Water Conservation and Reduced Inputs at Stone Creek Golf Club
David PhippsSuperintendentStone Creek Golf ClubOregon City, ORStone Creek Golf Club is amunicipally owned18-holecourse designed by PeterJacobsen/Jim Hardy. Thecourse is scenicallydesigned and offersspectacular views of Mt.Hood. The course is laidout over 120 acres of landwith old-growth DouglasFirs, lakes, four wetlands,and forty-three bunkers.From the onset of construction at Stone Creek Golf Club we knew that water was goingto be a valuable commodity. Our sources were limited in that we could draw from a localcreek, but only enough to keep 2 cubic feet per second passing by our water diversionwhich meant we were pretty much done diverting water on July 1
. Our second source isa deep well that at its best will pump 230 gallons per minute. The well is our only watersource from July though October. Running 24/7 the well will pump 331,200 gallons of water to the irrigation pond during a 24 hour period. Given pond seepage and evaporationwe will keep our water limit to 280,000 gallons on a high water demand night. Out of a140 acre site we will irrigate roughly 90 acres of turf. In 2009 we pumped a 121 acre feetwhich is 1.34 acre foot per acre. Based on the Golf Course Environmental Profile, WaterUse and Conservation Practices Survey, the Pacific Region uses an average of 158 acrefeet per 18 hole facility. That equates to 1.9 acre foot per irrigated acre.One of our biggest areas of water savings is the drivingrange. We have been able toshut it off as soon as we startdrawing from the well andwe simply let it go dormant.This saves us in excess of 30,000 gallons a night whichcan be better used on otherplaces. With the fescues itrapidly recovers upon theonset of the first fall rains.