In the old days, golf courses were very much at the mercy of the elements, now, courses are expected to be lush and verdant with golfers expecting nothing less than pristine playing conditions.
It's not easy getting courses just right and with many golf clubs facing the challenge of the recession, limits on irrigation, or even outright bans, pose an additional, potentially crippling burden.
The most effective way to counter water shortages is to " Have your own water" by constructing a reservoir, and the best option is a lined Earth Bank Reservoir. The cost is very low when compared with buying water, an average 18-hole golf course can exceed £100,000 over a 10 year period, a 6,000 cubic metre reservoir can usually be built for well under that figure.
There is more to an on-course reservoir than simply financial savings. It makes a course easier to maintain, another considerable benefit is the positive impact on other revenue streams such as green fees, membership, catering and so on, that comes from having a " Greener course" in tip-top condition.
Brian D Pierson, based in the New Forest, Hampshire, has 50 years' experience in golf course reservoir construction and has recently built reservoirs at Royal Ashdown Forest : North Foreland : Banstead Downs and West Sussex Golf Club ensuring a cost effective solution, on time and within budget.