Golf Course Management

JUN 2013

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THE INSIDER: turf Teresa Carson Even water-rich states may require golf courses to use recycled water for irrigation. Photo by Ali Harivandi Recycled and, possibly, required NEWS & notes Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, is accepting applications from GCSAA Class A and superintendent members through June 5 for the first Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Academy. The Academy's two-part plant health curriculum will involve field training at the Bayer Training and Development Center in Clayton, N.C. (Sept. 25-27) and classroom training at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan. (March 3-5, 2014). Twelve GCSAA members will be selected based on merit. Travel, accommodations and meals will be paid for by the program. Apply at: www. Presented in partnership with Barenbrug 38 GCM June 2013 Water (more precisely, lack of water) has been a serious concern across the planet (and in golf), as areas that have not regularly experienced drought have suddenly faced years of insuffcient rainfall and restrictions on water use. Ali Harivandi, Ph.D., environmental horti- sity of Georgia. Although the presentation was culturist for University of California Coopera- originally designed for educators and Extension tive Extension in Alameda, Calif., is no stranger personnel, it can easily be used by superintento discussions about golf course water use. For dents, managers of park and athletic felds, and 22 years, from 1989 to 2010, Harivandi taught a others who need to explain the advantages and full-day class at GCSAA's education conference drawbacks of using recycled water to irrigate about the benefts and hazards of irrigating golf turfgrass. The slide monograph provides inforcourses with recycled water. In addition, in 2007, mation explaining each photograph and has been GCSAA's Water Task Group and Environmen- reviewed by scientists in the feld, just as an artal Programs Committee commissioned him to ticle would be reviewed before being published in write an article for GCM, "Using recycled water an academic journal. The "peer review" process is on golf courses" ( a way that scientists validate the accuracy of the Resources/Water-conservation/Using-Recycledscientifc information that they publish. SuperinWater-On-Golf-Courses.aspx), to provide infor- tendents who use the presentation can therefore mation about the use of recycled water on golf be assured that the information they are presentcourses and to enhance communication between ing is accurate and has been vetted by experts in the feld. superintendents and water providers. If superintendents are going to be using reHarivandi believes the subject is not only still pertinent, but even more relevant now. "Even cycled water, Harivandi suggests that they show in water-rich states, there may be a mandate to the presentation at meetings of the board, green use recycled water for golf course irrigation. Ir- committee or membership so that those who play rigation is, in fact, the best use of recycled water. the golf course understand the benefts of using Formerly, treated water was released into a body recycled water, the problems that may arise beof water (a lake, a river, an ocean), but now we cause recycled water is being used, and how some know it's best if we use it for irrigation, particu- of those agronomic issues can be treated. larly irrigation of turfgrass, which naturally flThe PowerPoint presentation has 141 slides ters the water." and is available at the Crop Science Society bookHarivandi has developed a PowerPoint pre- store ( or 608-268-4960). sentation, "Irrigating Turfgrasses with recycled GCM water," which is part of the Crop Science Society of America's Turfgrass Slide Monograph series, edited by Keith Karnok, Ph.D., from the Univer- Teresa Carson ( is GCM's science editor

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