The Beaudesert Golf Club, located in the picturesque Scenic Rim district of south east Queensland, has undergone major renovations in recent years. From the club house to the course, the 18 hole course was designed and managed by Gold Coast irrigation consultant Simon Cowland-Cooper and Turf Irrigation Services (TIS) was the contractor for both stages of the course upgrade.
The project was installed in two stages over three years from 2014 to 2016 with TIS engaged as the irrigation and pumping contractor. The previous system had been in service for 25 years so an upgrade was necessary to improve irrigation coverage of the course as well as water and energy use efficiency.
The 18-hole course is Par 70 at 5,843 meters. It also includes practice facilities such as a driving range, putting green, and chipping green. Overall, the contours indicate levels ranging from RL 53 to RL 103. The area above RL 80 consists of rocky subsoil. The subsoils are mostly sandy loam and the topsoils are heavy clay and silt loam.
The course is relatively flood-free, and there are virtually no problems with general drainage anywhere on the course. Key challenges included retaining some of the existing mainline and adding sufficient air valves and isolation valves. To control the system, we chose a 24V low-voltage decoder system attached to a Hunter Pilot DH500 pedestal-mounted satellite controller adjacent to the new pump shed.
The new pump station is located 12 meters above the lowest point on the course. We retained the existing power supply, which allowed us to use 2 x 22 kW pumps with an 11 kW jacking pump. The total available flow was 40 liters per second at 85 meters TDH (total dynamic head). We set sprinklers located above the static head of the pump station at an operating pressure of 450 kPa, and those located below the pump at 500 kPa.
Because of their high distribution uniformity and reliability, we decided that the new system should utilize G885 and G880 rotors on greens and fairways. For the tees, we chose high-performance I-25 rotors with durable ICV valves.
According to Beaudesert Golf Club Superintendent Nigel Dean (pictured above with TIS General Manager Brett Peel), additional benefits include far better uniformity, fewer applications of wetting agents, greater run-time flexibility, increased time savings, and less inconvenience to golfers.
While Beaudesert always had a good layout, it had been an uphill battle to get enough water on to the course. That has all changed after getting the right amount of water on the fairways, tees, and greens. Beaudesert is poised to become one of the best rural courses in South East Queensland. Pennant players from the city have been amazed at the condition of the golf course and rate it highly.
If you would like more information about upgrading your golf course, please contact Brett or Brendan from TIS on 1300 787 003 or use the Contact form to email your enquiry.
For full technical details of this project, visit the Hunter website.