Optimizing playing quality with sustainability for New York State golf courses
NYSP2I gives New York State businesses the insights and resources they need to become sustainable through cost-effective solutions. Our goal is to provide practical, step-by-step guidance to our clients as they transition into becoming more sustainable.
“After working with NYSP2I, we have an umber of options to choose from to successfully reach our sustainability goals. NYSP2I was able to identify further water saving opportunities, like water filtration and reuse, which allows us the potential to drastically reduce water discharge.”
Locust Hill Country Club is a nationally recognized golf course that has hosted the LPGA for many years. The golf course stands out as a sustainability leader and was certified by Audubon International in 2014 as a Cooperative Sanctuary and is also a member of New York Environmental Leaders (NYEL). Locust Hill is focused on continuous improvement by decreasing their water use, decreasing the amount of fertilizer and pesticides used, and continuing their internship program to train future leaders in golf course sustainability.
NYSP2I performed included a baseline determination of water use and wastewater quality, spray nozzle alternative trials to reduce water use, filtration testing for potential reuse, ultraviolet disinfection testing to reduce bacterial growth for water ruse, and an economic analysis of these alternatives.
NYSP2I identified a number of options to help Locust Hill Country Club reduce the amount of wastewater discharge.
- Prewash air blowing and lower flow nozzles reduced water use by 40-50%.
- Design of a system to clean and reuse approximately 700 gal/day was finalized.
- If wastewater can be filtered and reused, overall reductions in wastewater would exceed 90%.