Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

GEO Certified® 01/2016
United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 2956000

Dubai Creek Golf & Yatch Club plays an extraordinary role in the conservation of the Creek natural heritage and in enhancing the promotion of Dubai’s local emblems. The Club is far beyond of comprising a 18-hole par 71 championship golf course: the saltwater Creek, in whose margin the golf course is located, historically divides the city of Dubai into two main sections (Deira and Bur Dubai); and its Clubhouse represents stunningly a dhow (the traditional sailing vessel with lateen sails), an Islamic icon. Furthermore, Ras Al Khor (“at the C…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
The Creek Course (18 holes, 6967 yards, year opened 1993)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Practice Facility/Facilities


The Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club site is within the city of Dubai and running adjacent to the historic Dubai Creek which flows out to the sea. The course would be classed as a resort course, with plenty of palm trees and maintained sandy areas. Has a mixture of grasses on mounds and sandy areas that border holes and the course itself.

Consultation & Surveys

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding landscape heritage conservation.

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

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding ecosystem protection and enhancement.

No ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

No rare, protected or notable species occur at this golf facility.

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

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility does not feature any landscape designations.

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

Title Estimated Area (Acres) Designation
Open Water Features 20 Local Government
Scrub Vegetation 25 None
Non Native Plantation Woodland 12 None
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 6 None
Open Water Features 15 Self Appointed


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

Estimated Area (Acres) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 4.2 Acres Cynodon transvaalensis 100%
Tees 1.2 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Fairways 22.0 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Semi Rough 80.0 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Being in the Middle east we experience severe temperatures in the summer months and have quite poor water quality. With the amount of golf we get we need to make sure the turf grass can sustain great quality and look and this variety does that.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: Day months

This golf facility does not consult individuals or organizations regarding its grassing plan.

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 We are able to set clear guidelines in replacing the daily ET. Daily moisture readings on all playing surfaces are logged and adjustments are made to the daily ET based on site conditions. Closures are communicated. All surfaces are aerified and top dressed three times a year. We over seed annually.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Fairways are maintained as lean and firm as we can get away with
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Monthly reports issued to management which includes water consumption showing savings
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Proactive in our communication particularly when under maintenance conditions through our social media engagement programs and our website updates.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Because we overseed, transition happens each season from winter to summer with different species dominating at that time of year. This is a natural process and the character of the course changes allowing for seasons.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Mowing lines are typically varied throughout seasons by alternating directional cuts either in patterns or by introducing one directional cuts through the summer for ease of maintenance and less wear and tear on the course
Protection and restoration of historic features Protection and restoration of historic features would be related to the original landscape and design of the golf course vs. structural. This is encouraged as a mind set when on the GCM team.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture On-course signage is used throughout the course. Tee signs are manufactured on site by creating molds vs. purchasing new when needed. Recycled plastic is used for benches and rubbish bins
Conservation of specimen trees Specimen trees in particular the protected Gaff Trees are conserved at all costs
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Man-made features will whenever possible, be landscaped around to fit in with the natural landscape. This may include pump houses and villa residences to fit in with the existing landscape

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 significantly reduced the amount of amenity grass areas throughout the property and introduced native Fire Grasses that require less water, no fertility and no mowing
Increasing the size of habitat patches By reducing the amenity grass areas we have created habitat patches throughout the property and seen a significant increase in bird life throughout.

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 This has been achieved through the minimization of amenity turf areas and improved native plantings
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation This has been done through our in house publications and communications to mangement
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands We continue to promote areas for species to inhabit by continuing to improve the wilder non maintained areas around the property
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation We have the lake vegetation regularly pruned in particular the reeds around the perimeter to ensure a good balance of open water and aquatic vegetation

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve and enhance biodiversity on the golf course:

Activity Description
Provision of hibernation areas The native fire grass areas have created provision for hibernation areas
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Within our native fire grass areas we have incorporated log and rock piles for micro habitats to thrive


The water used at Dubai Creek Golf Course and Common Landscaping Areas is Treated Sewage Effluent, provided by Dubai Municipality. All other areas of the club use potable water. This is provided by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
The use of Desal/potable water was used in the past for the golf course and landscaping until it became to expensive. The systems used to manage water on the golf course is Toro and the accompanying software is Site Pro.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Water Consumption 2007 - 2014 DCGYC Matthew Perry 2015/03/17 Download
DCGYC TSE & Desal Consumption 2014 Matthew Perry 2015/03/17 Download

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% 5,718,500 Gallons
Golf Course Treated Effluent 100% 404,307,008 Gallons
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 1,109,100 Gallons
Other Public / Potable 100% 10,142,037 Gallons
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 6,099,200 Gallons
Golf Course Treated Effluent 100% 373,969,984 Gallons
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 1,053,200 Gallons
Other Public / Potable 100% 8,305,094 Gallons
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 5,118,200 Gallons
Golf Course Treated Effluent 100% 395,754,624 Gallons
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 1,083,900 Gallons
Other Public / Potable 100% 10,672,504 Gallons

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily
Tees Daily
Fairways Daily
Semi-Rough Daily
Rough Daily

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 3 months

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

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

Activity Description
Soil decompaction and thatch management Hollowcoring program is carried out minimum 3 times per year. Ongoing Needle tining and Verti cutting happens once a month.
Timing and dose of water application We irrigate to replace ET with pulse irrigation every 3 weeks for flushing salts.
Analysis of soil moisture Daily readings of VWC% taken on all greens surfaces.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Weather station measures daily ET which is replaced daily as required.
Use of wetting agents We use wetting agents on a monthly basis during the summer and as part of our flushing program on all courses.
Overall reduction in irrigated area We have reduced grass areas around the course and incorporated native grass areas in there place. This has help us reduce irrigation and cut down the amount of mowing.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Installation of waterless urinals in front of the house and back of the house restrooms urinals, installation of automatic urinal sensors. Installation water flow restrictors to all bidet pipes in all restrooms.
Use of water efficient appliances Daily recording of Water Meter reading to monitor the water daily consumption in each area to determine any possible leaks, installation of water savers in all the front of the house an back of the house areas.
Repairing leaks By daily monitoring of water meters to determine possible leaks in any area.
Water awareness signage Installed water save awareness signage's in all back of the house areas.


The main sources of energy to run the club are electricity and water from the Dubai Electricity Water Authority. All kitchens run on LPG.
Club vehicles, including petrol and diesel units are refueled at the club's own fuel station. The majority of our fleet vehicles are electric. In our GCM department we are in the process of looking at our oil in particular and changing to biodegradable sources. We have recently purchased new Hybrid greens mowers.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility does not consume any renewable energy or resources.

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

2015 2014 2013
Diesel (Gallons) 68077.57 80859.14
LPG (Gallons) 35787.0 35393.24
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 12663167 11389377
Petrol (Gallons) 187674.3 152336.1

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) LPG is mainly used for cooking in all kitchen.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles All fleet vehicles are electric with the majority of course maintenance utility vehicles being electric vs petrol.
We purchased a number of Hybrid Greens mowers.
Use of recycled oils All used kitchen oil is collected by an external contractor and this is converted for use as bio fuel within Dubai.

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

Activity Description
Installation of low-energy lighting Replacement of ordinary incandescent lamps, metal halide lamps and low voltage lamps into energy saving (CLF) lamps, LED Bulbs.
Use of motion sensor lighting Installation of timers in all areas.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Moving over to battery operated carts to save on fuel supply, recycle of batteries and less co2 emissions.
Educating staff and customers Regular monthly review of Utility Consumption with all Engineering and Housekeeping Staff. Instructing the night shifts to switch off any unwanted lighting whenever required.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 19% 100% 69%
Diesel 55%
Grid Electric 31%
Hybrid 26%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 20% 100%
Grid Electric 80%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives Car sharing between colleagues for meetings between our clubs.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) All staff living within the company quarters are provided a bus service to/ fro work. The buses are not owned by the clubs but leased.
Secure cycle parking Dubai is not yet a cycle friendly and therefore cycling is not considered safe on Dubai roads, apart from dedicated recreational cycle tracks around the city.
However, a number of staff living outside the working quarters use bicycles and this is also encouraged by the Roads and Transport Authority by providing cycle stands and all Metro stations.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables For those staff who live outside of the staff accommodation, the metro system runs outside both Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and Emirates Golf Club and is used by many as it is cheap and efficient.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) All junior colleagues are provided with a locker facility at the club.
Staff showers All staff locker rooms, gents and ladies have dedicated shower facilities.
Promotion of walk to work campaigns Due to the prevailing warm weather and the very nature of how Dubai is spread out over a large area, walking to work may not possible for many staff members. However colleagues using public transport to get to/ from work walk to their workplaces from the various public stations.

Supply Chain

All products and service received at Dubai Golf are sourced by a central procurement office in arrangement with end user departments. The end utility of these products and services lies with these end user departments namely Golf Maintenance, Golf Operations, Food and Beverage, Engineering, Residences, Marina, Sales & Marketing, Administration, HR and IT.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source In our kitchen's we follow HACCP procedures to ensure is received and stored at proper temperatures and follow proper storage routes to ensure there is no food cross contamination. Food is dated and labeled with production and expiry dates.
Use of local suppliers Almost all suppliers that are used are sourced locally.
Use of local products When possible local products are sourced and used.
Selection of certified products All Halal certificates must be shown for batch of meat or poultry items at time of delivery.
Use of recycled and recyclable products During large events if we have to use disposable we use products make from sustainable products and that are biodegradable and/or compostable. For our on course food offerings we have changed to biodegradable and compostable packaging made from sustainable materials.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging From a culinary perspective we take this into account when ordering bulk items and smaller items alike.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) All our suppliers must be HACCP certified to supply food to our clubs and are also audited periodically to ensure they are adhering to our supplier standards.

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 96 4 93
Catering Supplies 8 3 8
Retail 18 5 13
Trade & Contractors 399 38 378
Maintenance Equipment 5 1 5
Course Supplies 11 2 9

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Our courses are planted with warm season grasses that are able to withstand the hard summer climates we experience. The Faldo in particular has Paspalum which is known to be environmentally sound and able to withstand the poorer water quality we use in terms of the TSE. The Majlis uses bermuda which is very drought resistant and suited to our environment.
Managing stress and wear We make efficient use of wetting agents to assist us in our stress management throughout the year.
Enhancement of soil structure Through application of soil amendments particularly during our aerification programs we are able to ensure our growing mediums remain consistent throughout the year. This coincides with regular soil sampling to ensure we remain on track.
Managing thatch levels We have extensive aerification programs in place across all surfaces to maintain a thatch free environment. This includes Drill and Fill operations, hollow coring, verticutting, use of Graden linear aerators, slicers, spikers, needle tining and off course regular topdressing and dusting on surfaces.
Managing surface moisture We manage our surfaces as dry as we can without being detrimental to the plant. Use of wetting agents help us achieve this throughout the year as well as monitoring our moisture levels daily.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease We are on a preventative fungicide program as we find this in fact helps us maintain more consistent disease control with less product due to lower rates being required with this practice in place. Pests are managed as we see them and we treat accordingly. We have minimal issues in this regard
Scouting for pests and diseases Daily
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Daily

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 358.593
Fairways - K - Organic 108.982
Fairways - N - Inorganic 113.879
Fairways - N - Organic 45.332
Fairways - P - Inorganic 0
Fairways - P - Organic 37.129
Greens - K - Inorganic 230.602
Greens - K - Organic 187.841
Greens - N - Inorganic 114.295
Greens - N - Organic 100.304
Greens - P - Inorganic 0
Greens - P - Organic 71.9764
Rough - K - Inorganic 405.151
Rough - K - Organic 309.145
Rough - N - Inorganic 329.095
Rough - N - Organic 172.426
Rough - P - Inorganic 0
Rough - P - Organic 79.759
Tees - K - Inorganic 31.204
Tees - K - Organic 13.961
Tees - N - Inorganic 8.541
Tees - N - Organic 7.0516
Tees - P - Inorganic 0
Tees - P - Organic 4.0304

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 10.16
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 12.2
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 1
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 2.88
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 63.48
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 41.767
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 175.422
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 13
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 4.16
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 17.51
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 3
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 3.36
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 268.91
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 6.375
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 7.65
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2

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

Activity Description
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Selective based on issue at hand.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Full calibration records for all our spraying equipment is done monthly throughout the year.
Non-chemical weed control Full team of casual labor daily employed for this task
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. Variety of products used throughout the year, dependent on stress conditions. Mostly use of seaweed extracts throughout our fertility/amendment programs on greens. Use of Humic and Vulvic acids as well as Amino's throughout the season

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 false true 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 true false
Cores & Turf true false true false
Sand false true false false
Wood / Timber true false true false

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials The club makes an effort to segregate waste and consciously separates plastic, cans, paper and glass.
Confidential documents are shredded then recycled.
In addition, all the cooking oil from the clubs are collected to be reused.
Wash down areas discharges water via an oil separator.
Establishment of recycling centers We have one contracted company who takes our general food waste plus recyclables as per above.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways We always return clippings except during tournament week when we box them off.
Waste awareness campaigns Colleagues take part in an annual Clean Our Creek and Clean Up Our World campaign. We separate plastic, cans, paper and glass. Confidential documents shredded and recycled. Cooking oil collected to be reused.

Pollution Control

The club makes an effort to segregate waste and consciously separates plastic, cans, paper and glass.
Confidential documents are shredded then recycled.
In addition, all the cooking oil from the clubs are collected to be reused.
Wash down areas discharges water via an oil separator.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Monthly Monthly Monthly
On-Site Monthly Monthly Weekly
Outflow Monthly Monthly Weekly

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Stream N/A
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer Yes
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 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 80% of equipment is stored undercover in the workshop flooring areas. 20% is stored outdoors on cement flooring but not under cover
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas All equipment maintained in our designated workshop equiped for this task
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Mix in designated area but not covered.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Cement flooring
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks No, below ground fuel tanks in place for both Diesel and Petrol

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 We do not apply granular fertilizer around any lake banks to minimize run off into lakes. 80% of our fertility program remains liquid.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Dubai Golf contracted with Al Fajar company (external contractor) to do the pest control in food production area, non food production area, offices and the surrounding areas of the clubhouse + treating the lakes on the course.


Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht club was the second grass golf course to be built in the Middle East and was done so to help increase tourism within the the area. Villas and buildings have been built around this course over the years and now is with the city.

A popular place now not just to play golf but also for families and to come to for lunch or dinners at the many F and B outlets.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 13
Course Management 46
Food & Beverage 254 1
Golf Coaching 5
Retail & Leisure 8
Caddies 12
Other 184

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members

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

Activity Description
Efficient water management Continued Training through continued education through GCSAA and attending Golf Industry Show
Management of accidents and emergencies We have a full time facilities manager on-site who heads up this division. We also employ a full time nurse at our Staff Accommodation to take care of our employees needs.
Management of habitats and vegetation Through group discussions, continued education but not documented.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Recycling of bottles on the course Dubai Golf. Recycling bins for non-confidential paper in offices. External cages for plastic, paper/cardboard and tin segregation. Oil from the kitchen is recycled. All confidential waste is shredded and then recycled.
Health & Safety As Above
Energy Saving As above driven through our Engineering department

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Local Government Being a quasi government entity, a dedicated Government Relations department working for both clubs takes care of all Government related matters.
Local Environmental Groups As required we may engage with peers of the Dubai Wildlife Protection Office. However this is only on a case by case basis and not documented.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Installation of effective and welcoming signage In-house capabilities that are used to deal with most signage on-site
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities Actively busy restoring the natural landscape by minimizing certain grass areas, removing foreign species brought in over the years and replacing with indigenous material

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 We do a lot of communication with regards to current course conditions and upcoming maintenance works, but do not do enough to communicate our environmental programs, which we are now undertaking. Monthly news letters are done for members and notice boards and displays are updated regularly.
Members evenings and course walks Members Consultative Committee meet every 2 months to discuss club related matters.
Course guides / brochures In the past internal newsletters would cover information on the flora and fauna at the club. Golf Course guides are provided to all players before tee off. We can include the GEO label on our course guides

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

Activity Description
Supporting campaigns Club participation in the Earth Hour, Annual Creek Clean up and Clean Up Our World campaigns, Walk For Education with Dubai Cares, Dubai Golf handed over a cheque for AED 100,000 to the Seve Ballesteros Foundation, Dubai Municipality Food Safety Awards,
Joint practical projects with community Annual Clean Up Our World and Clean Up The Creek campaigns with colleagues of Dubai Creek Club and Park Hyatt Dubai. Charity auctions conducted across the club to raise money for noteworthy causes such as the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.