Greens Infrastructure Upgrades

Let me take some time to introduce myself. I have been in the golf business my entire adult life spanning 25 years. I started as an assistant superintendent, but the bulk of my career has been with TDIGolf and XGD Systems. Our geographic coverage area spans the the US and Canada, so I have had the opportunity to be a part of several groundbreaking golf projects over that time.

I am honored to join the cast of contributors here on Turfhugger. I started the XGD Systems blog less than two years ago, and the "writing down" of the life/work cycle has been an enjoyable one.

One might wonder about the marriage between a site like Turfhugger and XGD, and our goal to remove useless gravitational groundwater from the soil profile?
I mean really, what is environmentally friendly about that concept?

Let me try to explain the connection.....

A process like XGD Systems will really be pushed to use 0-6 times/year, during the heavy precipitation events that force green soils to field capacity, and/or fill all the soil pore space. Usually, a fast 1" rain/2 hours will do the trick, but there are many variables. As field capacity is reached in the soil profile, gravitational groundwater rushes out of the soil profile in about a half hour period. Plant needed oxygen is drawn in to the soil profile as the useless gravitational groundwater is removed.

The end result is a healthier, denser turf sward, more readily fit to handle all extremes Mother Nature may want to toss, such as the summer of 2010. A healthier turf sward means less inputs from all aspects such as reduced irrigation,fungicide,pesticide applications. Now, reduced inputs such as these, and verified by our clients, are just one of many ways we believe a subsurface internal greens drainage process like XGD, will better suit your greens for the foreseeable future, at the very least.

One other environmental beneficial offshoot of our process might be the fact that XGD gives you the ability to manage for firm and fast conditions, by utilising our greens drainage process to aid with deep/infrequent irrigation practices. Some clubs might be leery of this practice without XGD as the undrained pushup green will become soggy and susceptible to a host of turfgrass diseases if the soil profile does not dry out quickly enough.

In summary, let me simplify the process. XGD is a golf - infused terminology, used across the globe in the same form as agricultural land field drainage. Our process involves the high value crop turfgrass, and XGD enhances the value of that crop, as farm field drainage enhances wheat production in Iowa. Excess soil moisture affects crop/food production everywhere, it doesn't need to affect the way you mange your golf greens.

Cheers, Poor Old Dirt & Grass Farmer