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) No
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol No
Use of electric hybrid vehicles No
Use of recycled oils No
Renewed clubhouse The club house was renewed in 2010. With the provided budget we made the best available choices concerning energy saving according to the standards.

Bouw clubhuis in 2010. Met beschikbaar budget zijn keuzes gemaakt, die zo optimaal mogelijk zijn, en naar de bekende maatstaven/kennis

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Outgoing air warms the incoming air. We have a sensor on the roof, which measures the outdoor temperature. This sensor is connected to a clock which activates the central heating and floor radiation heating.

Uitlaatlucht verwarmt de binnenkomernde lucht. Op het dak staat een buitentemperatuurvoeler die via een klok de installatie CV (water) en vloerverwarming voedt.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration We can adjust the temperature for each room seperately

Afzonderlijke ruimtes te bedienen
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities No
Upgrading of building insulation We used the best available isolation during the rebuilding of the clubhouse

Bij nieuwbouw 2010 optimale isolatie
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) No
Installation of low-energy lighting We installed energy saving lighting (2016)

Deze hebben we geïnstalleerd (2016)
Use of motion sensor lighting Yes, in different rooms
Transition to energy efficient appliances No
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting The lighting around the clubhouse is connected to a dusk switch

Verlichting rondom het clubhuis schakelt op een schemerschakelaar.
Educating staff and customers It is a subject during team meetings

Onderwerp tijdens werkoverleg
Natural gas We chose to use natural gas instead of electricity where needed as a source of energy, since the price is better.

Bewuste keuze voor gas (goedkoper) in plaats van electriciteit , daar waar van toepassing

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 0% 100% 0%
Diesel 100% 0% 63%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 0% 38%
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 0% 0% 0%
Diesel 0% 0% 0%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 100% 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 We stimulate shared car use during matches and events on other golf courses

Ja bij competitie/uitwedstrijden , maar verder niet gestructureerd.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) Only in case of competiition matches
Alleen gecombineerd vervoer bij competitiewedstrijden
Secure cycle parking available
Promoting public transport routes and timetables Na
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) When the clubhouse was renewed, we increased the capacity of the locker rooms

Bij nieuwbouw capaciteit sterk uitgebreid
Staff showers Douches available in changing rooms

Douches beschikbaar in kleedruimtes
Tax breaking incentives for cycling No
Promotion of walk to work campaigns No

Supply Chain

A sustainable supply chain for Lauswolt, means a sensible application of chemicals and fertilizers. The greenkeepers, for example, always uses mechanical measures first to prevent diseases and plagues, before they use chemicals.
The golf club purchases their product from suppliers with a broad line of products so that combined deliveries are a standard. The golf club separates glass, paper and (cooking) oil as waste streams. The restaurant operator has a sustainable and ethical purchasing policy.

Een duurzaam ketenbeheer op Lauswolt bestaat uit een verantwoorde omgang met meststoffen en chemische middelen. Zo nemen de greenkeepers diverse mechanische maatregelen om ziekten en plagen te voorkomen voordat er wordt overgegaan op het gebruik van gewasbeschermingsmiddelen. De golfclub koopt producten in bij een aantal leveranciers die een breed assortiment kunnen leveren waardoor vervoer kan worden geminimaliseerd.
De golfclub scheidt glas, papier en olieresten als aparte afvalstromen. De horeca heeft een intentieverklaring voor duurzaam en ethisch inkoopbeleid.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source The machines and bigger purchases we are not allowed to have had a negative effect on the environment during the productionprcoes.

De machines en andere grote artikelen die we gebruiken/kopen mogen bij productie geen negatieve effecten hebben op het milieu
Use of local suppliers We purchase from a limited number of local suppliers that have a large variety of products, whenever possible

Lokale leveranciers, beperkt aantal leveranciers met groot assortiment op relatief korte afstand, waar mogelijk
Use of local products Voor voeding en drank betreft het m.n. deel van vlees, wijnen, vis, brood,
For food we use local suppliers , esspecially for meat, wine, fish and bread
Selection of certified products We chose for products with a sustainablo origin and certification as much as possible

We kiezen zo veel mogelijk voor duurzame en/of gecertificeerde producten met een verantwoorde herkomst.
Use of recycled and recyclable products We check wether the product or its packaging is re-usable

We letten op de mogelijkheden voor het hergebruiken van het product of de verpakking ervan
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging We make agreemenets with our suppliers so they will take the packagin materials back

We maken afspraken met de leverancier over het mee terug nemen van het verpakkingsmateriaal
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Mostly for the suppliers of chemicals and fertilizers

Dit geldt vooral voor de leveranciers van chemische middelen en meststoffen

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 6 2
Catering Supplies 1 1
Trade & Contractors 1 2
Maintenance Equipment 3 5
Course Supplies 1

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses We constantly look for the most optimal grass species

We selecteren continu op betere rassen
Managing stress and wear We use winter greens to prevent wear and tear on the greens

We maken gebruik van wintergreens om stress aan de grasmat te voorkomen
Enhancement of soil structure By areating and sanding the soil

Door beluchten en bezanden
Optimization of the growing environment We provide for a fair amount of sun, wind and air on the holes to stimulate the turf to dry from dew and rain

We zorgen voor voldoende wind, lucht en zon op de spelelementen
Managing thatch levels We use several mechanical measures to improve the soils' health and 'tune' the fertilization to the needs of the grass

Door de bodem gezond te houden en de bemesting af te stemmen
Managing surface moisture We use special soil moisture metres to check the soils moisture

Middels bodemvochtmeters
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease We sweep the greens to prevent diseases

Door de greens te sweepen
Scouting for pests and diseases The greenkeepers check the health of the golf course during their management

Door de greenkeepers wordt de baan gecontroleerd

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Inorganic 33 36 54
Fairways - N - Inorganic 23 14 74
Fairways - P - Inorganic 0 0 15
Greens - K - Inorganic 26 38 75
Greens - K - Organic 10
Greens - N - Inorganic 57 78 64
Greens - N - Organic 10
Greens - P - Inorganic 10 10 2
Greens - P - Organic 5
Tees - K - Inorganic 55 79 65
Tees - N - Inorganic 41 123 63
Tees - P - Inorganic 5 20 21

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 7 81
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 7 81
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 98 45
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 98 45
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 1
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 12 23
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 12 23
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 1 1
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 30 25
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 30 25
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 1
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 7
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 7
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products All used products are approved by the Dutch law. Whereever possible, we use biological products and environmental friendly fertilizers.

Implementation project "Greendeal"
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases We use a systematic check, especially for fungi

Met name bij fungicide wordt er systematisch gecontroleerd
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We use the appropriate nozzles

Er wordt met de juiste nozzles gewerkt
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. biostimulanten

Waste Management

No waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass false true false false
Plastic false true true false
Aluminium false false false false
Metal false true true false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings false true false false
Cores & Turf false true false false
Sand false 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 Glass and paper are collected separately and removed. Oil and greases are stored in a special container

Glas wordt apart verzameld en afgevoerd, evenals papier. Olie- en vetresten gaan in een aparte ton
Establishment of recycling centers Oil and grease residues are stored in separated containers

Olie- en vetresten gaan in een aparte ton
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Clippings from the fairways are not removed. The other clippings are collected on a concrete floor and then composted

Grasafval van fairways blijft liggen, rest wordt opgeslagen op een betonplaat en vervolgens gecomposteerd
Education of staff and customer education In werkoverleg personeel terugkerend item.

we discuss this items in meetings with employees

Pollution Control

Working according to the Dutch environmental law, is a standard for environmental care on Lauswolt. The golf club has its own environmental care work plan. The greenkeepers have had the correct training and own the correct certificates to work safely with hazardous materials.
In addition, all facilities are safe to work in: the fuel tank is double-walled, the maintenance shed had an impervious floor, and all hazardous products and hazardous waste are stored in secured cabinets or containers.
Lauswolt has the goal to use as little chemicals as possible and always avoid using these products in vulnerable and natural zones.

Het voldoen aan de Wet Milieubeheer is voor Lauswolt een belangrijke randvoorwaarde. Dit wordt o.a. geborgd door een milieuzorgplan. De greenkeepers beschikken over de juiste opleiding en certificaten om veilig te kunnen werken en met gevaarlijke stoffen te kunnen werken.
Daarnaast zijn de faciliteiten goed op orde: de dieseltank is dubbelwandig en goedgekeurd, de werkloods heeft een vloeistofdichte vloer en gevaarlijke stoffen en afvalstoffen kunnen op de juiste wijze in daarvoor geschikte containers worden opgeslagen.
Lauswolt heeft als doel om zo min mogelijk gebruik te hoeven maken van chemicaliën en kwetsbare en natuurlijke zones te allen tijde te ontzien.

Water Analysis

This golf facility does not monitor water quality.

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course N/A
Clubhouse Mains Sewer No
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer No
Wash Pad Via Oil Separator No

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 true
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true false
Fertiliser Bags true false
Oil Filters true true
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 Pesticides are stored in a special cupboard which is secured with a lock and has ventilation

Gewasbeschermingsmiddelen staan in een speciale goedgekeurde kast, voorzien van slot en afzuiging
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Machine cleaning and mangement is done on an impervious floor. Waste water runs through an oil separator to the sewer system

Onderhoud gebeurt op een vloeistofdichte vloer, afvalwater loopt via vetafscheider naar riool
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces This is done in the greenkeeper shed

Gebeurt in de werkloods
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks The fuel tank is double walled, has leaking detection and is placed on an impervious floor. The tank was inspected in 2010.

Dieseltank is dubbelwandig en is voorzien van lekdetectie boven vloeistorifdichte vloer. Voor het laatst gekeurd in 2014
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel The fuel tank has no collecting vessel since it is double walled, but it has leaking detection

De dieseltank heeft geen opvangbak, maar is dubbelwandig en lekdetectie is aanwezig
Fire resistant rooms All rooms that store hazardous materials are build from fire resistant materials

Ruimten met gevaarlijke stoffen zijn gebouwd van brandvertragend materiaal
Registration All the use of chemical products is registrated

Alle verbruik van gewasbeschermingsmiddelen wordt geregistreerd

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 By leaf fertilizing and providing the correct amount of water

Middels bladbemesting en de juiste hoeveelheid water toedienen. Gebruik van anti-drift nozzles op veldspuit.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan We have absorbtion material present

Er is absorptiemateriaal aanwezig
Establishment of pesticide-free zones We use no chemical prodcuts in the rough

In de rough worden geen chemische middelen gebruikt


The golf clubs' management makes a good effort in improving the relations with society in the surroundings of the golf club. Because of our subscription and taking part in projects of the OGP, we notice that the surrounding inhabitants appreciate this. The municipality, province, water regulation authority, the state and regional funds are confident in our cooperation and way of syntonizing with the surroundings, and are willing to provide funding for our projects.

Het bestuur van de golfclub steekt veel tijd in het verstevigen van de contacten met de samenleving in de omgeving. Door het lidmaatschap en het meedoen aan projecten van OGP ervaren wij dat de omgeving dit op prijs stelt. Gemeente, provincie, waterschap, Rijk en regionale fondsen hebben vertrouwen in onze gezamenlijke aanpak en afstemming en zijn bereid om onze projecten te subsidiëren.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 2
Course Management 6 1
Golf Coaching 1 1

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Three greenkeeper own a spraying licence

Drie greenkeepers heben spuitlicentie gewasbescherming
Management of accidents and emergencies The head greenkeeper and two other greenkeepers own a certificate for in-house-emergency management and working safely.

Hoofdgreenkeeper en 2 andere greenkeepers heeft diploma BHV. VOL-VCA

binnen Catering 1 x BHV
Management of habitats and vegetation A greenkeeper owns a certificate in tree safety inspection

Greenkeeper heeft diploma boomveiligheidscontroleur
Health & Safety BHV voor alle personeelsleden.
Marshalls hebben AED opleiding gehad.
Medewerkers catering (3x) hebben AED opleiding gehad.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours The Henstra familiy, mss. Moret, mr. 'd Ansembourg, the direction of Hotel Lauswolt and the owner of the Lauswolt Gallery

fam. Henstra, mevrouw Moret, dhr. 'd Ansembourg, directie Hotel Lauswolt en eigenaar Galerie Lauswolt
Local Government The municipality board of Opsterland, the water regulation authority Fryslân and procince Fryslân.

Gemeentebstuur Opsterland, Wetterskip Fryslân en Provincie Fryslân
Local Environmental Groups Local environment group KNNV Drachten. Our contact person is Frank van den Haak

KNNV Drachten.
Local Community Groups Local group Beetsterzwaag 'Natuurlijk genieten', volunteers group that work together with the OGP projects by stimulation recreation in the region.

Beetsterzwaag Natuurlijk Genieten: Vereniging van vrijwilligers die in samenwerking met OGP projecten ondersteunen t.b.v. toeristenbevordering
Media Local and provincial daily and weekly newspapers and regional radio and television broadcastst. We seek contact depending on actions on our golf club.

Lokaal en provinciale dag- en weekbladen en regionale radio en TV. Contacten afhankelijk van wat zich voordoet.
Local Businesses We have agreements on supplying flowers for the club house and small construction matters.

Afspraken over levering van bloemen en uitvoeren van kleine klussen.
Schools & Colleges Regional schools are contacted to help gain students' interest for golf

Scholen in de regio om leerlingen te interesseren voor de golfsport.
Association of estate owners The OGP association (Opsterlandse Groene Parels, regional nature network). This association consists of the owners of estates in the region of Beetsterzwaag and Olterterp.

Vereniging van Opsterlandse Groene Parels (OGP). Dit is een vereniging van landgoedeigenaren in Beetsterzwaag en Olterterp

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Walking trails that are owned by the golf club are maintained on a regular base so that visitors can use these safely and fittinh to the recreation in the region.

Paden in eigendom van de Golfclub worden regelmatig onderhouden zodat het recreatieve gebruik veilg en passend in de omgeving kan plaatsvinden
Creation of new paths and nature trails Plans to change the signage for the walking trails are executed. The golf club helps placing the signs on the golf courses' paths. Another part of changing the signs is to relocate the roues for mountainbikers to a more attractive route, outside the golf course.

Er komen plannen in uitvoering om wandelroutes te bewegwijzeren. De Golfclub verleent hieraan haar medewerking. Voorts zal het mountainbikeverkeer worden geleid naar voor die groep aantrekelijke routes. Deze routes liggen buiten de terreinen van de golfclub. Project gereed. (2017)
Installation of effective and welcoming signage On the golf course, signs are present to indicate locations that are close to the holes and are not accesible for non-golfers.

Er is op de terrein van de Golfclub een bewegwijzering die informatie (verboden toegang) geeft op de plaatsen waar men te dicht bij de holes van de golfclub komt.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) There are no additional plans for recreation on the golf course. The terrain is already accessible for hikers and bikers on the public paths.

Er zijn geen plannen tot andere vormen van recreatief medegebruik. Er kan al gewandeld en gefietst worden over de openbare paden op het terrein.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) There are no regular joined projects. The exceptions are situations where we work together with our neighbours fixing damage from storms on eachothers terrains.

Er zijn geen projecten voor gezamenlijk onderhoud behalve in incidentele situaties waar gezamenlijk aanpak met de buren een goede oplossing is b.v. herstel van stormschade in de bossen aan ieders terreingrens.

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:

  • Gemeente en provincie
  • Bosgroep Noord en Oost
  • NLadviseurs
  • Relevante lokale organisaties

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

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) Herstel project laanbomenstructuur
Project plan implemented into recovering avenue trees structure (2015)
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) We wish to renovate the old lanes on the estate in cooperation with the Bosschap
Project completed.
Ambitie is om met de Bosgroep de lanenstructuur deels te herstellen. Project uitgevoerd.


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display Our member magazine has a standard catergory on the course management, which is written by the head greenkeeper. We also have a standard category on the flora and faun on the course.

Website heeft maandelijkse nieuwsbrief op website over het onderhoud, geschreven door de hoofdgreenkeeper. Ook een rubriek over flora en fauna
Members evenings and course walks During member meetings we inform the members about future measures for the environment and sustainability.

Tijdens de ALV's wordt informatie verstrekt over acties op het terrein van milieu en duurzaamheid.
Course guides / brochures Baanboekje beschikbaar
Uitgebreide app over baan en club
Course information booklet as well as app for course and club available.
Interpretation panels & course signage drie informatieborden geplaatst op kruising openbare paden en golfpaden. (voorkomende flora en fauna)
Three information boards are installed on Crossroads golfcourse and public hiking trails

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures We are renewing the website of the golf club and are going to research the possibilities on using this media to communicate about environmental care and sustainability.

De vernieuwing van de website van de golfclub is gereed en wordt gebruikt als belangrijk communicatiemiddel naar zowel binnen als buiten.
Course walks / open days The Open Days are used mostly for raising the number of members

Er zijn open dagen maar meer gericht op ledenwerving
Op Landgoed Lauswolt is in 2016 een Landgoed dag voor het publiek georganiseerd. Er was grote publieke belangstelling en positieve reacties.
Attending community meetings We do take part in local meetings with groups that are descriped above

Dat gebeurt. Zie de opsomming van organisaties met wie we contact hebben
Joint practical projects with community Joined project are organised by the OGP.

Deze worden georganiseerd onder de vlag van OGP