United States Golf Association (USGA) Water Resource Center

With communities continually working to provide sufficient quantities of safe drinking water, it is understandable that water use for recreational purposes is heavily scrutinized. While golf courses contribute to communities by providing green space, positive economic impact and recreation for those who play the game, it is also true that golf course irrigation is a necessary component of their management. It is the responsibility of golf’s leadership to ensure that our most valuable natural resource is used in the most forward-thinking, responsible manner.

Information is the key to meeting the challenge of golf’s use of water. With this in mind, the USGA has created a web site focused entirely on the issue. Highlights of the site include case studies that offer “real-world” solutions, water conservation plans and the opportunity to share how your course has been impacted by drought restrictions, the cost of water, etc.

We urge everyone to take the time to visit the site and contribute to the efforts to meet the challenge of golf’s use of water.

Click here to visit the site.


American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Case Studies in Water Stewardship

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has devoted considerable resources to research and guidance regarding golf and water. The USGA’s web-based “Water Resource Center” states, “It is essential for everyone involved in the game to strive to conserve and protect the world’s most vital resource.”

The golf industry is on board with this statement, and those involved in the design of golf courses apply this philosophy to their craft. The approaches and solutions developed for golf facilities-both new and remodeled-are creative, effective and often deliver real benefit to the communities that surround them.

But the stories of these innovations are sometimes not shared outside of the golf industry. The “Golf & Water – Case Studies in Water Stewardship” book was conceived to help those who develop land–who make decisions about how or whether golf can fit into a community-see that golf is committed to being a good steward of “the world’s most vital resource.” And the book is meant as a resource for those who already know about golf’s benefits to a
community to be inspired to look for more innovative paths to responsible water stewardship.

Click here to view the “Golf & Water – Case Studies in Water Stewardship” book.