Golfbaan Het Rijk Van Margraten

GEO Certified® 08/2017
Cadier En Keer,
Telephone: 0031433569999

On the 6th of July I visited the golf course of Rijk van Margraten to execute a GEO audit. Present during the visit were manager (Martin Snider) and the head greenkeeper (Henri Coumans). In preparation of the audit I received various pieces of documentation and read through the online registration form. The visit consisted of a meeting in which I asked the manager and head greenkeeper questions, followed by a visit to the golf course itself and a tour of the club house and maintenance facilities.

Background: Het Rijk van Margraten is an 18…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Golfbaan Het Rijk van Margraten (18 holes, 5 metres, year opened 2006)
Short Golf Margraten (9 holes, 570 metres, year opened 2006)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities


Het Rijk van Margraten lies nestled in the hilly landscape of southern Limburg, between farmland, vineyards and old forests. The golf course has an 18-hole golf course and a 9-hole Short Golf course. The course has a 50-metre difference in altitude.

The landscape around the golf course consists of agricultural land (mainly crops, grasslands and orchards). The surroundings also include forests, roads, landscape elements such as overgrown terrace edges and lynchets and the ‘t Rooth quarry.

The golf course is located partly on the slope of the Keerderberg hill, and partly on the edge of the Plateau van Margraten. The golf course has a typical Limburg character because it is in the hilly landscape between the valley of the Meuse and the hilly Mergelland. From the golf course, the golf player can look out over Maastricht and the Meuse valley. The golf course looks fully developed with its old trees. Old long-trunked fruit trees can be found at some holes.

The ground on which the golf course is located has an agricultural history. This makes the soil very fertile, which is reflected in the plant species. Linear landscape elements and terrace edges are also traces of the former farming use. These old landscape elements are well developed and are rich in tree and shrub species. Ash and English oak predominate in these linear elements, but sweet cherry, sycamore, elm and birch can also be found. The shrub layer includes many fruit and nut species such as sloe, common hawthorn, hazel, elderberry, red dogwood, blackberry and rose bushes. The herb layer has species which thrive in shady and fertile conditions, such as wood avens, herb robert, stinging nettle and ivy.

The golf course was laid out in November 2004. This was preceded by an archaeological survey in connection with the presence of the remains of the Roman villa Backerbosch in the ground. The golf course became a member of the Het Rijk Golfbanen group in September 2005 and was opened for use at the start of 2006.

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.

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

Title Author Date View document
Inventarisatie en werkprotocol flora en fauna Tim Asbreuk en Elmar Prins 2016/10/19 Download
Onderzoeksrapport Dassen en Zwijnen Bram Schenkeveld 2015/11/03 Download
Visual Tree Assessement Tim Lemmerlijn 2016/11/14 Download
Overzichtskaart Golfbaan RvM Tim Lemmerlijn 2017/04/14 Download
Beheersplan Golfbaan RvM Bram Schenkeveld 2007/10/15 Download

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

Local name Scientific name
Mistletoe / Maretak Viscum album
Wild marjoram / Wilde marjolein Origanum vulgare
Badger / Das Meles meles
Bat / Vleermuis Chiroptera
Squirrel / Eekhoorn Sciurus vulgaris

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

Local name Scientific name
Hedgehog / Heggenmus Prunella modularis
Wood pigeon / Houtduif Columba palumbus
Thrush bird / Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Chiffchaff / Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Mistle thrush / Grote lijster Turdus viscivorus
Blackbird / Merel Turdus merula
European robin / Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Chaffinch / Vink Fringilla coelebs
Wren / Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
White wagtail / Witte kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Green woodpecker / Groene specht Picus viridis
Great spotted woodpecker / Grote bonte specht Dendrocopos major
Nuthatch / Boomklever Sitta europaea
Great tit / Koolmees Parus major
Starling / Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
Ash tree / Es Fraxinus excelsior
Pedunculate oak / Zomereik Quercus robur
Sweet cherry / Zoete kers Prunus avium
Maple / Esdoorn Acer
Elm / Iep Ulmus
Silver birch / Ruwe berk Betula pendula
Blackthorn / Sleedoorn Prunus spinosa
Hawthorn / Eenstijlige meidoorn Crataegus monogyna
Hazel / Hazelaar Corylus avellana
Elder / Gewone vlier Sambucus nigra
Dogwood / Rode kornoelje Cornus sanguinea
Blackberry / Braamstruik Rubus
Rose bush / Rozenstruik Rozenstruik
Avens / Nagelkruid Geum
Herb Robert / Robertskruid Geranium robertianum
Nettle / Grote brandnetel Urtica dioica
Ivy / Klimop Hedera helix
Bulrush / Lisdodde Typha
Reed / Riet Phragmites australis
Queens Spice / Koninginnenkruid Eupatorium cannabinum
Wolf Paw / Wolfspoot Lycopus europaeus
Rabbit / Konijn Oryctolagus cuniculus
Hare / Haas Lepus europaeus
Roe / Ree Capreolus capreolus
Fox / Vos Vulpes vulpes
Brown frog / Bruine kikker Rana temporaria
Common toad / Gewone pad Bufo bufo
Grass Carp / Graskarper Ctenopharyngodon idella
Coot / Meerkoet Fulica atra
Canada goose / Canadese gans Branta canadensis
Creeping thistle / Akkerdistel Cirsium arvense
Mugwort / Bijvoet Artemisia vulgaris
Hogweed / Gewone berenklauw Heracleum sphondylium
Hedge bindweed / Haagwinde Calystegia sepium
Bitter dock / Ridderzuring Rumex obtusifolius
Common self-heal / Gewone brunel Prunella vulgaris

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 (Hectares) Designation
Bunker 0,73 N/A
Green 0,97 N/A
Voorgreen 0,86 N/A
Tee 0,67 N/A
Fairway 9,27 N/A
Semirough 9,22 N/A
Driving Range 1,63 N/A
Bos 4,92 N/A
Boomgaard 2,13 N/A
Struiken 0,05 N/A
Clubhuisomgeving 0,12 N/A
Graft 0,79 N/A
Water 0,5 N/A
Oeverbeplanting 0,12 N/A
Opstallen 0,22 N/A
Halfverharde paden 0,3 N/A
Paden 0,65 N/A
Parkeerplaatsen 0,23 N/A
Terras 0,05 N/A
Weg 0,33 N/A


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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 0.97 Hectares Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 50%
Poa annua 50%
Tees 0.67 Hectares Festuca rubra 60%
Poa pratensis 30%
Fairways 9.27 Hectares Festuca rubra 65%
Poa pratensis 25%
Semi Rough 9.22 Hectares Festuca rubra 65%
Poa pratensis 25%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Through a combination with the maintenance schedule, the irrigation system and the natural substrate of the grounds, we are able to provide these grasses an optimal living environment.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 months

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

  • Alan Rijks
  • Eric Seijn
  • SBA Golf en Groen
  • Casper Paulussen

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 Every year we draw up a maintenance and fertilisation plan in consultation with SBA Golf en Groen. Before drawing up this plan, both SBA Golf en Groen and Eric Seijn take soil samples. The plan covers one calendar year and is drawn up in months and weeks.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough The maintenance plan includes the improvement of the soil structure. By not collecting the grass clippings, sufficient natural growth and nutrition remain on the fairways and semi-rough. In addition, we take action on the basis of the result of the soil samples.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces The elements on the course such as uncut rough, natural zones (ecological zones) and waste areas are thinned out and clipped once a year. The ecological zones and waste areas are mown once a year and ten days later they are thinned so that the flower seeds sink into the soil.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Information is provided actively about the planning of major maintenance of the golf course (fairway, greens) through the club magazine, newsletter, website (current golf course conditions) and in the shop and at the reception desk. Questions are answered directly and elaborated.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces A good maintenance plan and the right choice of grasses will ensure quality and sustainable management compatibility.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture On the important sections of the course, such as tees, greens and pre-greens, we ensure a perfect, healthy and high-quality lawn through fertilisation and customised irrigation. On the other sections of the course (rough), we allow natural discolouration as much as possible.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours The mowing lines are in keeping with the environment and the game.
Protection and restoration of historic features The subsoil of the golf course contains the remains of the Roman villa Backerbosch. These must be protected.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We have chosen golf course materials with a natural appearance in a colour and material appropriate for the course. These materials have been placed at various conspicuous locations.
Conservation of specimen trees There are no monumental or valuable trees present on the golf course.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Not applicable.

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 The grass surface which is intensively mown is kept as short as possible to achieve a suitable course for the game of golf.
Increasing the size of habitat patches When the golf course was laid out and opened for use, the habitat of the badger was protected so that the badger would remain undisturbed. The habitats are enlarged and protected where possible. This is also communicated clearly.
Connection of internal habitat patches Not applicable.
Connection of patches with external habitats PVC pipes have been laid through the fencing on the badger routes which are used actively in order to maintain the connection with the environment outside the golf course.
Creation of habitat corridors Environmental developments are monitored actively and where and if necessary, we support them.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation As the rough, natural zones (ecological zones) and waste areas are maintained as natural as possible, we avoid shredding between the areas.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges The course continues to develop, and therefore increasingly better and more suitable habitats are being developed. The plantings in the course also create protection and a habitat for the animals.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the quality of habitats on the golf course:

Activity Description
Creation of botanically rich rough grassland The ground on which the golf course is located has an agricultural history. The soil is fertile and the variety of plant species present reflects this. There are also various landscape elements and terrace edges present with many species of trees and shrubs.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation ‘Nature zones’ (ecological areas) have been created at three locations on the course. Every year the lawn is loosened and a flower seed mixture is sown.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands The landscape contains a variety of species of trees and shrubs. These are well maintained. The landscape elements of terrace edges and lynchets dating from the land’s former use are preserved.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas Not applicable.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation There is variation in vegetation. The existing ponds are maintained yearly by trimming the sides and keeping them clean. One third of the vegetation is left in the ponds, preserving the amphibians.
Naturalization of linear habitats Because the wild boars have extended their habitat towards the golf course, the course has been partly fenced. PVC pipes have been placed in the fencing at the locations of the badger routes.

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 Not applicable.
Installation of nest boxes Various nesting boxes have been hung up around the course for different bird species.
Provision of feeding tables Not applicable.
Control / management of alien species In accordance with the inventory and working protocol of the Dutch Flora and Fauna Act.
Provision of hibernation areas Various nesting boxes have been hung up around the course which can also be used by birds that stay over winter. The badger sett present is also suitable for this.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Branches and tree stumps are collected and lie loosely at various places in the lynchets and on the terrace edges.


In the clubhouse, tap water is used in the catering establishment, the changing rooms and at other consumption points. In addition, signs have been hung up in various places requesting visitors to use water wisely. Surface water is present on the course; this is the buffer for the irrigation system. There is also a spring. It is located at the pond on hole 14 and is around 100 metres deep. Irrigation and rotating sprinklers and wetting agents are used to limit the amount of irrigation water. The irrigation is controlled by an irrigation computer. The amount of irrigation water is determined by the experienced head greenkeeper with the assistance of moisture measurements (using a Pogo moisture sensor). The irrigation pump that is used has frequency control; this sets the speed of the pump. This prevents water from being pumped up unnecessarily, which saves water as well as energy. The dry areas also receive extra spraying manually to prevent water wastage.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Onderzoeksrapport Biobeheer mbt Uitslag Watermonsters 2016 Mens en Water B.V. / Dhr. J.H.H. Solberg 2016/02/22 Download

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% 1,402 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 2,229 Cubic Metres
2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,349 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 3,641 Cubic Metres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,402 Cubic Metres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 3,739 Cubic Metres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees 2-3 days per week
Other 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 6 months

Upgraded every 3 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 2 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species When the course was laid out, the grasses were selected consciously with a view to the lie of the land and the type of landscape. All the grasses were selected to limit water consumption.
Soil decompaction and thatch management An annual maintenance plan is used for the thatch layer management; this includes aeration and topdressing of the top layer with sand.
Timing and dose of water application The irrigation is dosed through moisture measurements.
Analysis of soil moisture The irrigation water is analysed regularly by a certified company.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data The weather conditions are taken into account when water is applied.
Use of wetting agents During the season, wetting agents are used on the greens and tees.
Overall reduction in irrigated area On the course, water is only applied to the tees, greens and pre-greens. There are no sprinklers in the other areas.
Targeting of sprinkler heads All sprinklers are set according to the intended area to avoid excessive water consumption. The dry areas also receive extra spraying manually.
Optimizing system pressure The pump that is used has frequency control; this sets the speed of the pump according to the pressure.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Water-saving nozzles are not yet used.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Most of the toilets have water-saving flushes.
Use of water efficient appliances Where possible, water-saving applications are used. When water-consuming equipment is replaced, this is taken into consideration.
Use of efficient shower technology Not applicable.
Repairing leaks When leaks are discovered, they are repaired as soon as possible.
Water awareness signage Signs have been hung up in various places requesting visitors to use water wisely.


The golf course has prioritised the reduction of energy consumption. Thanks to the Energy Savings Plan that has been implemented, significant savings can still be made, especially in lighting (LED applications). When equipment is replaced in the future, energy consumption and energy sources used will be taken into account. We will continually gather information about clean and sustainable energy sources. For example, we are in discussion with our energy supplier about the supply of green and sustainable energy.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Energie Besparingsplan Het Rijk van Margraten Parkstad Energiediensten / Frank Bovens 2013/01/21 Download

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

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

2016 2015 2014
Diesel (Cubic Metres) 14.559 13.283 14.241
Hydraulic Oil (Cubic Metres) 0.2 0.2 0.2
Natural Gas (Cubic Metres) 26159 26598 25668
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 296251 300711 287892
Petrol (Cubic Metres) 1.545 1.482 2.450

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Not applicable within the existing energy contracts. In the event of future renewal, sustainability and green energy measures will play an important part.
Installation of small scale wind turbine Not applicable.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels This is currently not applicable. The installation of solar panels in the future will be investigated.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources Not applicable.
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Not applicable.
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol This is currently not applicable. In event of future replacement of materials or machines, this will be taken into account.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles The buggies for hire have batteries.
Use of recycled oils Not applicable.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems This is currently not applicable. In event of future replacement of systems, this will be taken into account.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration The implemented Energy Savings Plan forms the basis for a seasonal pattern applied to the thermostat levels.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities Not applicable.
Upgrading of building insulation The clubhouse and the annexes have optimal insulation.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) There are sufficient windows in the building so that the lighting system does not always have to be used.
Installation of low-energy lighting The implemented Energy Savings Plan forms the basis for significant potential savings in the light sources used. In the event of future replacement, LED applications will be chosen.
Use of motion sensor lighting Movement sensors are used in the meeting rooms, association room and the greenkeepers’ shed.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Not applicable.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting The central heating systems in the clubhouse and the greenkeepers’ shed have an on-off timer. A timer has been installed on the driving range lighting, so that the lighting is switched off at a pre-set time.
Educating staff and customers There is awareness among staff and guests and this is an area of attention.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100%
Diesel 100% 100%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 33% 33%
Diesel 67%
Grid Electric 67%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives Some of the staff come to the golf course by bicycle, scooter or bus. The members regularly carpool.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) Not applicable.
Secure cycle parking There is a bicycle shelter at the parking area, and this is subject to a great deal of social control from the members and the staff.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables The golf course is easily accessible by public transport. This is also communicated via the website.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) The locker room has lockers for the members in which they can store their golf equipment. Lockers for storing valuable items are available in the changing rooms.
Staff showers For the staff, there are two showers in the staff changing room and two showers in the greenkeepers’ shed.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling Not applicable.
Promotion of walk to work campaigns Not applicable.

Supply Chain

The catering establishment takes a conscious approach to materials and supply chain management. The catering establishment works with local suppliers and seasonal and regional cuisine.
SBA Golf en Groen is responsible for the golf course maintenance of several golf courses in the region. The headquarters and central warehouse are located in Susteren. The materials for the maintenance of the golf course are purchased centrally and from local suppliers whenever possible. The use of pesticides is limited to the absolute necessary. Fertilisers are applied on greens, pre-greens, tees and fairways. A good record is kept of the amount of resources used. Waste from the greenkeeping and the catering establishment is collected by a waste management company.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Products are specifically purchased and efficiently used.
Use of local suppliers If possible, we work together with local suppliers which can be of service in the clubhouse and on the golf course.
Use of local products Seasonal and regional products are also purchased in collaboration with local catering suppliers.
Selection of certified products If applicable and when possible, purchases are made in this respect.
Use of recycled and recyclable products The catering establishment uses such products.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Various products are supplied with minimal packaging material.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) We work with certified suppliers.

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 11 4 6
Catering Supplies 4 1 2
Retail 17 5 7
Trade & Contractors 100 20 50
Maintenance Equipment 15 5 6
Course Supplies 15 7 3

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Stress is prevented as much as possible by switching the tee markers and pin positions in the course regularly, sweeping the dew from the greens every day and prohibiting the use of buggies in wet weather conditions.
Managing stress and wear Stress and wear around the greens and tee boxes are checked daily.
Enhancement of soil structure The ground is regularly aerated and topdressed with sand to create good soil structure.
Optimization of the growing environment The golf course lies in an open, rolling landscape. When the golf course was laid out, the existing lie of the land was preserved. Landscape elements are present with stands of shrubs and trees. Maintenance focuses on creating sufficient light for a good growing environment.
Managing thatch levels The maintenance plan provides for this and is adjusted on the spot to the thatch level.
Managing surface moisture The surface moisture is checked weekly.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease With a view to Green Deal, more natural barriers will have to be created, for instance through local manual irrigation and by keeping the top layer dry.
Scouting for pests and diseases The presence of possible pests and diseases are monitored daily. This allows swift intervention and action.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health With a view to Green Deal, more actions will target the monitoring of plant health.

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Inorganic 7 34 28
Fairways - K - Organic 29
Fairways - N - Inorganic 26 61 99
Fairways - N - Organic 57
Fairways - P - Inorganic 6 17 24
Fairways - P - Organic 14
Greens - K - Inorganic 329 367 318
Greens - N - Inorganic 179 179 182
Greens - P - Inorganic 66 80 73
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 7 34 28
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 29
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 26 61 99
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 57
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 6 17 24
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 14
Tees - K - Organic 273 334 263
Tees - N - Organic 181 225 166
Tees - P - Organic 24 30 52

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1.5 7 7
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 30 140 141
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 4 4
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 30 41 21
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 40 53.5 27.5
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 4 4 4
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0.8 0 4
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 1 0 5
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 1 0 2

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products We spray with water-soluble Fe up to a certain amount.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases We spray with water-soluble Fe up to a certain amount.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers There are showers for the staff and the greenkeepers.
Calibration and testing of sprayers The sprinklers are checked yearly and if necessary, their settings are optimised.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Anti-drift nozzles are used.
Non-chemical weed control Not applicable.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. We mainly use organic fertilisers.

Waste Management

No waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

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

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials At the locker room and the driving range building, there are three underground Molok containers in which glass, paper and residual waste can be disposed of separately.
Establishment of recycling centers This is present.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Not applicable. The grass clippings are left on the fairways and also act as a fertiliser.
Education of staff and customer education Both the staff and customers pay attention to waste and sorting management.
Waste awareness campaigns There is conscious awareness of waste management.

Pollution Control

The environmental management plan not only seeks to ensure strict compliance with environmental legislation, it also aims to launch a process with a constant focus on the effects of its operations on the environment. The objective of the golf course is to minimise environmental impacts. This should be possible through creating a high degree of awareness among employees In order to achieve this level of awareness, the employees need to be informed regularly about the developments and possible consequences. The municipality, fire brigade and regional governmental and supervisory bodies also perform regular audits to monitor compliance with the regulations.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Yearly Yearly Daily
On-Site Yearly Yearly Daily
Outflow Yearly Yearly Daily

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course N/A N/A
Clubhouse Mains Sewer Yes
Maintenance Facility Via Oil Separator Yes
Wash Pad Via Oil Separator Yes

Hazardous Materials

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

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

Pollution Prevention

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

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas The locations where dangerous substances can be found have liquid-tight floors. These are inspected annually.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas The machines are serviced at a location that has liquid-tight floors. These are inspected annually.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas This process is performed on a liquid-tight floor.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces This process is performed on a liquid-tight floor.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks One above-ground diesel tank is used.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel These facilities are present.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials These facilities are present.

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 Grass resources are handled carefully so that no residual liquid is present after use. The required amount is measured out precisely.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies Buffer strips are present around the water springs.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan An emergency response plan is present.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge This is checked regularly.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones This is taken into consideration within the framework of the Green Deal and forms part of the policy.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off There are water buffers on the golf course to capture excess rainwater so that it remains within the golf course. The hose-off areas at greenkeeping and the kitchen have oil and grease separators.


Het Rijk van Margraten Golf Course has 590 members, 57 of whom are business members. Most of the members (90%) live within a radius of 20-30 km of the golf course. Most of the staff live or are recruited in the region. We collaborate with Podium24. LimburgVac is engaged to fill job vacancies. The golf course is committed to providing a safe and sustainable working environment through open and frequent communication.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 1
Course Management 1 3 1
Food & Beverage 2 6 28
Golf Coaching 1 2
Retail & Leisure 1 3 2
Caddies 3
Other 6

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

  • Course Manager
  • Technical Specialist
  • Headgreenkeeper
  • Chef
  • Headgolfprofessional

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Greenkeeper training, spraying permit.
Efficient water management Knowledge of the irrigation system is present and is updated yearly through courses and workshops.
Management of accidents and emergencies An occupational health and safety officer is present at the golf course. Various staff members in the departments and greenkeeping have a company emergency response training certificate and/or a Social Hygiene certificate.
Management of habitats and vegetation The greenkeepers regularly follow refresher courses and/or workshops to extend and update their knowledge.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling We are careful to separate waste at the golf course.
Health & Safety The employees follow courses in health and safety. Staff of the golf course and the greenkeepers are regularly informed about these aspects by means of a toolbox meeting.
Energy Saving An Energy Savings Plan has been implemented in which energy can be saved in various ways.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage There is understanding of the landscape and cultural heritage. Maps have been processed in GIS viewer which show the landscape and cultural history.
Environmental management planning There is a schedule for environmental management. The head greenkeeper and the golf course manager are responsible for this.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours We have a good relationship and cooperate well with the neighbours (hockey, football, tennis) in order to create a liveable and visually clean environment.
Local Government We cooperate well and are on a good footing with the Municipality of Eijsden Margraten and with the Municipality of Maastricht.
Local Environmental Groups Not applicable.
Local Community Groups Local community groups regularly spend time in the clubhouse. The clubhouse and outdoor café are open to everyone and are centrally located with respect to the village of Cadier en Keer. They are also on official cycling and walking routes. We also work together with a local bird and hunting association.
Media We cooperate actively with the local media (newspapers, radio, television) to reach the local population. In recent years, we have also actively sought attention via the social media.
Local Businesses We work together with various local businesses which are suppliers for us or in the context of health and exercise (staff associations). Our ambition for the future is to expand the network with a focus on sustainability and vitality.
Schools & Colleges We work actively with the local primary schools, secondary schools and universities. There are also special lesson programmes and memberships available for these target groups.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Not applicable.
Creation of new paths and nature trails Not applicable.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage There are welcome signs, information signs and directions in several places on the course.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) The 9 hole Short Golf course offers low-threshold and recreational golf to the entire community.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) Not applicable.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities Not applicable.

The following archaeological and heritage surveys have been carried out at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Besluit Archeologisch Monument RACM / Raap Archeologisch Adviesburo 2006/11/01 Download

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

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) At the time the golf course was laid, extra soil was deposited on the places where the remains of Villa Backerbosch were found underground.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) Besides lynchets and nature zones, there is also a badger sett on the golf course. These areas are maintained in accordance with the management and maintenance plan, and are also protected.


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display Members are sent a monthly newsletter. Information about nature and the environment is provided regularly. The newsletter articles are also published on the website and on Facebook.
Members evenings and course walks This is currently not yet applicable. This is an ambition for the future.
Course guides / brochures The website and the general membership brochures provide information about the golf course.
Interpretation panels & course signage There are various information signs on the golf course. The ambition is to place extra information signs with an explanation of the landscape and the historical values.
Establishment of a nature trail The paths on the golf course are made from natural products.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Information on nature and the environment is provided regularly on the website and in the monthly newsletters.
Supporting campaigns Not applicable.
Course walks / open days The walking and cycling routes past the golf course are used frequently. These routes can be obtained via the various tourist organisations and various apps. The golf course also organises annual open days on which visitors can get to know the golf course and its nature.
Attending community meetings Meetings are held regularly with the neighbouring sports associations, schools and municipality. The ambition for the future is to do this more intensively and promote it.
Joint practical projects with community Not applicable.