Edese Golf Club Papendal

GEO Certified® 03/2011 GEO Re-Certified 12/2016
Telephone: +31 (0)264821985

The Edese Golf Club, established in 1978, has a very simple slogan: “if you have a green course you should also act as a green club”. Do they fulfil this promise? Certainly they do, several years ago the club decided to transform the course into a typical heathland course. Now, first positive effects of this restoration project are clearly visible. Open vista’s, increased amount of heather vegetation, and more open rough. With respect to sustainable management, the club is going into the good direction. Restoration of the club house is on its…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Edese Golf Club (18 holes, 6042 metres, year opened 1984)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Other
1 Other


The Edese Golf Club Papendal is an active association with a 18 holes golfcourse on 52 hectares and with a driving range, clubhouse and maintenance building for the contractor. The course was opened in 1984 with 9 holes and the second 9 holes were realized in 1992. In 2009 a renovation was completed , by which an up to date course was created. In 2012 a new detailed plan for the maintenance of the golfcourse was written for the years 2013-2018 (the "Beheerplan").
The golf course is characterized as a heathland cours and is located on a lateral moraine/dry valley landscape. The area consists of nutrient poor soil and is very dry. There are no open water sources in the vicinity. Nature is characterized by woodland consisting of birch/oak types, such as the silver birch, the English oak and the Scots pine. They can be found on the course. The undergrowth consists of a.o. the European rowan, the Bird Cherry, Amelanchier, the elderberry and common heather. A few common and typical animal species include roes, hares, buzzards, kestrels and different types of butterflies. Various types listed on the Red List have also been observed and can be found on the inventory lists of the different animal- and plant groups.

De golfbaan van de actieve Edese Golf Club Papendal omvat 18 holes op 52 hectare, een clubhuis, driving range en een kapschuur ten behoeve van het baanbeheer . De eerste negen holes werden in 1984 aangelegd en de tweede in 1992. De baan is in 2005-2008 gerenoveerd en verlengd . In 2012 werd een nieuw gedetailleerd beheerplan voor jaren 2013-2018 opgesteld (het "Beheerplan"). De baan heeft het karakter van een "heathland"baan en ligt op een stuwwal/droogdal landschap. Het gebied is arm en droog. Er is geen open water te bekennen. Van nature kent het gebied bossen van het berken-eiken type met ruwe berk, zomereik en grove den. Deze komen ook op de baan voor. De struiklaag bevat onder andere lijsterbes, vogelkers, krentenboom, vlier en struikheide. Een aantal kenmerkende en voorkomende diersoorten zijn o.a. reeën, hazen, buizerd, torenvalk en verschillende vlindersoorten. Ook zijn er verschillende soorten waargenomen die opgenomen zijn op de Rode lijst, deze zijn te vinden in de inventarisatielijsten van de verschillende dier- en plantengroepen.

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 consults the following organizations regarding ecosystem protection and enhancement:

  • IVN afdeling ZuidWest Veluwezoom

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

Title Author Date View document
Plant survey (Floristisch onderzoek EGC) NLadviseurs 2012/10/01 Download
Bird survey Jaarlijkse birdwatching dag NGF, ism Vogelwerkgroep Arnhem 2013/04/27 Download
Mammal survey No recent data. Geen recente gegevens na 2005, anders dan die door Papendal (noc/nsf) daarna nog gedaan zijn tbv verplichtingen(vergunningen) tbv nieuwbouw op het Papendal terrein
Amphibian survey No recent data. Geen recente gegevens na 2005, anders dan die door Papendal (noc/nsf) daarna nog gedaan zijn tbv verplichtingen(vergunningen) tbv nieuwbouw op het Papendal terrein
Butterfly survey Annual butterfly survey in cooperation with Vlinderstichting 2013/07/29 Download
Bat survey Geen recente gegevens na 2005, anders dan die door Papendal (noc/nsf) daarna nog gedaan zijn tbv verplichtingen(vergunningen) tbv nieuwbouw op het Papendal terrein
Butterfly survey 1998-2016 Annual butterfly survey in cooperation with Vlinderstichting 2016/10/25 Download
Bird watchday result 2014 Edese Golfclub Papendal 2016/10/28 Download
Bird watchday results 2015 Edese Golfclub Papendal 2016/10/28 Download
Bird watchday results 2016 Edese Golfclub Papendal 2016/10/28 Download

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

Local name Scientific name
grote tijm Thymus pulegioides
hondsviooltje Viola canina
gele kwikstaart Motacilla flava spp flava
groene specht Picus viridis spp viridis
klapekster Lanius excubitor spp excubitor
jeneverbes Juniperus communis
verfbrem Genista tinctoria
bosdroogbloem Gnaphalium sylvaticum
Steenanjer Dianthus deltoides

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

Local name Scientific name
struikheide Calluna vulgaris
dopheide Eric tetralix
torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
brede wespenorchis Epipactis helleborine
stekelbrem Genista anglica
gewone spreeuw sturnus vulgaris

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Natura-2000. Het gebied van de Edese GC Papendal bevindt zich in het gebied van Natura 2000 National Government
Geological Municipality of Arnhem
Ecological Reserve Network National Government

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 21.2 Self Appointed
Scrub Vegetation 1 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 0 None
Non Native Plantation Woodland 6 Self Appointed
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 6 Self Appointed


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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 0.86 Hectares Festuca rubra 35%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 40%
Tees 0.82 Hectares Festuca rubra 25%
Poa pratensis 25%
Fairways 8.8 Hectares Festuca rubra 30%
Poa pratensis 30%
Semi Rough 6.7 Hectares Festuca rubra 30%
Poa pratensis 30%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
The grasses used are optimal for these climatic conditions. This minimizes the water usage.

Grassoorten zijn bij de aanleg gekozen naar de aard van de baan (zandgrond , geen fw beregening). Keuze voldoet en wordt dus consequent nagevolgd bij het onderhoud.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 3 months

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

  • NiBScanPro

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 The course commission adheres to a Course Management Plan that includes all daily operations, frequencies and goals. The manner of maintenance has been established in a contract. Further planning of details is discussed during regular meetings.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Desired scenery is reached. New developments particulary in stronger grasses are being followed.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces The choices for the design and maintenance of various elements are transparent and accessible to members. Regular publication via the website or club newsletter addresses issues that have given rise to concern. A request for intensified maintenance is often parried with the financial consequences.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance Golfers are informed by various means concerning green-maintenance activities. Intensive maintenance is also listed on the website thereby successfully staving off any unpleasant surprises.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces For over a decade we have maintained the course in a sustainable way. There is no longer a discussion needed with the members about this.
Minimum stress of turfgrass The committee aims to optimise the speed of the greens, as rapidly as the climate conditions tolerate. Too much stress on the greens increases the risk of diseases and drought.
Communication during maintenance Maintenance that might disturb the golfers during their game is communicated by:
- announcements on the website
- mentioning this on the 'signboard' at the entrance to the course
- Informing golfers orally when they make a reservation

Over onderhoud waar spelers last van kunnen hebben worden zij geïnformeerd
- mededelingen op website
- op mededelingenbord
- via secretariaat (greenfeespelers bij reservering).
Legislation To comply with legislation (flora and fauna legislation) The Edese Golfclub Papendal undertakes the following activities:

- there will be an assignement to do research of the fauna that lives on the course;
- with the results of the fauna-research and the allready existing flora-research, a protocol of how to do your daily maintenance without disturbing the flora and fauna will be made for the contractor of the course maintenance.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Discoloration resulting from drought (to a certain extent) and other factors are seen as an addition to the natural quality of the landscape and the quality of the game.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours The mowing lines of the fairways and semi-rough are well tuned into the undulations and different elements of the terrain.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture The terrain furniture has been selected with care (FSC) and is maintained accordingly.
Conservation of specimen trees All trees, including the older, monumental trees on the golf course have been surveyed and are being caringly managed and maintained.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Constructions that do not correlate to the landscape are being obscured through vegetation.
Expanding of heather On a number of locations the growth of heather is promoted by applying heather turf and/or compost either or not after removal of the rich top layer of the soil.
Mowing natural area's (rough) Every year (around October) the rough is mowed and the material is being removed
Planting trees If trees are planted, only the indigenous species described above are applied.

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 area of intensively mowed grass is kept to a minimum. By determining which elements fall outside the game and which are of importance to the character of the natural landscape, only some elements need to be intensively mowed.
Increasing the size of habitat patches Where possible, management is expanded or natural elements are constructed. In particular the expansion of areas with heather is promoted. For example the construction of heather is an example of expanding natural elements.
Connection of internal habitat patches The nature management plan is aimed at optimising the biodiversity. This is mainly achieved by depleting nutrients from the rough.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation The number of paths outside of the fairways is kept to a minimum and limited to paths needed for maintenance purposes. We have no intention to raise barriers.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges The desired situation is reached. Now it is a matter of conserving the current situation.
Start a work group 'Nature' in the future we will start a work group 'nature'. We will give them clear tasks and goals.

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 natural diversity of vegetation is increased by mowing and the removal of the clippings.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation We maintain thickets extensively. We do remove black cherry as an exotic species. We communicate and cooperate in this removal with neighbours.

“Beheer” wordt aan de natuur overgelaten. Op eigen terrein wordt amerikaanse vogelkers bestreden. In overleg met de aangrenzende beheerder wordt geprobeerd om dezelfde bestrijding ook op aangrenzend terrein te laten plaatsvinden.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands The management plan provides guidelines to an ecologically valuable and durable situation.
Naturalization of linear habitats A division has been made of intensive and extensive green elements in order to create a good balance between nature and the game of golf. In consultation with the Vlinderstichting opportunities to stimulate the population of butterflies will be investigated..

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 Brushwood, roughs, forest edges and ditches are present at various locations. Special attention has been given to the different types of fauna.
Installation of nest boxes Nest boxes have been placed at different locations on the course for different types of birds, such as falcons, owls and small song birds and starlings.

Provision of feeding tables Feeding tables are placed on the terrace of the Club House
Control / management of alien species Non-native, exotic plants, are curbed as much as possible.
Use of Domestic species is subscribed in planning.
Provision of hibernation areas Various plant squares contain grooves of branches and wood piles. This allows mammals and amphibians (sand lizard) to forage and hibernate.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) Microhabitats have been created at various locations on the course, such as breeding ground, grooves of branches and wood piles.


Water is provided by both a private source and the water company. In the club house, the maintainance shed, the water taps and the toilets on the course only public water is used. On the course ground water only is used for irrigation.

The water meter of the water company was broken in 2014. So the results of the water use in 2014 are not reliable. The water use of the club house includes also the greenkeeper/working hangar.

Waterverbruik deels uit eigen bron en deels leidingwater. In het clubhuis en de werkschuur wordt uitsluitend leidingwater gebruikt. In de baan wordt grondwater gebruikt voor de beregening en leidingwater voor de waterkraantjes en de wc.

Sources & Consumption

No water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,105,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 9,863,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 301,000 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,172,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 10,349,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 100% 5,000 Litres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,446,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 9,857,000 Litres
Other Public / Potable 100% 191,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens Daily in season
Tees 2-3 days per week
Fairways Never
Semi-Rough Never

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 5 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

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

Activity Description
Selection of grass species roodzwenk - Festuca
struis - Agrostis
Soil decompaction and thatch management intensieve beluchting met vaste pennen; intensief bezanden;
frequent aeration by means of solid pens; frequent sanding.
Timing and dose of water application computergestuurd
computer controlled
Analysis of soil moisture there is a tool to analyze the soil moisture.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data ja
Use of wetting agents ja
Overall reduction in irrigated area ja: single head aangestuurde sproeiers en meeste greensproeiers zijn sectorsproeiers.
yes: single head controlled spriklers and most green sprinklers are sector sprinklers
Targeting of sprinkler heads ja
yes. targeting is a yearly activity
Optimizing system pressure ja
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology ja
irrigation system After the implementation of the irrigation system the optimum situation is reached for this moment. We will be participating in the research to reduce the water pressure furthermore.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets In in the washrooms in the club house which were renovated in 2016 the toilets and urinals have water saving installations. When to be renovated, the remaining toilets will also be provided with those installations.
Use of water efficient appliances The dishwasher and rinsing machine are energy efficient

ja, vaatwas, en glas- en spoelmachine zijn energiezuinig aangeschaft
Use of efficient shower technology When renovating the changing rooms water efficient showers will be installed.
Repairing leaks indien nodig onmiddelllijk via Offermans en/of Firma Stijn
if neccessary instantly
Water awareness signage nee
overig When purchasing new appliances, energy usage is reviewed

bij alle nieuwe apparatuur wordt energieverbruik meegenomen in de overweging


Until now, the energy policy has been limited to the installation of modern lighting and heating equipment on the occasion of rebuilding parts of the buildings. Although therefore not all of the the buildings have been been modernised efforts are being made to decrease the energy usage there (i.e. energy saving lamps). New constructing activities will provide more opportunities in this area, and those opportunities will be seized. An energy audit would be useful to provide further insight into energy saving opportunities.

From 2013-2014, the energy usage of new appliances is reviewed before purchase.

Het energiebeleid heeft zich tot op heden beperkt tot het bij nieuwbouw installeren van de moderne apparatuur voor verlichting en verwarming. Bij de oudbouw is dat minder en zijn de inspanningen gericht op het verlagen van het gebruik (bv spaarlampen). Verdere nieuw- en verbouw zal de gelegenheid bieden tot aanvullende activiteiten op dit gebied, welke ook zal worden aangegrepen. Een energieaudit zal nuttig zijn om de mogelijkheden op dit vlak te bezien.

vanaf medio 2013/4 (verbouwing clubhuis), is energie- en water-verbruik een vast onderdeel bij aanschaf nieuwe apparatuur en verbouwingen

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Biogas (Litres) 0
Biomass 0
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0
Hydrogen (Litres) 0
On-site Hydro (kWh) 0
On-site Solar (kWh) 0
On-site Wind (kWh) 0
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 0
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 0
Wood from sustainable sources 4 4 4

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

2015 2014 2013
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Litres) 9160 8100
Heating Oil (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 1 1 0
LPG (Litres) 0 0 0
Natural Gas (Litres) 9000000 12000000 18185000
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 107020 113291 103505
Petrol (Litres) 2020 2040 0
Propane / Butane (Litres) 510 650 830
Wood from unsustainable sources

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply In 2017 the golf club will investigate the possibilities
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels On the occasion of the renovation of the roof as soon as it needs repair, solar panels will be installed.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles Handicarts, mowers, transporters. The handycarts are connected to the Visage GPS-system as a result whereof their speed and radius of action may be limited.
future measures In the clubhouse movement detectors will be installed. In the changing rooms this will be done with on the occasion of their renovation.

In het clubhuis worden bewegingsmelders geplaatst om zodoende de verlichting aan te passen aan de behoefte.
In kleedkamers wordt dit bij de renovatie gedaan.
energy saving by third parties (greenkeeping and catering) The possibities to save energy are being considered by the contractor of the course maintanance (A.H.A. de Man) and the operator of the catering (restaurant De Hofmeester)
measurements of energy use Every 3 months we will be measuring the energy use

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems A high-yield heating system has been installed.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Levels of heating and cooling are arranged centrally, but can also be regulated in separate areas in order to prevent unnecessary heating or cooling.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) At the driving range daylight pipes have been installed in the roof covering the putting green
Installation of low-energy lighting Energy-saving lighting is attained through the use of as many energy-saving lamps and led-lamps as possible. Recently all lamps in the clubhouse restaurant have been replaced by led-lamps. Other areas will be taken care of in case of renovation
Use of motion sensor lighting Tractor workshop (outdoor), handicarts boxes and trolley space and toilets upstairs are provided with a sensor
Transition to energy efficient appliances replacement broken lamps by led lamps.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting timercomputer use for heater tractor workshop and other places.
Workshop The tractor workshop (2008) was built according to modern requirements and therefore it is energy friendly. The new driving range building (2011) also meets with modern requirements.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100% 20%
Diesel 100% 40%
Grid Electric 40%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 0% 100% 0%
Diesel 0% 0% 0%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 0% 0%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 0% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

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

Activity Description
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) This is planned in the near future
Staff showers Showers are available in the tractor work shop. Showers for the players are also available for the own staff.
Electric charging points the installation of charging points for electric cars and E-bikes will be considered and the feasibility will be researched.

Supply Chain

In deciding on the purchasing of materials and tools optimal environmental friendly possibilities are searched for and and given preference. This policy is applied with respect to the daily work on the course and the clubhouse as well as to the incidental purchase of machinery and to the building of facilities. Various means are being used to improve environmental care. In the coming period extra attention will be given to adjust and to registre the activities. Operational management is in accordance with legislation. Fertilizer and pesticide usage numbers of 2013 are not included, since maintenance was outsourced elsewhere during that time.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Use of local suppliers Various products are chosen from local suppliers. The number is increasing.
Use of local products 'De Hofmeester' actively searches for affordable daily fresh products from local stores
De Hofmeester zoekt actief naar betaalbare dagverse produkten bij locale leveranciers.
Selection of certified products Preference for certified products
Use of recycled and recyclable products Preference for recyclable products
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Preference for bulk products and products with minimal packaging (if possible in relation to environmental aspects)

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 10 2 8
Retail 135
Maintenance Equipment 5 1 4
Course Supplies 2 1 1

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Use of cultivars from list of BSPB, Barenbrug, STRI to evaluate suitability
Managing stress and wear Damage and wear and tear are avoided as much as possible by means of a good maintenance plan.
Enhancement of soil structure Soil structure is improved by means of aerating and sanding and by the measurement of results.
Optimization of the growing environment An optimal growth environment is cultivated through a good and actual maintenance plan and through expert advice.
Managing thatch levels Yearly measurements are made by the external advisor who also advises on the amount of thatch and the policy to reduce this.
Managing surface moisture Use of Single-head irrigation to enable finetuning of each sprinklerhead.
Use of wetting agents for efficiency improvement.
Scouting for pests and diseases Contact with the surrounding golf courses and registration of damage provides information about the risks of damage.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health The head of green-keeping keeps a keen eye on the quality of the grass.
damage caused by chafer grubs Measures are taken to prevent chafer grubs to develop, such as welcoming starlings in appr. 100 starling nest boxes. Chafer grubs are - if necessary - controlled by using biological means such as nematodes.
Overall We will commit ourselves to the agreement: 'Green Deal Sportvelden'

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 22 37
Fairways - N - Inorganic 44 74
Fairways - P - Inorganic 11 18.5
Greens - K - Inorganic 175 150
Greens - N - Inorganic 135 102
Greens - P - Inorganic 50 52
Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - K - Organic 0
Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Organic 0
Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Organic 0
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 97 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 195 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 0
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 48 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 50 85
Tees - N - Inorganic 126 98
Tees - P - Inorganic 24 22

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 5.1
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 6.25 32
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 1.9
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 2
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 1.7
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 1.9

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products yes, according to law registration and the agreements that are made in the Green Deal Sportvelden
certified staff
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases The correct substances are chosen as a result of the expertise present on diseases and plagues, and the use of pesticides.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers All diseases and plagues are treated locally, except for the greens and foregreens (if possible).
Calibration and testing of sprayers The ideal measurement is chosen depending on the substances used and the type of weather, thereby realising usage- and dispersion optimisation. Calibration every 3 years.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Spraying is done with anti-drip nozzles.
Non-chemical weed control In first instance, weeds are treated mechanically. Chemical treatment will only be considered in extreme situations, locally.

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 false true false
Plastic false false false true
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 true false
Sand true false false false
Wood / Timber true true false false

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

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Various materials are recycled.
Establishment of recycling centers By SITA and Putman recycling
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Only greens, foregreens and tee's are cut with grass collect boxes. The cuttings are collected and transported for recycling. The rough is mowed once a year and the grass is disposed of to get less nutrients. This grass is reused elsewhere as fertilizer.
Education of staff and customer education At this moment we and AHA de Man are trying to get an other certificate that correlate more to this work (VGM)
Ragwort On the Course grows al lot of ragwort. Due to its toxicity it is not possible to deliver the waste of the Rough to the neighboring farmers. It has to be destroyed. Presently accepable means of control are being investigated to also solve the problem of the uselessness of the waste.
waste Plans are being made to contribute to the further separation of waste by creating seperate dumping facilities for "PMD", "GFT" and glass waste, and to set strict rules for dumping paper waste. Research on the possibility of a own compost unit is being prepared.

Pollution Control

Course maintenance and the restaurant facilities are outsourced which makes adherence to a strict energy policy more difficult. Both the contactor for the course maintenance and the restaurant keeper have committed themselves to fully and actively coöperate in this respect. We have plans to in cooporation with them search more for local products and services needed. We want to use the local networks en special products and search for possibilities how to process them into our golfclub. The Operational management is in accordance with legislation.

Het baanonderhoud en de horeca zijn uitbesteed aan derden, hetgeen het toepassen van een strikt energiebeleid bemoeilijkt. De aannemer van het baanonderhoud en de horeca-exploitant hebben hun volledige en actieve medewerking in dit opzicht toegezegd. We proberen steeds meer in samenwerking met hen te kijken naar lokale producten en diensten. We willen meer gebruik maken van de lokale netwerken en bijzondere producten. De bedrijfsvoering is volledig in overeenstemming met de heersende wet- en regelgeving.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

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

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 N/A
Maintenance Facility Via Oil Separator N/A
Wash Pad Via Oil Separator N/A

Hazardous Materials

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

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

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 Dangerous substances are stored in a certified cabinet.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas Large machine maintenance is outsourced whereas small maintenance is conducted on a fluid-sealed floor.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Tankmix equipment on sprayer
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Fertilisers are mixed on a fluid-sealed floor.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks The fuel tank meets all criteria and is periodically checked.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel The drip container of the fuel tank meets all legislative criteria and is large enough.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Yes, absorbent materials for oil
cooking oil cooking/frying oil are collected in a container which is emptied periodicaly.
sorted waste The golf club is looking into the possibilities of separating waste streams on. Placing double- waste bins ("PMD" and and other waste) on the course and special green waste containers is being prepared.

De golfclub onderzoekt de mogelijkheden voor gescheiden afvalinzameling. Plaatsing van dubbele afvalbakken, (PMD en overig afval) in de baan, en eventueel enkele bakken voor gft-afval, worden voorbereid.

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 slow release fertilizers on fairways, greens, foregreens and tees
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan Absorbtion pellets for leaked fuels are present.

Korrels voor absorptie gemorste brandstof zijn aanwezig.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge A good mowing policy prevents erosion from taking place.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones No-spray zones have been determined across the entire terrain.


A nature communication plan has been developed for the golf course. Objectives have been set including the organisation of activities and the various communication tools to be used. A caddy-book has been created containing information different aspects of nature. In this manner, visitors and members are informed about the flora and fauna present on the golf course. The club uses the website, the club newsletter (weekly e-mail letter) and specific information signposting in the clubhouse as its communication tools. For Committed to Green /GEO the club has since 2005 a special logo of a kestrel sitting on a golfball with the clublogo. A stuffed kestrel can be found in the clubhouse.
The greenkeeping is done by a contractor, as well as the catering.

Er is een plan gemaakt voor de communicatie over natuur op de golfbaan. In dit plan zijn doelen opgenomen voor het organiseren van activiteiten en verschillende middelen van communicatie. Er is een caddyboekje gemaakt waarin informatie over diverse aspecten van de natuur is opgenomen. Op deze manier worden clubleden en bezoekers geïnformeerde over de aanwezige flora en fauna in de baan. De communicatie vanuit de club vindt plaats via de website, het e-mailclubblad en speciale informatie borden in het clubgebouw.
Voor Commited to Green /GEO heeft de club een speciaal logo namelijk een torenvalk op een golfbal.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Course Management 3 2
Food & Beverage 7.5
Golf Coaching 1 1
Other 2

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

  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist
  • clubleden

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

Activity Description
Efficient water management Optimizing water application rate and application efficiency by monitoring regularly.
Management of accidents and emergencies A calamity plan is in use., especially covering the golf course; a similar plan for the club house is being drafted.
Management of habitats and vegetation In the course maintanance plan the attention is paid to the value and maintenace of habitats. Nature friendly maintenance is part of the greenkeeper education.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling has our attention.
Health & Safety In case of casualties a procedure will apply in which are laid down, among other things, the sequence of the actions to be taken and by whom and the routing of the ambulances are laid down. Club members are invited to take part in the AED-course which is given annually, and marhals are strongly encouraged to do so. A special emergency phone number has been introduced and is printed om the membership labels and the green fee cards.
Energy Saving informal
Gebruik van pesticiden en chemische middelen Employees are trained in the use, the storage and disposal of chemicals and pesticides. Applying pesticides and chemicals is only done by employees with a license.
3 employees of de Hofmeester follow the course to get in-house safety certificate

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours The golf club is in contact with the neighbours. NOC*NSF, Staatsbosbeheer
Local Government The golf club is in contact with the local government.
Local Environmental Groups Several enviromental groups are involved with the nature activities. IVN, Vlinderstichting (butterfly survey organization)
Media When there are interesting events at the golf course (local) media are informed by the club.
Other courses and the Dutch Golf Federation. Other courses are visited by the course committee on a regular basis and individuals responsible for the management of other courses are welcome to come and visit our course in order to exchange knowlegde and experience. The club abides by the rules of the Dutch Golf Federation and partakes in the GEO/CtG - circuit of sharing knowledge and interesting facts.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths n/a
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Information- and warning signs are placed at the entrance of the terrain. Warning signs are placed where the golf course crosses public paths.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) n/a
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities n/a

No archaeological or heritage surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

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

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

Activity Description
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) The open landscape features and the moraine geomorphological features are well kept and if possible restored.


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display There is an seperate page on the website that shows information about the comitted to green/GEO certificate, and other related issues.
Birdie booklet The birdie booklet of the golf course provides relevant information about natural elements and specific species on every hole.

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures There is a seperate page on the website that shows information about the comitted to green/GEO certificate, and other related issues.
External communications Internal communication is first priority. On some issues we communicate with local newspapers. For instance when nesting boxes for starlings provided with video cameras were placed in cooperation with SOVON (member of the Eurpean Bird Cencus Council (EBCC), and Vogelbescherming Nederland in april 2014, and when sheep were used on the course to wither the rough