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SGCA President Steve Smyers,

ASGCA, has made has made

an appearance on the



’s ‘Morning Drive’ program as

part of its Water Week.

In conversation with Matt Ginella,

Smyers discussed the role of the

golf architect and how they act as

innovators and thought leaders when

it comes to addressing the water

challenges faced within the industry.

When asked about the extent to

which irrigation and sustainability is

being discussed in golf, Smyers said:

‘That is


conversation right now.

Water management and turf reduction

is a big issue in remodelling, especially

in the western U.S.”

Smyers said that architects and

superintendents are working closer

than ever: “They maintain what we as

architects design, so the relationship

between the architect and the

superintendent is absolutely critical.”

Smyers also discussed the future of

golf, and said that innovation is key to

ensuring the health of the game going

forward. He described the sense of

community within the golf architecture

industry, highlighting joint educational

seminars, case studies and the sharing

of information among fellow architects.

He also referenced a new water book

that will be released at the upcoming

Golf Industry Show by the ASGCA in

association with Rain Bird and The

Toro Foundation.

Meanwhile, a new survey indicates

that golf course superintendents in

the U.S. have reduced the amount of

water used to maintain courses by

more than a fifth in recent years.

A report from the Golf Course

Superintendents Association of

America (GCSAA) found that the

amount of water used to maintain

courses in the U.S. in 2013 was 21.8

per cent lower than in 2005.

Funded by the United States

Golf Association through GCSAA’s

Environmental Institute for Golf,

the survey collected information

from almost 2,000 golf course

superintendents. These results

were then analysed by scientists at

PACE Turf and the National Golf


The survey found that golf course

superintendents increased their use

of recycled water by 33 per cent in

the period between 2005 and 2013.

Water savings have also been made

through turf reduction and improved

technologies, including computer-

controlled targeted irrigation systems

and sensors measuring soil moisture.

The survey report can be found at .

And the entire ‘Morning

Drive’ interview with Steve Smyers can

be seen at


Architects help address water challenges

Golf tour operators report rise in bookings

Water use

Golf tourism


new report from KPMG’s Golf

Advisory Practice has found

that golf tourism around the

world is continuing to grow at a

substantial rate.

The volume of tourist golf bookings

in 2014 increased compared to the

previous year, with 80% of surveyed

operators reporting an increased

number of bookings year-on-year.

The report indicates that the past few

decades have seen the success of golf

tourism rise considerably, and many

golf tour operators are now tailoring

their offerings to meet the specific

needs of golfers.

The proportion of longer trip

bookings increased compared

to previous years, indicating the

willingness of golf travelers to spend

more on golfing holidays.

Spain and Portugal remain the two

most popular destinations globally,

while South Africa, Morocco, the

UAE, Thailand, Vietnam and Bulgaria

were listed among the most popular

emerging golf tourism hot spots.


ASGCA President Steve Smyers discussed water management on Golf Channel’s ‘Morning Drive’