Golf Course

Improving Irrigation Efficiency and Soil Water Management in Golf Courses

Strategies to increase irrigation efficiency and soil water management on the golf course.

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Course Summary:

This course will help you develop the skills needed for better soil water management and to improve irrigation efficiency on the golf course. The discussion will have a comprehensive look at irrigation, including increasing irrigation infiltration, reducing water runoff, and addressing pH, bicarbonates, and sodium levels in the soil. This course will also teach tactics to improve soil water management, such as dealing with too much or too little rainfall and increasing soil volumetric water content. The course will conclude with an overview of the causes of localized dry spots, and the role of soil surfactants in firming up playing surfaces and improving pesticide placement and efficacy.

About the Instructor:

Chip Houmes is the District Manager for Precision Laboratories, providing technical support for 17 states in the Midwest. Chip has 38 years of experience in turf and agriculture chemicals, and he has given over 300 presentations on pesticides, weeds, insects, disease, plant growth regulators (PGRs), and fertility. Chip received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Illinois and currently resides on his operating family farm where he also grew up.

GCSAA Education Points:

This course has been approved for the following GCSAA education points:
To qualify for 0.50 education points, participants must complete at least 5 of the online courses that have been approved by GCSAA.

An approval code will be revealed after you complete the video. You must submit the approval code to GCSAA and use February 1 as the event date. You can record your attendance by using the online Education Point Affidavit in the Submit Points area of By using the online affidavit, your education points will automatically populate your educational history. If you do not have access to the Internet, you can call GCSAA at (800) 472-7878 and submit the code by phone.


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