The Rochester Golf and Country Club wanted to restore its golf course to the original design of a century ago. Prior to the restoration the Club relied on deep groundwater for irrigation. The Club’s reliance on groundwater posed a significant operational risk in that during a severe drought the State of Minnesota quickly prohibits groundwater irrigation of golf courses.
We designed a collection and storage system to harvest surficial groundwater and stormwater runoff to replace the deep groundwater. Our hydrologic analysis determined that most of the Club’s average annual irrigation need could be replaced by these sources. In its first full year of operation the reuse system provided 60% the irrigation water needed by the Club.
We also worked with them to design the detailed grading of the driving range, new utility services, and a new access road to the Club.