Focusing Irrigation on Priority Areas

When drought conditions occur watering is a critical issue not only in the amount available but how it is used. In areas where water is limiting targeting the critical areas on a golf course to receive water need to be prioritized. Obviously, greens are at the top of the list followed by tees. However, from a golfing perspective, the putting green complex and associated fairway and rough landing areas may need to be considered. The green complex provides not only a visually aesthetic important area but also important for playability. No golfer wants to miss the putting surface by a few yards and see their ball bounce 30 yards away.

One of the most difficult areas to decide how to water is fairway landing areas. In some cases where water is plentiful even with a drought is the tendency to overwater resulting in the ball plugging or causing little roll. To the golfer this is extremely disappointing especially if a playing partner misses the fairway slightly resulting in the ball rolling an additional 20 meters or so because of drought conditions in the rough. You need to communicate with your golfers or members on the conditions they would value especially regarding fairway conditions. It maybe if water is limiting they would rather have the fairways drier and the rough actually receiving some water.

Definition:

Putting Green Complex – Includes the putting surface, collar, the approach, and the surrounding rough areas. Bunkers are commonly mistaken as part of the putting green complex, but by definition are a hazard.

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