The Federal Golf Club in Canberra is recognised as one of Australia’s premier inland courses. With sweeping views to the Brindabella Ranges this picturesque par 73 layout boasts tall stands of Eucalyptus forest and a wealth of native wildlife.
Like most courses in Australia, water has become an increasingly important issue at the Federal. Faced with a water table in steady decline, the club has in recent years had little option but to reluctantly top-up its needs from the city water supply. The expense of this, together with environmental issues and the prolonged drought, all contributed to the club taking a decision to seek a better, more cost-effective solution to its water management problems.
Consequently, when it came time to plan the greens’ replacement strategy, water usage was a key issue that took centre stage. Russell James and Tarrant Baguley from TC Advantage knew that TerraCottem held the potential to save many mega litres annually. Work at the Federal commenced in early 2002 with the construction of two temporary greens, followed in January 2003 by the reconstruction of both the fourth and fifteenth greens. There are other cost benefits as well; there has been no sign of fungal outbreaks with pythium, anthracnose and fusarium making chemical and labour savings. Federal Golf Club’s intention is to use TerraCottem in all remaining green reconstructions.
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