Landscape renewal of the original brown-field mining land use on courses including Lochore and Dora is an additional strength. Employee training and development opportunities are comprehensive and well recorded. The newly constructed swale at Glenrothes appears to have unexplored potential in this regard. However the key ethical and environmental principles are followed albeit on an informal basis, with supporting evidence available. Meters have now been installed to measure golf course irrigation use exclusively, and figures are anticipated to be available for the recertification period. The organisation features a very strong working group including extensive financial, golf, and sustainability expertise in the form of the trustees Board, which meets quarterly with sustainability as a core agenda issue – this has been focussed explicitly on obtaining GEO Certification over the recent period. With the exception of Kinghorn, the underlying soil substrates are generally of a heavy clay, and previous uses range from nutrient rich former arable land to very alkaline or acidic mining spoil. Discounted golf at Elmwood, South Ayrshire Golf , Edinburgh Leisure, and South Lanarkshire Golf Courses Unlimited Sign-on rights up to 3 per round played at weekdays and weekends If a particular course is closed due to bad weather, usually one or more of the other courses would remain open.
There are a range of ticket options to suit everyone’s needs. Community accessibility and affordability is undoubtedly one of the key strengths of FGT, and is embodied formally within the vision and objectives of the Trust. However the key ethical and environmental principles are followed albeit on an informal basis, with supporting evidence available. The number of pesticide applications has also reduced slightly from an already very low level, averaging less than once per annum in The Business Plan shows a slow but steady growth in total season ticket holders; participation by Juniors and Female golfers is also increasing, and at a proportionately higher rate. New bike lockers for golfers have recently been installed at Dora.
While the completed work at Dunnikier represents an exemplar project in this regard, perhaps further consideration should be given to potential projects elsewhere. New bike lockers for golfers have recently been installed at Dora.
Sample records were reviewed on site. Related to this, the evidence currently provided on site-specific species monitoring and recording is comparatively thin, although overall data drawn from the Fife Nature Records Centre is available dating from However the key ethical and environmental principles are followed albeit on an informal basis, with supporting evidence available.
Overall the contribution to community wellbeing is exemplary, extending also to general greenspace provision, and including the provision of very substantial essential ecosystem services.
The FGT website is attractively designed and currently concentrates primarily on pricing and course information issues, although a News Page is also included. Fuel consumption for diesel and petrol by maintenance vehicles volf remained stable ggolf the certification period.
All are notable however in seasln very intimate links with the communities they serve, and lichore readily accessible either on foot or by public transport.
Biological monitoring is also proposed. In the longer term, a phased programme of upgrading of maintenance sheds to the standard already set at Scoonie would deliver major benefits covering all areas. Currently only one Greenkeeper is tasked with coordinating chemical applications.
Open ditches and small wetland patches are a feature of the FGT sites and oglf of good practice in avoidance of chemical application was readily observed. The organisation features a very strong working group including extensive financial, golf, and sustainability expertise in the form of the trustees Board, which meets quarterly with sustainability as a core agenda issue – this has been focussed explicitly on obtaining GEO Certification over the recent medows.
Continual Improvement As noted above, there may still be room for improvement in the balance between maintained turf and out-of-play areas on certain sites. All other wash down areas at least have positive drainage to a gully pot linked to the main sewer with the exception of Kinghorn, which drains to a rough grass out of play area.
The Certification Report cites a wide-ranging list of external organisations consulted, which if continued should provide very satisfactory and comprehensive advisory support on landscape and ecological issues. Good records were available to be viewed on the preparation and timing of fertiliser and chemical applications. With the exception of Kinghorn, the underlying soil substrates are generally of a heavy clay, and previous uses range from nutrient rich former arable land to very alkaline or acidic mining spoil.
There have been minor increases year on year in total weight of NPK fertiliser applied over the Certification period, although these are not considered significant. This would allow unlimited play on: There have been no formal energy audits to date but discussions with RES lochode ongoing to include FGT facilities in future council-wide projects. Tiicket kits and accident reporting meets criteria.
The golf provision is further enhanced by the outstanding contribution which the sites as a whole deliver for community wellbeing; including through multiple shared use with other recreational activities, in overall greenspace provision, and in essential ecosystem services.
Meters have now been installed to measure golf course irrigation use exclusively, and figures are anticipated to be available for the recertification period. Continual Improvement As noted above wash down areas should be addressed if possible.
This initial verification of the Fife Golf Trust FGT covers seven discrete sites; five hole and two 9-hole courses, together with seven maintenance facilities, five of which are shared with other Fife Council services.
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These include generic and site-specific examples including: Frequency of mowing within these areas is still an issue which is worthy of further consideration as has been noted elsewhere in this report. A fleet of 12 electric carts is available for golfers. Where relevant all other facilities have secure storage meeting criteria for hazardous materials.
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Consumption records are drawn from overall meter readings at the shared facilities, and therefore represent a significant over-estimate. Open ditches are a common and very welcome drainage solution across the FGT sites, and generally also provide a very successful wetland habitat. The very small overall irrigated area is likely the most important single factor in this, with watering limited to loxhore only, plus tees in exceptional conditions Only four of the seven courses currently have automatic irrigation, the others using a combination of hose fed sprinklers and hand watering.
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The courses as a whole embrace the multi-use principle: This should also aim to incorporate replication of the public recycling centre at Cowdenbeath Dora yard. Click here to see this year’s prices and for more information on how to apply. The key observation under this heading is undoubtedly that the turf management practices represent an exemplary balance between the competing criteria of playing quality, environmental conditions, and available resources.
Continual Improvement There would appear to be no realistic prospect of replacing mains supply ssason the five relevant courses in the foreseeable period.
The recent advisory reports from STRI on the condition of all seven courses are extremely positive. Employee training and development opportunities are comprehensive and well recorded.
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Overall energy policy is accordingly currently not within FGT control. Notwithstanding this, the average annual consumption is remarkably low, comparing very favourably neadows other recently certified facilities in the same region. Application Forms are available to download from here — see attached publication, or from the Golf Course Starters at any of the above courses with the exception of Auchterderran.
I would very strongly endorse this achievement, but at the same time would also emphasise that within the admittedly very considerable constraints of providing an appropriate level of golfing challenge, and overall resource prioritisation, there are undoubtedly substantial areas, particularly on the more tiicket sites, where opportunities still exist to progress further.
Historically some chemical testing took place of run-off and leachate from mining waste at Auchterderran. The predominant source is overwhelmingly from the potable mains supply with the exception of Lochore and Scoonie, which obtain water from an adjoining loch and burn respectively. Continual Improvement Preparation of a formal yet concise and proportionate FGT procurement policy should be investigated.
This could be improved going forward by developing a structured programme based on the new Habitat Surveys when completed.