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Golf Course 2

 
Thomas Hawk
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So I wrote a post a day or so ago asking about sustainable golf courses. No responses SO I thought maybe I would repost. I was thinking in a climate like Nevada if I were to swale and develope a food forest slash golf course if would actually work Obviously the work on the course would be more then the forest. I think its possible I am just wondering if kentucky bluegrass will work or if I have to use something else. Also what about the putting green will this grass grow in a hot climate like Nevada with no sprinklers. Will swales be enough. Any advice you have would be helpful if telling me that it is not possible wouldn't hurt my feelings. Maybe this is a new concept not using the old techniques to upkeep your course.
 
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There are not a lot of golfers, nor grass growers here, so help might be limited.  Golf course grasses are a specialty subject, with greenskeepers studying and experimenting constantly.  Keeping a lawn green in your climate requires a lot of water.  You will probably need to massage the soil to perfection to minimize the amount of water needed, especially during the summer months.  Most golf courses are also infamous for the quantities of herbicides they consume.

Good luck.
 
Suzie Browning
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Here's an article I just read yesterday.  It doesn't discuss the grass much, but tells of some of the struggles to build an organic golf course using permaculture for the out of bound areas.

http://ecosystems-design.com/Blog/9EC60CF5-7279-4EAC-A228-6995D159C771.html
 
Thomas Hawk
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Thank you your post was helpful. I wish there were more posts like about irrigation. I use to work on a golf course and I know how harmful pests can be, so that article was helpful in that sense.
 
No prison can hold Chairface Chippendale. And on a totally different topic ... my stuff:
2017 Permaculture Design Course and Appropriate Technology Course at Wheaton Labs
http://richsoil.com/pdc
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