Notts. Golf Club (Hollinwell)

GEO Certified® 01/2017
England, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01623 753225

Notts Golf Club is one of the premier nature conservation sites within the UK, it is every bit a nature reserve as it is a golf course and indeed is well known for its nature conservation interests UK wide. The course lies within plantation woodland but is essentially heathland in character and this has been brought out by the ongoing management that is provided by the greenstaff on behalf of the club. Tree and scrub management heath regeneration all backed by grazing are key to retaining the conservation interests at Nott’s golf club and all a…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Hollinwell (18 holes, 7250 yards, year opened 1887)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Pro Shop
1 Halfway House(s)
3 Maintenance Facility/Facilities


Notts golf club is situated in an area of lowland heath at the heart of Sherwood Forest. The site consists of Oak / Birch and pine woodland, Alder Carr woodland, marsh, nationally important acid grassland, heather and gorse. Commonly know as a Heathland mosaic the site is classified as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). There are also several ponds on site and the river Leen rises in front of the clubhouse. The course sits predominantly on free draining Bunter sandstone but there are also areas of gravel and clay. Soils are poor and acidic and the site was historically grazed. The local people routinely grazed sheep, cattle and pigs, thus creating and maintaining the heath within the forest.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • English Nature
  • The Sherwood Forest Trust

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

Title Author Date View document
Lowland Heath assessment and management plan Karyn Stander NWT 2010/04/01

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

  • Natural England
  • Notts Wildlife Trust
  • Sherwood Forest Trust

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

Title Author Date View document
Sherwood Forest Trust Habitat survey Karyn Stander 2009/04/15
Notts GC botanical survey David Wood 2009/08/26
Potential Arc site / white claw crayfish survey Chris Jackson Biodiversity officer Notts CC 2015/02/12
Woodland management plan Lesley Sharpe SFT 2014/12/11
Botanical survey Jane Carruthers Assistant Field Ecologist Nottinghamshire Biological and Geological Records Centre 2015/09/21

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

Local name Scientific name
Woodlark Lullula arborea
Water vole Arvicola amphibius
Common lizard Lacerta Zootoca vivipara
Grass snake Natrix natrix
English Partridge Perdix perdix

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

Local name Scientific name
Water vole Arvicola Amphibius

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
Rough 'ecological' grassland 200 Local Government
Scrub Vegetation 30 Local Government
Native Woodland 50 Local Government
Non Native Plantation Woodland 50 Local Government
Wetlands 5 Local Government
Open Water Features 5 Local Government
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 75 Local Government


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

Estimated Area (Acres) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 3.0 Acres Festuca rubra 15%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 45%
Tees 3.0 Acres Festuca rubra 55%
Poa pratensis 20%
Fairways 30.0 Acres Festuca rubra 70%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 20%
Semi Rough 8.0 Acres Festuca rubra 70%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 20%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Our policy is to maintain the Golf Course as close to a traditional Heathland Course as possible. This dictates that we only use suitable grass species, species that can tolerate the harsh conditions, low fertility and moisture levels. Disease resistance is also important. We are currently undergoing significant changes in relation to sward composition on greens. We are three years into an intensive overseeding (Bent/Fescue) program, under the guidance of a fine grasses consultant.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 12 months

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

  • Alistair Beggs STRI
  • Gordon Irvine MG
  • Brown and Moody (consultants)
  • McKenzie and Ebert (consultants)

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 Soil moisture levels maintained to discourage meadow grass. Feeding programme is simple and based around organic sources of Nitrogen (when and where possible) Minimum cutting height 4mm, overseeding bent/fescue annually, high intensity aeration and routine topdressing (fendress) Objective: firm dry greens
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Watering points on fairways but no auto irrigation. Conditioners and wetters used to manage natural moisture, grass removed from semi-rough at peak growing times clippings returned on fairways. Routine aeration (annual verti-drain and slit) selected topdressing and overseeding.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Regular reports produced for members, Course consultant Gordon Irvine annual presentation to the membership in relation to promoting the fine grasses and the long-term benifits.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Course Manager annual walk and talk on the course for members, monthly reports, annual presentation evening with Gordon Irvine for Membership
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces Annual performance figures produced by STRI showing reduction in organic matter, improvements in firmness. Club records showing reduction of days lost to bad weather, moisture records showing consistency from green to green, reduced use of fungicides as grass species improve and surfaces are drier

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Fairways allowed to dry down in summer to maintain Heathland characteristics. Greens and approaches allowed to dry down in summer, surfaces become firm encouraging the running game.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Fairways and semi-roughs are cut in such a way as to fit into the landscape. All areas that are cut are done in such a way as to be sympathetic to the natural contours.
Protection and restoration of historic features On site we have various areas of special interest, a large rocky outcrop behind the 2nd green has been cleared of bracken and gorse and is now maintained. The Hollinwell or Holy well where the river Leen rises is a feature of importance to the Club and is also maintained.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Signage is minimal, all the SI markers on tees are old railway sleepers with brass plates. The course is on the old railway line to Nottingham so the link with the sleepers is historical. All other course furniture is discrete and in keeping with the environment.
Conservation of specimen trees As a Heathland course many of the trees that have sprung up over the last twenty years or so are being removed. Non-native species are also coming out. However there are Oak and some Birch that are very much part of the Heathland mosaic, these are identified within the HLS and Heathland plan
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Areas of block and linear planting ( mostly Pine) have been broken up, edges scalloped, under planted with Oak, Hawthorn and Birch. Heather has been introduced, bare ground scrapes created and gorse allowed to grow. Hard Paths are being replaced with rubber matting and grass allowed to grow through.

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 Tee banks are no longer cut, they have been allowed to revert to rough. Roughs are not cut. We also have several grazing areas where the sheep keep the grass under control, within integral parts of the course they are fenced to keep the sheep in and out of the playing area.
Increasing the size of habitat patches Areas of Heather are constantly being increased in size and we are currently creating glades and rides in our coniferous woodland. Within the 10 year plan we recognise the importance of compartmentalising habitat patches, in a phased approach, in order to optimally manage the Heathland mosaic
Connection of internal habitat patches The majority of habitat across the course is linked. When linkages become severed, new corridors are created to connect habitats in order to maintain optimal patch size
Connection of patches with external habitats The course is managed as a Heathland mosaic, different habitat patches are connected across the site. Only the West and south boundary link into similar habitat, to the North and East the land is farmed. Where we do link the connection is good.
Creation of habitat corridors In recent years we have allowed the margins of of our water features to develop. Buffer strips have been allowed to grow along dykes and water courses. All our ponds are linked via rough dykes and boundary hedgerows maintained.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation Where woodland and scrub / gorse has to be managed the policy is to do it in stages. This prevents wildlife from being displaced or isolated. We aim to maintain diversity in relation to age and structure within habitats with young, adult and degenerate gorse and heather specimens
Improving and diversifying habitat edges Habitat edges are managed in such a way as to improve them where possible. We routinely create bare ground scrapes along the edges of gorse and heather beds, reeds and rushes are cleared from water margins at the end of the season. Grass is cut and collected once annually where our Orchids grow

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 Areas of rough are occasionally raked (tractor mounted spring tine rake) to remove excessive straw. They are also rolled occasionally to encourage the breakdown of fiber.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Scrub is managed on a rotational basis, our aim to promote a diverse range in relation to both age and structure. It is important not to completely clear any area of habitat but to maintain it at various stages of development.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands Woodland along fairway edges is maintained as open raised canopy.This however filters back into wild natural woodland managed for wildlife, insects etc. We have two main areas of woodland that are connected, lots of standing dead wood, brash, bramble etc ideal for birds such as the Woodcock
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas Under our previous environmental Stewardship several ponds were created. The ponds were constructed with littoral shelving, the shelving was then planted with various marginal plants. The plants were moved from other areas on site to speed up establishment.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation During pond construction some areas were made significantly deeper to maintain the open water aspect. Smaller ponds are routinely dragged to keep various pond plants in check. Material cleared is left on the edge of the pond to allow amphibians or insects chance to return to the water
Naturalization of linear habitats Pine plantations have been broken up, glades and rides created. Edges are scalloped and bare ground scrapes created. A strip of Pine near the clubhouse in now split by sections of heather, acid grassland and gorse.

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 There are several wild areas across the course where the grass is cut back in autumn and removed. This allows wild flowers to grow and seed. The heather is also a major source of pollen and we have many flowers around the Clubhouse through the season.
Installation of nest boxes We have installed hundreds of small nest boxes across the course, some open fronted and some with single holes. Single hole ones are protected with steel plates on the front to prevent the holes being enlarged to protect the birds from predators. There are 20 large boxes for Owls and Kestrels
Provision of feeding tables We have a feeding station stocked with wild bird food near our maintenance buildings, this is kept well stocked but is the only one on the course
Control / management of alien species To date we have been involved with a specialists company in relation to the treatment a none native pond weed (Azola) floating fern. We have also removed a small amount of knotweed from one of our soil piles.
Provision of hibernation areas Under our first Stewardship we cleared a large area of scrub birch. The birch was put into long trenches in the ground then covered in earth. The butt ends were left exposed and south facing. Several of these were created (Hibernacula) This is something we have continued to do.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) All brash from site is stacked where appropriate within the woodland (habitat brash) Larger logs particularly pine are stacked and left where possible. We have composting areas where logs and soil turf etc have been mixed and deliberately left thus creating underground networks / passages


The Golf clubhouse, professional Shop and Maintenance facilities are supplied with water from the local mains system. The golf course is supplied via the local water course. We have two water abstraction licences, the first licence is for winter abstraction, where we store water in ponds for use through the summer. Our second licence is for summer abstraction and comes from a different pond. We have an automatic watering system but as a Heathland course our consumption is minimal.

Water usage in the Clubhouse and Maintenance facilities is kept to a minimum by good stewardship

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Water Audit Notts GC James Boon RIBA 2016/08/03 Download

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

2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,550,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 5,360,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 0 Litres
Other Public / Potable 0 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,705,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 4,630,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 0 Litres
Other Public / Potable 0 Litres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,461,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 5,990,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 0 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

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

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

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 12 months

Upgraded every 5 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 12 months

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species As a Heathland course we select species that are able to cope with the dry poor soil conditions. Our aim is to maintain the environment as close to its natural state as possible.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Aeration and soil decompaction is a major part of our ongoing maintenance policy. Verti-draining, solid tining, hollow coring and slitting are all routine maintenance practices. We carry out surface to mid-range aeration through the summer (weekly) and deep aeration through the autumn/ winter.
Timing and dose of water application Water is applied as required, timing depends on the daily soil moisture levels. The amount of water applied can be controlled by the computer system. Water is not applied routinely or to the same level across all areas.
Analysis of soil moisture Soil moisture levels are monitored on a weekly basis unless the weather is such that daily measurements are required, for example in periods of drought or particularly hot weather. We treat all areas on an individual basis,using individual sprinklers to micro manage application.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data We don't have the ability to measure this at the moment but it is an option for the system we operate.
Use of wetting agents We use wetting agents on all areas, Revolution for water management on greens, tees and surrounds and the penetrant Dispatch on fairways. These products are a valuable asset when it comes to water management as they ensure that any rain that falls, particularly on fairways gets to where it is needed
Overall reduction in irrigated area A recent upgrade of our system saw the removal of the fairway sprinklers. Surrounds and approaches were upgraded and we went for valve in head on greens. We now have total control over individual sprinklers allowing for a significant reduction in water used.
Targeting of sprinkler heads Sprinklers vary in relation to rotation and arc, they are set to deliver a specified amount of water to the exact area they are intended to water.
Optimizing system pressure The system knows exactly how many sprinklers it can operate at any one time. It works out which sprinklers it can run using the optimum pressure ensuring the system is operating for the minimum amount of time.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Most tees are fitted with low level jets to help minimize the effects of the wind. The prevailing wind is also taken in to consideration in other areas.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Currently there are two low-flow toilets in the Ladies section of the Clubhouse. There are no low flow urinals or low flow toilets in the Men's section

Replacement will occur when funds permit
Use of water efficient appliances The current kitchen appliances that use water are not the most water efficient
Replacement will occur when the need arises and funds permit
Use of efficient shower technology None of the showers use efficient technology. Replacement will occur when the need arises and funds permit
Repairing leaks The irrigation system is under contract and maintained to a high standard, any leaks and sections can be isolated until a repair can be made.

In the Clubhouse the caretaker has a daily checking routine, along with the mandatory HSE checks, so that leaks are promptly identified and fixed
Water awareness signage We believe that the membership and visitors are already aware of good personal practice to minimise water consumption and so there is no signage in this regard

there are warning signs that the hot water is quickly hot - this is a consequence of the efficient working of the Biomass boiler


The resource and energy use is varied, it includes electricity, petrol, diesel, natural gas, wood chip, logs, LPG, and propane

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Energy Performance Report Shaun Roberts, Urban Energy Solutions 2016/07/12 Download
Energy Performance Certificate Shaun Roberts, Urban Energy Solutions 2016/07/12 Download

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Biogas (Litres) 0
Biomass 50
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0
Hydrogen (Litres) 0
On-site Hydro (kWh) 0
On-site Solar (kWh) 0
On-site Wind (kWh) 0
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 0
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0
Wood from sustainable sources 0

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

2015 2014 2013
Coal 0
Diesel (Litres) 11000
Heating Oil (Litres) 8000
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 200
LPG (Litres) 423
Natural Gas (Litres) 4774
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 130000
Petrol (Litres) 0
Propane / Butane (Litres) 0
Wood from unsustainable sources 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 we are in discussion with our electricity supplier about adopting green tariff supply
Installation of small scale wind turbine the site is not suitable, so there are no plans to install a turbine
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels previously considered and not progressed
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources not applicable - no local sources
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) used for catering at the remote halfway house
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol not used
Use of electric hybrid vehicles no electric hybrid vehicles
Use of recycled oils we use biodegradable oils where possible but do not used recycled oils

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Biomass installed since 2008, upgraded 2014 - supplies hot water and heating to Clubhouse and Professional Shop

Air conditioning installed in the office and dining room but rarely used
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration following a review investment in thermostat installation in various areas of the Clubhouse was agreed pending funding
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities daily routine re window opening
Upgrading of building insulation recent energy review concluded that for a building of this age and size it is well insulated
no upgrade currently necessary
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) no requirement due to the large windows on two faces of the Clubhouse
Installation of low-energy lighting policy to replace current bulbs with low energy lighting as the need arises
Use of motion sensor lighting present in men's changing rooms
Transition to energy efficient appliances Club policy requires consideration of energy performance of appliances prior to replacement
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Timer switches present in some toilets and changing rooms

The heating system in the Clubhouse is timer controlled
Educating staff and customers Induction training to all staff re energy and water efficiency

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% 43%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 0% 57%
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 18% 0% 0%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 82% 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 there are no formal schemes in place for staff or members, informal car sharing arrangements exist
Group transportation (e.g. buses) not required
Secure cycle parking no requirement for this as staff and members do not cycle to the course
Promoting public transport routes and timetables not applicable as the course is remote from public transport routes
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) if required by any member of staff or club member, storage possibilities exist
Staff showers present in the clubhouse and maintenance facility
Tax breaking incentives for cycling not applicable
Promotion of walk to work campaigns no plans to promote this as no staff live close

Supply Chain

The main products used fall in to two categories, the course and the clubhouse.
For the course we use conditioners, dressings, chemicals, contractors etc. We use local businesses where possible to provide maintenance services, resources are specialised so tend to come from specialist companies. We also use local environmental consultants and organisations. The Sherwood Forest Trust and Notts Wildlife.

Food and beverage products are primarily sourced from local suppliers

Retail products for sale via the Professional's Shop are mainly sourced from suppliers outside the immediate locality

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Resources are purchased on an as required basis, this prevents stock from building up and in some cases can save a considerable amount of money. It also reduces the risk of products going to waste or going out of date.

Use of local suppliers Local suppliers are used for maintenance and most maintenance related goods, basic machinery spares, oils, fuel etc. We also use local contractors for tree work, contract spraying and additional labour requirements

Use of local products On the course most products are specialized hence they can only be purchased from specific companies. There are exceptions however, sand is one, all our sands are purchased from a local quarry and all our stone from our local building merchants.
Selection of certified products Products used on the course are selected based on their environmental impact, we will always try to choose the products that will have the least negative impact. All products are approved for Amenity use.
Use of recycled and recyclable products We have used green waste products for construction and root zones.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging currently there is not an active policy in this regard
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) currently there is not an active policy in this regard

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Miles Total number of suppliers within 100 Miles
Food & Beverage 7 6 1
Catering Supplies 1 1
Retail 37 1 36
Trade & Contractors 12 4 8
Maintenance Equipment 4 2 2
Course Supplies 16 5 11

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses We are a Heathland golf course all our activities are tailored to promote drought and disease tolerant grasses. Meadow grass is discouraged and we are routinely over seeding with both Bent and Fescue on all areas.
Managing stress and wear Traffic management is a major part of our program, ropes and signs are moved around through the winter to spread wear. Defined paths and tracks protect high wear areas. Mats are used through the winter to protect fairway landing areas. Aeration and moisture management also help prevent wear.
Enhancement of soil structure We use dressing on the course with a small organic component, this feeds the soil and helps maintain a healthy ecosystem. Combined with routine aeration and moisture management results in good soil structure and a reduced requirement for chemical and fertiliser use.
Optimization of the growing environment Continuous management of specific tree removal, to increase light and air movement, and reduce disease problems. Aeration, moisture management, drainage, soil sampling and testing by the STRI all play an important part in maintenance and development of the Heathland mosaic
Managing thatch levels Surface fibre / thatch is monitored, regular light dressings are applied, moisture is managed (Theta Probe). Routine aeration, micro hollow core operations, surface slitting, pro-core, micro tine, sarel roller weekly through the season.
Managing surface moisture The Theta probe is used daily when required, wetting agents are used to optimize soil/ air water ratios. Dew is removed daily, trees are cleared to allow light and air to the turf surfaces
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Preventative fungicides are not used unless there is good reason to do so, snow forecast, particularly bad weather or a prolonged high risk period. Contacts are used at the first sign of disease. Insecticides were only used when there were clear signs of increased activity, bird or Badger damage.
Scouting for pests and diseases Staff are trained to identify any potential problems, any member of the team can identify the first signs of disease or pest activity. On a daily basis staff are on their guard looking for anything that might indicate a potential problem.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health We carry out an annual assessment under the guidance of the STRI. Greens are checked in relation to firmness, trueness, speed, composition and organic component

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Fairways - K - Organic 0 0 0
Fairways - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Fairways - N - Organic 0 0 0
Fairways - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Fairways - P - Organic 0 0 0
Greens - K - Inorganic 12 18 0
Greens - K - Organic 0 0 0
Greens - N - Inorganic 41 32 40
Greens - N - Organic 6 5 6
Greens - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Greens - P - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 12 18 0
Tees - K - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - N - Inorganic 53 32 40
Tees - N - Organic 8 5 6
Tees - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Tees - P - Organic 0 0 0

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1.6 11.2 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 10 10 10
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 9.2 19.6 15.9
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 2.72 2.72
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 1 1
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.8 0.8 0.8
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 1 1 1
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.8 0.8 0.8
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products We review all our products, we look for products with low application rates, if there are non-chemical alternatives we would always choose them first. We will always use sulphate of iron to try and control disease on tees or surrounds rather than fungicide
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Products are used as per instructions on the label and for the intended purpose only
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Weeds and self set trees, gorse, bramble etc growing in our roughs are all spot treated with hand held sprayers. This reduces the damage to non-target species like heather.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Sprayers are routinely calibrated and undergo an annual inspection carried out by our local agricultural dealership. All products have safety data sheets and we undertake COSHH assessments for all products
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We use low drift nozzles from Sygenta and also have a spray shroud. We also spray all our products with medium / coarse nozzles to minimize drift further.
Non-chemical weed control Minimal, some spot treatment with hand held sprayers in bunker banks etc.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. Dressings contain an organic component, fertilizers are also purchased on the strength of their organic components, dried blood, hoof and horn etc

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 false true false
Aluminium false true false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings true false false false
Cores & Turf true false false false
Sand true false false false
Wood / Timber true false false false

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials handyman controls all recycling from the clubhouse
Establishment of recycling centers bins for staff use are at various separate locations
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Clippings are not currently boxed off fairways they are recycled. All other areas are boxed off and composted. The material produced is used to enrich construction projects, bunker banks etc.
Education of staff and customer education All staff are trained at level two Greenkeeping, we have trained spray operators, chainsaw and strimmer qualified. We have undergone various environmental and heath and safety training, first aid etc. The Course Manager is involved with the local environment organisations and does talks for members
Waste awareness campaigns staff aware of waste disposal options

Pollution Control

Our policy is to manage the golf club in a sustainable way, particularly the course. As a Heathland golf course the environment is an important and valuable asset. Products, maintenance operations and waste are all managed in such a was as to have as little negative impact on the environment as possible.The Heathland is managed in an effective and controlled way, with grazing, self set removal, use and encouragement of native grass species all part of the annual maintenance program. We use local advisory bodies, the Sherwood forest Trust and Notts Wildlife trust, both experienced in the management of local heaths. The water quality on site is checked periodically for various reasons, this season an analysis was carried out in relation to hosting our native crayfish, the water was found to be ideal. We also have the water checked for irrigation purposes, this is usually done every couple of years but there is no formal date. As our water rises on site technically our inflow and on site water are the same.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course Septic Tank Yes
Clubhouse Septic Tank Yes
Maintenance Facility Septic Tank Yes
Wash Pad Reed Bed 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 false
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true true
Fertiliser Bags true false
Oil Filters false true
Batteries false true

Pollution Prevention

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

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas The maintenance facility has secondary containment in place for both diesel and oil, all chemicals are stored in a lockable steel container, also with the ability to contain any spills. Fertilizers are stored in a dry and secure building. Petrol facility complies with relevant legislation and tests
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Areas and equipment are checked routinely.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Pesticides are added directly to the low level filling bowl on the sprayer and we don't mix fertilizers, all our products are pre-bagged for ease of use.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces The sprayer is filled on a concrete slab
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks Our two diesel tanks are above ground and double skinned.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Adequate second containment is in place for both diesel tanks
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Adequate absorbent materials are available for the petrol storage facility which is checked annually as per current legislation.

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 All our products are applied as per the manufacturers recommendations. As a Heathland course feeding and watering is kept to a minimum. Applications of fertilizer are small, this prevents excess building up in the soil and the potential for leaching.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies We maintain buffer strips or margins around all our water bodies, areas of native vegetation that provide habitat for water vole etc and also act as buffer zones for various product applications
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan We are currently working on an emergency spillage plan.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge We are using the rubber hexagonal mats to prevent erosion on internal paths, mats can either be topped with stone to hold it in place or laid over the turf to protect it from erosion. Reed beds are being established at the head of one water course to intercept runoff from local farmland.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones We have three internal grazing areas on the course, approx 20 hectares in total, these are currently maintained as chemical free zones. The are fenced off to contain the sheep and managed via mechanical practices only, including the grazing.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off We have established a reed bed at the head of one water course to intercept and slow the runoff from local land surrounding the course. We use swales and sumps along internal path ways where runoff can also be a problem. We contour paths to shed water and prevent it building up speed.


Over recent years the Club has increased its liaison with the local community at local government, college and local business level. These are detailed in the sections below

The Club also provides protection for nationally important habitats at a local environment level.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 3
Course Management 9
Food & Beverage 3 4 2
Golf Coaching 3
Retail & Leisure 3

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Local Environment NGO

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides The Club has two trained spray operators on the Greenkeeping team, they are responsible for ensuring that all current legislation/ health and safety issues are taken care of in relation to storage, application and disposal of pesticides.
Efficient water management The Club operates a state of the art computer operated watering system. This ensures that any water used out on the course is used as efficiently as possible. As a traditional Heathland Course water use is kept to a minimum.
Management of accidents and emergencies On course policies are in place to deal with accidents and emergencies in relation to the Greenkeeping team.
Management of habitats and vegetation The Heathland is managed under a Stewardship scheme with funding through the HLS. Advice is taken from appropriate organisations that specialise in lowland heath and the local area. Management is ongoing.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling All green waste from the course is recycled
Health & Safety The Greenkeeping operations are covered by a comprehensive health and safety policy. COSHH and risk assessments are available for all materials and operations, the policy is being updated and reviewed constantly.
Energy Saving The staff induction programme includes awareness of the importance of energy saving
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage The Course is located on an area adjacent to Kirkby in Ashfield, one of several local towns and villages. The land was poor and not suitable for farming. As a result the land was traditionally grazed creating the heath we see today.
Environmental management planning The course is now in it's second 10 year management plan, while the Heathland has always been managed it has only recently been formalized, sheep are also once again part of the management plan.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours The Course manager maintains a working relationship either directly or through advisory organisations with the sites neighbours. Issues such as motorbikes, poaching, vandalism, boundary fencing etc are all local and current issues
Local Government The Club is working with Planning Officers at Ashfield District Council to assist them with their promotional materials that showcase the area - primarily this is anonymised photographs of various habitats on the course
Local Environmental Groups The Course manager is involved with several local environmental groups, networking, seeking advice, employing their expertise etc. He will also attend local meetings and seminars, with the club actually hosting where appropriate.
Local Community Groups Currently there are no partnerships with local community groups
Media The Club works closely with the local and national media, recent motorcycle damage not just on our site but also to the wider community was highlighted on the local news and social media. The Club also featured on BBC Spring Watch for the environmental work it undertakes.
Local Businesses In addition to the Club using local suppliers for services and products, several local businesses have advertising space on the CGI course flyover which runs on a monitor outside the Visitors changing room. W1G, the producers of the flyover, host local businesses at the club every quarter
Schools & Colleges The Club has recently worked with West Notts College (the local FE college) to provide apprentice opportunities for students

Currently there are no partnerships with local schools

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths There are no public paths on the course
Creation of new paths and nature trails There are no current plans to create new paths or a nature trail
Installation of effective and welcoming signage A welcome sign on the access road is to be provided once funds permit
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) There is no intention to provide opportunities for other recreation
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) We don’t currently have any partnership projects, access or community woodland initiatives in operation.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities Grazing is a traditional agricultural activity that shaped the course as we see it today. This activity has been continued through Notts wildlife Trust and is now a major part of the management program.

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:

  • Natural England
  • The Sherwood Forest Trust

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

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) not applicable
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) not applicable
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) Alder Carr woodland is managed across the site as part of the Heathland mosaic. It is managed as per the prescription in our Stewardship plan, removal of none native species, competitive growth etc Areas are also under planted to maintain a diverse age structure.


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display episodic articles in the weekly members update

GEO reference material on notice boards in both Clubhouses and on the website
Members evenings and course walks The Course manager undertakes an annual walk and talk for the ladies golf section. Main topics include the importance of Heathland, appropriate grass species, cutting heights, green speeds, tree removal and why we do it. the aim is to promote the environment in which the course is situated.
Course guides / brochures there are no plans in this regard
Interpretation panels & course signage there are no plans in this regard
Establishment of a nature trail there are no plans to create a nature trail

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures none currently
Supporting campaigns none currently
Course walks / open days The Club is looking to extend the Course managers role in relation to guided talks to the general members, this is currently being developed.
Attending community meetings not invited
Joint practical projects with community none currently