Golf Course Architecture: Issue 57 - July 2019

Advanced irrigation for Oaks Prague Construction is progressing on the Kyle-Phillips-designed Oaks PGA National golf course in Prague, Czech Republic. The course, which measures 7,500 yards from the back tees, is expected to fully open in summer 2020. The golf course features a sophisticated irrigation system from Toro, working with Profigrass, its irrigation distributor for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. “We installed a Lynx GDC control system with Grundfos pump station and Campbell scientific weather station integration,” said Marco Capelli of Toro. “And there will be approximately 700 Infinity heads with integrated decoder and T7 sprinklers on tees.” A fully lined irrigation reservoir is located on site at the golf facility. “The pump stations are in an underground concrete building to use the maximum capacity of the irrigation reservoir and allow the regular check of the pumps,” said Václav Grézl of Profigrass. “The two pump stations each works with different output pressure to save energy costs in the long term. “Infinity sprinklers on the greens and fairways are operated individually to allow the best control and save water. Sprinklers for greens irrigation have Trujectory adjustment to allow a perfect adaptation of the trajectory to the course. Fairways have double or triple row irrigation spacing, usually triangular.” Some bunkers are irrigated with Toro Precision nozzles to avoid the water run-off from the bunker slopes. The wider development includes a master-planned living community of 250 smart technology homes set among 140 hectares of private land around the restored Chateau Nebrenice. It will also feature a hotel, spa, forest trails, tennis academy and horse-riding centre. “A safe, beautiful and energising connection to nature constantly maintained by Oaks Prague ensures a truly refined country experience at all levels,” said Grézl. TEE BOX 39 Photo: Arendon Development Company