1. Background

    The golf club was established in 1909 and sits on Vaynor/Cilsanws Common in Cefn Coed. The common as a whole is around 3700 acres and of this 270 acres are owned by the club. Of the 18 golf holes 14 of the holes lie within the Brecon Beacons National Park area and the remaining 4 holes lie within the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough area.

    To maintain the playing area of the course (greens, tees & fairways) the club has to mow and manage an area of around 38 acres out of the total of 270 acres.

    The whole common is subject to the grazing rights of around 26 local commoners and sheep regularly roam our fairways.

    1. Topography

    The mountain terrain is open moorland consisting of an area of limestone rock, fescue & bent grasses, heather, gorse and bracken. The area has a rugged yet picturesque landscape with two public footpaths and one bridleway on the site. There are also two ponds within the golf club land.

    Evidence of the extensive limestone can be seen from the two, now disused, quarries that exist on the eastern and western flank of the golf course. Also to the West of the course lies the Cilsanws Nature Reserve which has been fenced off to prevent sheep grazing since the 1980’s. The absence of sheep has allowed the nature reserve to flourish with plant life and wildlife.

    To the North of the course lies the Darren Fawr Nature Reserve operated by the Brecknock Wildlife Trust. The club has good relations with both these bodies and visitors to their sites are permitted to park in the golf club car park.

    1. Aims & Objectives
    1. a) On the golf course

    In maintaining the course in good playing condition the club will ensure that all management practices will conform to best environmental practice to minimise overall impact on the environment. In doing this the environmental advice given on the R & A Golf Club of St Andrews website will be our guide. In particular we will aim to:

    • Comply with all relevant legislation concerning environmental management.
    • Strive for continuous improvement of this policy by regular reviews.
    • Improve employees understanding of environmental practice by regular communication and ongoing training.
    • Raise awareness of both members and visitors regarding the importance of protecting the environment.
    • Keep chemical and fertiliser use to a minimum and ensure that during any use of these products no contamination of the common occurs.
    • Ensure that the landscape of the golf course area of the common retains its open moorland character in perpetuity and to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the course by managing bracken (fern) areas so as to allow the heather and gorse to flourish.
    • Develop management practices to cut down on waste and to ensure that any hazardous waste products are disposed of in accordance with legislation and best practice.
    • Reduce energy consumption on the course by ensuring that all vehicles and mechanical equipment are well maintained and regularly serviced to run at their most efficient level.
    1. b) In the clubhouse
    • Reduce energy consumption in the clubhouse by fitting light sensors and updating and modernising the heating system.
    • Reducing water consumption.
    • Recycling glass, paper and plastic material.
    • Avoid the use of cleaning compounds that may damage the environment.

    Merthyr Tydfil Golf Club was established in 1909 and sits on Vaynor/Cilsanws Common in Cefn Coed. Of the 18 golf holes 14 of the holes lie within the Brecon Beacons National Park area and the remaining 4 holes lie within the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough area. To maintain the playing area of the course (greens, tees & fairways) the club has to mow and manage an area of around 38 acres out of the total of 270 acres. The whole common is subject to the grazing rights of around 26 local commoners and sheep regularly roam our fairways. Merthyr Tydfil Golf Club understands that our operations have an impact on the environment. Merthyr Tydfil Golf Club is committed to continual environmental improvement and pollution prevention. We will demonstrate ourĀ  commitment to the environment by:

    • Complying with all relevant Environmental Legislation.
    • Setting and monitoring environmental targets
    • Promote environmental awareness throughout the business
    • Minimising waste wherever possible
    • Using water and energy in the most efficient way possible
    • Consider environmental impacts when planning for operational change

    This policy will be reviewed annually, unless there are any fundamental changes to our activities in which case it will be reviewed at this time.