Golf Course Architecture - Issue 75, January 2024

87 EYEBROW (E.G. BLINDNESS) PROMOTED Rain Bird Booth: 4639 The Nest Golf Club in Bonita Springs, Florida, underwent a major renovation led by consultant Dave Ragan. The Rain Bird IC System with CirrusPRO Central Control software and 752 Series rotors were chosen. Projected water savings are now expected to be around 25 to 28 per cent once both courses are complete, helping the community conserve a vital resource. The new system enabled the venue’s irrigation to be monitored and changes made remotely. It has also made routine maintenance easier, maintains consistent water pressure levels for efficient coverage, and has improved water distribution. Previously, greenkeepers used a hydraulic irrigation system with inadequate water coverage and that was prone to leaks. Pinpointing issues was difficult and time-consuming, and they were using more water than necessary without a way to cut back. The Nest Golf Club in Florida is expecting to save considerably on water following the installation of a new Rain Bird system Southwest Greens Construction Booth: 5452 Southwest Greens Construction has completed work on a new Olazabal Design golf academy for Golf Eichenheim Kitzbühel in Austria. Designed by Anton Ortner of Olazabal Design, the practice facilities include a large outdoor synthetic pitching green with several bunkers, an outdoor practice putting green, a Trackman range and lesson studios. “The use of synthetic turf in golf applications has experienced explosive growth over the last several years due to its ability to fulfil a need in areas where it is difficult for courses to create and maintain quality solutions using natural turf,” says Haaye de Jong, managing partner of Southwest Greens Construction. “Another large consideration is to be able to offer members and guests an all-year round practice facility depending on the climate; something Eichenheim was keen to take advantage of.” Southwest Greens Construction has completed a range project at Golf Eichenheim Kitzbühel in Austria