Water & Turf Reduction

Water & Turf Reduction

Preserving our most precious resource one golf hole at a time

Hole #16, Club de Golf Alcanada

Club de Golf Alcanada, Spain

Designed to thrive on brackish municipal wastewater

Photo: Inigo Santiago
Hole #4, Church 9, Wisley

The Wisley, Church Nine, Sheffield, England

Planting drought-tolerant native grasses requires less water; sand-slitting improved drainage

Photo: Carey Sheffield
Hole #9, Poppy Hills

Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach, California, USA

Our renovation saves thousands of dollars annually by reducing power needs, shrinking the carbon footprint, all while improving playability

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At Robert Trent Jones II we have devised our own water guidelines, which we closely consider when working on both new design projects and golf course renovations. They serve our clients’ financial interests and the greater good of the environment while making golf firmer, faster, and more fun.


  1. Create challenging, beautiful, and natural layouts with less irrigable turf to help reduce overall water consumption.

  2. Maximize the efficiency of water that is used by employing state-of-the-art technology such as soil moisture sensors and other monitoring equipment, as well as precision pump stations and water distribution systems.

  3. Modify soil profiles as appropriate to improve drainage and increase the health of turf grass so it can thrive on less water.

  4. Choose the most appropriate turf grasses and plantings for specific sites and micro-climates in an effort to lower evapotranspiration rates and ensure that water delivered to the golf course accomplishes as much as possible.

  5. Where available and appropriate, use brown water, brackish water, and other secondary water sources for irrigation, and create landscapes that filter water on site.

  6. Help golf courses reduce their overall carbon footprint not just through lower water use but also through sustainable practices having to do with consumption of electricity, fossil fuels, and other resources.

  7. Focus on both environmental and financial sustainability on every golf hole on every project.

  8. Oversee the education and training of superintendents to ensure they can maximize the benefits that have been designed into the course regarding the use and distribution of water.

  9. Educate golfers about the benefits of using less water on golf courses and reinforce the notion that firm and fast courses that require less water are also more fun, natural, and traditional to play.

  10. In all endeavors, be the best global citizens we can be.


Read more about our dedication to the environment in Green Proclamation or see our list of Audubon Awarded courses.

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