Environmental Impact Statement

Environmental stewardship covers a wide variety of topics, from water conservation and water quality management, to management practices that keep playing surfaces healthy, problems in check, and wildlife habitats thriving. It is Mount Temples aim to provide a quality golfing experience to its members and guests in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Maintenance Practices

It is our aim to reduce the use of expensive pesticides and fungicides. At all times Mount Temple aim to carry any and all cultural practices that help maintain high quality turf grass, with chemical treatment always kept to a minimum.

Cultural practice include

• Regular and planned aeration of the playing surface
• Regular and planned sand topdressing of the playing surface
• Dew removal from the putting surface daily
• Regular and planned fertiliser applications to the playing surface
-Fertilisation programs are designed to be minimalistic in nature to provide the plant with enough feed to reduce stress, thus reducing pesticides and fungicide inputs.
• Regular and planned mowing of the playing surface
• Drainage improvements where appropriate

Pesticide and Fertiliser Use

Pesticide and fertiliser use is kept to the minimum required to maintain high quality turf grass. Only approved products shall be applied to the course. All products shall be stored in a secure appropriate facility in the maintenance compound.

Mixing of chemicals is only permitted at the wash area and no products are added to the sprayer until a full system check has been carried out on all equipment.

All packaging associated with pesticides and fertilisers are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

Only fully trained operators are permitted to apply pesticides and fertilisers on the golf course.

Water Quality and Use

Natural spring water used and is tested by the local authority which reduces the need for council water.

Waste Recycling

Every effort is made to recycle as much waste as possible. Card board, paper, plastic bottles etc are placed in bins for collection. Broken tree limbs and damaged trees are chopped and used in the fireplace in the clubhouse, heating the radiators in the clubhouse. Grass clippings are spread on the course and act as a natural fertiliser.

Wildlife Habitat

Mount Temple Golf Club is home to many wildlife species, most notably rabbits, hares, pheasant, badgers, falcon, cranes, water hens and ducks. Several areas of the course are designated as zero maintenance practices. These include:
• Wild swamp area on the 1st
• Ring fort at the 7th
• Scrublands between 9th and 10th hole

Energy Use

Mount Temple Golf Club endeavours to reduce its energy consumption.