Pasatiempo Golf ClubJuly 30, 2010Page 3 of 9
Infestations of nematodes have subsided on the greens.Progress with weed control in the fairways and rough.Selective tree removal and brush clearing on holes Nos. 15, 17, and 18.
Effectively managed the golf course during the mandatory 28% waterreduction.
Developed concurrent plans for turf reduction and irrigation systemreplacement.
Began establishment of native grass areas.
Installation of subsurface drip irrigation on bunker edges.General improvement in turf uniformity throughout the course.Renovation of the chipping green and practice bunker.Finally, a new irrigation was installed over the winter that significantly improves wateruse efficiency and focuses water applications to primary playing areas. The volume andquality of the work accomplished at Pasatiempo over the past five years is impressive,and sincere compliments are extended to the staff and governing club officials on a jobwell done.
MANAGING THE NEW IRRIGATION SYSTEMOngoing adjustments -
The installation of a new irrigation system is an excellentstarting point for improving water use efficiency and conserving water resources.Following such a project, it is typical to have very high expectations for turf quality andpotential water savings. Although the new system appears to be performing well,finetuning and adjustment of the system will typically require one to two years.During this time, existing turf varieties are adjusting to the new irrigation patternsin addition to the maintenance staff making daily and seasonal adjustments to thecomputer program and watering schedules. The following comments were offered duringthe visit regarding typical adjustments that are necessary for a new irrigation system: