Author, National Club Association's Club Director, Summer 2018
Water is essential to club operations, and a reliable supply is often taken for granted by clubs and their members. According to the United States Golf Association, on average, 80 percent of maintained turf grass is irrigated in the United States—for most golf and country clubs, irrigation water supplies serve as the lifeblood of their golf courses. Following labor, irrigation water supply costs are the second-largest expense for many clubs. The landscape surrounding water supplies is rapidly changing—more volatile weather, increasing users and demands for water are forcing clubs to rethink approaches to supply management and planning, and assumptions that a steady supply is a given.
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