Subsurface Drip Irrigation for Golf Course

Why Use Subsurface Drip Irrigation for Golf Courses?

Prevent Overspray with Drip Irrigation

There are many reasons to use subsurface drip irrigation on your golf course. Some superintendents choose subsurface systems, particularly in dry climates, to prevent evaporation and overspray from robbing your turf of 20% to 40% of the irrigated water. These systems deliver moisture to the all-important root system and release water slowly to avoid oversaturation. 

Aiming for greater control over golf course watering strategies? Irrigation systems without separate zoning for the greens and tee block areas, sometimes won't account for the different watering attention of these areas, compared to the rest of the course. Subsurface drip irrigation is a viable tool to improve irrigation precision, especially in these isolated areas such as tees, preventing overthrow and inconsistent watering patterns. Surface sprinklers emit up to 60 gallons of water per minute, drip emitters measure flow in gallons per hour. Slow flow improves the absorption rate, cuts out evaporation, and helps you build strong root growth.

Be sure to check out our efficient copper and xeri drip lines and other products when designing or installing surface drip irrigation for golf courses.

Benefits of Drip Irrigation for Golf

Subsurface drip irrigation delivers 95-100% of the water directly to the turf root system. With higher moisture levels and optimal range, subsurface systems can streamline your golf course watering and provide the following benefits

  • Saves time and delivers better value for money on your irrigation efforts
  • Decreases manual watering
  • Reduces water run-off
  • Increases effectiveness on uneven ground
  • Reduces loss of soil nutrients and water loss

 Subsurface drip systems aren't the most commonly used systems on golf courses, but when installed, this type of system allows for smaller precise areas on the course to be irrigated efficiently without overwatering. These set ups would most commonly be used at the tee blocks on golf holes.

Talk to your Vanden Bussche Irrigation representative to find out if subsurface irrigation is the right system and setup for your golf course.

What You Need to Install Drip Irrigation on Your Golf Course

If you want to increase your confidence in the irrigation systems you install, high quality parts such as those offered by Vanden Bussche Irrigation make all the difference. We can also help you determine what specific components you’ll need and the most effective places to use them, such as around bunker installations. Here are some of the components you'll need to more precisely irrigate isolated tees or your entire turf: 

  • Mainline
  • Valves
  • Regulator
  • Sub-Main
  • Filter
  • End Caps
  • Emitters

Submains carry water from the valve to the drip tubing. Pressure regulators prevent damage and flooding by regulating water flow at a safe level your system can handle. In addition, tubing adapters and fittings connect drip tubing to the rest of the system. 

At Vanden Bussche Irrigation, we have many tools to help you make your final decision on subsurface drip irrigation components for your golf course. We invite you to browse through our Online Training Portal for courses on drip irrigation system installation and functionality. You can also refer to “Updating the Irrigation System for Your Golf Course” for more ideas on helping customers maintain lush fairways year-round.

Contact us today for assistance with ordering components for your golf course subsurface drip irrigation system. Browse through our entire catalogue for more information. We can also help you order directly off our mobile app, so make sure you download it today!