Water is an essential element in the game of golf – it’s what keeps our fairways and our greens lush. Since golf courses can’t always rely on Mother Nature delivering water when it’s needed, supplemental irrigation is often required to keep the courses in tip-top shape!
New technologies Improve Irrigation
New technologies are constantly being developed to make it easier and more efficient to apply water to golf courses when and where it is needed. New technology means that water, a precious natural resource, can now be used and managed with greater efficiency, and can make a dramatic difference in turfgrass health and playability!
Irrigation Systems Should be Evaluated for Efficiency
Most Canadian golf courses are fortunate to have access to good and ample sources of water. However, as a precious resource, we must ensure that water is applied only when and where it is required. Irrigation technologies will vary with the course design, grass types, soil types and climates. All irrigation systems are evaluated periodically for efficiency. Just because a course is wet does not mean it necessarily has a good irrigation system – in fact, over-watering can result in poor root development and disease susceptibility. A good drainage and irrigation system helps create a successful turfgrass program.
Caledon Country Club Introduces New Irrigation system
In an effort to be proactive and water efficient, Caledon Country Club is currently in the process of upgrading their irrigation system to include a water reservoir and computerized double row irrigation system. These upgrades will allow Course Superintendent, Leo Daigle, to manage and operate the entire irrigation system through a PC-based central control system and specialized software. With this system, Leo will be able to optimize Caledon Country Club’s water distribution system in as much detail as possible (in fact right down to a single sprinkler head) and review and catalogue all the details for future assessment.
Currently the new reservoir, pump station, transfer pump station and irrigation main lines have all been installed. The balance of the irrigation system will be seamlessly installed between now and the end of the season.
Caledon Country Club Yardage to Increase to 6500
At the same time, the Club will commence lengthening the 17th and 18th holes to increase total course yardage to 6500. These improvements to Caledon Country Club confirm to our golfers the continuing commitment to provide them with the best golf experience possible!