Metropolitan Golf Course Irrigation Upgrade

April 2019

Think Water Melbourne – Project of the Year 2018

Chris Logan and the team at Think Water Melbourne are leaders in golf course irrigation systems and installation, having completed numerous golf irrigation projects over the years.

Their signature project in 2018 was the upgrade of the irrigation system for the Metropolitan Golf Club, one of Australia’s prestigious golf courses. In late November 2018 Metropolitan hosted the World Cup of Golf, a major international tournament, so there was plenty of pressure to get the project done in a tight time frame.

The $1.8m project consisted of 18 holes, practice fairways and practise greens, and two Grundfos pump stations. Rain Bird supplied their control system and sprinkler heads, plus the Rain Bird pump controller linked to the Rain Bird Golf Control System.

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A key to the projects’ success was Chris’ team having excellent communication with the client. The installation aspects of this exceptionally technical job included challenges with buried asbestos and galvanised pipes which were not located on any plans.

Metropolitan Golf Irrigation Upgrade
Metropolitan Golf Course Irrigation Upgrade

Another technical requirement was the integration of the Rain Bird computer management system, which involved a complex PLC system incorporating management of a desalination system, four bores and other water sources, including lake water and town water supply.

The system required shandying the bore water with lake water, so that the Metropolitan had less reliance on expensive potable water. Other components of the system included a fertigation and chemical injection delivery and control. Dual mains on all holes irrigated to the course greens.

Installation was completed using both sub-contractors and Think Water Melbourne’s field staff. This project was the clear winner for the 2018 Think Water Project of the year award and demonstrated a high level of excellence across the project management criteria as judged by Phil Chegwidden.

Metropolitan Golf Course Irrigation Upgrade
Metropolitan Golf Course Irrigation Upgrade

This project was completed on time and within budget for the client and was profitable for Think Water Melbourne. According to David Mason, Course Superintendent, “It was probably above my expectations. When the install goes smoothly and is done well the system will do us for a long time. In 30 years if we were looking to do this again, I’d be sure to look up Think Water because they have been fantastic.”