GOLFERS playing the highly-acclaimed Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai are reaping the benefits of a multimillion pound investment that pushes the conditioning of the world top 100 golf course to new levels.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, Emirates Golf Club has used a seven-month period, March to September, to install state-of-the-art, environmentally efficient irrigation systems that significantly enhance the quality and consistency of all playing surfaces on the Majlis Course, while at the same time reducing the course’s water consumption.
Craig Haldane, director of golf course maintenance at Emirates Golf Club, said: “The irrigation project, which took 208 days and over 150,000 man hours to complete, is another major milestone that allows us to maintain the course to the exacting standards that our members and guests have been accustomed to enjoying, ensuring that Emirates Golf Club remains the premier club in the region for many years to come.
“The previous irrigation system was almost 25 years old and technology has moved on considerably since this was installed in 1988. The new system, using over 8,800 metres of mainline piping and 33,500 metres of lateral piping, makes use of the latest technology and delivers water savings by ensuring increased distribution efficiency throughout the golf course.”
As part of the upgrade, a new state-of-the-art pump station that allows up to 6,500 gallons of treated sewage effluent (TSE) water per minute to travel through the network, has been installed.
Because of this added pump capacity, watering time has been significantly shortened, essential from an agronomic perspective.
Craig added: “The system is so technically advanced that I can effectively stand on the first green of The Majlis Course, take out my mobile phone, connect to the irrigation system and turn on individual irrigation sprinklers, then update the daily
irrigation schedule to tell an individual head to run for an additional minute, all at the touch of a button.”