Jinji Lake Golf Club
Bingxiang Zhao, GEOSA, Accredited Verifier Read verifier report.
In advance 2 weeks of communication, and after carefully refer to the documents and datum of the certification and application of the club, I came to visit Jinji Lake Golf Club on August 10th. I was with the general manager of the club, Mr. Li Dawei, the club director Miss Xu Wenxiu, and the course superintendent, Mr. Bao Zhenghui, for nearly an hours meeting. I had been communicating with them about the relevant issues of this certification renewal from GEO, and informations of the club certification needs to understand and confirm. After the…
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- Golf Courses
- Forest (9 holes, 3619 yards, year opened 2006)
- Links (9 holes, 3654 yards, year opened 2006)
- Wetlands (9 holes, 3672 yards, year opened 2006)
- 1 Clubhouse(s)
- 1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
- 1 Pro Shop
- 1 Practice Facility/Facilities
- 1 Halfway House(s)
- 1 Other
Jinji Lake Golf Club has become not only a very quality recrational sports facility in the urban area, but also the environmental sanctuary of Suzhou Industrial Park. Club members share its 100 hectares with egrets,Common Pheasant, mandarin duck, hare and other wildlives. Since the grand opening in 2006, it gradually attracted a large number of birds and other wild animals,which made it as their important envirnmental shelters of the industrial park.
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.
Rare, protected and notable species occurring at this golf facility:
|Local name||Scientific name|
This golf facility does not monitor any species as indicators of environmental quality.
Habitats & Designations
This golf facility features the following landscape designations:
|Historic Landscapes / Parklands||Local government|
|Areas of Scenic Beauty||Local government|
Area of habitats / vegetation types, and associated designations at this golf facility:
|Title||Estimated Area (Hectares)||Designation|
|Rough 'ecological' grassland||8.71||Self Appointed|
|Scrub Vegetation||7.91||Self Appointed|
|Open Water Features||17.62||Self Appointed|
Size and estimated species composition of amenity turfgrass maintained at this golf facility.
|Estimated Area (Hectares)||Turfgrass Species||Sward Composition (%)|
|Greens||2.2 Hectares||Agrostis stolonifera / palustris||100%|
|Tees||1.6 Hectares||Cynodon transvaalensis||100%|
|Fairways||15.5 Hectares||Cynodon transvaalensis||100%|
|Semi Rough||50.0 Hectares||Cynodon transvaalensis||100%|
These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Bermuda 419 (cynodon transvaalensis) for fairway and rough has been selected for local subtropical monsoon climate. The links Nine bermuda grass sward is framed by tall fescue rough. The tall fescue rough needs low mantainance, which lower our yearly maintenance budget. And the uniform grass of fairway and rough also ruduce the mantainance stress. We use creeping bentgrass A4 on greens fo its good performance of disease ,stress resistance and cold tolerance, and for its good playability.
This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 months
This golf facility consults the following individuals / organizations regarding its grassing plan:
This golf facility is making the following efforts to manage the playing quality expectations of customers:
|Establishing clear internal policies for irrigation, fertilization, colour, cutting heights, overseeding etc||We have internal IPM manual which sets operational processes, frequency and integrated pest management strandards for the course. Consistently applied turf management operations are based on real rather than historical data.|
|Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough||Our Links nine, features Tall Fescue out of play Rough which is totally naturlized. The Fescue rough is not irrigated or fertilized and is never mown.|
|Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces||We try to manage only the area required for playability and to match our members enjoyment, which is taken into consideration when formulating our maintenance budget.|
|Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance||We publish a monthly newsletter extolling the virtues of our course maintenance practices. We use this to inform our members about our cultural practices, mowing regimes, chemical use and also wider environmental activities.|
|Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces||IMG has been leading Jinji Lake Golf Club since its inception, to become one of the most well managed and professional maintained golf course in China. We have become one of the top Private Clubs in the country in quality and service by providing a more environmentally sound golf course to our members.|
Conservation & Enhancement
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve landscape character:
|Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture||We do not overseed the entire golf course, and as the Bermuda grass to goes dormant in the winter, we allow for a mojority of the course to be off colour, and green up naturally in the spring. In 2010, we have planted hundreds of shrubs and habitat patches for the texuring and also enlarge habitat areas for bird and small animals on the course.|
|Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours||We have distinctive contoured fairways on Links Course but relatively flat landscape on Forest Course and Wetlands Course. We try to use those liitle contours we have and accentuate them through carefully planned mowing patterns.|
|Discreet on-course signage and furniture||We try to use as many environmentally friendly products as we can to create a human-nature harmony atomosphere in the club. Our tee signage is made from local rock, and is low level.|
|Screening and softening unsightly man-made features||As our Forest nine has lights for night golf with telescopic poles, we have planted trees and shrubs around the light posts block them from view.|
|Landscape||Our landscape is 100% engineered, and it's easier for us to renovate it by careful planing. Our future plan will be focus on enhancing the individual character for our Wetlands course and Forest courses.|
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the landscape ecology of the golf course:
|Increasing the size of habitat patches||We added several habitat patches along fairways and roughs, which connect part of internal habitat areas for birds and other wild animals.|
|Creation of habitat corridors||We create corridors along the lake banks to connect each habitat area by keeping the easements along the canals natural for wildlife to traverse.|
|Avoidance of habitat fragmentation||We renovate those poor habitat patches along cart paths of wetlands course to avoid habitat fragmentation.|
|Improving and diversifying habitat edges||we plant different species of brushes and small arbors between water harzard and landscaping zone|
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the quality of habitats on the golf course:
|Creation of botanically rich rough grassland||We have tall fascue as rough grassland of Links course, which needs minimal maintenance and also serves as a habitat for wildlife.|
|Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation||We trim the aquatic plants once a year, which occupied a large area of water hazard surfaces,to supply necessary spaces for aquatics to thive.|
|Naturalization of linear habitats||We try to avoid machinary impact on the habitat areas.|
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve and enhance biodiversity on the golf course:
|Diversify the buffer zones||We try to diversify the the buffer zones surrounding the wetlands to improve the biodiversity of the golf course and increase the naturalization of the landscaping
Jinji Lake golf club is located between Jinji Lake and Dushu Lake, the plenty of water from Dushu Lake insure the water supply for irrigation system.The grass species and choice of planting at Jinji Lake are appropriate for transitional climate of Suzhou industrial park, which is the fundamental support for water saving program. we only water our golf courses when we need to ,preferring a more firm and fast approach riding the edge of wilt. We try to set those variable heads to only water the turf and oranmental plantings without throwing into the cart pathes and lakes.
We strictly control the pesticide usage along the banks of water hazards,rivers and lakes to minimize the damage to the water source of Dushu Lake and Jinji Lake.
Sources & Consumption
No water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.
The water used at this golf facility is drawn from the following sources:
|2016||Source(s)||% of supply||Total Consumption|
|Clubhouse(s)||Public / Potable||100%||24,286,390 Litres|
|Golf Course||Surface||100%||459,206,528 Litres|
|Maintenance Facility/Facilities||Surface||100%||3,250,000 Litres|
|2015||Source(s)||% of supply||Total Consumption|
|Clubhouse(s)||Public / Potable||100%||22,650,810 Litres|
|Golf Course||Surface||100%||433,257,696 Litres|
|Maintenance Facility/Facilities||Surface||100%||3,200,000 Litres|
|2014||Source(s)||% of supply||Total Consumption|
|Clubhouse(s)||Public / Potable||100%||19,694,580 Litres|
|Golf Course||Surface||100%||501,289,792 Litres|
|Maintenance Facility/Facilities||Surface||100%||3,300,000 Litres|
Irrigation & Efficiency
The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:
|Greens||Daily in season|
|Tees||2-3 days per week|
|Fairways||2-3 days per week|
|Rough||2-3 days per week|
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 years
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to maximize irrigation efficiency:
|Selection of grass species||We plant Tall Fescue on the rough of the Links Course, which receives no formal irrigation thoughout the year. It's survival depends only on rainfall.|
|Soil decompaction and thatch management||We hollow tine three times a year and deep solid tines five times a year on greens, aprons and tees. We hollow tine twice a year fairways.|
|Timing and dose of water application||We only water our golf courses when requires, prefering to provide a more firm and fast approach. We irrigate fairways 15-18 minutes in the evening when required, and 12 minutes for greens and aprons when required and depending on the time of year, wind and weather.|
|Analysis of soil moisture||We check our soil moisture levels on a daily basis.|
|Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data||The TORO site pro control system provides daily ET rates and weather datas, which also stores them for later review.|
|Use of wetting agents||We use wetting agents throughout the golf courses to improve water efficency and to combat isolated dry spots.|
|Overall reduction in irrigated area||we changed some rough area to plant landscaping plants|
|Targeting of sprinkler heads||We adjust sprinkler heads to only target the area which need to be irrigated.|
|Optimizing system pressure||System pressure is checked regularly|
|Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology||Our spinkler nozzles are the latest technology available.|
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve / reduce / minimize water consumption:
|Low-flow urinals and toilets||We have low-flow urinals and toilets in Club house, half houses, golf academy and GCM facility.|
|Repairing leaks||Any leaks are detected quickly and dealt with by Engineering Department. The bathrooms are checked several times a day by Cleaners at the main facilites and on the courses.|
Our plan and goals are to reduce our energy consumption as much as possible. We take special care when buying machines for maintenance or other devices that they are environmentally friendly and use a minimal amount of energy. We use energy-saving light bulbs and central air-conditioning system. We try to use all kinds of energy saving measures to reduce energy consumption year by year.
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:
|Hydraulic Oil (Litres)||234||306||450|
|Natural Gas (Litres)||79479.95||97755.73||84723.49|
|Non-renewable Grid (kWh)||2029332.5||2145331.9||2236476.1|
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to diversify energy and fuel supply:
|Use of electric hybrid vehicles||we have 6 mowers are electric hybrid vehicles|
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to reduce energy consumption:
|Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration||We set our air conditioning systems to provide suitable temperature levels in the Summer and Winter in the public use areas, and lower levels in the back of house.|
|Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities||We promote natural ventilation inside buildings during the transiton season.|
|Upgrading of building insulation||We upgrade our building insulation in the consideration of improving energy efficiency.|
|Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes)||Our club house features large double glazed windows to provide as much natural light as possible.|
|Installation of low-energy lighting||We start the program of lighting renovation since 2006, the old lighting system was replaced by low-energy lightings|
|Educating staff and customers||We promote energy conservation by posting energy saving tips and posters in the club house.|
Vehicles & Transport
The maintenance fleet at this golf facility uses the following fuel sources:
|Ride-on Mowers||Walking Mowers||Utility Vehicles|
Additional vehicles operated by this golf facility use the following fuel sources:
This golf facility has established the following schemes to encourage reductions in staff and customer transport emissions:
|Group transportation (e.g. buses)||We supply daily bus for our staff.|
|Secure cycle parking||Many staff ride bicycles or e-bikes or suzhou public bicycles to work, and we provide a secured shelter for parking.|
|Promoting public transport routes and timetables||We set timetables by working schedule for daily buses|
|Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers)||Lockers are provided at changing rooms for all employees of the golf course.|
|Staff showers||We provide staff showers for maintenance crew and club house staff to use.|
We put environmental friendly practices as a top consideration when purchasing pesticides and equipement for the golf course. The grass clippings returned on tees, fairways and roughs, and the greens clippings are removed weekly for use in a local compost, in order that we can avoid accumulative pollution on the land. With our wood chipper, we recycle twigs, branches, water sprouts and other landscaping biological wastes, which will be chipped into small pieces and used on our landcape beds. We carefully set yearly fertilizer plan to reduce the chance for leaching of phosophurs and nitrogen in the lakes and canals that eventually lead to Dushu Lake and Jinji Lake. At these areas around lakes, we carefully use hand sprayer when we have to apply pesticide, by which we try our best to minimum the pollution to the open water.
This golf facility undertakes the following ethical / environmental purchasing activities:
|Measures to avoid waste at source||We do not use grass catchers on our fairway, rough and tee mowers so all the clippings are returned. Only greens grass clippings are collected.|
|Use of local suppliers||Majority of our suppliers are local companies.|
|Use of local products||We certainly use the local products if the quality and quantity are available.|
|Use of recycled and recyclable products||We try to use recyled products where possible|
|Selection of products that feature minimal packaging||Where possible|
|Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001)||Where possible|
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||15||14||1|
This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:
|Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses||We have bermuda 419 fairways and roughs, which are noted for tolerating sustained periods of drought and have excellent disease resistance.|
|Managing stress and wear||Cutting hights are always carefully assessed and considered by the change of weather. Aerifications several times a year and traffic control around courses is a priority to alleviate both the stress and wear.|
|Enhancement of soil structure||Routine operations on greens, tees, fairways and roughs such as aerification, topdressing and rolling are the guarantee of our good soil condition. We also apply wetting agents to improve soil permeability if necessary.|
|Managing thatch levels||Verticutting, aerification and sand top-dressing are three main operations we use to reduce thatch levels.|
|Managing surface moisture||Irrigation is applied on an as required basis.|
|Establishing thresholds for pests and disease||We have set thresholds for pest and disease levels
Greens - Disease free - 99%. Pest free - 95%
Tees - Disease free - 98%. Pest free - 95%
Fairways - Disease free - 98%. Pest free - 95%
Roughs - Disease free - 95%. Pest free - 90%
Natural Rough Grassland - No applications of chemical in place.
|Scouting for pests and diseases||Daily checking is carried out.|
|Monitoring / improvement of plant health||This is a constant part of our agronomic plan.|
Fertilizer use at this golf facility in the last three years (kg):
|Fairways - K - Inorganic||76.8||77.6||77.5|
|Fairways - N - Inorganic||162.2||163.4||165.4|
|Fairways - P - Inorganic||53||53.2||54|
|Greens - K - Inorganic||233||236||237.4|
|Greens - K - Organic||45.5||45.5||45.5|
|Greens - N - Inorganic||170.6||176.3||180|
|Greens - N - Organic||22.7||22.7||22.7|
|Greens - P - Inorganic||22||22||23.6|
|Greens - P - Organic||9||9||9|
|Rough - K - Inorganic||28.3||28.8||29.2|
|Rough - N - Inorganic||96||96.8||97.4|
|Rough - P - Inorganic||14.4||14.6||14.1|
|Tees - K - Inorganic||79.6||80.3||81|
|Tees - N - Inorganic||216||220||218.6|
|Tees - P - Inorganic||66||69||68|
Pesticide use at this golf facility in the last three years (kg):
|Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient||3||3.3||3.3|
|Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight||9.1||10||10|
|Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year||3||3||3|
|Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient||4||4||4|
|Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight||20||20||20|
|Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year||4||4||4|
|Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient||116||110||112|
|Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight||256||245||251|
|Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year||15||14||15|
|Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient||40||42||40|
|Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight||350||368||348|
|Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year||8||8||7|
|Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient||3||3.3||3.3|
|Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight||9.1||10||10|
|Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year||3||3||3|
|Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient||4||4||4|
|Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight||20||20||20|
|Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year||4||4||4|
|Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient||3||3.3||3.3|
|Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight||9.1||10||10|
|Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year||3||3||3|
|Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient||4||4||4|
|Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight||20||20||20|
|Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year||4||4||4|
This golf facility undertakes the following actions to optimize pesticide use:
|Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases||Apply only targeted applications specific to pest or disease|
|Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers||Yes, spot treatment applications are carried out.|
|Calibration and testing of sprayers||Regular calibration and testing of spray equipment is carried out.|
|Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles||Yes, anti-drip nozzles are utilized|
|Non-chemical weed control||Cultural practices in place where possible|
No waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.
This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:
|Paper & Cardboard||false||false||false||false|
|Cores & Turf||false||false||false||false|
|Wood / Timber||true||false||false||false|
This golf facility undertakes the following activities to continue the lifecycle of materials and resources:
|Separation of recyclable materials||Recyclable materials are speperated.|
|Returning clipping to fairways and walkways||Yes in place.|
|Education of staff and customer education||ongoing education for appropriate environmental practices|
Jinji Lake Golf Club is built on reclaimed land adjacent to Dushu Lake and Jinji Lake. The site now provides a habitat to several species of birds and small wild animals. Under the consideration of its function as the envirnmental shelter of the city, we try several approaches to make Jinji Lake Golf Club as the suitable shelter for all kinds of birds and small wild animals. We try to connect those fragmented habitat patches for providing a liner shelter for animals; we try to minimize the maintain impact on those area; we try to formally or informally educate our staffs and members to being friendly to the living animals on the course; we strictly control the consumption and water quality, the use of chemicals and fertilizers,waste production and risk issues.
This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:
Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:
|Discharges to||Formal Discharge Agreement|
|Golf Course||Irrigation Reservoir||N/A|
|Maintenance Facility||Mains Sewer||Yes|
|Wash Pad||Mains Sewer||Yes|
This golf facility does not handle or dispose of hazardous materials..
This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution from its maintenance facility and clubhouse:
|Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas||All equipment and hazardous products are stored in sealed impervious lockable buildings.|
|Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas||Yes, the maintenance of equipment is carried out on sealed impervious surfaces.
|Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas||Yes|
|Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces||Yes|
|Installation of above-ground fuel tanks||No|
|Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel||Yes, in line with local government regulations|
This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution on its golf course:
|Eliminating leachate and run-off through careful timing of turf inputs||Weather is taken into account for all product applications.|
|Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies||Aquatic plants and rough grasses are in place throughout the golf course.|
|Controlling erosion and sediment discharge||All areas on the course are planted with some form of vegetation to avoid sediment run off.|
|Establishment of pesticide-free zones||Yes, the Tall Fesuce rough on the Links course is never sprayed with pesticides.|
Jinji Lake Golf Club is under the anthority of the government of Suzhou Industrial Park , which is considered as one of the future city developing program. It not only supply a very quality recrational sports facilities, improve the value of surrounding land, it also promote the local employment and supply an urban habitat for birds and other wild animals.
we consider the relationship with stakeholders such as members,suppliers,employees and surrounding communities as one of the most important aspects of its performance. The promotion of local employment is one of the objectives pursured, because most of the employees of the golf course lives in the region. Moreover, the activity of golf supports many other local activities and increase the indirect local employment, as suppliers,shops and restaurants,among others.
The staff of Jinji Lake Golf Club has all the conditions necessary for the performance of their duties, and other additional benefits such as canteen, transportation,lunch subsidy,implementation of actions and events for employees and their families,uniforms,health insurance,check-ups to regular health care,vaccination,water and fruit available all day,among many others. To ensure the necessary skills to their jobs and enrich their skills, the employee of Jinji Lake Golf Club receive the following formal and informal environmental education: pesticide storage,application and disposal,efficient water management,emergencies/accident management,habitat and vegetaion management,waste minimisation,separation and recycling, health and safty,energy,landscape and cultural heritage issues,environmental management planning. And the golf course keeps formal staff training records for all departments.
Employment & Education
Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:
|Full Time||Part Time||Seasonal|
|Food & Beverage||18||2|
|Retail & Leisure||4|
The sustainability working group at this golf facility is comprised of:
- General Manager
- Course Manager
- Technical Specialist
- Local Government
- IMG-Management Company
Employees at this golf facility receive the following formal and informal environmental education:
|Storage, application and disposal of pesticides||We have strict provisions for storage, application and disposal of pesticides.
|Efficient water management||We prefer to use hand watering to improve the efficiency of water usage on the course and encourage staff to join in the water saving program as the local goverment promote every year.
|Management of accidents and emergencies||During the orientation and annual Safety precaution conference, the management of accidents and emergencies is the top issue of staff training.
|Management of habitats and vegetation||We keep following the principle that all the operations on the course should have the minimum impact on the habitats and vegetation area.
|Waste minimization, separation and recycling||We promote paper and plastic recycling program in the office and landscaping debris recycling program on the course.
|Health & Safety||We have annual safety precaution conference for fire drill and course maintanence equipment safety training.
|Energy Saving||We try to install efficient lighting and other appliance in club house, halfway house, on course WC and maintenance facility in order to reduce energy consumption.
|Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage||The lakes surrounding the golf course are for public use, so protection of these features is of the utmost importance.
|Environmental management planning||We follow the IMG environment policy and environmentally friendly management practices.
This golf facility engages with local community groups in the following manner:
|Schools & Colleges||our club offer some internship position for student every year
Land Use & Cultural Heritage
This golf facility does not provide access and diversified land use for others.
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:
|Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display||All staff and members of the club are updated on our environmental efforts.
|Course guides / brochures||We have GEO brochure called \"Beyond 18th\" as the GEO program education material for members and employees.
This golf facility does not undertake any social and environmental advocacy activities.