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Controlling flood water in Korea

At Whistling Rock Country Club, located

in the mountains to the east of Seoul,

Korea, the approving agencies for the

project required separate systems for

both retention and detention of water

serving three distinct drainage areas. A

total of fourteen lakes were mandated,

eight serving as retention ponds to

ensure the site remained environmentally

neutral and six serving as added

detention basins to control flooding

during the monsoon season through the

village located below the site.

The challenge for golf course architect

Ted Robinson, Jr., ASGCA, and his

design team was to incorporate the

lakes into the golf course plan in sizes

and locations dictated by the agencies

while fully integrating them into the site to

appear natural in the mountain setting.

A series of visual tricks and well-

designed dams and barriers meant

two separate systems would appear

as one and look entirely naturalized

within the site. Fairways are irrigated

using a modern state-of-the-art

irrigation system to minimize water

use, with drainage directed to the

retention lakes.

While the site’s detention system serves

to retain six million gallons of water

from the surrounding watershed, when

combined with the retention system, the

site regulates over 14 million gallons

during a storm event.

Read the full case study on

page 14 of

Golf & Water

Prioritizing water conservation

For the development of Charleston

Springs Golf Complex in Monmouth

County, New Jersey, golf course

architect Mark Mungeam, ASGCA,

scouted the available land for a site

with surface water, agricultural soils

and minimal forest cover. These features

made the land inherently conducive

to golf design, and therefore more

economical to develop.

The budget for water

and the

ecological requirements of the facility

saw the architect finding ways to collect,

retain and filter water for irrigation use.

The team designed course grading,

drainage and new pond configurations

to collect and filter a large percentage

of the course runoff. Intensive play areas

flow into a series of created wetlands

and water quality basins that treat the

water prior to it being reused for course

irrigation. Irrigation swales were designed

to handle runoff and allow percolation

to recharge the groundwater. Mungeam

selected drought-tolerant grass species

and an efficient irrigation system to reduce

water dependence.

Conservation of energy

one of the

highest-cost aspects of the application of


was achieved through the use of

a number of technological advances in

geothermal heating and cooling. Water

was conserved and protected through

the use of low-maintenance grasses and

a highly-efficient irrigation and fertigation

system that minimizes the use of higher

quality groundwater, reduces fertilization

needs and minimizes runoff and leaching

of potential pollutants.

Read the full case study on

page 20 of

Golf & Water

Photo: © Joann Dost