Investing in automated irrigation systems and using hydrozoning has helped Mandurah Country Club conserve 122 million litres of groundwater.
Director Water and Land Use Don Crawford today announced that Mandurah Country Club was the latest organisation to achieve Waterwise Golf Course status.
Mandurah has joined just three other golf clubs in Western Australia to achieve Waterwise Golf Course status since the program began in 2012. The other accredited golf clubs are Wembley Golf Course, Gosnells Golf Club and Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
Mr Crawford praised the Mandurah club for showing initiative and leadership in water conservation and efficiency.
"The club has conserved 122 million litres of groundwater as a result of efficiency improvements and use of reclaimed wastewater from the Halls Head treatment works," he said.
"This water conservation is important to provide the continued water security for the club's course in a drying climate without compromising the quality or the sustainability of the playing surfaces."
Achievements have been made through investment in an automatic irrigation system, which uses a central control computer to program and manage water applications on the course.
The club also uses hydrozoning irrigation where different water volumes are applied according to the type of vegetation across tees, greens, fairways and roughs, during the irrigation season.
"The golf industry is a major consumer of non-potable water in WA with an estimated annual water use of 25 billion litres per year," Mr Crawford said.
"The fact the Mandurah Country Club has achieved waterwise status indicates they are being proactive in their approach to this valuable public commodity, while maintaining important local recreation facilities."
* The Waterwise Golf Course program is an initiative between Golf Course Superintendents Association of WA and the Department of Water.
* It supports water conservation and efficiency by focusing on operator training, irrigation design, water budgeting, soil and turf management practices and the use of alternative water sources.