Located in beautiful Destin, Florida, Kelly Plantation Golf Club also happens to be situated in one of the wettest parts of the state. It’s not unusual for the course to get 70 inches of rain in a year. Unfortunately, the sheer amount of rainfall wasn’t the only challenge — prior to the upgrade, some parts of the course were so wet that algae was growing, while other parts were so dry they needed to be watered by hand.
For Kevin Churchill, golf course superintendent at Kelly Plantation, it was a constant battle to provide uniform course conditions in such temperamental weather conditions. He needed a better solution for more intelligently identifying which parts of the course needed water, how much and when. He partnered with Rain Bird to conduct a field test of the IC System™ and CirrusPRO™ software to see if it would help.