Dundonald Links

GEO Certified® 12/2013 GEO Re-Certified 03/2017
Scotland, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01294 314000

Back in 2013 I commented that, “the commitment, dedication and passion at Dundonald towards ensuring environmental sustainability and best practice working Sustainability through all areas is a core driver at this club, something that has been built into the core business from the outset and which is strongly evident throughout the entire facility. Environmental and ecological and environmental management is very much routine”. This is still true in 2016, indeed the club are constantly leading the field when it comes to integrating sustainabili…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Dundonald Links (18 holes, 7100 yards, year opened 2003)
1 Clubhouse(s)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities


Modern day classic links –

The West coast of Scotland is famous for its stunning championship links and Dundonald Links sits right up there alongside the very best of them. Opened in 2003, Kyle Philips designed a modern day classic links, which has the feel of a course 100 years older and offers challenges and enjoyment in equal measure.

Kyle Philips vision –

"My desire was to create a championship Ayrshire-style links course that felt and played as though it was an old rediscovered course, by integrating newly constructed features with existing site features."

Dundonald Links is an area of permanently green land and the intertwining of grassland, woodland and wetlands within our site is a combination irresistible to wildlife.

All the areas which make up our golf course are valuable to wildlife. Roughs add to the stock of wildflowers and provide habitat for insects, small mammals and birds. Woodlands also provide a wealth of opportunity for flora and fauna, whilst water hazards are important to aquatic insects, amphibians, birds and mammals. Even fairways and semi-rough are valuable feeding and nesting areas.

Importantly, such natural features not only provide habitat, but also play a large part in enhancing the character, atmosphere and interest of our golf course.

This relationship between golfing and environmental quality makes the conservation and enhancement of our natural heritage of real relevance to Dundonald Links.

Consultation & Surveys

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

  • Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • STRI
  • Scottish Golf Environment group

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

Title Author Date View document
Dundonald Links Management Plan Mike Wood 2005/12/30
Summary Environmetal Report Lynn jopling 2013/01/20

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

  • Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Scottish Golf Environment Group
  • STRI
  • BTCV

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

Title Author Date View document
Botanical Society Species records Gill Smart 2013/06/22
Management Plan Mike wood 2006/01/30
Botanical Society Species records Gill Smart 2015/06/20
Moth Records Tom Voster 2014/05/06
Moth Records Tom Voster 2015/04/27
Moth Records Tom Voster 2015/05/10

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

Local name Scientific name
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
Linnet Cardielis flammea
Skylark Alauda arvensis
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus
Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia
Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis
Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba
Wild Carrot Daucus carota
Sand Sedge Carex arenaria
Sheep's - bit Jasione montana
Mare's tail Hippurus vulgaris
Bird's foot Ornithopus perpusillus
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
Goldcrest Regulus regulus
Willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
Curlew Numenius arquata
Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
Swallow Hirundo rustica
Whitethroat Sylvia communis
Lesser Butterfly Orchid Platanthera bifolia
Sand martin Riparia riparia
Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella
Small Blue butterfly Cupido minimus
Yarrow Achillea millefollium
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Short-eared owl Asio flammeus
Barn owl Tyto alba
Yellow rattle Rhinathus minor

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

Local name Scientific name
Small Blue butterfly Cupido minimus
Kidney vetch Anthyllis vulneraria
Lesser Butterfly orchid Platanthera bifolia

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility does not feature any landscape designations.

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

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 28 None
Non Native Plantation Woodland 4.5 None
Wetlands 0.3 None
Sand dunes 28 None
Heather and other dwarf shrub communities 2 None


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

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.5 Hectares Festuca rubra 60%
Poa annua 30%
Tees 1.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 70%
Lolium perenne 30%
Fairways 14.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 80%
Poa annua 20%
Semi Rough 10.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 95%
Poa annua 5%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
Dundonald Links is an exposed site which sees high evapotranspiration rates due to the amount of windy days. Fescue makes an ideal base grass for the golf course, with Poa Bent complimenting in specific areas to provide the required standard of
playability and durability.
We overseed with Bent and Fescue grasses through-out the year, as part of a maintenance programme, which aims to encourage desirable grass species.

Dundonald Links consults the STRI regarding our grassing plan.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: Greens, Tees, Fairways and Rough cutting pattern is alternated every cut months

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

  • Richard Windows STRI

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 Dundonald Links has an Integrated Management Plan. The plan is an evolving document that is prioritised, budgeted and continuously monitored. The Plan clearly sets out our turf grass objectives and goals, for example; reducing nutrient inputs, root depth and sward composition.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough Good communication is a key priority for the club. We have a monthly column in our Members Newsletter "On Course with Nature". This column promotes the benefits of best practice, including the value of naturalised areas. There is a notice board situated in the clubhouse and encourage the clubhouse staff to communicate course relatated information. The Club is also active in both Facebook and Twitter.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces Dundonald Links staff have featured as speakers at various workshops / seminars regarding best practice. The Club has featured in Bunkered, BIGGA International, Golf Monthly, GCMA and Golf Club Management Magazine. SGEG, Zero Waste Scotland, William Tracey, The R&A has produced case studies regarding our approach to sustainable golf. In addition to the case studies, we feature on ZWS website. Two staff are active BIGGA Board Members and are responsible for delivering education to the wider industry.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance By using communication methods; such as the Club calendar, Member's Newsletter, Social media and the Club website, we feel that we have improved the golfers understanding of good agronomy.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces Dundonald plays full greens and tees in the winter months and Members, therefore are aware that to achieve good year round playing surfaces, we must topdress on a regular basis, overseed and and hollow core during the golf season. The golfers see the benefits and enjoy our "no compromise golf" policy.

Conservation & Enhancement

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

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture We allow seasonal variation of colour during periods of drought and throughout the winter months. We also promote and encourage the growth of native wild flowers throughout the rough - this provides added texture to the landscape and helps the course to blend seamlessly with the surrounding countryside.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours All aspects of the golf course are sensitively managed in accordance with the surrounding landscape. Reducing fairway widths has allowed for a more challenging drive and also helped us reduce cutting hours, resulting in a reduction in emissions.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture We have installed conservation boards at selected tees, the boards were produced locally and are attached to old sleepers. The course signage is made from old sleepers and the segregated recycling bins are made from recycled wood.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Our man made dunes and position of the holes are designed to soften the outline of a close by paper mill. All holes play away from the mill, giving an overall aesthetically pleasing view of the landscape.

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 We provide nature corridors throughout the site. These are managed to promote indigenous flora and fauna. We have also increased our naturalied areas.
Increasing the size of habitat patches We have increased our marginal wetlands by 30%. We have also increased our grasslands and created a sand cliff for the nesting Sand Martins. By sensitively managing our native rough, our heather population has grown; however, is still in keeping with a coastal heath.
Connection of internal habitat patches Dundonald Links is part of a wider group of businesses and golf courses that are working on a nature project "Irvine to Girvan Nectar Network". The project is a scaled up version of our Club's original partnership with our neighbours, the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The project has evolved past the reintroduction of the Small Blue butterfly; however, the Small blue remains the flagship species for the nectar project. The project's aim is to promote connectivity and responsible stewardship through-out the mentioned area. There are currently 27 land owners participating in biodiversity projects.
Connection of patches with external habitats A duel planting and management approach with our neighbours the Scottish wildlife trust enables both lands to blend seamlessly.
Creation of habitat corridors As the golf course continues to mature, we are seeing various habitats increase, including; heather and wild flowers.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation By working with our neighbours regarding habitat, we are actively promoting habitat corridors. We also employ traffic routes throughout the site to avoid disturbance of invertebrates and nesting Skylarks, which populate our roughs.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges Over the last 10 years, we have worked in partnership with our neighbours the SWT, so that their parcel of land blends seamlessly with the course and does not become an island.

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 Cut and collection of rank grasses, which has allowed the heather seed bank to come through, which overall has increased our heather population.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation Early 2012, we removed five hectares of degenerated gorse. The removal of this woody Gorse has allowed light and air flow to increase. This area will be managed as a wild flower meadow, increasing habitat for the pollinating insects.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas We extended our wetlands beside the 14th fairway by 30%. These wetlands, as with the others on site have varing depths to maintain the marginal wetland.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation The vegetation was cleared in 2011 and at the same time, we cleared Scots Pines from the adjacent land, as they were growing in numbers around the edge of the wetland.
Naturalization of linear habitats We maintain bare areas on areas of the sand dunes, which promote the growth of many mosses and lichen types. These bare area also provide habitat for the Solitary Mining bee and Digger wasp.

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 We are committed to reducing the rank grasses and promote native wispy rough, as the rank grasses out compete other all. This annual programme has allowed heather and wild flower numbers to flourish. We also have many bug hotels dotted around the site.
Installation of nest boxes We have introduced bird boxes to provide shelter for the many bird species that call Dundonald Links their home. We recognise that habitats are diminishing, due to the reduction of the main ecological factors, such as; food, water and shelter.
Control / management of alien species We hand pull ragwort, but only after the Cinnabar Moth has left.
Provision of hibernation areas We provide many areas of habitat for the diverse species of wildlife on site, such as corrugated iron, log piles, bug hotels and nest boxes.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) We have created many areas such as; bee ponds, log piles, created a sand cliff for Sand Martins, introduced basking rocks and corrugated iron in our extensive out of play areas.


Dundonald Links recognises that the availability of water is an increasing global concern and that by adopting a responsible approach to water consumption, we are able to reduce our water footprint.

We believe that best management practice for water conservation is a combination of suitable plant selection and cultural maintenance practices, which provide adequate turf quality to support the game.

We have a modern, computerised irrigation system, with a portable hand-held controller and variable frequency drive pumping system which allows us to apply water in the most efficient means thus reducing water and energy consumption.

The Club is also able to make further reductions by:

• Limiting traffic to minimise turf wear and limit soil compaction.
• Adjusting mowing height during times of drought.
• Improving drainage where required to produce healthier turf, with better root systems.
• Removing unnecessary sprinkler heads.
• Head spacing.
• Pressure selection.
• Localised hand watering

Elsewhere on-site, we have energy efficient showers and urinals and all upgraded equipment is rated energy efficient.

Considerable savings of resources have been achieved by implementing these best practices and investing in the technology.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Water audit Norrie McNab 2010/03/19

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% 2,463,000 Litres
Golf Course Public / Potable 50% 5,478,000 Litres
Groundwater 50%
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,561,000 Litres
Golf Course Public / Potable 50% 4,984,000 Litres
Groundwater 50%
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 2,499,000 Litres
Golf Course Public / Potable 50% 6,554,200 Litres
Groundwater 50%

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees Weekly
Fairways Weekly
Semi-Rough Never
Rough Never

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 1 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 We overseed with Bent and Fescue grasses, which are drought tolerant grass species.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Tees and greens are hollowcored twice per year. Rough, fairways, aprons and walkways are deep hollowcored once per year. Problem areas, such as; walkways and low spots are treated more frequently
Timing and dose of water application We use a moisture probe meter, which determines if and how much water is required.
We irrigate throughout the evening when required. Hand watering, if required is carried out early morning.
Analysis of soil moisture We use a moisture meter probe on a regular basis to determine irrigation programmes.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data Rainfall is recorded daily, however we do not have the equipment for ET
Use of wetting agents Wetting agents are applied monthly on greens and tees from April - October. Fairways, Rough and Walkways have wetting agent applied May and june.
Overall reduction in irrigated area Unnecessary sprinkler heads have been removed from areas on the golf course which do not require irrigation
Targeting of sprinkler heads Adjustable arc settings used to avoid unneccessary application.
Optimizing system pressure Variable speed drives used and foot valve checked on a regular basis.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology Use of air inclusion nozzles for spraying applications.

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

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets We have sensors above our urinals and low flush toilets with the exception of two toilets, which are 7ltr.
Use of water efficient appliances We have plumbed in water coolers, water efficient dishwashers and showers. Our taps are all low pressure and we have sensors installed above the urinals.
Use of efficient shower technology Our showers all perform with a low pressure stored supply
Repairing leaks Good in-house training for observing and reporting of leaks, which ensures that repairs are carried out quickly.
Water awareness signage We have water awareness signage at key areas throughout the site.


Dundonald Links is committed to minimising energy consumption and maximising energy efficiency, where possible. The Club has undertaken a number of initiatives regarding energy conservation including upgrading appliances, exchanging light bulbs and appointing ‘Energy Monitors’. The Energy Monitor’s role is to champion energy efficiency by organising energy campaigns, recording usage, improving staff awareness and ensuring that the Club’s Environmental Policy is implemented.

As good custodians of land, we recognise that being energy efficient has additional environmental benefits other than climate protection, for example, local air quality can be improved by reducing emissions through lower energy consumption.

Cutting energy demands has not only made us more energy efficient but has also resulted in an annual reduction on our energy bills, therefore making Dundonald Links more economically resilient.

Sources & Consumption

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

Title Author Date View document
Energy Audit Gerry Murphy 2013/03/14

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

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

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

2015 2014 2013
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Litres) 10987 11569 118941
Heating Oil (Litres) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 19 27 21
LPG (Litres) 3666 3265 3260
Natural Gas (Litres) 0 0 0
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 187235 186475 185486
Petrol (Litres) 1795 1811 1794
Propane / Butane (Litres) 0 0 0
Wood from unsustainable sources 0 0 0

Energy Efficiency

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

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply We have a green energy tariff.
Installation of small scale wind turbine The site has been surveyed for suitability of a wind turbine. The outcome was positive and the Club have since put together a proposal. We are hopeful that this proposal will be revisited as the site is developed.

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

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems The building was supplied by portakabin and building specification can be provided during an audit.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration A variety of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems are in place eg. fixed ventilation provided by louvered vents.
Upgrading of building insulation Thermal insulation meets the requirement of the Building Stanandards (Scotland) regulations 1990 as amended regulation 22 part J' Conservation of fuel and power. The ceiling has been injected with rigid CFC Free polymer insulation.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) We have a large glass fronted terrace, which allows plenty of light to enter the clubhouse.
Installation of low-energy lighting We have exchanged all of the lightbulbs in the Clubhouse to LED
Transition to energy efficient appliances All fridges and freezers onsite are energy efficient A, AA, or AAA.When any appliances require renewal, we renew with an energy efficient model.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting We have timers on our outdoor security lights and urns. Our heating is on a timer, which is programmed to heat the building for 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour at lunchtime.
Educating staff and customers We have an environmental awareness intuduction for all new staff and an annual review for all existing staff. Our environmental expectations are writen into all staff contracts. Dundonald has an environment team, which is responsible for implementing best practice throughout the site.

Vehicles & Transport

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

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 0% 100% 0%
Diesel 100% 0% 63%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 0% 0% 38%
Micro Renewable 0% 0% 0%
Hybrid 0% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

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

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 0% 0% 0%
Diesel 0% 0% 0%
LPG 0% 0% 0%
Grid Electric 100% 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
Car sharing incentives We have a small team at Dundonald Links and working hours differ, however we try to match shift patterns to allow for car sharing.There is a number of staff who use public transport for work purposes such as; travelling to seminars and meetings in the city. Dundonald participates in the Ride to Work Scheme, which many of the staff have taken up.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) Our Club has a members bus, which transports Loch Lomond Golf Club Members to and from Dunonald Links. The bus resides at LLGC.
Secure cycle parking There are no designated cycle parking, however there are safe spaces in the building for staff to use.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables We have no publications promoting public transport, due to the following reasons -Location is served by two local train stations and an airport. The airport is used regularly by our visitors, however due to luggage, golf clubs etc, the public buses, that run frequently past our Club do not meet our visitors requirements. Dundonald's Director of Golf is involved with Visit Scotland and has been particularly involved with promoting Prestwick Airport.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) All staff have two lockers each, one for outdoor wear and one for indoor wear.
Staff showers As we are still housed in temporary buildings, so do not have designated staff showers, however all staff have access to the clubhouse shower facilities. When our Clubhouse is completed, staff will have a full compliment of facilities, similar to our sister course.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling The club participates in the "ride to work scheme", which many of the staff have taken up over the last couple of years.
Promotion of walk to work campaigns Iniatitives to promote walking to work is difficult, due to where staff live in relation to work. We have had many staff outings including cycling around Arran and walking up Goat Fell.

Supply Chain

Dundonald Links is situated in the beautiful Ayrshire landscape, famous for being the home of Rabbie Burns, its Championship golf courses and miles of stunning coastline.

Tam o’Shanter -

“When chapmen billies leave the street, And drouthy neibors, neibors meet, As market days are wearing late, An’ folk begin to tak the gate; While we sit bousing at the nappy, And getting fou and unco happy, We think na on the lang Scots miles, The mosses, water, slaps, and styles, That lie between us and our hame, Where sits our sulky sullen dame, Gathering her brows like gathering storm, Nursing her wrath to keep it warm”

Rabbie Burns

We are proud to highlight our Ayrshire heritage through our Spikes Bar menu, which offers a selection of dishes, all sourced within 10 miles of our site. Neeps, tatties, seafood and bacon are the foods, which summarise good old fashioned Ayrshire home cooking and, which we are delighted to serve accompanied by Fairtrade hot beverages.

Since opening, we have developed trusting partnerships with all of our suppliers, locally and further a field. These relationships were forged from open, honest dialogue, allowing us to meet our business needs.

We aim to source locally, where possible, however due to the speciality of the golf industry, this is not always possible. We believe in using ethical, reliable, innovative and environmentally sound suppliers, whose quality and pricing will facilitate long-term co-operation.

Purchasing Policies

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

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Dundonald Links has an Environmental Purchasing Policy in place, which highlights minimal packaging. We ask our suppliers to reduce their packaging and put the onus on them to take packaging back with them.
Use of local suppliers We use local suppliers when we can, such as; fruit & veg, meats, bakery, tools, PPE , laundry service, signage company, printers, sawmill and various equipment and hand tools are sourced from local companies.
Use of local products All food is sourced from local suppliers where possible.Our menu is small, however it has an Ayrshire flavor, as we aim to promote local produce.
Selection of certified products All hot beverages served in the bar are Fairtrade. All toilet rolls are FSC.
Use of recycled and recyclable products We follow the principles of the waste hierarchy which focus on reuse, reduce and recycle being our least favourable option. All golf course signage is made from old sleepers sourced on site. Bins are made from recycled timber, and topsoil is all recycled on site. The rubber matting that has been installed at selected walkways has been made from recycled material.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging fruit & veg, condiments, coffee, teabags, mop heads, cleaning products and eggs are a selection of supplies, which we have requested minimal packaging to be used.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) We use the following accredited suppliers; William Tracey Group, RS Components, Arco, Unico, Wurth, STRI, Hugh King, Resource Efficient Scotland

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Miles Total number of suppliers within 100 Miles
Food & Beverage 5 5
Catering Supplies 12 7 5
Retail 16 1 8
Trade & Contractors 18 5 10
Maintenance Equipment 25 9 7
Course Supplies 32 12 8

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Mainly Fescue grass. We overseed with Bent grass, regular topdressing, good in - house traing regarding early pest & disease detection and we use a moisture probe on a regular basis to determine irrigation requirements.
Managing stress and wear We have introduced rubber matting on walkways, change pin placements on a regular basis and change tee placements daily. We have also extended various tees and created extra tees.
Enhancement of soil structure We have a regular topdressing programme in place.
Optimization of the growing environment We overseed at the correct depths, correct temperatures and use young seed.
Managing thatch levels Organic matter testing and regular aeration and removal is carried out.we also topdress on a regular basis during the growing season.
Managing surface moisture We use a moisture meter probe and manage appropriate to results. We also remove dew daily by cutting or brushing, which reduces the risks of disease.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease We adhere to a pest & disease matrix, which is linked to our integrated pest management approach.
Scouting for pests and diseases Good in-house training and daily scouting helps identify any problems quickly.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health Soil and tissue testing is performed through-out the season. Annual benchmarking through approved turf grass consultant.

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 42 29.5 41
Fairways - K - Organic 0 0 0
Fairways - N - Inorganic 65 52.5 75
Fairways - N - Organic 0 0 0
Fairways - P - Inorganic 10.5 10.5 10.5
Fairways - P - Organic 0 0 0
Greens - K - Inorganic 102 102 82
Greens - K - Organic 0 0 0
Greens - N - Inorganic 114 99 105
Greens - N - Organic 0 0 0
Greens - P - Inorganic 10.5 10.5 10.5
Greens - P - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - K - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Inorganic 0 0 0
Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 42 20.5 41
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 65 52.5 75
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 10.5 10.5 10.5
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 66 32 66
Tees - K - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - N - Inorganic 93 57 105
Tees - N - Organic 0 0 0
Tees - P - Inorganic 10.5 10.5 10.5
Tees - P - Organic 0 0 0

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

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.780 0.780 0.780
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 4.68 4.68 3.12
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0.720 0.720 0.720
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 10.08 10.08 10.08
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 8.81 14.39 8.94
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 13.21 21.58 13.41
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 5 7 4
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0.720 0.720 0.720
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 1.08 1.08 1.08
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.780 0.780 0.780
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 4.68 4.68 4.68
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0.720 0.720 0.720
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 4.32 4.32 4.32
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0 0 0.132
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 0 0 0.132
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0 0 1
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0.780 0.780 0.780
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 0.780 0.780 0.780
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 0.720 0.720 0.720
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 0.720 0.720 0.720
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 1 1

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

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products Identify the pest or disease correctly and select suitable product and apply in the correct manner, taking into account weather, time of year and label recomendation requirements.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Where spot treat where applicable.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Yes, NSTS Certified and registered. We have a paternator and nozzle flow meters
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We use air induction nozzles suitable to LERAP
Non-chemical weed control Mechanical and manual weed control are carried out when required
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. Yes, seedweed is used for nematode control

Waste Management

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

Title Author Date View document
Waste streams Amanda Dorans 2007/01/15
Waste streams Amanda Dorans 2011/12/08
Waste Audit Tom Horner 2012/01/09

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass true true false false
Plastic true true false false
Aluminium false true false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard true true false false
Grass Clippings false true false false
Cores & Turf true true false false
Sand true true 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 We adhere to the principles of the waste hiearachy and focus on the reduce, re-use and recycle. We segregate all waste on site and re-use where possible.
Establishment of recycling centers We have designated waste areas through -out the site. We also have grass collection bays situated at various areas through-out the golf course.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Yes, we cut all areas without boxes with exception of greens and tees.
Education of staff and customer education The staff are all introduced to our waste management procedures during their staff induction, aswell as attending waste workshops. some of the staff have also completed Zero Waste Scotlands "On course for Zero waste" certificate. dundonald has also featured in three waste management case studies.
Waste awareness campaigns Since 2007, we have ran many waste awareness campaigns, with good results. We use posters, questionaires, publish our successfully met targets and in general try to make everyone feel part of the waste management policy.

Pollution Control

Dundonald Links recognises that good course management has to reconcile the needs of the golfer with the needs of the environment, and wishes to ensure that all its management procedures conform to best practice.

The golf course is diligently maintained, keeping in mind our goal to protect the environment and prevent pollution by employing the best control mechanisms, procedures and processes.

In early 2012, the Club reduced its environmental impact by achieving the accolade of ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’. Our Waste Management Policy was introduced in 2007, and since then we have adhered to the principles of the waste hierarchy by actively reducing, reusing and recycling all waste generated on site.

Our Environmental Vision pledges our commitment to sustainable golf. Specifically, to reducing the Club’s carbon footprint and pursuing sustainable resources, whilst integrating the golf course with the natural surroundings by promoting and enhancing bio diversity.

This achievement of zero waste to landfill has been reached through the sheer commitment and teamwork of staff, who are not only recycling card, paper, plastics, scrap metal, timber and green waste, but have also gone the extra mile by liaising with suppliers over best use of packaging and monitoring waste uplifts. We are now continually rotating packaging for deliveries - the supplier takes the packaging away and reuses it for the next delivery. By monitoring the waste uplifts, we realised we were using more bins than were required, some were only part filled and therefore we were able to reduce the number of pick-ups, which in turn lowered both the cost and our carbon footprint.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Three Yearly Never Daily
On-Site Never 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 Stormwater Drain N/A
Clubhouse Mains Sewer N/A
Maintenance Facility Septic Tank N/A
Wash Pad 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 false
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true true
Fertiliser Bags true true
Oil Filters true true
Batteries true true

Pollution Prevention

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

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas All chemicals are stored in a locked bunded chemical safe, which only PA1, PA2 and PA6 certified staff can access.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas We have a full time mechanic and fully operational workshop and maintence is carried out within the workshop facility.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Fertilisers mixed in designated fertiliser tank. Pesticides are mixed in induction tank, which is attached to sprayer in a well ventelated area.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks All fuel tanks are above ground.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel All fuel tanks are integrated bunded.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials We have a spillage kit situated in key areas, which all staff are fully trained on

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 All chemical applications are carried out on favourable weather conditions.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies As per statutory procedure according to product label and spray equipment is LERAP.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan We have an emergency spillage procedure in place, which all staff are fully trained on.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Various areas of the site are pesticide - free


Dundonald Links takes its role within the community seriously. The Club entered into a business-led partnership with local businesses "Ayrshire Sustainability Group". The aim of the group is to promote best practice throughout Ayrshire on key issues such as Waste Management, Energy Conservation, Social Responsibility and Biodiversity. These topics affect all industries and we believe that by sharing best practice, knowledge and ideas, we can safeguard local employment, promote education and improve life skills.

By interacting at community level, the Dundonald Links team has seen personal gains, from improved interpersonal skills and self-esteem to better knowledge and understanding of social issues, which overall has had a very positive impact in our workplace culture.

An example of one of our successful community initiatives is a partnership which we have developed with local schools. The Club has donated an area of previously unused land to the local primary schools for outdoor learning in a classroom format. The concept of this project is to support the school ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ – helping children to achieve the skills they need for learning, life and work.

Over the next five years, the Club will work with the school children to transform this redundant, unmanaged area of land to colourful habitat, which supports nature and offers local children an opportunity for outdoor learning.

We believe, through this programme the children will see nature in its true form and experience an abundance of wildlife including nesting birds in our rough and amphibians in our wetlands. Many of the children are first time visitors to a golf course and we at Dundonald Links believe that initiatives such as these not only introduce youths to the great outdoors but also to the sociable game of golf.

Ayrshire is renowned for its golf courses and it is our hope that our commitment to increasing and promoting best practice will generate a wider acceptance and awareness of golf’s positive environmental role within the community and the landscape.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 2
Course Management 10 3
Food & Beverage 5 4
Golf Coaching 1
Retail & Leisure 4 1
Other 3

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

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Local Community
  • Local Environment NGO

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

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Good in-house training, which is conducted at the beginning of employment and various refreshers throughout the year. Check lists are in place, both hard and digital copies are available to all staff - hard copies are displayed in the office.
Efficient water management Our water management consists of water recording, computerised irrigation system to aid localised watering, pumps fitted with variable speed drives, regular probing of play areas with moisture meter. Leaksin irrigation, taps are teported quickly. Irrigation meter readings are recorded.
Management of accidents and emergencies IOSH Training, qualified First Aid personel, Fire Wardens, Regular Fire Drills and an Accident Book
Management of habitats and vegetation Good in-house training of landscape, staff have attended wildflower, lichens and fungi species identification and recording workshops. Minimum greens staff education level of SQV Level 3.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling We have a comprehensive understanding of the site's waste management. Waste monitors are in place to monitor uplifts and streams. Staff waste induction and site refreshers throughout the year. Allocated recycling stations throughout site. Staff have attended many waste management workshops, both internally and externally. Waste management procedures are written into staff contract of employment.
Health & Safety Staff induction & training, provision of PPE, monthly H&S meeting, monthly h&s checks, incident and near miss reporting.
Energy Saving Staff have a good awareness of energy conservation. Please turn off stickers are on all equipment and switches. Electricity meter recording, energy monitors in place and energy posters are on staff notice boards. Staff have also attended various energy efficient workshops / seminars.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage We have a good understanding of our site's landscape & heritage. Our knowledge has grown and is still growing through various sources, such as; local residents, old maps, internet, neighbours for example, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and long established golf courses. We also have access to the local Ayrshire Biodiversity Action Plan.
Environmental management planning The environmental management plan is an evolving document, which is accessible to all staff for viewing and input. All staff are introdced to the plan during their induction.

Community Relations

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

Activity Description
Neighbours Gailes Links Experience, Nature trail development in conjunction with SWT, Ayrshire Sustainability Group, Golphin for Kids, and Outdoor Learning Programme. 2015's Ladies Scottish Open focused in community outreach. Many initiatives were featured around the tournament, including foot golf, nature trails, golf lessons. We also had kids play areas and a planetarium on site for the entirety of the tournament. In addition to this, the Club partnered with The R&A and South Ayrshire Council to bring The claret Jug to five local primary schools.
Local Government Nature trail development, "Teaching in Nature", Ride to work scheme, Sustainability Group, Golf Lessons for children from local schools.and Scottish Business in the Community Hub Group.
Local Environmental Groups We were instrumental in bring local golf clubs and businesses together to form a Sustainability Group. Members of the group include the SWT, RSPB and SNH. Zero Waste Scotland are among the interested parties. Dundonald Links are also part of a leadership committee for Ayrshire businesses, which is driven by Scottish Business in the Community. The "Hub Group" is tasks with driving social issues. Scottish Natural Heritage and South Ayrshire Council have entered into a partnership with us to provide an outdoor facility for teachers learn outdoor skills, which can be transferred into classrooms
Local Community Groups Friends of Ardeer have used our facility as a training base for species identification workshops.
Media We have used the local, nation and trade media to communicate our best practice initiatives.
Local Businesses We aim to source as locally as possible, which has many benefits; such as local economic groth, traceability, reduced emissions etc.we also promote local hotels, taxi firms and the local airport.
Schools & Colleges The Club are active participants in the Enable Scotland programme. The aim of this programme is to provide work experience for young adults. We also work with the local schools as a work experience facility. We have also donated a parcel of land for the development of a nature trail / outdoor learning facility, along with an indoor classroom. This supports the Curriculum for Excellence by promoting health & well being, environment and life skills. The donated land and classroom also provide a base for teachers who have entered into the " teaching in nature" programme.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

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

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths We have introduced gates for public access between the Gailes Reserve and Dundonald Links Golf Course.
Creation of new paths and nature trails We have donated a parcel of land for the purpose of a nature trail for local school children and a Community Green Gym.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Health & Safety signage at all entry points. Nature boards situated around the golf course
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) Species spotting, such as; moth, butterfly, Fungi, Lychens monitoring and recording. Local dog walkers and ramblers are able to enjoy our extensive out of play areas.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) The nature trail / "outdoor learning centre" is part of a large community project, which involves neighbours, volunteers, local authority, schools and environment groups . This area provides the school children with an outdoor facility, which enables them to complete their John Muir Awards.

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

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage:

  • SEPA

This golf facility does not undertake any activities to conserve cultural heritage features.


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display We communicate our activities by the following ways, Member's newsletter, Social Media, environmental notice boards, environment page on intranet, staff induction, and annual power point updates to all staff. All information is stored on a shared drive, which can be accessed at any time by any staff member, staff quiz sheet.
Members evenings and course walks The nature trail area has been shown to members. We have also been involved in twilight sessions for local teachers - the aim of these sessions is to help teachers reconnect with nature and build confidence and knowledge in outdoor teaching to enable them to transfer into lesson plans.
Course guides / brochures 2015's Ladies Scottish Open brochure contained a two page species check list.
Interpretation panels & course signage We have nature boards installed around the golf course, which highlight the many species that the golf course supports.
Establishment of a nature trail The Club set aside land for the purpose of a nature trail / conservation area, which is has a five year development plan. This area can be accessed by anyone, although initially for school children / teachers

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

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures We use our website, Twitter and Facebook to promote environmental activities. The Club's environmental work has also featured in magazine articles and case studies by the following; Zero Waste Scotland, William Tracey Group, Scottish Golf Environment Group and the R & A.
Supporting campaigns The Club have supported the following campaigns -Natural Scotland, Breast Cancer and Recycling Week
Course walks / open days We have held many educational workshops and have given course walks during breaks. We have also given tours to teachers and children with the purpose of helping them reconnect with nature.
Attending community meetings Ayrshire tourism meetings, Irvine Bay regeneration, Botanical Society, Sustainability Group ,and the SBC Hub are all community related meeting that the Club both attend and host.
Joint practical projects with community We have been working with the community in the following projects and initiatives - Sustainability Group, SBC Hub, Tree planting with Nestlé, litter picking and Nature Trail Development