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The Importance of Irrigation and Drainage on a Golf Course

For people who play golf leisurely or in a competition, it is widely known that one of the keys to a great golf course is having proper irrigation and drainage maintenance. The importance of irrigation and drainage on a golf course will not only affect the way the course looks but always the way the sport is played.

The importance of Golf Irrigation and Drainage.


Golf Course Irrigation

Whether the golf season is approaching, it’s important to implement the growing irrigation needs of your golf course. Grass health always depends on the irrigation source and delivery system. There are strategies to keep the turf in good condition by adding natural irrigation sourced from lakes and ponds. In addition, testing your irrigation system and collecting samples of your water source can help uncover any water chemistry problems and nutrient imbalances.

Many times nutrient imbalances consist of high nitrogen and phosphorus levels that lead to algae problems. We have found some irrigation installed by others is poorly designed which causes poor maintenance, no water management and lack of specialization inappropriate irrigation.

Irrigation Features:

Sprinkler Heads

  • Pop-ups
  • Fixed spray
  • Giving 360-degree turn
  • Bubblers

Natural Water Source

  • Lake
  • Pond

Fertigation is a combined of Fertiliser and Irrigation that provides any of the following;

  • Ammonium nitrate
  • Urea
  • Ammonia
  • Phosphate
  • Potassium chloride

Basic Drainage on a Golf Course

Golf course drainage is essential to reduce the excessive water in turf to prevent the golfer experiencing difficulties, waterlogged greens provide less enjoyable golf. Drainage is not merely adequate for construction purposes but also after the golf course is opened. Surfaces and sub-surface drainage are an on-going process to maintain a better maintenance plan.

Drainage Features:

  • Site Assessment – Conduct a site assessment to evaluate current environmental management practices, and identify strengths and liabilities.
  • Determine Drainage Pattern – Drainage pattern structured by the streams, rivers, and lakes in a particular drainage basin.
  • Draw The Grid – A good way to practice an adequate understanding of the grid would to physically lay some alignment rods or golf clubs on the ground, and set up as if there is a golf ball there.
  • Prepare Drainage Specifications – Drainage represents a fundamental piece of golf course architecture. If a course doesn’t drain well, it will rarely play well. Therefore, figuring out how to reduce water off the golf course is a golf course architect’s primary concern. There are two procedures that an architect can move water; the natural land or through man-made drainage systems.

At TGI Australia we promote beneficial solutions to increase the productivity of a golf course and create ideal environmental outcomes. Contact us via email or call 07 3245 2222.

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