Executive summary (English & local language)
Kartano is built on a place with traditions. Features of the course include water (river and water hazards), smoothly rolling hills with pine and birch as the main woodlands and the Karhulahti Museum, a local farmhouse museum with main building and supporting household buildings. The course is next to an airfield, rather flat surrounding. The history of the area is partly farming and partly airport supporting areas (ie. Hangars). The course is about 4 km from the nearest town. The course is well maintained and no mentionable environmental risks are visible. The course has started their work and path towards GEO in 2013. Their general philosophy in sustainable way of working is being a good citizen.
Kartanogolf on perinteitä omaavalla alueelle rakennettu kokonaisuus. Kentän ominaispiirteisiin kuuluvat vesi, loivat maastomuodot ja Karhulahden museokokonaisuus. Kenttä on hoidettu hyvin eikä sen alueella näy merkittäviä ympäristöriskejä. Kentällä on aloitettu toiminta kohti GEO sertifiointia vuonna 2013. Kenttä kuuluu luontaisena osana kunnan yhteisöön.
The philosophy of sustainable course management is also seen how the nature is maintained, there are no poorly maintained areas or risks to the nature. The area to pay attention to are the natural water areas. There are no signs of over exceptional charge to the nature, no over growth of vegetation no leachates of nutrient that would be visible ie. in form of foam or film on waters.
Nature and landscape evaluation has been carried out in 2009, which showed that there are no special attention requiring species at the site. No other studies so far.
There has not been identified any special attention requiring Flora or Fauna in the area. There are no external authority designated ares. The course has self-designated areas which shows that the club appreciates the landscape value of the site.
Turfgrass species are chosen to work with the local climate. Visual evaluation of the course confirm that the chosen species function well.
There are no special conservation or enhancement activities carried out or in schedule.
There are two types of water areas within the course; the free running Kanava river and water hazards. There are no signs of contamination in the Kanava river. There are small, very local indications, of possible over usage of nutrients (visual, spot like) at some nonmoving waterspots.
Water is taken from local sources. Irrigation from the river and other from drilled well. Consumption levels (estimates as irrigation water consumption is not measured) are on a reasonable level. The usage is not restricted of limited in any way. There is no shortcoming of water at either source. The irrigation source throughput in an hour is more than the annual consumption. Groundwater is not seen as consumption dangered resource in Finland.
Irrigation efficiency appears to be on a reasonable level. Irrigation is done on a need to base (estimated by the green keeping staff). Irrigation is concentrated on greens and teens.
Irrigation is concentrated to the areas with highest stress. Wetting agents and scheduling are used in order to mitigate water consumption. Other mitigation measures on the course are not in place, or in near future scheduled. Actions have been taken in the clubhouse for mitigating usage by introducing less water using water closets.
Energy usage doesn't differ from other courses of this size (in Finland). 50% of electricity is coming from renewable sources, coming mainly from hydropower through national grid. Energy source options for facilities and machinery are limited are limited (ie. LPG is not a true option in the area as there is no delivery network for major usage). Machinery is diesel / petrol based.
Electricity consumption is equal to other courses with similar operations. Source is half renewable half other. Petrol and Diesel usage is also at the same or a little below similar courses. The figures indicate, that even no special mitigation programs are in place, the "common sense" in operating has carried out good results.
Energy supply diversification is limited in the area. Option, that are possible include:
- more of electricity through renewable source
- thermal heating (air / bedrock)
- solar energy
One option worth monitoring is the new generation equipment, where the power is either hybrid or fully electricity based.
3 airheat pumps are in use. Low energy pulps in lightning are in place. Timers have been implemented to cut down usage.
Options for suppliers are limited as there are services that have only one service / product provider even in the larger area. Local suppliers are to be found mainly on the catering side. There is no specified supply policy in place. Waste mitigation is based on the local requirements. Eco labeled products are used both in restaurant and maintenance.
There is no written purchasing policy, but certain general guidelines have been agreed on.
The local products usage support the local economy. The impact is limited as there are major supplies that cannot be bought locally.
Nutrients usage is in general (the mix is about the same as at other locations) a bit higher than of equal courses. There might be possibility to cut down the nutrient usage with about 10% with improved greenkeeping procedures and measures The turf species are selected according to experience of species successful in the climate.
Waste is treated according to the local authority regulations. Waste arising is kept to minimum and recycling is in place when possible. Recycling is carried out on the materials for which there is a recycling system.
The site is in good shape. No risks visible, no hazardous materials in unproper places and general waste management is carried out properly. Spraying is done according to instructions and hence the risks for contamination of the water areas is limited.
Standard water analysis (smell, visual evaluation, pH, KMnO4, NO2, NO3, colourindex, Fe, NH4, Cl, Ecoli) are carried out from inflow and outflow of the river once a year. Otherwise there is visible evaluations. Clubhouse water (ground water) is not monitored.
Waste water treatment is done according to he development permit of the site.
Hazardous materials are disposed according to legislation. Their storage within the site is done properly.
Clubhouse is using eco-labeled cleaning materials when possible. The clubhouse pollution prevention is done according to the construction permit.
The course pollution prevention is in good shape. Materials are stored properly, operational ways of working are in line with requirements and disposal is done correctly. Clippings are mostly returned to semi roughs to fertilize them. Increasing the number of water analysis and including water hazards to the water analysis system would improve the knowledge of the sites conditions and help to reduce consumption of nutrients, water and pesticides.
Operational side of the course is in good shape. Recording and planning needs to addressed and improved. Environmental policy must be written and shared with the public.
Training is done within the work. Training logs are not kept adequately.
Set up in autumn 2013. The task force has started to support general knowledge of sustainability work through sharing photos of actions taken.
Most of employees come from the local area. Relations to local people are good. Also connections to the local municipality are good. The nearby relationships are good, but they also require a bit more attention. Attention in order to ensure that all interested parties get the information and to ensure that no shortcuts are taken with the local municipalities.
There are no special, national interest carrying sites within the course. There are plans to introduce public paths and trails within the greater area.
There are nevertheless a few protected buildings (ie. the old Hangar) within the site and next to the site there the local museum.
The community is small and a lot of informing of greenkeeping activities and development initiatives takes place on daily collaborations. There are some basic guidance of good practice in greenkeeping also in paper format at the maintenance facility.
The course is actively using it's webpages for communication. The course magazine provides information to the players and other interested parties. The latest invention is setting up a photo gallery of environmentally related actions and activities.
- Action Plans and Project Proposals
- Awareness Raising Materials
- Certification Report
- Emergency Incident Plan
- Environmental Data
- Environmental Policy
- External Surveys and Reports
- Internal Reports
- Minutes of Meetings
- Register of Accidents
- Training Log
The course meets the requirements of GEO certification. There are areas (as should be) for further improvement (as described above). The course stands among equals in the Finnish golf family when talking about sustainable greenkeeping and club management. I’m happy to recommend certification.
The new life of WW II airplane hangar. This WWII construction has a role as part of the facility. And that role ensures that this historical building will be maintained for future generation to see. This hangar also gives the visiting people a picture of what the world was at an airport during WWII.