Take Stock Of Your Water

By Bud White, director, Mid-Continent Region
April 2, 2014

The USGA’s Water Resource Center is an invaluable source for information regarding golf’s use of water. Visit it at www.usga.org/water.

Most of the lower Midwest remains in a significant drought that is shaping up to be quite a problem for this upcoming summer. Many lakes in Texas and surrounding areas are at record-low water levels. March and April are key months for recharging lake levels prior to summer. Many water districts are currently in water restriction modes, and this will only progress if we do not receive some significant rainfall as we transition into summer.

Many have probably noticed that some areas have received rainfall, even in amounts of one to two inches, but these nice rains did not affect lake water levels. The ground is so dry that it will take more significant rainfall events to resupply the ground with moisture before additional runoff can fill lakes.

Not only is water quantity severely low, but reduction in water quality coincides with this phenomenon as salt levels in the water increase. This leaves some important questions to ask as we potentially move toward a significant drought event:

  • Does your golf facility have a drought-emergency plan in place? For developing such a plan, please see the excellent article Developing a Drought-Emergency Plan. For more resources on golf’s use of water, please visit the USGA Water Resource Center.
  • Is water rationing in place at your location? A plan should be developed for providing adequate moisture levels through this spring to promote turf root development.
  • Is golfer education in place regarding the steps that must be taken to handle reduced water applications? Do golfers understand the consequences if the course receives less water?
  • Has a recent irrigation audit been completed for your golf course?
  • Now is a great time to test water quality. Send water samples to a water quality testing laboratory and ask for a water test known as an irrigation suitability test. Ideally, the sample is taken straight from an irrigation head immediately following an irrigation cycle to ensure water is being sampled exactly as the turf receives it.

Considering the water issues we have seen over the last three to four years, a drought-emergency plan is a must for every golf facility. This document allows everyone at the course to be on the same page and better understand what must be done to cope with a limited water supply. The drought-emergency plan should also highlight what is to be expected from varying levels of reduced irrigation.

Invoicing for USGA’s Course Consulting Service (CCS), formerly Turf Advisory Service (TAS), was sent out via email in the Mid-Continent Region. Please advise Karen at kwhite@usga.org or me if you did not receive this information.

If you would like more information regarding a visit from the USGA’s Course Consulting Service, and how we can help your facility with drought, water quality or other management issues, please contact me, Bud White, at (972) 899-2462 or (budwhite@usga.org). Early payment (before May 15) to the USGA can save you $500. For more information on the USGA’s Course Consulting Service and to download an application for service, click here.

I look forward to being of service to you and your facility.            

Source: Bud White (budwhite@usga.org)

Information on the USGA’s Course Consulting Service

Contact the Green Section Staff  

Partner Links
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
Chevron
   

The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

Chevron image
Rolex
   

Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.



Rolex image
IBM
   

IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website, www.usopen.com, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit http://www.usopen.com/IBM

AmEx image
Lexus
   

Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit http://www.lexus.com/

AmEx image
American Express
   

Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainment


AmEx image