Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.15 Water summit hopes to make a splash Golf courses and water have a history. Sometimes positive. Sometimes not so positive. A frst-of-its-kind water summit in Southern Califor - nia in early February called "Golf & Water: Evolving Best Management Practices," arguably can be considered a groundbreaking event. The goal? Determine ways in which golf courses can alleviate the burden of water usage in drought-stricken, water-strapped California. 411 4 The 4 and their golf courses get it. Silva, who works for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's conservation response unit, is known in the area as "The Water Cop." When it comes to conserving water, Silva sends a message that sounds as if superintendents are the law-abiding type. "You guys are effcient. And I'm going to stand by it," Silva said. "We have the data." There are 866 golf courses in California, according to SCGA's Craig Kessler. Of those, 446 are located in the southern portion of the state, where drought is most prevalent, although other areas aren't exactly soaked. San Francisco, for instance, did not record measurable rain in January for the frst time since records have been kept (although a series of early February storms provided some relief). As of the water summit, 23 golf courses had either begun or were in the process of participating in the turf rebate program, or what Mike Huck of Irrigation & Turf - grass Services referred to in his keynote speech as "cash for grass." UC-Riverside's Jim Baird, Ph.D., noted, "We're at 47 million acres and dwindling." A stumbling block for some California courses is that their water districts have not yet, or may not, participate in the turf rebate program. At the time of the water sum - mit, that included Santa Barbara. GCSAA Class A superin- tendent Martin Moore of Birnam Wood Golf Club in Santa Barbara says his course was paying $9 per unit of water. "It's not like we're the only ones. Our members are having to cut back," says Moore, a 36-year association member. "Everybody's out reading their water meters." The host for the water summit event, Brookside, par - Movers and shakers from multiple industries came to Brookside Golf Course, adjacent to the famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., united to confront the situation that has extended beyond serious. In January, the U.S. Drought Monitor indicated that Southern California is in an "extreme and exceptional" drought. In June 2014, California offcials declared a state - wide drought emergency and Gov. Jerry Brown called for a 20 percent across-the-board reduction in water usage. That includes golf courses. Many of them have taken it to heart. The list includes North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Woodland Hills Country Club and Oak - mont Country Club in Glendale. They are participating in a turf rebate program sponsored by their respective water districts. For each square foot of turf removed, they receive a $2 rebate. Turf removal means more native areas, which also equals reduced water use. "This (water restrictions) is our No. 1 issue, and it's not going away," says Oakmont superintendent Kurt De - siderio, who estimated that his club will save at least $1 million over the next 10 years on water costs. Those who participated in the water summit included GCSAA feld staff members Jeff Jensen and David Phipps, the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) and the Council for Watershed Health. Also on hand was Pat Gross from the USGA Green Section. He amplifed the message clearly, adding that California is not the only state that should take heed. "That (drought) scares us. We're living the nightmare right now," Gross said. "Water is an issue facing the game of golf all over the country." There is no doubt to Enrique Silva that superintendents DID YOU KNOW . . . ? Facts and trivia about golf Source: 125,000 golf balls a year are hit into the water at the famous 17th hole of the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass D I D Y O U K N O W . . l f 515 yards The longest drive ever. 375 feet The longest putt ever. The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million Balls travel signifcantly further on hot days. A golfer swinging a club at around 100 mph will carry the driver up to eight yards longer for each increase in air temperature of 25° F There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. T h Don't feel bad about your high handicap — 80% of all golfers will never achieve a handicap of less than 18 The driver swing speed of an average female golfer is 62 mph; 96 mph for an average LPGA professional; 84 mph for an average male golfer; 108 mph for an average PGA Tour player; 130 mph for Tiger Woods; 148-152 mph for a national long drive champion. GSCAA Class A superintendent Jesse Seguin of Brookside GC.

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