Hilversumsche Golf Club

GEO Certified® 10/2013 GEO Re-Certified 01/2017
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This report uses the basic information that was provided in the 2013 audit. The emphasis here is on the developments of the last three years and the improvements in GEO theme areas, measured on basis of the CIPs that were recorded in 2013. The 2013 and 2016 reports should be read together and cannot be properly used independently. I’ve tried to weed out any repetitions.

The golf course operated by the Hilversumsche Golf Club lies on the edge of the city of Hilversum, between the A27 motorway on the one hand and the vast woods of the U…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Hilversumsche Golf Club (18 holes, 6303 metres, year opened 1922)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities


De Hilversumsche Golf Club ligt in de bossen van de Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Aan de westzijde grenst de A27. Overige zijden van de golfbaan worden geflankeerd door bossen. Doordat de golfbaan omringd is door zoveel rust en bestaande natuur is de soortenrijkdom groot. Belangrijkste ecotopen zijn graslandvegetatie, bos, struweel en heidevegetatie. Oppervlaktewater is nauwelijks aanwezig, op een paar poelen na. Deze poelen dienen als leefomgeving voor de kamsalamander en andere amfibieën. Er zijn ca. 80 vogelsoorten die de waarde van het terrein mede onderschrijven. Denk hier aan typische bossoorten en randvogels als de groene en zwarte specht en bosuil. Er zijn ca. 50 soorten paddenstoelen gevonden waaronder de molenaar, het puntig kaalkopje en het elfenschermpje. Door de overvloedige bescherming zijn er veel zoogdieren waar te nemen waaronder bunzing, das en marter. Verder kent het landschap diverse oude karakteristieken waaronder de poelen in de vorm van 'een del' die resteren uit de ijstijd. De baan is ontworpen door Henry Burrows en Harry Shapland Colt. De laatstgenoemde is een architect van wereldfaam. De cultuurhistorische waarde van het ontwerp is groot. Sinds november 2013 heeft het terrein van de Hilversumsche Golf Club de status van landgoed (Landgoed Kievitsdel).

The Hilversumsche Golf Club is situated in the woods of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. On the westside it borders with the A27 motorway. The other boundaries of the course border with woodlands. Since the course is surrounded by serenity and an ancient existing natural environment, it is rich in species of flora and fauna. The most important 'ecotopes' are grassland vegetation as well as woodlands, shrubs and heather. There is little surface water besides some natural pools. The pools are the habitat of the Triturus Coistatus (salamander) and other amphibians. There are roughly 80 different bird species that additionally underscore the importance of the area. There is a variety of woodlands and 'randvogel' such as the green and black woodpecker and the wood owl/tawny owl. Some 50 sorts of mushrooms have been spotted amoungst which the molenaar, the Psilocybe Semilanceata (puntige kaalkopje) and the Mycena Pura (elfenschermpje). Because of the extensive environmental protection there are many mammals living in the area amongst which skunks, badgers and martens. The area is bestowed with some very characteristic features such as in the form of a croissant shaped pools, remmants of the ice age. The course was developed by Henry Burrows and the world famous Harry Shapland Colt. The course is thus of cultural and historic importance. Since november 2013 the grounds of the Hilversumsche Golf Club have officially gained the status of 'estate': Landgoed Kievitsdel.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Buiting Advies
  • Berkhemer Belastingadvies (special status for estates)

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

Title Author Date View document
Bosbeheerplan Hilversumsche Golf Club Buiting Advies 2007/03/04
Inventarisatie flora en fauna 2011 Buiting Advies 2011/12/01
Heidebeheer update 2010 Buiting Advies 2010/12/01
Natuur- en Milieuplan update 2016 (concept) Course committee 2016/07/12

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

  • Buiting Advies

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

Title Author Date View document
Flora & fauna rapport Buiting Advies 2011 Buiting Advies 2011/12/22
Bird counting, once per year in May Sander van de Water
Paddenwerkgroep Natuurmonumenten, twice a year Natuurmonumenten, mrs. Annemieke Ouwehand

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

Local name Scientific name
Rode mier Formuca Rufa
Kamsalamander Triturus Cristatus
Groene specht Picus Viridus
Das Meles Meles
Zandhagedis lacerta Aqilis
Hazelworm Aquis Fragilis
Ringslang Natrix Natrix

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

Local name Scientific name
See above See above

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Historic Landscapes / Parklands Provincie Noord Holland (Kievitsdell)
Areas of Scenic Beauty n/a
National Park n/a
Geological n/a
Part of the European Ecological Structure European Commission

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 9,41 Informal NGO
Scrub Vegetation n/a None
Native Woodland 24,53 (including scrub vegetation) Informal NGO
Non Native Plantation Woodland n/a None
Wetlands n/a None
Open Water Features 0,1 Informal NGO
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 6,0 Informal NGO


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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 0.8 Hectares Poa annua 30%
Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 60%
Tees 0.7 Hectares Poa annua 40%
Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 60%
Fairways 7.7 Hectares Poa annua 40%
Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 60%
Semi Rough 2.0 Hectares Poa annua 40%
Agrostis stolonifera / palustris 60%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Alle grasmengsels bevatten meer dan twee grassoorten zoals festuca rubra (greens 10%), poa pratensis (fairways), holcus lanatus (rough). Droogtetolerantie, optimaal speelbeeld bij kort maaien.

All the mixtures of grass contain at least two types of grass such as festuca rubra (greens 10%), poa pratensis (fairways), holcus lanatus (rough). Drought tolerance, optimal visual experience when cut short.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 30 days per months

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

  • David Stansfield

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 There is a permanent dialogue amongst members, the course committee and the Board about the quality of the course. The course committee receives advice from the course advisory committee (also known as the BAC) in addition to its own initiatives. The BAC consists of 4 to 5 members with the proven insight of all aspects of golf. The BAC advises exclusively about technical aspects concerning maintenance and course design. The BAC meets 4 to 6 times a year, whereby the course committee and the head greenkeeper are present.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough n/a
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces n/a
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance n/a
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces Op advies van onze agronomist David Stansfield is begonnen met een Agrostis Canina (velvet Bent) op vier holes.

Upon adivse of our agronomist David Stansfield and in preparation of the Green Deal (elimination of herbicides and pesticides by 2020), we have conducted a pilot on four greens, adding Agrostis Canina (Velvet Bent) to the existing turfgrasses.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture In summertime we allow the fairways to be yellow in times of drought.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours It is common practice to mowe the lines to contours of the course.
Protection and restoration of historic features With the financial support of the Province of Noord Holland the silted up pool (dell) was restored in phases in order to accommodate the habitat of the tritures cristatus (kamsalamander). This endangered species is protected in The Netherlands. Volunteers of the ‘poelenwerkgroep Het Gooi’ monitor the amount of amphibians in the pond and in the pool, once a year.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We installed new discreet mow overtiles instead of ugly signs.
During the winterseason 2015/1016 we have replaced all plastic waste bins by wooden casings for waste separation.
Conservation of specimen trees Flora and fauna are digitally mapped. In 2011 the flora and fauna were surveyed for the second time. On the basis of the Nature and Environmental Plan (Natuur- en milieuplan) and the foresty and heatherplan (Bos- en heidebeheerplan) the HGC aims for the largest possible diversity in plants and animals. This in harmony with the environment and to respect the authenticity of the course as much as possible. We work according to forestry, flora and fauna codes of the Forestry Board in The Netherlands.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Inapplicable, Hilversumsche is an over 100 years old course.

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 n/a
Increasing the size of habitat patches We increased the size of habitat patches.
Connection of internal habitat patches We connected internal habitat patches.
Connection of patches with external habitats There are a lot of connections of patches with external habitats.
Creation of habitat corridors n/a
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation If possible we avoid habitat framentation.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges Inapplicable.

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 We create botanically rich rough grassland by pealing the grounds.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Yes, see conservation of specimen trees.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands We promote the growth of native woodlands.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas n/a
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation n/a
Naturalization of linear habitats n/a

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 n/a
Installation of nest boxes The 54 nesting boxes can be localised by GPS and have been mapped. For the maintenance and the positioning of the nesting boxes a special committee has been nominated.
Provision of feeding tables Around the clubhouse there are several feeding table.
Control / management of alien species n/a
Provision of hibernation areas We created hibernation areas for the protected triturus cristatus.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) n/a


Voor de beregening wordt grondwater opgepompt uit twee bronnen (iedere bron geeft 34 kuub per uur). De HGC heeft geen vijvers om oppervlaktewater uit te pompen. Door invoering van single head control sprinklers kan er effectief worden beregend. Er is fairway beregening. We vinden het acceptabel dat bij droogte de fairway hard wordt en er verkleuring plaatsvindt. Door gebruik te maken van middelen als revolution en bodemverbeteringsmaatregelen wordt het water dat gesproeid wordt optimaal benut.

For the irrigation of the course groundwater is pumped up from two sources, each source generating 34 cubic meters per hour. The HGC does not have natural pools that could be used for irrigation.Since the introduction of single head control sprinklers irrigation can be achieved in an efficient manner. We accept that at times of drought the fairway becomes hard and discolored. By making use of revolution en soil improvement measures the water that is irrigated is optimally used.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Wateranalyses Hilversumsche Golf Club Prograss 2016/06/01

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

2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,150,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 13,479,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 47,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 0% 0 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,143,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 9,217,000 Litres
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 62,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 0% 0 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Weekly
Tees Weekly
Fairways Weekly
Semi-Rough Weekly
Rough Never
Other Weekly

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 15 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 months

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species New greens sowed with Festuca and Agrostis, with maintenance suited to reducing Poa annua. There is a trial area for new grasses before they are introduced.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Soil improvement measures are intended for optimum use of water.
Timing and dose of water application Fairways are allowed to discolour in times of drought.
Analysis of soil moisture n/a
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data n/a
Use of wetting agents n/a
Overall reduction in irrigated area n/a
Targeting of sprinkler heads Single head controlled sprinklers
Optimizing system pressure n/a
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology n/a

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area
Use of water efficient appliances New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area
Use of efficient shower technology New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area
Repairing leaks n/a
Water awareness signage n/a


Het streven is het energieverbruik zoveel mogelijk te reduceren. Gezien de investeringen die samengaan met het realiseren van substantiële besparingen worden deze maatregelen normaliter genomen als onderdeel van renovaties of verbouwingen. Echter, in verband met de plannen rond de bouw van een nieuw clubhuis worden renovaties op dit moment uitgesloten en beperken we ons uitsluitend tot noodzakelijke reparaties. Wel is de karrenloods recent opnieuw ingericht en voorzien van energiezuinige verlichting die werkt op bewegingsmelders. Verlichting op de parkeerplaats is vervangen door LED verlichting. Dit brengt een energiebesparing van ongeveer 90% met zich mee. Het greenkeepers onderkomen is gemoderniseerd. Tijdens deze verbouwing is er scherp gekeken naar mogelijkheden optimaal te isoleren en energiebesparende maatregelen toe te passen hetgeen heeft geresulteerd in het stabiliseren van de energy consumptie ondanks 6 km laag wattage schrikdraad en een permanente reparatie ruimte bij het greenkeepers onderkomen. En niet te vergeten, ondanks drie achtereenvolgende jaren KLM Open.

The aim is to reduce the energy consumption as much as possible. In view of the investments needed to create substantial savings, efforts were principally undertaken when renovations were implemented. However, as the HGC moves towards building a new clubhouse all together, any potential renovations are currently on hold while only the basic repairs are performed. Nevertheless, the bags and carts storage was recently refurbished and fitted with energy saving lightning sensitive to movement. Lighting in the parking area was replaced with LED lightning resulting in savings of about 90%. The greenkeepers quarters have been modernised. Any possibilities to optimize isolation and other steps towards energy saving have been contemplated, resulting in a relatively stable energy consumption despite 6 km of low wattage electric fence and a permanent tool repair shop at the greenkeepers quarters. And despite 3 consecutive years of organizing the KLM Open tournament.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Energy audit Ditzitel, Gustaaf van Ditshuijzen 2014/07/01

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2016 2015 2014
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 350 185
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 153453 167610

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

2016 2015 2014
Diesel (Litres) 8687 9197
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 0 120
Natural Gas (Litres) 38723 27879
Petrol (Litres) 1425 1897

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply This section will be considered with plans for new clubhouse.
Installation of small scale wind turbine n/a
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels n/a
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources n/a
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) n/a
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol n/a
Use of electric hybrid vehicles electric catering car plus 4 electric buggies
installation of 2 charging points for electric cars.
Use of recycled oils n/a

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area
Upgrading of building insulation New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area
Installation of low-energy lighting New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area
Use of motion sensor lighting New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area
Transition to energy efficient appliances New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area
Educating staff and customers New clubhouse is planned that will prioritise this area

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%
Grid Electric 100%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Grid Electric 100%

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

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives Staff is encouraged to come by bicycle or to car pool.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) n/a
Secure cycle parking Available.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables n/a
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) Available.
Staff showers Available.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling Yes, staff can make use of this incentive.
Promotion of walk to work campaigns n/a

Supply Chain

Bestuur en medewerkers van de Hilversumsche Golf Club zijn zich terdege bewust dat in aankoop- en afvoertrajecten op een goede manier moet worden omgegaan met materialen om milieuwinst te behalen. Afvalstoffen worden gescheiden in twee milieustraten en afgevoerd door een erkend bedrijf. Het gebruik van de meest schadelijke stoffen als gewasbeschermingsmiddelen wordt tot een minimum beperkt, maar zal nog wel noodzakelijk deel uit blijven maken van de bedrijfsvoering.

Board and collaborators of the HGC are aware of the need to effectively streamline the supply chain from purchase to waste in accordance with the aim to minimize impact and where possible to achieve a positive environmental balance. Waste materials are separated in two waste corridors from where they are collected by a certified waste collecting firm. The use of the most harmful materials such as crop protectors is minimized but remain a necessary part of the enterprise.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source container cleaning
delivery of fertilizer
Use of local suppliers Where possible
Use of local products Where possible
Selection of certified products Priority
Use of recycled and recyclable products Priority
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Where possible
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) Priority

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 9 6 3
Catering Supplies 1 1
Retail 1 1
Trade & Contractors 26 17 9
Maintenance Equipment 8 4 4
Course Supplies 11 8 3

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Overseeding with drought and disease tolerant grasses
Imput of mycorrhiza
Managing stress and wear Roping and turfgrass management
Enhancement of soil structure Topdressing, aerating
Optimization of the growing environment Water, fertilizing, air
Managing thatch levels Verticutting (graden), appliance of TC5, aerating, topdressing and collect clippings
Managing surface moisture Aerating, topdressing, drainage, moisture meter
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Encourange / tolerant species / pilot Agrostis Canina
Dew control
Grinding on course
Tree management in order to encourage airing and sunlight around and on greens.
Scouting for pests and diseases Visual
Monitoring / improvement of plant health visual
David Stansfield, agronomist

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - K - Organic 63 63
Fairways - N - Organic 168 168
Fairways - P - Organic 42 42
Greens - K - Inorganic 123.4 103.4
Greens - N - Inorganic 118 103.4
Greens - P - Inorganic 12.5 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 40
Tees - K - Organic 38.8 72
Tees - N - Inorganic 40
Tees - N - Organic 76.8 144
Tees - P - Inorganic 10
Tees - P - Organic 149.2 36

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

2016 2015 2014
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 2.15 6.10
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 176
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 73.35 53.30

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products Dutch law and in line with environmenal audits (authorities)
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases Dutch law and in line with environmenal audits (authorities)
Attraction of starlings for effective worm control.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Dutch law and in line with environmenal audits (authorities)
Calibration and testing of sprayers Dutch law and in line with environmenal audits (authorities)
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles use of anti drip nozzles
Non-chemical weed control hand picking and sheep
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. Start up of a biological compost system
Het is onze doelstelling zo min mogelijk pesticides te gebruiken, liefst geen. Vangen van emelten door het afdekken van de greens met landbouwfolie. Op die wijze bevinden de emelten zich de volgende ochtend boven de grond en zijn eenvoudig te pakken.

It is our aim to use pesticides as little as possible, preferably none. Chafers in the green are caught by covering the greens with black foil. As they are oriented towards darkness they come out and can be caught.

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

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Two recycling centers
Establishment of recycling centers Yes
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Yes
Education of staff and customer education Yes
Waste awareness campaigns No

Pollution Control

Alle relevante regelgeving met betrekking tot gewasbeschermingsmiddelengebruik, watergebruik, mestverbruik, afval, brandstoffen etc. wordt zorgvuldig in acht genomen. Doelstelling is de baan zo ecologisch mogelijk te beheren. Het past hierbij om zo weinig mogelijk gebruik te maken van meststoffen, gewasbeschermingsmiddelen e.d. die in de baan worden gebruikt. Zo zetten wij twee maal per jaar schapen in om onkruid tussen de heide planten te verwijderen. De kwaliteit van het grondwater is van uitstekende kwaliteit.

All relevant laws and regulations with regards to the use of fertilizers, water consumption, crop protection products, waste management and fuels are complied with. The aim is to manage the course in the most environmentally friendly way. Consequently we aim to use fertilizers and crop protection products as little as possible. For this reason we deploy sheep twice a year to remove weeds from between the heather plants. The quality of the ground water is superb.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Three Yearly Never Daily
On-Site Three Yearly Never Daily
Outflow Never Never 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 Mains Sewer 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 false true
Cooking Oils false true
Lubricants false true
Pesticide Containers false true
Fertiliser Bags false true
Oil Filters false true
Batteries false true

Pollution Prevention

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

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas Certified chemical storage
Certified diesel container
Certified petrol container
Certified oil storage
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Sealed impervious floor
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Not allowed inside (Dutch law)
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Yes
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks Yes (only diesel)
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Yes
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Yes

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 yes
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies n/a
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge n/a
Establishment of pesticide-free zones yes, rough and woodland
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off n/a


De Hilversumsche Golf Club voert een actief beleid ten aanzien van de medewerkers. Onderdeel hiervan zijn jaarlijkse beoordelings- en functioneringsgesprekken en individuele opleidingsplanning. De opleidingstrajecten zijn afgestemd op de wensen van de medewerker. Voorts vinden tweejaarlijks teambesprekingen plaats en 2 tot 4 keer per jaar multi disciplinair overleg. ARBO en Bedrijfshulpverlening zijn planmatig georganiseerd. Jaarlijks worden de Bedrijfshulpverleners getraind. Sinds twee jaar wordt aan de leden een AED training (reanimeercursus) aangeboden. Op de scorekaarten is de SOS telefoon vermeld.Eenmaal per jaar wordt de baan aan een door het bestuur bepaald goed doel aangeboden teneinde een charity toernooi te organiseren. Dwars door de baan loopt een drukbezocht openbaar fiets en wandelpad . Ook langs de baan zijn paden voor wandelende en sportende recreant alsmede ruiterpaden. In de zomers van 20010, 2011 en 2012 was de Hilversumsche Golf Club gastheer van het Dutch Open.
Spelers en gasten konden genieten van een prachtige baan; het toernooi was vooral dankzij de inzet van een enthousiaste staf en vele leden een groot succes.

The Hilversumsche Golf Club deploys several HR policies towards its employees. These include yearly assessment and appraisal interviews and individualized training plans adjusted to the needs and wants of the employee. There are two team meetings each year and two to four interdisciplinary meetings. Labour laws and first aid are organized in a planned matter. Every year the first aid helpers are trained. Since two years the members are offered a reanimation course (AED training). The SOS telephone number is mentioned on the score card. Once a year the board makes the course available to a charity in order to have a tournament. Across and along the course there are a publicly accessible paths for cycling, hiking, running and horse riding. In the summers of 2010, 2011 and 2012 the HGC was host to the Dutch Open. Members and guests were able to enjoy a wonderful course. The tournaments have been a great success thanks to good management, an enthusiastic staff and many volunteering members.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 2
Course Management 5 2.5
Food & Beverage 2 4 2
Golf Coaching 2
Retail & Leisure 1.5
Caddies 1.8
Other 1

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Catering staff

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Employees have to upgrade their licenses every 4 year.
Efficient water management Instruction by course management
Management of accidents and emergencies Emergency and first aid education, every year
Update of risk inventory and evaluation
Management of habitats and vegetation Instruction by course management and in greenkeepers course
In company training twice a year
Instruction by Buiting Advies
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Instruction by course management
Health & Safety Instruction by course management
Arbo services
Tool safety training
Energy Saving Instruction by course management
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Information by Buiting Advies
Environmental management planning Training on the job

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours contact Neighbours by clubmanager
Local Government 3 councils and 2 provinces
Local Environmental Groups Toad and Lizard working group
Goois Natuurreservaat
Noord Hollands landschap
Local Community Groups West Indische neighbourhood
Media Website, app, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc.
Local Businesses Players
Schools & Colleges Interns

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Cycling, walking and horse riding
Creation of new paths and nature trails n/a
Installation of effective and welcoming signage n/a
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) n/a
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) n/a
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities n/a

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

Title Author Date View document
De Natuur in Beweging Hilversumsche Golf Club 2015/11/20 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) n/a
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) n/a
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) Kievitsdell, a historic mud pool


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display Yes
Members evenings and course walks Yes
Course guides / brochures yes
Interpretation panels & course signage n/a
Establishment of a nature trail n/a

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures Information on website
Once a year: charity event (18 holes shotgun)
Supporting campaigns Website, e-mail to members, Facebook, etc.
Course walks / open days n/a
Attending community meetings Incidental, when required.
Joint practical projects with community n/a