The club invested over £400,000 which included Rain Bird Central and single head control for 450 rotors with an advanced IC System™ backed by a GSP support plan. Rain Bird 751 Series rotors were installed on the 20 greens and surrounds with 950 and 551 Series rotors on all 18 tees. The existing borehole supply for the lake was also enhanced with a new pump providing a feed into a new tank. The new system was finally commissioned in October 2020 and has been fully operational since March 2021.
Course Manager Karl Williams said, “I joined Worcester Golf & Country Club in April, right at the start of the season just as we were starting to come out
of lockdown, and with members’ expectations high, the pressure was on. It was a harsh learning curve but our new Rain Bird irrigation system is a real
asset and an absolute pleasure to work with.
The biggest change it’s made is using the same water volume we used on our greens but now, we also have tees and surrounds that are lush and green. It’s operator-friendly, easy to use and when it’s set up and running, I can go home on a Friday knowing everything will be working fine over the weekend. If there’s a problem, I’ll get an immediate notification and Rain Bird GSP support is very responsive. Having back-up is a key factor and knowing it’s just an email or call away means getting something fixed straightaway and gives you peace of mind. At the moment, my deputy and I operate the system but in future, we may look at one of the team having dedicated responsibility for irrigation. I’ve had fantastic support from our Club Director Andy Baker and from members. As I’m in and out of the clubhouse, I talk to members about the exciting changes we’re making.
We all want the same – for our course to be the best in Worcestershire – together, I do feel we’re a driving force. My top tip having been through two major irrigation system installations is to talk to other Course Managers, pick their brains and when choosing software, make sure you’ve got the best system back up and support in place. We’ve come long way in the last twenty years. Heads have improved but the biggest changes are in software. Today, irrigation is as important as a mower to a greenkeeper“.
Andy Baker agrees that the club is certainly reaping the benefits of installing a new Rain Bird system.