According to a national survey containing information from nearly 2,000 superintendents- independently analyzed by scientists at PACE Turf and the National Golf foundation- golf course superintendents used 21.8 percent less water overall to maintain their courses in 2013, compared with usage data from 2005. In addition to this reduction, they used 33 percent more recycled water since the last study. Conducted by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) the study was funded by the United States Golf Association (USGA) through GCSAA's Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG).
"This study shows us that the golf industry has been addressing water issues for some time and is realizing positive results. The numbers show that golf course superintendents across the country have reduced water consumption," said Wendy Gelernter, Ph.D., co-owner of PACE Turf, which has been providing data analysis for the golf industry for more than 25 years. "There is always room for improvement, however, and I think we will see even less water being used and fewer acres being irrigated in the years ahead."
The study also revealed, most likely not surprising for those in the green industry, that water usage is lowest in the Northeast and highest in the Southeast and Southwest (where year round turf growth and play are possible).
"The golf course superintendent profession is committed to science-based technologies and environmental stewardship," said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. "We hope that this national study will demonstrate our commitment to efficient water management and inspire the industry to continue to lead in the future. In the end, water management is about providing playing conditions that satisfy the needs of golfers today without compromising the needs of the future."
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