The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America recently completed a national survey of golf facilities and their conservation practices. The study is part of a multi-year project to document environmental stewardship by golf courses.
Key findings include:
• Golf courses account for 0.5 percent of all water used annually and just 1.5 percent of all irrigated water applied.
• Only 14 percent of golf courses use water from municipal systems.
• At 18-hole golf facilities, superintendents are conserving water by using wetting agents, hand watering and keeping turf drier than in the past.
• Superintendents base decisions to apply water on multiple sources of information.
• Recycled water is used by 12 percent of golf facilities nationwide and
37 percent of those in the Southwest.
GCSAA’s Property Profile and Environmental Stewardship of Golf Courses report is accessible for free download at www.eifg.org.