BEAUTIFUL WINTER DESERT GREEN AND GOLD by Jill Riedel
Annual Water Resources:
Westbrook Village Golf Club’s water management plan began in 2015 with the irrigation replacement project and turf removal at the Lakes Golf Course. The Golf Club continues to ensure turf areas and water-demanding landscape areas are held to a minimum on both golf courses on property, as well as those areas that are not part of the game.
Annual Overseed Resources:
In October 2021 the golf industry in the Valley faced yet another challenge to their overseeding plans. Oregon seed growers suffered with drought and temperature swings which greatly reduced their supply of Ryegrass seed. It was anticipated this would be the first year of future difficulties with seed shortages forcing the golf industry and communities to reevaluate their winter overseeding practices. And it has proven to be true as industry insiders are already warning that the 2022 seed supply may be even more limited and already high prices will continue to skyrocket.
The Golf Club managed the reduced seed challenge by overseeding only tees, fairways and greens. We also limited overseeding, or did not overseed at all, golf course rough areas and areas that are not part of the game. As a result, the Bermudagrass in those areas provided beautiful shades of gold against the lush green and saved approximately 5,000-8,000 gallons of water PER DAY!
The beautiful winter desert green and gold at the Vistas Golf Course! Photo by Brandon Evans
As the weather begins to warm, the Bermudagrass begins to turn to shades of green. As a warm weather grass, Bermudagrass cannot be the deep lush green of the golf course tees, fairways and greens during the winter, but it is healthy and beautiful in its natural desert habitat in both winter and summer. And oh my, how the gold color against the shades of green makes the golf courses “pop” for both the golfer and the residents as they play their round or walk/drive through the Village.
We cannot bury our heads in the sand and ignore the inevitable. What we can do is be guided by reality and embrace the options available to us to ensure we do the right thing for the environment while keeping our Village desert beautiful.
Westbrook Village Golf Club