Golf At Goodwood

GEO Certified® 10/2018
Chichester. West Sussex,
England, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01243 755052

Goodwood Golf Club is located on the Goodwood estate and hosts a number facilities and activities across the site including the racecourse, aerodrome, and motor racing circuit. Events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival have become major international events, as has Glorious Goodwood on the racing calendar.

The estate is located within the South Downs National Park and has a mix of soil and subsoil types across the estate due to the topographical nature of the area. Higher areas tend to have a chalky free draining soi…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
2 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
2 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Halfway House(s)
1 Other


The Goodwood estate is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and forms part of the South Downs National Park.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Chichester District Council
  • South downs National Park Authority

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

Title Author Date View document
Golf At Goodwood - Ecology Master plan Mr Robert Taylor & Mr Tom MacKenzie 2014/07/10 Download

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

  • STRI - Sports Turf Research Institute
  • David Stansfield agronomist

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

Title Author Date View document
Golf At Goodwood - Ecological / LandscapebAssessment Mr Robert Taylor 2014/07/10

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

Local name Scientific name
Badger Meles meles
Buzzard Buteo buteo
Red Kite Milvus milvus
Brown Hare Lepus Capensis
Adder Vipera berus
Slow worm Anguis fragilis
Marbled white butterfly Melanargia galathea
Common blue butterfly Polyommatus icarus

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

Local name Scientific name
Badger Meles meles

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
National Park South Downs National Park Authority

No areas of habitats / vegetation types and associated designations are present at this golf facility.


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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.5 Hectares Poa annua 70%
Agrostis canina 40%
Tees 1.0 Hectares Lolium perenne 100%
Fairways 14.0 Hectares Lolium perenne 80%
Festuca rubra 20%
Semi Rough 14.0 Hectares Lolium perenne 80%
Festuca rubra 20%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Greens :Velvet Bent grasses requires less water, less nutrient input, the leaf blade is finer which will improve playability.
Tees: Rye Grass, which is hard wearing which requires less water and less nutrient input.
Fairways and Semi-rough: We have a program In place to change the species from Rye grasses to Fescue grasses, which requires less water and less nutrient input.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 months

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

  • Robert Taylor - STRI ecologist
  • Tom McKenzie - architect
  • David Stansfield - agronomist

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 All policies are covered in the General Course Management Policy.
Ferilization - The choice of material will always be based on soil or tissue analysis.
Cutting - Mowing will be scheduled to provide consistency on a day to day basis. Height of cut will depend on the time of year.
Irrigation - Water usage is monitored by supervisors. Assessments will be made on water requirement on a daily basis.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Appropriate weed control is used to promote the playing surfaces on the fairways and semi-rough areas. On the semi rough areas no more than 20% of the leaf blade is removed at any one time. This will reduce unwanted clippings laying on the surface.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces A program is in place to change the grass species on the greens and fairways. The new species of grasses will have the need for less water and less nutrient input. Therefore promoting financial benefits.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance All greens maintenance is communicated to the members by news letters posted on the notice boards in the pro shop area, gazebo and on the members website. The news letters explain why we carry out the greens maintenance and why it is beneficial. Also roughly how long the greens will take to recover
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces Non golfing rough is cut and collected once a year in early March. It is done at this time to reduce the impact we have on nesting birds and Hares in the long grasses. Moisture meters are used on the playing surfaces so we can apply the correct amount of water to the plant, therefore not wasting any

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Addition of more Flora to existing areas on the course, which flower at different times of the year
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours are applied to make the course have a more natural flow and feel about it.
Protection and restoration of historic features We have a few ancient woodland areas surrounding the course. These areas are looked after by our own forestry department. The flint walls on and around the estate are looked after by the repair and maintenance department.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture All signage is a natural grey and quite discreet. The wild areas are marked with small signs with bees on them, with the wording Going Wild At Goodwood. This allows the customers to know not to enter the area due to its bio-diversity.
Conservation of specimen trees Our specimen trees are monitored and pruned for dead, diseased and damaged branches every year. This year we had to remove a limb from a specimen Yew tree as it showed early signs of rot. This however did not compromise the shape of the tree. Our forestry department are consulted regularly.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features The use of wicker fencing is used to screen off our grass collection trailers. All shed / huts in the woodland areas are painted black to soften the outline of the buildings and to blend it into the woodland.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the landscape ecology of the golf course:

Activity Description
Minimizing the amount of amenity grass We have removed some areas of amenity grass and replaced these areas with wildflower seed mixes. This is to produce more aesthetically pleasing areas, which are also a good source of pollen and nectar for our bees.
Increasing the size of habitat patches Some areas of scrub land are now being left to grow naturally. Also some areas on the course have eco piles of logs to increase bio-diversity.
Connection of internal habitat patches Badger sets have been protected from the public and identified on the course
Connection of patches with external habitats Skylarks regularly nest in the summer months in our rough areas. These have been increased to encourage more ground breeding birds to nest on the course
Creation of habitat corridors Again we have extended our rough & wild flower areas to attract more insects,Bees & other animals & birds on to the natural areas
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation The Greenstaff are aware of where the eco piles and specific habitats are. They have all been advised to stay clear of these areas and to consult a supervisor when working close to these areas.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges We have planted additional hedgerow on boundaries and in 2017 we have planted over 150 new plants to adjacent boundaries

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 grasslands are becoming slowly nutrient enriched allowing cocksfoot and other more competitive grass species to take hold.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Management of scrubland areas are set by our Ecological and Landscape policy.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands are set by our Ecological and Landscape policy.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas We are a downland course away from the sea. however we do have 2 ponds where we have increased the vegetation in theses areas
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Each year we reduce the amount of weeds in both ponds outside of the breeding season. Water plants are also thinned out.
Naturalization of linear habitats Linear habitats, such as hedges are cut with different frequencies, depending on Location. Roadside hedges are cut more often, where as the natural hedge of thorns on the left of the 10th hole is cut 1 side every year on a 3 year cycle.

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 We have a fully operational bee hive on site. Two trained greenkeepers look after it on a daily basis.
Installation of nest boxes We recently purchased 14 bird boxes and installed them around the estate.
Provision of feeding tables Feeding tables are not used on the golf course. All the feeding is done naturally.
Control / management of alien species We only purchase our soft landscaping plants & scrubs from an agreed supplier. Our suppliers have gone through a process by providing us with information prior to approved supplier basis. We also visit our suppliers regularly and check the quality of the plants prior to acceptance. This way we know we are limited any risk of alien species on our courses
Provision of hibernation areas Where a badger set is located we leave a radius around it where we do not cut, strim or remove any of the natural grass or vegetation. This is so that we do not disturb them or any of there sets.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) We create log piles in certain areas of the golf course. Each year we add a few more on the course, therefore the log piles are all in different phases of their breakdown. Some woodland around the course has trees on the floor which have been felled. These are left to increase the micro-habitats


The Goodwood Estate draws water from a number of boreholes on the estate and is connected to mains supply from Portsmouth water for some areas of the estate.

Water is used in irrigation, club house facilities and yard maintenance.

Over the last 18 months Goodwood has moved to digital data management for water, including investing in enhanced metering and online portal. This has meant Goodwood has more accurate data that has enabled identification and monitoring of leaks.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Goodwood Downs Irrigation Audit Adrian Mortram 2013/10/10

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

2017 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 34,013,000 Litres
2016 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 20,796,784 Litres
2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 14,753,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Tees 2-3 days per week
Fairways 2-3 days per week
Semi-Rough Weekly
Rough Never

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 months

Upgraded every 1 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 months

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species Bent on Greens mixed with Annual meadow grass on greens.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Aeration has been introduced to reduce the greens organic content. Slitting, sorrel rolling, air injecting, hollow coring, verti draining and spiking.
Sand topdressings are applied routinely throughout the year.
Over seeding to establish a bent sward is underway.
Timing and dose of water application Generally evening and overnight to reduce evaporation. All sprinkler heads are checked weekly for direction and efficiency.
Analysis of soil moisture This is taken weekly on the courses. Each green is checked for an optimum of 19 percent MC. Above that we will reduce the amount of water and below that we would hand water these areas with a wetting agent.
Use of wetting agents We use a wetting agents during the dry months, when Hand watering on greens & collars, when MC is below 19 percent. Also we may apply a wetting agent to greens, when applying a soil feed to the greens
Overall reduction in irrigated area Sprinkler heads are raised to reduce water lost by the jet not hitting the ground around it. We also are starting to use Toro anti block nozzles to increase the water output hitting the target area. We hand water in dry spells so that the water hits the target area to increase efficiency.
Targeting of sprinkler heads Sprinkler heads are arced at the start of the season to check that they are correct. These are then monitored throughout the year. We also change the trajectory of the sprinkler heads on windy parts of the course from 25 degrees to 15 degrees to reduce water loss on target areas.
Optimizing system pressure Half of the sprinkler heads on the course have pressure regulators which are set at 5.5 bar which is the optimum pressure for them. We will be upgrading the system soon so that all the sprinkler heads on the course will have pressure regulators on them.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology We are currently upgrading to anti block nozzles when we install or repair sprinkler heads.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets All refurbished & new buildings have a low level flush toilet and policy is to replace urinals with low flow.
Use of water efficient appliances Aerated Taps on on all future new projects and replacement programme in place
Low level Flush on Cisterns
Water Butts where possible
SUDS on all new projects
Use of efficient shower technology Aerated low pressure showers on projects with a rolling programme on existing showers.
Repairing leaks Water leaks on the golf course are repaired by either the irrigation technician or a contracted irrigation specialists. Water leaks in the clubhouse are repaired by the companies plumbers who work in the estates repair and maintenance department.
Water awareness signage Warning signs are clearly displayed on the perimeter fence of the irrigation water storage tank. Theses signs consist of Danger Deep water and fragile roof.


The Goodwood Estate uses grid electricity, fuels for heating and transport. It has some onsite renewable energy generation from Biomass and solar PV.

Biomass and wood used for heating is all form sustainably certified sources.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2017 2016 2015
Biogas (Litres) 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) 7794 7226 606
On-site Wind (kWh) 0 0 0
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 0 0 0
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0 0 0

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

2017 2016 2015
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Litres) 25991 24001
Heating Oil (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 0 0
LPG (Litres) 47508
Natural Gas (Litres) 0 0 0
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 465223 458587 419024
Petrol (Litres) 5200 5200 5200
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 Not at the moment
Installation of small scale wind turbine Not at the moment
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels We have introduced Solar panel to yard for buggy charging.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources Currently no projects with GS heat pumps
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) On some farm equipment we do currently have machines converted to LPG
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol Currently none of these
Use of electric hybrid vehicles some golf buggies are eclectic
Use of recycled oils Chain oil for chainsaws is recycled from used engine and hydraulic oil.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Solar Panels to heat water and heat recovery ventilation
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities Night vents supplied on all areas
Upgrading of building insulation When we start any refurbishment or new build we increase the insulation efficiency and air tightness on the building to make the building more energy efficient
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) We use sun pipes on dark areas ie: stairs
Installation of low-energy lighting lighting is an on going rolling replacement process with natural low energy light bulbs being used
Use of motion sensor lighting We currently use motion sensor lighting in the staff car park and walkway to the greenkeeping facility.
Transition to energy efficient appliances We have recently gone for a bio-mass boiler and A++ energy rated appliances are used on a replacement programme.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting We use timers for heating & external lighting is PIR sensor day & night lights
Educating staff and customers Regular talks and discussions is given by our environmental officer for the group

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 25% 100%
Diesel 75% 0% 100%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 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 0% 50% 0%
Diesel 3% 50% 0%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 97% 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 Work rota is planned around staff members who live near each other. For example 2 of our staff live 20 miles away, so therefore they are placed on the same weekend team so they can car share.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) When attending seminars throughout the year, we hire a mini bus to the event, encouraging reductions in emissions.
Secure cycle parking We have a secure area for parking cycles
Promoting public transport routes and timetables We have a bus stop outside of the estate with bus times. this information is made available on the notice boards.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) Each member of staff has 2 lockers for their valueables, clothing and PPE
Staff showers Staff showers are made available for the staff to use
Tax breaking incentives for cycling We currently have a scheme in place for Tax break incentives on cycles
Promotion of walk to work campaigns A few staff walk in as they live near by. The roads surrounding the estate have very little pedestrian walkways currently.

Supply Chain

Resources are obtained from various suppliers. We use local companies for small tools, sand, soil, PPE, consumables etc. For fertiliser and chemicals we use 3 main companies. We buy in bulk to save on delivery costs and to lower our carbon footprint.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source As a policy only order what is required for stock or specific projects. We regularly rotate stock items with the end date being used first. We will always look to see if we can do something an alternative natural way, rather that purchase the items.
Use of local suppliers We use local companies for small tools, sand, soil, PPE. consumables etc. We also use departments on site, such as the farm for our milk and the forestry department for our woodchip, posts, etc.
Use of local products We use Goodwood Organic milk from our company's diary. Also the clubhouse uses this, as well as using fresh products from our own organic farm shop.
Selection of certified products We only purchase certified products from sustainable sources. These suppliers have been previous vetted and that we always check that the products are certified and the paperwork on delivery is checked for their certification product before unloading. The products are then checked for certification. ie: we only use timber & Boards from FSC & PEFC suppliers
Use of recycled and recyclable products We recycle a lot of our timber and boards. Hand tools are repaired in house. All organic waste is mushed and used back on the site. We also recycle some plastic containers, that are used to carry our divot mix when divoting on the course.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging . Timber
. Sheet Materials
. Divot Mix Organic mix
. Turf
. Seed

Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Yes we only use suppliers that have supplied us with their environmental credentials

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 3

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility does not undertake IPM activities to minimize turfgrass inputs.

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

2017 2016 2015
Fairways - K - Inorganic 0
Fairways - K - Organic 0
Fairways - N - Inorganic 0
Fairways - N - Organic 0
Fairways - P - Inorganic 0
Fairways - P - Organic 0
Greens - K - Inorganic 0
Greens - K - Organic 42
Greens - N - Inorganic 0
Greens - N - Organic 84
Greens - P - Inorganic 0
Greens - P - Organic 42
Rough - K - Inorganic 0
Rough - K - Organic 0
Rough - N - Inorganic 0
Rough - N - Organic 0
Rough - P - Inorganic 0
Rough - P - Organic 0
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 0
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 0
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 0
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 0
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 0
Tees - K - Organic 21
Tees - N - Inorganic 0
Tees - N - Organic 42
Tees - P - Inorganic 0
Tees - P - Organic 21

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

2017 2016 2015
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 15
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 5
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0

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

Activity Description
Calibration and testing of sprayers The sprayer is calibrated on a regular basis by the staff who have a certificate in The Safe Use Of Pestercides. The sprayer output is also tested every time the nozzle selection is changed. The spraying booms are also balanced before every use.
Non-chemical weed control Weeds on the green are removed manually by the operator who is cutting or carrying out maintenance on it. This is carried out on a daily basis.

Waste Management

No waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

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

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Multi skips are taken back to waste transfer station, where they are separated and recycled
Establishment of recycling centers The company has its own recycle area.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Clippings are not boxed off the fairways, so they are returned to area straight away. Clippings from greens and tees are spread on the walk off areas near the greens and high traffic areas around the tees
Education of staff and customer education Environmental is discussed and reported at monthly meetings
Waste awareness campaigns Recycling bins around the estate

Pollution Control

The Goodwood Estate ensures the use of chemicals is restricted in order to reduce the risk of pollution.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Never Never Weekly
On-Site Never Never Weekly
Outflow Two Yearly Two Yearly Weekly

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course N/A N/A
Clubhouse Septic Tank N/A
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer N/A
Wash Pad Closed Loop Recycling N/A

Hazardous Materials

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

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents true true
Cooking Oils true true
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true true
Fertiliser Bags true true
Oil Filters true true
Batteries true true

Pollution Prevention

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution from its maintenance facility and clubhouse:

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas Our equipment is kept in a covered secure facility. Our hazardous products are kept locked up in a chemical store with overspill floor to prevent any contamination.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Our machine maintenance area has a sealed concrete floor which is impervious to any liquids. This is also cleaned on a regular basis.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas All pesticides and fertilizers are mixed on are wash pad which is a close looped system. Therefore if any material is spilled it will not pollute the ground or the surrounding areas. The wash pad system is designed to neutralise any chemical which is put into it.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces All pesticides and fertilizers are mixed on are wash pad which is a close looped system. Therefore if any material is spilled it will not pollute the ground or the surrounding areas. The wash pad system is designed to neutralise any chemical which is put into it.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks We use an above-ground bonded diesel tank, which is locked and secure when not in operation. We also fill in a usage record to record all diesel used.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Our petrol store is a contained unit with spill floor.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials In the machine maintenance area we have spill kits, which include absorbent materials and containment booms. We also have a separate bin for contaminated waste.

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 Chemical rates are used as specified on the label. Chemicals are always applied at the right time of year. The sprayer is calibrated on a regular basis to provide the correct spray volume to prevent any leachate and run-off.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies When using the boom sprayer for chemical application we have the following buffer zones.
Water bodies = 5m
Organic land = 10m
Ancient woodland = 10m

Establishment of emergency spillage response plan We have a H&S Plan for emergency spillage in place.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge We are based on the south downs with a chalk based structure, which is very permeable. We do have a bore hole, which collects the water, which in turn is then used back on the golf course
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Goodwood is an organic farm, therefore we have a 10m sprayer buffer zone around any land which is used for organic purposes.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off Our natural long rough areas are designed to reduce water run off, by the plants acting as natural filters to the water run off.


The Goodwood Estate has an annual charity and is constantly helping local charities.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 3 2
Course Management 15 5
Golf Coaching 4
Retail & Leisure 9 3 8

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Technical Specialist

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Only staff trained in the Safe Use of Pestercides are authorised to handle chemicals. A Standard Operation Procedure document has been created to make sure that storage, application and disposal procedures are carried out in the same for every staff member with a Pestercide Application certificate.
Efficient water management Water management education is given to the staff by the company's irrigation technician. The irrigation technician has qualifications in automatic irrigation systems and is educated enough to give the staff members on efficient water management. This is normally carried out in an informal way.
Management of accidents and emergencies All staff know that accidents and near misses need to be reported as soon as possible to a manager. Accidents and near misses are recorded and givin to the companies health and safety manager. Quarterly formal meetings are held and accidents and near misses are discussed for educational purposes.
Management of habitats and vegetation Drop in sessions are held for all staff to learn about ecology on the course and the management of these areas. These sessions are held by the course manager and ecology leader. The drop in sessions are held on a fortnightly basis and also involves other aspects of golf course management.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Our bins provided are for separation of materials . Our main skips are sent back to the chichester waste center and recycled there.
Health & Safety All staff are required to read and sign indivdual risk assessments and SOP's. Quarterly formal meetings on health and safety are held to educate the staff on new and existing risks and hazards. Chainsaw operators carry out on site risk assessments and brief their team on emergency contingencies.
Energy Saving Lighting with low energy bulbs. Heating only when required. External Lighting on PIR sensors
Environmental management planning The staff are kept up to date on the ecology plan every 3 months at formal meetings. As well as this, informal discussions are had between the staff, ecology leader and management team. Also the ecology plan is on the wall of the greenkeepers mess room for the staff to look at at any time.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours The company provides housing and allotments in many of the local villages. Also acknowledge the support of our residents and neighbours for their help in hosting the companies major events.
Local Government To foster close relations, the company works closely with the parish councils and regularly attend parish council meetings. Also actively work with parishes to help develop Neighbourhood Plans in accordance with current government planning policy.
Local Community Groups Goodwood is also proud to support Open Farm Sunday to support rural education to Local community Groups and agriculture as a core UK primary industry and production line for local British produce.
Media Goodwood have a Group Public Relations manger who provides the media with all the information they need on the company. All media issues go through them.
Schools & Colleges Goodwood offers schools and colleges a wide range of workshops and visits to facilitate learning outside the classroom, using the rich variety of sites and businesses found on the estate. The Education Officer welcomes visits from all age groups.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Regular clearing & strimming throughout the year and weekly checks that they remain clear.
Creation of new paths and nature trails As part of the south downs we liaise with SD organisation on public foot ways and we don't create new paths on our courses.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage The course is well sign posted around and any public paths have signage. We also have two tees on some holes and which tee they are playing off is marked with a painted post. which makes it easier to walk to the correct Tee. ie: 4th Tees lower & upper tees.

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

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

This golf facility does not undertake any activities to conserve cultural heritage features.


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display Environmental and ecology communications are posted on the clubs Intelligent Golf members website for the customers and staff to view. Also some of these communications are posted at the Gazebo (half way hut), on the clubs notice board and staff notice board.
Members evenings and course walks Members evenings are held every three months where an ecology update is presented to the members. Also a presentation about bees and wild flowers has been presented to the members. The course manager and ecology leader take members and staff on course walks every 6 months.
Course guides / brochures We provide course guides available, when booking in at reception and the course is well sign posted to the next tee
Interpretation panels & course signage All signage is a natural grey and quite discreet. The wild areas are marked with small signs with bees on them, with the wording Going Wild At Goodwood. This allows the customers to know not to enter the area due to its bio-diversity.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Goodwood provide activities all year round which include, Easter Arts and Crafts, Woodland Activities, Forest School, Nature walks and Easter Egg Hunts. These activities are posted on the companies website and in newsletters sent out to members.
Course walks / open days We provide walk open days to members & schools on the estate. We also have supplier days for walking the courses or playing on the course. We also hold media days during the revival weekend, where they can experience playing the course with hickory clubs
Attending community meetings The 2 golf course Beekeepers attend community meetings about honey bees. This is provided by the West Sussex Beekeepers Association. Also a representative from the company attends the local parish meetings.