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5 Ways To Improve Playing Conditions Through Renovation December 1, 2017 By Todd Lowe, agronomist, Southeast Region

Capital improvements can have a drastic impact on how a golf course looks and plays; prudent planning will ensure only the most positive of results. Consider some of the improvements detailed in this USGA photo gallery. Although they require varying degrees of investment, each offers opportunities to improve playing conditions and sustainability.

1: Reducing Irrigated Turf Acreage

Replacing turf in out-of-play areas with native plants and grasses can save water and allow more resources to be focused on the primary playing areas.

Related BMP Case Studies:

Naturalizing Areas To Reduce Inputs And Enhance Habitat

Converting Maintained Turf To Native Grasses

Reducing Inputs By Converting Turf To Native Grasses

Native Grasses Help Save Water

Native Plants Provide An Attractive Alternative

Even New Courses Need To Address Water Use Issues

Drought-Tolerant Grasses In Rough



2: Irrigation System Upgrade

Updated irrigation systems with improved coverage, individual head control and sensor technology can improve playing conditions and save water.


Related BMP Case Studies:

A New Irrigation System Improves Playing Conditions

Drip Irrigation Improves Water Management

Utilizing Mist Heads For Precision Irrigation

Irrigation Redesign to Conserve Water

Irrigation: Better Precision with More Irrigation Heads



3: Improving Drainage

Good drainage is essential for quality playing conditions and healthy turf. Addressing drainage issues is an important part of many golf course renovations.


Related BMP Case Studies:

Rebuilding Greens To Improve Playability And Address Water Issues



4: Tree Removal

Trees can grow in size and number on golf courses over time, so that they reduce line of sight and hinder playability. Your next renovation may need to consider removing trees to improve turf health, golfer enjoyment and pace of play.


Related BMP Case Studies:

Adjusting Course Conditions To Complement A Restoration

Tree Removal Improves Turfgrass Health, Performance, And Playing Quality