There were many suggestions made in the feedback from the survey relating to our greens and run off areas being burnt out and needing addressed.
These points and other questions raised have been well aired and the greens committee have gone away and found some answers.
We used to get asked questions primarily about drainage in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Nowadays most questions relate to burnt out areas.
We moved to sand based greens and surrounds.
14 of our greens are now sand based.
We didn’t upgrade our irrigation system as we did this.
We also didn’t check how much water costs.
We are now changing our surrounds from sand based.
Our irrigation system is over 40 years and urgently needs addressed.
We have installed new sprinkler heads and replaced many sections of the PVC piping over the past 5 years.
This year the pump and decoder need addressed.
When we installed the system 40 years ago it was probably guaranteed for 25 years.
The fact that it has lasted so long is admirable, but we have worked tirelessly to keep it that way.
This piecemeal approach is merely nursing an antiquated system.
We continue to pour water onto the greens.
It doesn’t however sort the underlying issue.
Our system is obsolete in 21st century green keeping.
We have the ability to check the moisture levels on every green.
We don’t have the ability to give each green what it requires.
Instead of giving one green, (or section of it) 52 seconds and another 4 minutes, we have the ability to turn the sprinklers on or off.
STRI have told us what we all knew, too much water can be as bad as too little.
Distribution of water is essential for great greens.
We’ve looked at the PVC piping and replacements.
There are better piping solutions.
Pipework is not cheap but it will last a long time.
Annual pipework maintenance is expensive.
We have renewed small sections of piping regularly over the last 10 years.
Renewing all our piping and installing new sprinklers will be of huge benefit.
There will be little if any maintenance required.
We would also look to harvest our own water.
We would save considerable sums if we harvest our water.
This item is not going to be proposed at the AGM.
This is an information only item.
The cost per member of installing a new system is large.
The benefits are clear.
If we paid for a new system we would need to have a levy.
This levy would be £25 per member for 10 years until 2029.
If the water savings were great it might be less than 10 years.
I hope this answers a few of the questions we’ve received and helps move the conversation on with regard to a long term solution.