ASGCA launches new water use and stewardship book


ASGCA launches new water use and stewardship book
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) has launched a new book covering the use of water at golf facilities across North America and globally.

Showcased at the recent Golf Industry Show in San Diego, US, Golf & Water: Case Studies in Water Stewardship covers more than a dozen examples of courses that ASGCA members and others within the golf industry have had a positive impact on the management of water.

ASGCA president Steve Smyers said: “This book will help those who develop land – and make decisions about how golf fits into a community – see how golf is committed to good stewardship when it comes to water, our most vital natural resource.”

Since 2005, water use has been reduced on golf courses in North America by more than 22 per cent according to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. The new book examines how this has been achieved, covering areas such as energy consumption, turfgrass management, the use of retention lakes and better irrigation practices. The book also looks at how the use of water will continue to evolve in the future.

“Golf & Water continues the more than 40-year commitment of the ASGCA Foundation to support golf and the environment,” said ASGCA foundation president John LaFoy. “The ASGCA Foundation is thrilled with the reception Golf & Water received at GIS and is proud to shine a light on the work of this industry in meeting the challenges of water management and conservation.

LaFoy added: “From An Environmental Approach to Golf Course Development to white papers and national and international presentations, the ASGCA Foundation continues the conversation on how golf courses provide social, economic, and environmental benefits to our communities.”

A version of Golf & Water: Case Studies in Water Stewardship can be accessed here, while an interview former ASGCA president Rick Phelps gave to Live TV from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America can be watched here