Q. How often do we water the greens?
A. All rainfall amounts, wind strength and minimum / maximum daily temperatures are recorded. This along with some charts helps to determine the evapo-transpiration rates for that day. This is how much water the plant is using. From this we can calculate the amounts of water and when we need apply it, to keep the plants growing healthily (water balance sheets).
The irrigation system we have has individual-valving headed sprinklers on the greens, which enables us to apply the correct amount of water that is needed. Too much water will create soft lush surfaces which are susceptible to damage from compaction and disease and will be slow to putt on. Applying the correct amount of water as is possible will encourage the finer grasses and is used only on the greens and tees. Fairways are not irrigated. Hand watering is essential to top up dry spots as with any irrigation system it is near impossible to apply water evenly across the entire greens surfaces, especially when the wind is blowing!