South Course Earns Recognition
Alameda’s recently renovated South Course at Corica Park has earned the inaugural Water and Sustainability Innovation Award, presented by Audubon International and Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply. The renovation, which took inspiration from top courses in Australia, has resulted in a 60 percent reduction in water use, according to an article posted on turfnet.com Feb. 20.
The company that manages the City of Alameda’s golf course, Greenway Golf presented the new course to the golfing public last summer after three years of work. William Francis Bell designed the new course. The result has been described as “a model of sustainability” that will “raise awareness across the golf industry.” An estimated 70,000 rounds are played annually on the South Course.
The South Course borrows ideas from the Australian Sandbelt design. These include capping the course with 6 to 8 inches of sand, new drought-resistant turf and irrigation and landform designs that move water to hundreds of catch basins for reuse.
The North Course, designed by William Park Bell in 1927, is undergoing renovation in stages as well.
Greenway’s agronomist Mark Logan, a native of Australia, had the idea of borrowing water-saving methods from the Royal Melbourne and Victoria golf courses in his native country. Water recapture, target irrigation, native grasses, the design and playability were elements Logan hoped to imitate here in Alameda.
Considering the cost of water, labor and maintaining infrastructure is expected to rise, investing in infrastructure now will save Corica Park money down the road.
Water-saving species like Pure Distinction creeping bentgrass were planted on the greens and drought-tolerant Santa Ana Bermudagrass on the fairways, which marks the first successful sprigging of that variety of grass on the Northern California coast. The collars use tough Seaside II creeping bentgrass to handle mowers and roller turns. California native agrostis pallens, covers the bunker edges.
Find out more about Alameda’s municipal golf course at www.coricapark.com.