At The Ohio State University Golf Club, functioning sustainably is an everyday objective.
At The Ohio State University Golf Club, functioning sustainably is an everyday objective. Groundskeepers at Ohio State’s Scarlet and Gray courses fulfill their responsibility to the environment by mixing appropriate sustainability efforts into each section of the 300-acre facility, which is located in a residential neighborhood just three miles from the university’s Columbus campus.
Golf course maintenance can present problems also. Some irrigation systems are inefficient and can lead to overwatering. Audubon International, a not-for-profit environmental education organization, estimates that an average golf course soaks up 312,000 gallons of water each day to maintain the lush landscaping that makes a golf course — well, a golf course.The irrigation system at Ohio State’s Golf Club uses a pump house, supplied by the courses’ own lake and streams, and roughly 3,000 sprinkler heads scattered across the landscape of both golf courses.
“The idea is to use less water with more heads,” general manager Marc Lucas says. This $4.3 million project uses less energy and is more efficient, especially with the use of moisture meters to monitor soil moisture, saving water where it is not necessary to irrigate. Additionally, Lucas says, to reduce water use, greens keepers adjust sprinklers to avoid overspray onto asphalt or into lakes and streams.