Water saving tips for golf courses

By Eleanor Bailey


10th April is Golf Day!

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Spring has sprung, and with it comes the most popular golfing time. But what about the work that goes on behind the scenes to provide such a great experience? It takes a lot of time, greenkeeping skill, and – you might have guessed where we’re going here – water to upkeep a golf course!

A typical golf course uses anywhere between 378.5 m3 to 3,785 m3 of water per week in summer. That’s a lot! At higher consumption levels, this could be costing you over £8,000 a year. But, if you’re a golf course manager you should know that high water use doesn’t have to mean your water bill is unchangeable; there are lots of water saving opportunities for golf courses.

The easiest way is to make sure you’re on the best water contract; now that the business water market is open, you can choose your retailer and simply signing up to a contract can often make you immediate savings. If you manage more than one golf course you can also benefit from getting just one bill for all your courses – less admin means more time on the course!

Water efficiency is another great way to cut costs; saving water means saving money, which is good for both you and the environment. We’re always here to offer expert advice, so in honour of Golf Day here are our water-saving tips for golf courses.

Submit regular water meter readings

If you’ve not got a water meter already, that’s our first suggestion. If you have, it’s really important to regularly read it and submit this information to us. This means we can charge you for exactly what you’ve used, instead of estimates.

There’s another benefit too – keeping an eye on what you’re using will help you notice a leak, as this usually shows itself as a higher than normal water use. Leaks could really damage your grass, create mud and alter structures so it’s best to catch these as soon as possible.

If you’d prefer your meter to submit automatic meter readings, you could consider Smart Meters.

Don't overwater

If sprinklers are set to automatically water, regardless of weather, they could be over-watering the grass and needlessly costing money. It’s a good idea to consider rainfall during your irrigation process - a professional water audit can help work this out for you.

Have a water audit

Water audits are a great way for businesses to identify water-saving opportunities. We can assess whether your golf course is using water efficiently - taking into account the absorption rate of your soil, rainfall when watering, and whether you are using the best types of equipment for your needs. With this information we can make personalised recommendations on how to save water and money.

What’s more, we can survey for any hidden leaks that are costing you money. Most leaks are underground and go unnoticed, but if left they can mount up costs and ruin your course.

Invest in water efficiency products

There are so many water efficiency products out there – from on-site bathrooms and kitchens to your main water equipment, there’s a way to save money on everything. Most are simple attachments to your existing equipment and aren’t hard to install.

If you have a water audit, our experts will recommend the best products for your business. But we’ve got them all online for you too on our water efficiency shop.

If you needed more convincing that water efficiency is a good idea, our government has a scheme to help with the costs of water-saving devices. Why not check out what you can save here.

Fit pipe valves

Fitting valves to your underground pipes means that if you do have a leak the pipe can be turned off and isolated, preventing further leakage and damage. We think this would be particularly useful to golf clubs, where there are lots of underground works and the fairway can’t risk being ruined.

Collect/recycle water

This is a really simple one: make the most of nature. Soil can’t absorb all the rainwater that falls onto it, so some will run off the surface. This can be captured and used for future watering, for example in a pond. You can also collect rainwater straight from the source - fitting a water butt and including water collected from here into the irrigation system means you could supplement the water you pay for with water that’s absolutely free.

Happy putting!

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