How Can Golf Courses Use Less Water?
There are several strategies and best management
practices that golf courses can employ to use water as efficiently as possible
and conserve precious water resources. These include:
Selecting and establishing turfgrasses that
naturally use less water and are adapted to your climate and location.
Using recycled water, which reduces reliance
on potable water for irrigation.
Having a well-designed and properly
maintained irrigation system that applies water as efficiently as possible with
Use of water saving devices, such as moisture
meters and in-ground sensors to measure and report soil moisture levels so that
intelligent irrigation programing decisions can be made.
Employing proper aeration and soil
cultivation programs so that any water applied infiltrates the soil and is not
lost to run-off.
Reducing turf in out of play areas where turf
is not necessary.
Root pruning tree near critical turf areas to
reduce the competition for water between trees and turf.
Use of mulch below trees and in landscape
Addressing indoor water use with
water-efficient toilets and fixtures.
Education and training of maintenance
personnel on the importance of proper water application techniques and using
water as efficiently as possible.
Visit the “Case Studies” section of the Water Resource
Center to see examples on how golf courses have implemented these strategies in