Irrigation

  • Water management at Glendoveer Golf and Tennis

    Golf course superintendent Gary Heath introduces us to Glendoveer Golf and Tennis in Portland, Ore., and discusses the water management program at the 36-hole facility.

  • Water management at Briarwood CC

    GCSAA member Sean Sullivan, CGCS, discusses Briarwood Country Club’s unique landscape and irrigation challenges, and how the Billings, Mont., facility manages water resources during a drought.

  • Upgrading Irrigation at Boca Rio GC

    Bob Randquist, CGCS at Boca Rio (Fla.) Golf Club and GCSAA past president, tells us about the club's renovation project that includes an upgrade to the 30-year-old irrigation system.

  • Efficiency is key at La Rinconada CC

    Kevin Breen, GCSAA director and CGCS at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif., discusses the strategies he's employed to more efficiently manage water after the water district mandated restrictions due to the drought.

  • Can groundwater keep your course green?

    Groundwater can be a replacement or a backup for the municipal water supply, as well as a budget saver and an insurance policy when water is scarce. Read this article in the June 2017 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Regional trends in land use and environmental practices on U.S. golf courses, Part 2

    Changes in land use over the past 10 years have led to reduced acreages for maintained turf, overseeded turf and irrigated turf. These practices are the basis for lowering the environmental footprint of the golf industry. Read this article in the May 2017 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • National trends in land use and environmental practices on U.S. golf courses, part I

    Changes in land use over the past decade have led to reduced acreages of maintained turf, overseeded turf and irrigated turf. Read this article from the April 2017 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Managing Irrigation for Turfgrass Health

    Doug Soldat, Ph.D., leads this 90-minute webinar on the art of irrigation. Learn more about irrigation management, includinig the latest research information and tools of the trade.

  • Look at Your Irrigation System's Distribution Uniformity

    In this 90-minute webinar, Steve Southard, CGCS, explains how the courses under his care in the City of Loveland, Colo., are now getting more uniform distribution of water. Learn how to perform your own stress testing and what to know before you start.

  • Irrigation: Science, Art and Measuring for Success

    Thom Nikolai, Ph.D., and Nancy Dykema, research assistant at MSU, cover the range of basic soil science concepts and then relate them to real-world techniques used to determine proper irrigation replacement. Access this free member webinar at My Learning Hub.

  • Focus on the Environment Initiatives with Impact presented by NGCOA

    Presented at the 2017 GCSAA Education Conference at the Golf Industry Show, this session featured superintendents and agronomy managers outlining projects and experiences related to environmental initiatives.

  • How to Save 72 million Gallons of Water presentation by Matt Gourlay CGCS

    Presented at the 2017 GCSAA Education Conference at the Golf Industry Show, this session features solutions other superintendents have created to solve their facilities' challenges.

  • A formula for success

    Determining your irrigation system’s distribution uniformity and understanding what factors influence it will help you use water more efficiently while also enhancing your course’s playing conditions. Read this article in the August 2016 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Window of opportunity

    Improving your "water window efficiency" can pay dividends in terms of both the conditions on your course and your facility's bottom line. Read this article in the June 2016 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • An irrigation evaluation

    To tackle irrigation system deficiencies at the root, rather than just reacting to them, a Colorado superintendent put his turf to the stress test. The results debunked some long-held beliefs. Read this article in the June 2016 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Planning for More Dry Days

    In this free member webinar, Bud White discusses long-term problems stemming from drought, including the impact of extra salt in your water, re-emergent herbicide applications and water rationing. Access this webinar at My Learning Hub.

  • Effects of deficit irrigation and traffic on Tifway fairways

    Even during drought in summer, Tifway fairways can maintain minimally acceptable quality with little irrigation and traffic typical of a golf course setting. Read this article in the May 2016 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Summer deficit irrigation of bermudagrass

    Deficit irrigation of bermudagrass in Southern California over two consecutive growing seasons showed that acceptable to minimally acceptable turf quality can be maintained at 63% to 41% reference evapotranspiration (ETo). Read this article in the April 2016 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • HDPE Pipe For Golf Course Irrigation Applications by Bill Bartels

    Presented at the 2016 GCSAA Education Conference at the Golf Industry Show, this session presented information on the options available for golf course irrigation pipe and fittings, with emphasis on the use of high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe and fittings.

  • HDPE Pipe For Golf Course Irrigation Applications by Bill Spence

    Presented at the 2016 GCSAA Education Conference at the Golf Industry Show

  • HDPE Pipe For Golf Course Irrigation Applications by Dave Taylor

    Presented at the 2016 GCSAA Education Conference at the Golf Industry Show

  • HDPE Pipe for Golf Course Irrigation Applications by John Riordan

    Presented at the 2016 GCSAA Education Conference at the Golf Industry Show

  • An irrigation renovation

    By choosing a leak-free, long-lived pipe material, Southern Hills Country Club made a water-wise upgrade to its irrigation system and was able to keep much of the labor in house. Read this article in the September 2015 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Reduce irrigation energy demand

    This environment column from the September 2015 issue of Golf Course Management magazine, outlines the difference between energy consumption and energy demand, and offers practical strategies to reduce demand.

  • A change for the better

    Southern California courses are finding that improved irrigation distribution uniformity can play a vital role in continued success in the midst of historic drought. Read this article in the July 2015 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • The great debate

    Irrigation efficiency vs. distribution uniformity? Determining which is more important is a dilemma facing many golf course superintendents. Read this article in the June 2015 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • A better solution

    State-of-the-art turf injection systems can help save water and labor as one classic Palm Springs course has learned. Read this article in the June 2015 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Conservation goes high-tech

    Technological advances in irrigation and pump stations have elevated superintendents ability to save water. Read this article in the June 2015 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Field-scale monitoring of pharmaceuticals and personal care products applied to active golf courses via recycled water

    The turfgrass/soil system reduces leaching of pharmaceuticals and personal care products after irrigation with recycled water. Read this article in the September 2015 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Planning Considerations for a New Irrigation Pump System by the Irrigation Association

    Presented at the 2015 GCSAA Education Conference at the Golf Industry Show

  • Water-use efficiency on golf courses in Utah

    Over a four-year period, golf courses in Utah had water-use efficiencies of 81% to 94%, far surpassing the 50% achieved by homeowners. Read this article in the January 2015 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Relationship between distribution uniformity and soil moisture content

    Tests on a sand-based green suggest that soil moisture measurements and hand watering are critical to mitigating localized dry spot. Read this article in the December 2014 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Weathering long-term drought with improved irrigation

    Converting to solid metal nozzles improves distribution uniformity and reduces costs at a top Texas course. Read this article in the June 2014 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Using saline water and subsurface irrigation to establish bermudagrass and seashore paspalum

    Saline water and subsurface drip irrigation do not hinder establishment of two seeded grasses and one sodded warm-season grass. Read this research article in the June 2014 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.