The European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) represents Europe’s most qualified golf course architects. Members of the EIGCA have shown through their skill, experience and training that they are able to design and oversee the construction of golf courses to the highest standards. As a professional body they work to enhance the status of the golf course design profession and educate future golf course architects. The EIGCA has almost 100 Senior Members and Associate Members spread throughout 25 countries. To learn more about EIGCA, click here.

In a recent article published by EIGCA, the head of irrigation and water management at The London Golf Club, Paul Kennedy, was interviewed about how more accurate data and user-friendly control system technology are improving his irrigation practice for the better:

“With accurate data, having a control system you can actually use is what improves your irrigation practice. Rain Bird’s Version 8 software uses our original 1993 system data. Installation was carried out remotely. We didn’t have to input new information or re-program anything. The new system is engineered for timeless compatibility which means, for example, that we didn’t have to replace any rotor heads. We only updated our software.

It’s all about central control. V8 makes everything more accessible. Hardware and data are available on one screen and with Windows™ functionality, the icons are simple and it’s easy to use. The mapping is easily the best new feature. You can see what’s running, what’s working or not. I can immediately see where adjustments have been made.

Programming irrigation by precipitation instead of time is also simple and that gives me even greater flexibility. I calculate evaporation (ET) for the day and with one click of a mouse, tick a box and the system ignores my time-based programs and schedules for watering in millimeters.

There‘s real time, two way communication between pump house and system. If there’s a fault on a rotor head, I switch straight from the PC map into Temporary Station Control, Schedule and Program Adjust and schedule changes. If there’s a change in the weather and moisture levels are high or we’re applying wetting agent, it’s easy to alter run times.

Everything can be controlled remotely. I can make temporary changes if I’m out on the course on a tablet, or on my phone at home and they’re immediate. Because it automatically reverts to our usual program, nothing gets left on, or off, by mistake. It’s engineered so simply, and I’m in full control of what’s happening.”


To read the full article, click here.