Friday, June 20, 2008

What’s in an irrigation system?

The irrigation system is the heart of the golf course and without it functioning properly everything else suffers. The system is 23 years old and in a rapid state of failure that many of you have seen first hand. We have spent the last year and a half working on the details of a new system design to be installed.

Two weeks ago, only the most highly qualified contractors were invited to bid on our project and we are now analyzing the numbers that have come in.

Most people have no concept of how involved the various irrigation system components are such as pipe, power wire, communication cable, pump stations, valves and sprinkler heads. Of the entire irrigation system nearly 90% of it is underground and out of sight.

To give you an idea of the scale and complexity of the irrigation system, many of the components can be measured in miles.

Sprinkler Heads 3500
Wire 343 miles
HDPE pipe 36 miles
Valves 758