The Southwestern portion of the United States has been experiencing some of its most severe and lengthy drought conditions in history. With no end in sight, several state regulators are imposing stricter water restrictions and rate hikes on businesses that use large amounts of water which could potentially force some of these businesses to shut down. Golf courses are major consumers of water and a huge target for regulators and rate increases.
Turf reductions are cost-savings projects that consist of removing turf in non play areas. Turf reduction projects can drastically reduce water consumption resulting in huge water bill savings. The savings benefits from these projects are long term and will continue to reduce the water bill year after year. The savings from the reduced water bill generally far outweigh the cost of the turf reduction project and can usually produce a return on investment within the first year.
Every golf course has its areas of turf that are maintained purely for aesthetics. These are non play areas and may be good candidates for turf removal projects. There are many options to maintain the visual appeal once the turf is removed, desert landscape can be added, natural landscape can be restored, decorative rock or mulch and wood chips can be added.
The landscape design possibilities are really endless, making the decision to start turf reduction projects at your course is what counts!
Key Golf has extensive experience implementing water saving strategies, such as Turf Reduction projects on golf courses. Contact us to inquire about turf reduction projects for your course today.