Amsterdamse Golf Club
Paul van Kan, GEOSA, Accredited Verifier Read verifier report.
This report incorporates all the relevant basic details from the 2015 audit. The emphasis here is on the developments and achievements over the past three years and on the current situation with regard to the CIPs listed in 2015, while also looking forward by describing the ambitions for the coming years. Please be advised that the 2015 and 2018 audits are to be read in conjunction with each other.
The course of the Amsterdam Golf Club (hereinafter: “AGC”) is part of the Spaarnwoude recreational area. Its neighbours include the Houtrak Golf…
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- Golf Courses
- main (18 holes, 6197 metres, year opened 1990)
- par 3 (6 holes, 460 metres, year opened 2004)
- 1 Clubhouse(s)
- 1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
- 1 Pro Shop
- 1 Practice Facility/Facilities
- 1 Halfway House(s)
- 1 Other
The Golf course of the Amsterdamse Golf Club was developed in the eighties on the clay soil of the then called Buiten IJ and has been completed over the years as a true park course. Many water ponds, bushes and solitaire trees result in beautiful sceneries throughout he course. All the holes have their specific character and own identity by well placed bunkers, ponds and several sloping areas in the course. Outside the fairways the course is covered by natural rough. Several water ponds have been developed over the years and show to be very suitable for amfibic lifeforms.
The golf course and main buildings are on the Westside from the Baduinlaan while the driving range and car parking area are East from same raod. The total area is 59 ha.
De golfbaan van de Amsterdamse Golf Club is eind jaren tachtig aangelegd op de zeeklei van het voormalige Buiten IJ en heeft zich in de loop der jaren ontwikkeld tot een echte parkbaan. Hij wordt gekarakteriseerd door veel waterpartijen, bosjes en solitaire bomen met fraaie doorzichten door de baan. Specifiek geplaatste bunkers en glooiende heuvels door en tussen de fairways geven de verschillende holes een eigen identiteit. Ruigten met natuurontwikkeling bevinden zich in die delen van de baan, die buiten het spel liggen en in de zgn. carry's. Afgelopen jaren zijn er diverse poelen aangelegd die uitermate geschikt zijn voor de voortplanting van amfibieën.
Het gebied wordt doorsneden door de Bauduinlaan, met aan de westzijde de wedstrijdbaan, clubhuis en werkplaats en aan de oostzijde de oefenfaciliteiten met parkeerplaats. Het totale gebied is ca. 60 ha.
Consultation & Surveys
This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding landscape heritage conservation:
- Jol Golf Design, Gerard Jol
- Buiting Advies
The following landscape assessments and surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility:
|Flora en Fauna||Buiting Advies||2008/12/10||Download|
|Baanbeheerplan Amsterdamse Golf Club||Rob Assman||2014/10/01||Download|
|Bevindigen Flora- en Fauna inventarisaties t.b.v. de implementatie Flora & Fauna wet||NLAdviseurs||2014/08/21||Download|
|Natuurbeheer plan Amsterdamse Golf Club||Berkhout, Hoogland, Hamelink, Sander||2014/12/11||Download|
|broedvogel inventarisatie||Fred Homan/Tom vd Boomen||Download|
This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding ecosystem protection and enhancement:
- NLadviseurs, Arnhem
- Jol Golf Design, Gerard Jol
The following ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility:
|veldonderzoeken in kader van F&F project||NLAdviseurs||2014/08/21||Download|
Rare, protected and notable species occurring at this golf facility:
|Local name||Scientific name|
|Boerenzwaluw||Hirundo rustica ssp. rustica|
|Groene specht||Picus viridis ssp. viridis|
|Huiszwaluw||Delichon urbica ssp. urbica|
|Koekoek||Cuculus canorus ssp. canorus|
|Nachtegaal||Luscinia megarhynchos ssp. megarhynchos|
|Brede wespenorchis||Epipactis helleborine|
|Rietorchis||Dactylorhiza majalis praetermissa|
|Tafel eend||Aythya ferina|
This golf facility regularly monitors the following species as indicators of environmental quality:
|Local name||Scientific name|
|no monitoring is done on the basis of one or more specific type of birds; it rather is an overall monitoring by the Flora & Fauna committee|
Habitats & Designations
This golf facility features the following landscape designations:
|Historic Landscapes / Parklands||niet van toepassing|
|Areas of Scenic Beauty||niet van toepassing|
|National Park||niet van toepassing|
|Geological||niet van toepassing|
|Status of Landgoed||National Government|
Area of habitats / vegetation types, and associated designations at this golf facility:
|Title||Estimated Area (Hectares)||Designation|
|Rough 'ecological' grassland||7.5 (natuurlijk grasland)||Self Appointed|
|Scrub Vegetation||2||Self Appointed|
|Native Woodland||2.5||Self Appointed|
|Non Native Plantation Woodland||7.5||Self Appointed|
|Wetlands||0.5 (draspoelen)||Self Appointed|
|Open Water Features||6.5||Self Appointed|
|Heather and other dwarf shrub communities||is er niet||N/A|
Size and estimated species composition of amenity turfgrass maintained at this golf facility.
|Estimated Area (Hectares)||Turfgrass Species||Sward Composition (%)|
|Greens||1.2 Hectares||Festuca rubra||50%|
|Agrostis tenuis / capillaris||45%|
|Tees||1.0 Hectares||Festuca rubra||50%|
|Fairways||13.0 Hectares||Festuca rubra||40%|
|Semi Rough||5.0 Hectares||Festuca rubra||80%|
These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Due to the condition of our soil (clay, high humidity) and the mowing requirements these turfgrasses suit us best.
This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 months
This golf facility consults the following individuals / organizations regarding its grassing plan:
- STRI, Connor Nollan
- Jol Golf Design, Gerard Jol
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||In the "Baanbeheerplan 2008/2011/2014" and "Nulmeting 2011" one can find detailed descriptions of all aspects of greenkeeping and golfcourse management. These publications are available to all club members.|
|Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough||doorzaaien met gewenste grassen voor de fairways, niks aan semi-rough|
|Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces||one of the benefits of the GEO programme|
|Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance||Information to club members through the Club magazine and through the website and email with a.o. newsletters to our members.
|Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces||Please see the Club website, the Committed to Green section "de Golftechnische Beschrijving".|
Conservation & Enhancement
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve landscape character:
|Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture||The Committed to Green committee and The Headgreenkeeper are constantly working together with the Golfcoursearchitect/adviser Gerard Jol and the "Flora en Fauna committee" to improve the outlook and its natural status of the course, with special attention to the areas outside the regular playing area ( an overview of the changes/improvements introduced since first audit in November 2011 is available)
Additional information can be found in "Natuurbeheerplan version 2014"
|Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours||Yearly review of the mowing paterns by Headgreenkeeper with the Golfcoursearchitect.|
|Discreet on-course signage and furniture||It is the policy of the AGC to keep all man-made additions to the course (signage, washers, furniture, shelters, etc.) to a minumum and to use durable and natural materials as much as possible.|
|Conservation of specimen trees||Every winter the whole course is screened how we can improve the conditions for growing the best, beautiful and longlasting trees.
A tree (replacement) policy document is available
|Screening and softening unsightly man-made features||For example the irrigation pumphouse near the pond between the holes 1 and 18 has been surrounded by screening, covered with appropriate plants.
Other man-made objects are painted or constructed to blend in as much as possible with the surrounding area.
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the landscape ecology of the golf course:
|Minimizing the amount of amenity grass||The policy is to introduce goodlooking healthy roughgrass as much as possible outside the regular playing surfaces.|
|Increasing the size of habitat patches||In several places (hole 3, hole 7/8, hole 9, hole 14) we have created wetland areas (ponds) with the appropriate vegetation surrounding these areas.|
|Improving and diversifying habitat edges||In cooperation with the architect and the "flora en fauna commissie" we are in a continuous process of improving these areas by sanding, topdressing, weeds removal, etc.|
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the quality of habitats on the golf course:
|Creation of botanically rich rough grassland||In several mounds and areas outside the fairways and mowed (semi-)rough we are working on altering the topsoil and vegetation by adding a thick layer of sand (2 inches) and reseeding with festuca (rough species).|
|Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands||Until 2010 all grasslands were sprayed (MCPA, Primstar) against weeds, etc.
Since 2011we only sprayed the fairways, tees and greens.
In all other areas weeds removal is on a selective base, only by mowing.
|Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas||The last couple of years in several places (hole 3, hole 7/8, hole 9, hole 14) we have created wetland areas (ponds) with the appropriate vegetation surrounding these areas.|
|Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation||The ponds and waterways are cleared yearly (partially) to ensure proper drainage of the golf course.
One-third of the reeds is removed in wintertime.
All this is done in cooperation with the "flora en fauna commissie"
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve and enhance biodiversity on the golf course:
|Provision of nesting and nectar for pollinators||In cooperation with the "Flora en Fauna Commissie" we have placed a number of nesting spaces for birds of prey. There is also a nesting space for stork family. In three specific locations there are plants/flowerbeds for pollinators.|
|Installation of nest boxes||Several nest boxes throughout the course have been installed.
Consulting with "Flora en Fauna Commissie".
In 2014 all nestboxes are replaced by a more sustainable one 9consisting of a mixture of timber and concrete
|Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles)||Consulting with "Flora en Fauna Commissie".
Throughout all wooded areas we have created log piles.
These are renewed and enlarged every winter.
Main water use is for irrigation of the golf course; this surfacewater is sourced from an external water source, i.e. Haarlemmmeerse Ringvaart via a jointly used pumping station by AGC and the Houtrak. Other water use concerns municipal water for use in clubhouse (toilets, dressing rooms, kitchen) and water for cleaning of equipment at the Greenkeepers lodge/area (although in summer time water is used from a pond on the golfcourse)
Sources & Consumption
The following water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility:
|water use has been assessed||Koos Brandenburg||2014/10/17||Download|
Irrigation & Efficiency
The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:
|Greens||2-3 days per week|
|Tees||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 years
Upgraded every 5 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||Door grassen te introduceren die minder water nodig hebben om te overleven.|
|Soil decompaction and thatch management||Door veelvuldig te bezanden en te prikken om de viltlaag zo laag mogelijk te houden.|
|Timing and dose of water application||Alleen water toe te voeren als de beregenings- vijver in een lage stand verkeerd|
|Analysis of soil moisture||Dagelijks de greens te checken voor bodemvocht.|
|Use of wetting agents||Maandelijks een wettingagent te spuiten op de greens en surrounds.|
|Overall reduction in irrigated area||In plaats van full circle beregening op de greens over gaan naar part circle beregening.|
|Targeting of sprinkler heads||In het seizoen regelmatig checken dat ze correct zijn afgesteld.|
|Optimizing system pressure||Door het instaleren van een filtratiesysteem de leidingen goed schoon te kunnen houden waardoor een correcte druk in de leidingen is.|
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve / reduce / minimize water consumption:
|Low-flow urinals and toilets||is in place|
|Use of water efficient appliances||is done on an ongoing basis|
|Use of efficient shower technology||is still to be considered|
|Repairing leaks||is done when applicable|
|Water awareness signage||kitchen staff has been made aware of the need to use water responsibly|
The energy use at the AGC is considerd by our GEO-advisor as "normal" compared to similar golfcourses. Nevertheless, the board of the club as part of the GEO programme decided to set up in 2011 an "energy committee" which was tasked to work on reduction of the energy use. This committee is a sub-committee of the committee looking after the facilities, i.e "de Gebouwencommissie". Per end of 2013 the work of the energy committee is fully integrated in work of "de Gebouwencommissie".
The committee is focussing on the following areas :
- Propane gas is used for heating purposes of facilities and heating the water for showering and use in kitchen.
- Electricity is used for lighting, kitchen equipment and on the golf course for the irrigation pumps and charging of the batteries of the golfcarts.
- Equipment for maintenance of the course is using diesel and benzine.
All purchased electricity is produced as green energy and 1 of the golf carts is equipped with solar pannels on the roof.
Sources & Consumption
The following energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility:
|Milieuzorgadvies Amsterdamse Golf Club||D.Bol||2002/10/02|
|energy consumption evaluation 2007-2013||Tjalling Ament||2014/03/07||Download|
|energy use assessment||Koos Brandenburg/Jan Jacob Bleeker||2014/12/07||Download|
This golf facility does not consume any renewable energy or resources.
This golf facility does not consume any non-renewable energy or resources.
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to diversify energy and fuel supply:
|Adoption of green tariff grid supply||Supplier is delivering 100% green electricity since 2010; reconfirmed in 2014 and branded as GreenChoice|
|Installation of small scale wind turbine||feasibility has been investigated, but so far financially not viable for the club. In next certification period the possibility to generate electricity by wind for fontain in water pond at hole 1 will be re-investigated|
|Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels||not investigated because there is not sufficient surface available to put them on, but
1 of the buggies is equipped with solar pannels.
|Use of geothermal and / or ground sources||not applicable|
|Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG)||is in use for heating (CV) in facility and in kitchen and production of warm water for showering|
|Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol||purchase of energy efficient machinery (6 new ones scheduled for 2015, which can run on biodiesel)|
|Use of electric hybrid vehicles||2 moving machines are hybride type
1 of the buggies is equipped with solar pannels.
|Use of recycled oils||not applicable|
This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to reduce energy consumption:
|Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems||in 2013/14 new cooling cell with higher energy efficiency has been installed in the kitchen during kitchen renovation/upgrading project|
|Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration||Temperature control devices are in place and are upgraded.
Early 2011 temperature control device in greenkeepers facility and secretary room is replaced by more sophisticated system which allows temperature setting per day of the week, i.e. lower temperature settings are possible during the weekend.
|Installation of low-energy lighting||We are in the process of replacing conventional tubes and bulbs with low-energy alternatives. The proposed investment has recently been approved by the board of the club; this includes LED; implementation planned for end of 2014/early 2015.
Lights in greenkeepers area are energy efficient since 2012
|Use of motion sensor lighting||Are in place in dressing rooms, toilets, greenkeepers quarters, storage rooms for trolleys and greenkeeping equipment.|
|Transition to energy efficient appliances||Has partially been done and will be expanded when replacement is due.
Low energy lighting will be installed in clubhouse during Q4 of 2014 or early 2015.
|Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting||is used in greenkeepers and admin building|
|Educating staff and customers||restaurant staff is trying to avoid spillage of energy in clubhouse; use of gas burnt fireplace is better controlled with lower consumption in 2014|
Vehicles & Transport
This golf facility does not operate a maintenance fleet (ride-on mowers, walking mowers, or utility vehicles).
This golf facility does not operate any additional vehicles.
This golf facility has established the following schemes to encourage reductions in staff and customer transport emissions:
|Car sharing incentives||Een aantal greenkeepers doet aan carpoolen.|
|Group transportation (e.g. buses)||no busline conections are at acceptable distance|
|Promoting public transport routes and timetables||closest railway station is available at about 2.5 km|
|Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers)||The electrical trolley storage has been upgraded in 2011.|
|Staff showers||Have recently (2012 winter time) been renovated.|
|Tax breaking incentives for cycling||This oportunity has been used by some greenkeepers|
Currently we aim to purchase quality products, which are manufactrured in a sustainable, responsible way and which are mainly bought from local suppliers.
This golf facility undertakes the following ethical / environmental purchasing activities:
|Measures to avoid waste at source||Het vullen van de strooiers gebeurt als volgt. De zakken worden pas open gemaakt als deze zich boven (of in de strooier) bevinden om verspilling te voorkomen. Juiste hoeveelheden moeten worden gebruikt aan de hand van adviezen. Het gras krijgt alleen bemesting als dat nodig blijkt. We gebruiken "spoon feeding". Dit betekent elke keer een klein beetje en geen grote hoeveelheden ineens.|
|Use of local suppliers||We use local suppliers whenever possible, taking into account competitive pricing, reliability of supply and environmental performance.|
|Use of local products||most products used in kitchen/restaurant are sourced from a local company (about 10 km away from the AGC golf course)|
|Selection of certified products||Alle producten die we gebruiken komen van Prograss Nederland.|
|Use of recycled and recyclable products||glass and paper/carton are recycled for re-use, of which part of will come to the AGC as glass and/or carton packaging materials|
|Selection of products that feature minimal packaging||grass seed and composting material are coming in bags of 25 kgs and or 10 L pales|
This golf facility does not use a supplier network.
This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:
|Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses||As described in "Baanbeheerplan" and "Nulmeting" we are in the process of overseeding using the most updated grass species.|
|Managing stress and wear||Wij hanteren een no disturbance theorie waarbij we zo min mogelijk grove behandelingen toepassen om zo de juiste grassen te behouden.|
|Enhancement of soil structure||The "Nulmeting" showed us some shortcomings this year. We are adapting our procedures to improve the soil structure within the limits of our normal maintenance program and budget.|
|Optimization of the growing environment||Adapting our existing procedures as described in the older version of the "Baanbeheerplan" taking into account the recent results of the "Nulmeting".|
|Managing thatch levels||Dit doen we door veel te bezanden en daarmee een nieuwe toplaag te creeren die het vilt afbreekt.|
|Managing surface moisture||Door gebruik van wetting agent en door het monitoren van de vochtigheid bepalen we of er moet beregend moet worden of niet. Hierdoor beheren we het oppervlakte vocht.|
|Establishing thresholds for pests and disease||Door het sterk houden van de juiste grassen is er een drempel voor plagen en ziekten.|
|Scouting for pests and diseases||Done in a daily basis by the Headgreenkeeper and all other Greenkeepers.|
|Monitoring / improvement of plant health||We doen aan spoonfeeding. Dit betekent dat we b.v. op de greens om de 3 weken voeding geven zodat de plant sterk en gezond blijft.|
Fertilizer has not been used at this golf facility in the last three years.
Pesticide has not been used at this golf facility in the last three years.
This golf facility undertakes the following actions to optimize pesticide use:
|Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products||The 5 products described below are used as reluctantly as possible.|
|Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases||We are allowed 5 products: Signum, Caramba, Heritage, Merit Turf, Chip Co green
These are used only and strictly in case of necessity and strictly according to the rules supplied by the manufacturer.
Use is off course for the appropriate diseases.
|Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers||new set up and facilities have been installed in 2013|
|Calibration and testing of sprayers||Our weed sprayer is tested and checked on a regular basis. We are changing our sprinklers on the greens from full circle to part circle so that we have to use less water and electricity an that we have better control over our output of water.|
|Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles||We use a 2 year old, up-to-date weed sprayer.|
|Non-chemical weed control||We are investigating the possibilities for an effective approach|
The following waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility:
|Milieuzorgadvies Amsterdamse Golf Club||D. Bol||2002/10/02|
|Afval inventarisatie audit in 2014||Koos Brandenburg||2014/11/02||Download|
|milieuzorg systeem AGC||Koos Brandenburg/Jan Jacob Bleeker||2014/12/07||Download|
This golf facility does not manage key waste streams.
This golf facility undertakes the following activities to continue the lifecycle of materials and resources:
|Separation of recyclable materials||Glass and paper/cardboard are segregated (by AGC) and recycled (by waste handling contractor).
Chemical waste is collected and disposed of seperately.
|Establishment of recycling centers||done through waste handling company and for some waste coming from the course on composting area behind hole 2 which has a leak tight underlayer|
|Returning clipping to fairways and walkways||Fairway clippings are left on the fairways.
Only tee and green clippings are composted and/or landfilled at the golf course.
|Education of staff and customer education||restaurant staff has been trained to segregate waste|
|Waste awareness campaigns||restaurant staff has been trained to segregate waste|
The club has a documented environmental management plan, which describes the most relevant environmental impacts from our energy use, our water use and the generation of waste.
The total used and produced quantities are fully registered and monitored. The committees, which are looking after course management, buildings and maintenance and all related facilities are continously working to identify opportunities forpotential savings and minimizing waste.
This golf facility does not monitor water quality.
No waste water is managed by this golf facility.
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||see Golfcourse Management Plan (GMP)/Baanbeheerplan|
|Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas||see GMP/Baanbeheerplan|
|Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas||see GMP/Baanbeheerplan and Nulmeting|
|Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces||see GMP/Baanbeheerplan and Nulmeting|
|Installation of above-ground fuel tanks||in place for LPG and for Diesel/Gasoline|
|Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel||in place|
|Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials||in place|
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||see GMP/Baanbeheerplan and Nulmeting|
|Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies||see GMP/Baanbeheerplan and Nulmeting|
|Establishment of emergency spillage response plan||see GMP/Baanbeheerplan|
|Controlling erosion and sediment discharge||see GMP/Bannbeheerplan|
|Establishment of pesticide-free zones||any area outside fairways, tees, greens and carpaths.|
|Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off||not applicable|
The golfcourse is situated in the middle of a park/forrest area with only 2 residential houses close to the course.
The nearest residential area is about 3 km away from the club. On the North side of the club an industrial area is located, which belongs to the Port of Amsterdam activities.
The contribution to the local community is by purchasing materials from local suppliers. Environmetal impact is minimized.
Employment & Education
This golf facility does not have a sustainability working group.
Employees at this golf facility receive the following formal and informal environmental education:
|Storage, application and disposal of pesticides||All greenkeepers who handle and apply pesticides have a "weed spraying license", which is updated regularly.
All purchases and applications are registered (date, amount, dilution, area) in special forms.
Storage is done is a special, certified, approved locked cupboard.
|Efficient water management||All greenkeepers have received appropriate eduation during their training as greenkeeper.|
|Management of accidents and emergencies||All employees have been trained in first aid and dealing with small emergencies. There is an annual AED training for members and staff.|
|Management of habitats and vegetation||The appropiate areas are monitored in close consultation with the architect/advisor Gerard Jol and the "Flora en Fauna Commissie";
spared as much as possible and maintained in the best possible ecological way.
|Waste minimization, separation and recycling||Guidance is given to the caddiemasters, restaurant staff, secretariate and greenkeepers where to leave the different waste categories (chemical, regular waste, paper/carton, glass).
|Health & Safety||All staff receive ARBO training and/or safety training on an annual basis or whenever upgrade is necessary.|
|Energy Saving||staff from restaurant/kitchen have been informed about the need to avoid wasting energy. The same applies to green keepers when they are in their greenkeepers lodge or working with machines on the golfcourse|
|Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage||All greenkeepers receive a dedicated greenkeeper course and later on a (assistant)headgreenkeeper course if applicable.|
|Environmental management planning||Part of the club wide committed to green programme and the club's environmental management programme|
This golf facility engages with local community groups in the following manner:
|Neighbours||Only 2 residential houses are located close to the entrance of the golfcourse: occasional contacts take place.
Frequent contacts exist with the golf course on the west side of our property, i.e.
Houtrak and also frequent contacts with the authorities of the Port of Amsterdam, who own the property on the north side of our course.
One of the neighbour children is working for us during his schoolbreaks.
|Local Government||The authorities of the city of Amsterdam and the province of Noord-Holland. The Mayor of the City of Amsterdam is a honorary member.|
|Local Environmental Groups||Contact with bird watching group through the "Flora en Fauna Commissie".|
|Local Community Groups||Local community is limited to 2 residental houses|
|Media||it is rare that there are contacts with the media, which basically is a policy of the club|
|Schools & Colleges||For students special membership arrangements exist.
Use of students (interns) from agricultural schools as trainees in the greenkeeping department.
Land Use & Cultural Heritage
This golf facility provides access and diversified land use for others through:
|Maintenance of existing public paths||This is not applicable because there are no public routes on the golf course|
|Creation of new paths and nature trails||not applicable|
|Installation of effective and welcoming signage||not applicable, although signs guide you to the course from the railway station onwards|
|Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing)||not applicable|
|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:
This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage:
- NL Adviseurs, Arnhem, NL
- Jol Golf Design, Santpoort, NL
This golf facility undertakes the following activities to conserve cultural heritage features:
|Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc)||not applicable|
|Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc)||Given the fact that our site was open sea 150 years ago, we are part of a "polder" but there are no direct cultural heritage features on our course.|
|Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc)||Given the fact that our site was open sea 150 years ago, we are part of a "polder" but there are no direct cultural heritage features on our course.|
This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:
|Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display||Through regular emails to the members.
Through our quartely hardcopy issue `the Birdie`.
Special chapter on the website of the Club.
|Members evenings and course walks||Bird watching walks.|
|Course guides / brochures||"Birdie book".|
This golf facility undertakes the following social and environmental advocacy activities:
|Website, press releases & brochures||Through regular emails to the members.
Through our quartely hardcopy issue `the Birdie`.
Special chapter on the website of the Club.
|Course walks / open days||not applicable|
|Attending community meetings||not really applicable with only 2 residential houses nearby the golfcourse|