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Author(s):Iverson, Neal
Author Affiliation:Senior Director of Golf Course Irrigation for Dye Designs, Denver, CO
Title:Brown is beautiful
Source:Golden State Fairways. Vol. 3, No. 3, April 1991, p. 28-29.
Publishing Information:Las Vegas: R/K Communications Group, Inc.
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Water use legislation; Water management; Golf courses in the environment; Landscape responses to environment
Abstract/Contents:"With the most recent developments in water use restrictions, the California golf industry faces the reality we in golf development have talked of and marketed for years. Water in California has been the driving force behind the development of sophisticated irrigation systems that conserve our most precious resource. The development of water-conserving tools in California has been a multimillion dollar industry for years. One of the issues that has not been addressed to this point in time, is the education of golfers regarding water management practices on the golf course. The realization that the game they enjoy and love to play is not a detriment to the environment or squandering a life-sustaining resource, water, will enhance their ability to enjoy the game." Golfers need to direct the technology toward a common goal of high quality by using the natural resources sparingly. "Brown is Beautiful," refers to the roughs and outlying areas. " Golfers deserve adequate green areas to provide the first class tees, putting greens and fairways so critical to the level of quality we all expect. Brown rough areas provide a wonderful contrast to these well-maintained areas. Green fairways provide excellent targets when contrasted with brownish rough." The education of the golfer will allow much more focused conservation. " The indigenous prairie grasses will provide low-maintenance ground covers for out of play areas and hard to maintain areas. The brown, low water use areas are also low chemical use areas and require little nutrient balancing." Grasses of this type are also slow growing. The golf industry has been fortunate in that its manufacturers are constantly developing more efficient products. Golf courses will need to upgrade their systems as much as is economically feasible. The ability to adjust the water usage based on the on-site weather conditions and other factors such as plant type, soil type, severity of slope or exposure, allows the turf manager to fine tune many more areas than previously possible. "The entire industry is aware of the need to be conservationists." The industry should utilize its knowledge to be the example for water conservation.
Note:Pictures, color
Geographic Terms:California
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Iverson, N. 1991. Brown is beautiful. Golden State Fairways. 3(3):p. 28-29.
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