Water is a golf course’s most precious asset. Without water the course would be a dry, brown, unappealing landscape.
Irrigation is a vital piece to this puzzle. The irrigation system and equipment must consistently be maintained so that it is ready to efficiently operate whenever needed. Recently, we have been working on a project to update and raise all of our sprinkler heads throughout the course. Over time, the ground settles and causes the sprinkler heads to drop down further below the turf line which hinders their ability to uniformly irrigate the course. Updating and repairing all of the sprinkler heads is a large undertaking but it has a significant impact on the efficiency of how water is utilized on the course.
When talking about natural resources, environmental stewardship is important. Approximately 60% of the total water we use annually for irrigation is collected rainwater and storm water. Less than 40% of our total water consumed comes from ground water sources. With the unpredictability of weather, especially in Texas, it is important to not only rely on what can be collected, you must have a back up supply (well or city water) to supplement when needed.