Challenge 1: Inability to produce consistent playing surfaces
With its open aspect, the course is susceptible to wind, which can magnify the effects of the warm, dry climate Vienna experiences in summer.
To help address the issue, a new central control system was installed 10 years ago. Recently, the team installed a decoder system with valve-in-head rotors around the greens, plus a new pump station fed from the club’s two groundwater wells. While the putting surfaces improved, the fairways continued to suffer.
“We had full-circle rotors on a two-row block system with very wide spacing, so we were irrigating areas where it wasn’t needed, such as the semi-rough, but getting insufficient coverage where we did need it,” recalls Course Manager Tom Gilchrist.