California Golf Courses Dealing With Water Restrictions
September 4, 2009
|In response to mandatory water cutbacks in California, some courses have eliminated irrigation in all rough areas and have focused on keeping tees, greens, and fairways alive.|
Several courses in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California are in the process of installing wells to provide a supplement to the water supply. Unfortunately, most of these wells produce poor quality water or do not have the capacity to provide a significant amount of water to meet irrigation needs.
To deal with the situation, golf courses affected by the cutbacks utilize the following management practices:
- Implementation of a drought contingency plan (watering prioritized to greens, green banks, fairway landing zones and tees. Watering reduced or eliminated in other areas).
- More time devoted to maintenance and adjustment of the irrigation system to ensure maximum efficiency.
- Application of wetting agents.
- Use of portable moisture meters to accurately monitor soil moisture status and help determine if irrigation is necessary and how much to apply.
- Reducing or eliminating the washing of maintenance equipment.
- Development of long range plans to reduce turf in out of play areas and upgrade the irrigation system.
Source: Pat Gross, Director, Southwest Region. firstname.lastname@example.org