In 2021, the course at Old Palm Golf Club outside West Palm Beach, Florida, underwent a $7.5 million full renovation — part of a much larger complete club renovation. The updated course design called for a new Platinum Paspalum grass, which is becoming more common for course renovations because it handles lower-quality water better and has a high tolerance for heavy traffic.
But as with any grass, paspalum sod comes with its own set of challenges: in particular, consistent overwatering can quickly lead to disease. That can happen easily when heavy Florida rains — which can dump large amounts of water unexpectedly — are added to the mix. The grounds crew at Old Palm needed an irrigation system to help them accurately monitor water coverage down to each individual head to keep the course in exceptional condition year-round.