Water availability, water quality, water rights, water use and water costs are significant issues for golf courses at all levels of government. Proper management and conservation of water resources is an important issue for golf course management.
Efficient water use and water quality management on golf courses requires up-to-date technologies, continuing education, scientific research, and sound management practices by golf course superintendents. Innovations at golf facilities include the use of reclaimed water, wetting agents, drought- and salt-resistant grasses, and other water conservation and water protection practices. Sophisticated instruments such as soil sensors, weather stations, weather sensors, irrigation controls, and VFD pump controls are also utilized. Golf facilities are making significant capital investments in these water conservation technologies in order to demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship. Specific water sub issues include:
- Water Quality - surface and groundwater protection, nutrient loading, non-point source pollution, reclaimed water
- Water Quantity - effluent/reclaimed water, drought, conservation of water resources