Water is essential to the survival of a golf course. The challenge is getting the right amount of water on the turf at the right time.
Standing water on a golf course can pose all kinds of problems. These conditions can arise from both natural sources, such as rainfall, and man-made sources, such as irrigation. Sometimes irrigation systems can deliver water to the course unevenly and this can lead to certain areas of the course receiving more water than others. Soil type and drainage can play a big part in how the ground absorbs water and contribute to the presence of standing water.
With the extremely rainy conditions we have been experiencing in Texas this year, we have had to deal with several instances of standing water in multiple locations due to rainfall. I understand that standing water is an annoyance to players and always try my best to predict these situations and put measures into place to ensure that the course can remain open for play and that damage is not done to the course during these situations.
We use two methods to ensure that the turf is not damaged during play when standing water is present. The first is requesting players to drive golf carts only on the cart paths. This method keeps the carts off the turf and helps to prevent damage.
The second method is the 90 degree rule. For this, players are requested to only drive the carts from the cart path in a 90 degree angle toward the ball and then back the same way to the cart path before preceding to the next spot during play.