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“Irrigating fairways means the course won’t play as firm and fast as it might.”Truth or myth?
Yes, I agree that it gets played safe too often, Sean. But there’s a perception out there - with fescue anyway - that installing irrigation will slow down the course. Where actually proper application should promote healthy turf that can in turn play firmer and faster.Be interesting to hear from some links course managers / keepers on this one. I’d love to dig in to the science of irrigation a bit more.
My perception is true. For example, irrigated approaches seem to have changed the playability particularly of links and heathland courses. Shots played to land short, bounce and roll onto the green now grab and stop short or merely trickle onto the front edge, even more so if a high spin ball is used.atb
Myth. Irrigation isn't some mindless thing. You don't have to use it.
Is that just on the courses where it has been played “too safe” to use Sean’s words?Digging in to my memory banks (although please excuse me for saying they don’t go quite as far back as yours!), I reckon non-irrigated links courses of my youth played like rock for part of the year (although often with unpredictable slow spots in low areas) but also slower outside the summer months… could be wrong though! Memory is good at playing tricks. Also changes could be as much to do with other aspects of turf management.
In my perfect world there would be less irrigation heads and some of the best employees manning the hoses off the quick couplers . Especially around all the greens!
Quote from: archie_struthers on May 19, 2022, 09:59:37 PM In my perfect world there would be less irrigation heads and some of the best employees manning the hoses off the quick couplers . Especially around all the greens!When the R & A insisted that Muirfield install a fairway irrigation system [one row - early 1970's], the club obliged, but the superintendent did not put in automatic irrigation around the greens, because the R & A hadn't required it. His rationale was that his employees were a lot less likely to overwater a green if they had to stand there with a hose in hand to do it.
Alan he really knew how to water, maybe the GOAT